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How did the Australian media get it so wrong with Kathy Jackson?

August 24, 2015 - 21:50 -- Admin

The Australian mainstream media has suffered from collective amnesia over Kathy Jackson, writes Frances Jones.

At school, our children are taught “Bullying No Way.” When they feel bullied, they’re taught to say “Stop it. I don’t like it,” and to report the incident to the teacher. Other kids who witness bullying are taught to tell the teacher.

What Do We Mean By Sobriety?

August 24, 2015 - 18:42 -- Admin

What do we mean by sobriety? The phrase gets tossed around a lot, but rarely is it explained in meaningful terms, and so I believe it has come to exist as a vogue word, devoid of much useable content and used for far too broad a range of behaviours. The whole thing seems to be hinging precariously on tacit agreement with some very old and deep-rooted ideas, so let’s get stuck in and see if we can’t squeeze some sense out of the whole mess.

The Rich Need Tax Cuts Or Else They’ll Just Stop Making Money!

August 24, 2015 - 17:05 -- Admin

Once upon a time there was a Treasurer who was very, very concerned about delivering a surplus. But that was in another galaxy far, far away.

In Australia we have Joe Hockey. Who has “spending” under control now, but there’s still more to be done. The deficit is much larger than it was under the last Swan Budget, but he has the solution. We need to give tax cuts to those on the top rate because if we don’t they may stop working.

Mother and the House by the Lake.

August 24, 2015 - 06:41 -- Admin

It was an image that never left me. I carried it as one would a photograph of a loved one in a wallet. Something valuable that never left my person. I can see it now. The old house sitting close to the water’s edge. The water lapping the shore as though in conversation with the front veranda, so close to the house it was. The stillness and tranquillity of its setting seemed to set life free. Purple-breasted Moorhens played friskily at the water’s edge.

Independence: it’s all ours

August 23, 2015 - 19:34 -- Admin

Judging by regular and somewhat repetitive comments that have been sent to our site’s Facebook page it appears (still) that many people have absolutely no idea what the word ‘independent’ means. Otherwise we wouldn’t receive comments that dispute our claim to be independent. For those that cannot grasp the meaning of the word . . . this is what independent means:

Appointment on Pier Street…Newstarred Fur Needo

August 23, 2015 - 11:55 -- Admin

Friday morning, 9.00am. The Pier Street branch of the Jobactive provider.

The last time I was here, the place was still putting the finishing touches on the decor in the manner of pop-ups in shopping malls.

The cables that dangled from the ceiling have been covered by gleaming white plastic blocks, giving them the appearance of the spinal models that you see in a chiropractors office.

The war at home

August 23, 2015 - 11:25 -- Admin

TONY ABBOTT: If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband. Not withstanding all his or her faults, you find that he tends to do more good than harm.

While Tony Abbott spends billions on his war on terror, he has slashed funding to the real terror that so many Australian households face on a daily basis.