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The biggest scam against Aboriginal Australia

August 6, 2015 - 17:56 -- Admin

One of the biggest political scams in Australia is unfolding and the only people seeing it are our first inhabitants, writes Vanessa Kairies. Vanessa, a proud Indigenous lady, wants to share her story with the wider community.

The saga continues, it’s been going on for longer than the Star Wars’ movies.

“What is it?” you may ask? It is hard to condense, given that the rort has been going on for 225 years.

Punishment or Pride

August 6, 2015 - 15:31 -- Admin

The Abbott government’s approach to the problems facing Indigenous Australians is reactionary rather than visionary. Their paternalistic punitive measures are designed to address symptoms and show no understanding of the causes.

As Eva Cox said of the Forrest Review:

Abbott in trouble again as Leadership speculation re-surfaces

August 6, 2015 - 11:38 -- Admin

As one pores over the plethora of MSM articles written by a number of political editors since the Bronwyn Bishop resignation, one gets the feeling that Tony Abbott might be facing another leadership spill motion before Christmas.

It would be fair to say that his performance since his ‘near death experience’ in February has been less than stellar, no doubt exacerbated by the experience itself and the realisation that he is being watched very closely.

A Selection of Mystic Poetry

August 6, 2015 - 10:59 -- Admin

Hello friends, extended family and deepest commonality. I’ve taken a departure from my focus on politics, economics and global issues to draw my attention to the centre of my chest, to study that mystery that the Sufi’s called the unfolding of the heart.

NAPLAN, Domestic Violence, Corruption And Good Old Uncle Otto!

August 6, 2015 - 08:55 -- Admin

Ideas are a bit like being caught it in a river; it’s easy to be swept along without stopping to actually think about whether or not you should swim to the side and have a think about where you’re being taken.

So yesterday, I found the commentary on NAPLAN rather strange, and I was concerned about where the current seemed to be heading.

Cashless Welfare Card – an insult to all Australians

August 5, 2015 - 16:46 -- Admin

Australians are fortunate in many ways. Despite the best efforts of the Abbott Government to further marginalise vulnerable people, the majority of the population lives in relative safety, has a home to live in, access to education and employment and self-efficacy. However that minority, who are not so fortunate for whatever reason, now face a further disgraceful attack on their autonomy, independence, and ability for self-determination.

The UK experience

August 4, 2015 - 13:31 -- Admin

Tony Abbott announced a whole-scale review of the entitlements system – to be led by former head of the Department of Finance, David Tune, and the head of the remuneration tribunal, John Conde – which will aim to give “the public confidence”.

Rather than giving the public confidence, how about a genuine review of past claims.