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Racism and all its ugliness (Part 1)

October 1, 2022 - 06:00 -- Admin

From an early age, I became a keen observer who developed a dislike for racism and using free speech to promote it. With minimal formal education, the word ‘observation’ became integral to my private classroom. I examined and considered everything. Nothing escaped my scrutiny or sensory surveillance as I watched people, nature, and life. On…

Australia might be saving our democracy. Can the UK and US?

September 30, 2022 - 17:43 -- Admin

Almost precisely a year ago, John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations published an essay by this author entitled, “Think tanks have put British democracy at risk.” It was part of a trio of essays that explored the concept of “competitive authoritarianism” in Australia, the UK and the US. Competitive authoritarianism is a most useful term to…

Opportunistic Interests: The US-Pacific Island Declaration

September 30, 2022 - 14:14 -- Admin

If ever there was a blatant statement of realpolitik masquerading as friendliness, the latest US-Pacific Island declaration must count as one of them. The Biden administration has been busy of late, wooing Pacific Island states in an effort to discourage increasingly sharp tilt towards China. It has been spurred on, in no small way, by…

The Special Budget: Bread and Butter Serves That Anticipate a More Wholesome Longer-Term Budget Brunch?

September 30, 2022 - 13:40 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   Dr Jim Chalmers is offering Australians bread and butter serves until global strategic and economic problems work their way through contemporary geopolitics. The real threat to our economy comes from too much investment in purchases from global military industrial complexes at the expense of commitment to Labor’s social goals. Resource rich Australian…

Why elect governments if they don’t care about the people?

September 29, 2022 - 13:58 -- Admin

This exposition of Australia’s mission, its raison d’etre, is provided by the Parliamentary Education Office: “The Australian Government is responsible for making decisions about how the country is run, including setting a policy agenda, proposing new laws and putting laws into action. The government plays an important role in shaping our society and making sure that Australians…

Come Together: Things Every Aussie Kid Should Know about the First Peoples

September 29, 2022 - 13:32 -- Admin

Come Together: Things Every Aussie Kid Should Know about the First Peoples is a debut picture book for children aged 5 and up by Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara man and musician Isaiah Firebrace. Inspired by Isaiah’s petition to the Australian Government calling for Aboriginal history to be taught in every classroom, Come Together establishes a…

UAICC, Uniting Church in Australia and UnitingCare Australia welcome end to Cashless Debit Card

September 29, 2022 - 12:15 -- Admin

Media Release The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, the Uniting Church in Australia and UnitingCare Australia commend the Albanese Labor Government for scrapping the Cashless Debit Card. “We have long advocated for the abolition of the Cashless Debit Card and we are pleased that action is finally being taken to end a program that…