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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



From Australia’s concentration camps on Manus and Nauru the brutal treatment of children spreads here

From Manus Island and Nauru the contagion of mistreatment of children has spread to engulf Australia.

From the Canberra Times:

A school that placed a child with special needs and behavioural issues in a cage-like withdrawal space told parents it had intended it to be a “sanctuary”.

ACT Education has suspended a principal and launched an investigation into how a primary school student was placed in the purpose built two-by-two-metres structure made of metal pool fencing.

Locked up for hours behind bars. Sounds like kids on Manus Island and Nauru. Except they are locked up indefinitely.

A later report in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald called “Children’caged’ at school” suggests that the practice of locking up kids with disabilities in schools in Australia is widespread.

Stephanie Gotlib, form Children with Disability Australia is quoted as saying that ‘it is a form of abuse … If I locked someone’s child in a cupboard for a couple of hours or tied them to a chair, I would have the police on the doorstep.’

Exactly. And since that is precisely what the Australian government does and has done for years to asylum seeker and refugee kids, why aren’t the police bashing down the doors of former Prime Ministers Howard, Rudd, Gillard and their Immigration Ministers and Abbott and Morrison and Dutton and charging them with willful child abuse too?

A final point. Australia has a long long history of brutalising Aboriginal children as the Bringing them Home Report makes clear.

That, plus the brutal treatment of asylum seeker children in detention centres, dehumanises us all and makes sections of society in positions of some power more likely to abuse kids in Australia. The fight against child abuse in Australia has to include the fight against child abuse of those under our care on Manus Island and Nauru and of Aboriginal kids.


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