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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)



Just another atrocity in the Northern Territory

Photo published for Dylan Voller, boy strapped to restraining chair, thanks supporters for 'getting truth out there'

Image from ABC


The Don Dale abuse, while horrific, is just another atrocity to add to a long list of systemic oppression endured by Indigenous Australians, I write in Independent Australia.

I say among other things:

‘Those problems are systemic. Australia, and its dominant economic system, is built on the genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

‘The genocide continues. The dispossession continues. The theft of children continues. The deaths in custody continue. The poverty continues. The life expectancy gap of over ten years continues. The criminalisation of Aboriginality continues.

‘A Royal Commission is a rich white man’s solution.

‘I have a novel suggestion. Let’s ask Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people what their solutions are. In among their specific suggestions will be solutions for the overall, systemic problems. A treaty. Sovereignty. Paying the rent.’

To read the whole article in Independent Australia click here. NT Detention: Just another atrocity



Comment from Peter Johnson
Time July 29, 2016 at 8:56 pm

I believe any leader who does not first hear both sides of the argument or issue is not really a leader but someone who is trying to ‘curry favour’ from whoever has presented so-called ‘evidence’ of disdainful behaviour where it may be fully justified. Knee jerk reactions are puerile.
As an ex-child protection officer in the NT & Qld I have worked with Aboriginal staff committed to help address the ‘challenges’ of dysfunctional communities, abusive parents, addictions, domestic violence, neglect, woeful fast food dietary reliance, Coke or sugar laced drinks replacing healthy water- resultant diabetes, kidney failure, lack of education because of little parental interest, chronic resultant generational unemployment, ‘sit down welfare’ and a new ‘lost’ generation to replace the ‘stolen generation’ as kids are removed to Darwin to finally end up in gangs focussed on crime and addictions and the breeding cycle repeats the same situations. . . The mantra that needs to be continually reinforced for anyone, Indigenous or non-Indigenous is your “Actions result in Consequences” so make sure that your actions are not anti-social or bear the consequences.
However, it is easier for the problems to be swept under the political carpet and blame ‘those at the coal face’ whether they are child safety officers or correctional officers anyone instead of fixing the repetitive ‘smack on the wrist’ system’.
If anyone wants to learn how repeated previous and the current Aboriginal NT Chief Minister[s] have ignored NT child protection law and not made a Katherine magistrate accountable for his handed down order that an Aboriginal female infant be removed from the care of her Child Safety-approved Aboriginal aunt and be given to a non-Aboriginal ‘self-titled’ so claimed grandmother to the child which was discredited via a court presented affidavit grandmother let me know via a post on this site and I’ll send you full details including that NT Child Protection Law expressly states that this MUST not happen as per Section 12.
NT politicians and the PM need to be pressured to ensure that legislation is amended if necessary to address anti-social rebellions by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teenagers and/or adults so that real leadership is shown, not just ‘knee jerk’ reactions to try to give the impression that they are showing responsible leadership. lt would also help for all media outlets to be honest enough to present professional ethical reporting showing both sides rather than chasing ratings.

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