Terrorists are terrorists

Let’s get one thing perfectly clear. Terrorists are terrorists. Regular readers know as an atheist I don’t have a lot of tolerance for religions. I acknowledge there are a lot of very good religious people but I believe those people are good people with or without religion: they would be great humanists. Religion didn’t make them good people.

Since the terror alert was raised by Mr Abbott some Australians seem to think that is a licence to attack innocent people. This has to stop. Here are just two examples of what is happening now.

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Where will our kids work?

For quite some time I have been concerned about the commercial drive to move roles off-shore. I’m an accountant, I understand the business drivers to reduce costs and maximise profit. I am sure the concerns I express here were expressed in a similar fashion during the industrial revolution.

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Reflections: UN Forum On The Culture Of Peace

Team Oyeniyi:

The human race will only survive when it finds a way to peace. Until then, each day is a risk.

Originally posted on Mirth and Motivation:

“Peace is more than the end of armed conflict. Peace is a mode of behavior.” It is a “deep rooted commitment to the principles of liberty, justice, equality and solidarity among all.”  Yamoussoukro Declaration

Reflections: UN Forum On The Culture Of Peace - UN Sec Gen, Ban Ki-Moon speaks

Reflections: UN Forum On The Culture Of Peace – UN Sec Gen, Ban Ki-Moon speaks

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the UN – High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace, Opening session (Video)
Remarks: By H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations at the Opening session of the High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace.

The Culture Of Peace: 25 years ago, in Yamoussoukro, capital of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the concept of a global culture of peace was initiated by the UNESCO-supported International Congress of Peace. UNESCO declared that peace must be “nurtured through the dignity, rights and capacities of every man and woman.” Today, at the UN High-level Forum on the Culture…

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High Court of Australia closes detention legal loophole

The High Court of Australia has dealt another blow to the Australian Governments who have been implementing or trying to implement processes now ruled unconstitutional. Yes, that is governments (plural) because the beginnings of much of the current situation were under the previous Labor Government.

Construction of Manus Island Regional Processing Centre continues
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Online Partner Visa Applications – Subclass 309/100

In January I wrote UPDATE: Partner Visa Subclass 309/100 Applications advising that online partner visa applications had become available.

Recently a very kind reader offered to share as much information as possible from the experience of going through the process. Here I present the reader’s advice and the many screen shots taken which may assist other applicants.

Please be aware the processes can change, so take into account the date of publication of this article when considering your own situation: if you are applying later than August/September 2014, you may find rules or choices have changed. Bear in mind this is one applicant’s collection of information and may not be specifically applicable to your application.

Thank you so much to the reader who provided this information. Although the reader wishes to remain anonymous, I am sure your comments will be read so feel free to thank our guest for this work. I also strongly recommend any applicants and sponsors ensure they download and read in full the Partner Migration Booklet. If in any doubt about to complete your application, consult a registered migration agent.

The following is from the email of the reader:

I’ve been trying to capture the screen shots since May and it has been a VERY long and tedious job!!! You’ll see why when you go through the attachment.

You mentioned you can’t get access because your own application was in the days before online apps… I would like highlight that anyone, even people not applying for a visa, can sign up for a user account with ImmiAccount. But only those who have submitted the application and successfully paid for it, can see what type of attachments are required.

Once you’ve submitted & paid for the visa application, you cannot go back to edit it. You can save it as draft and change it until you are satisfied, but once submitted, there is no opportunity to modify it.

This reader has also provided information in relation to online applications for other visa types, which I will publish separately.

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General information

Once you have submitted and paid for your application, you may attach your supporting evidence and documents any time until the application is finalised by IMMI department.

For information about attaching documents to online applications, go to http://www.immi.gov.au/Services/Pages/attach-documents-online-application.aspx

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Movie review: Lucy

Miss O 1 and Miss O 2 and I don’t often get “girl time” together. When we all liked the ads on TV for the movie “Lucy” I invited them to some mother and daughter movie time. I am very interested in the scientific debate about how much of our brain we really use and loved the concept of a strong woman staring down the baddies, thinking it would be good for the girls, so off we went. The director, Luc Besson, has a track record of strong female characters.

The start of the movie is pretty good. Suspense is built up well in the opening scenes, although why Lucy was dating a creep is beyond me. Girl lesson number 1 – don’t date creeps!

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100 days done and dusted


With the complication of the knee, this was a rather long 100 days BUT I GOT THERE!

My objective had been a far higher number of steps than I achieved in the end, but reality has a way of reminding those over 50 that we are, well, hmmmmmm……….over 50. Even so, I did manage to win all the trophies I aimed for!


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Bone on bone leads to 100 laps

I recently wrote about Battling Injury. At that time I was off to see a sports physician. The important things first: this is one very attractive physician. If I was younger and single, I’d have asked for another doctor so I could date this one! Not wanting to identify him, I’m call him Dr A.

Dr A sent me off for an MRI. Technology is wonderful these days. About 5 minutes before I even had the MRI I received a text message telling me my scans would be available on my phone. Oh, THAT is just great – who is going to tell me what they mean? Dr A thought I might have a torn meniscus. He was also pretty sure there was some degenerative change, in other words arthritis. Five minutes after the scan, I could download them to my phone. I was also handed a CD of the images.


I am a bad, bad, bad patient. Of course I googled “meniscus tear” and stared at my scans trying to see anything. I gave up. Don’t give me the darn scans without an explanation. Technology bad.

Dr A diagnosed severe synovitis as the biggest problem (there is also a small tear of the meniscus) and I ended up with an ultrasound guided two ampules of steroid injected into the synovial membrane. It was so hard and inflamed I needed three shots of local before he could get the steroid in. He had planned to drain some fluid, but gave up on that idea. I was supposed to get some relief in three to four days. Well, THAT didn’t happen. I was told to totally rest the knee for seven days. So I did. I was allowed to swim twice in those seven days. On day eight, after all that rest, I decided to start up again slowly, as instructed. I spent fifteen minutes on the treadmill at four kilometres an hour (a very slow stroll) and by the time I got home I was in agony and icing and elevating again. The next day I could hardly move.

Back to Dr A. This time, after me describing the location of the remaining pain (very much in one spot it is now) and a bit of poking and prodding, he has decided the remaining pain is due to the arthritic change. I have, he says, bone-on-bone. He did show me the bit on the MRI that indicates this but whether I’ve selected the right bit to share, or not, I don’t know! I really can’t read these medical things!


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The Four Seasons of Love

Love is a bud in springtime

Fragile, vulnerable

Beautiful, tantalising.

Rainbows shimmer in spring rain

The lovers dream of the gold

The golden love to last the ages.


Under the warm summer sun

The bud blooms

Vibrant colour, glorious perfume

Beauty, passion, fertility.

Autumn’s cool winds blow

A petal falls, colour fades, the stem hardens

The rose of love searches for the summer sun

Needing warmth, sustenance, protection.

Winter chills the air

Lightening flashes, thunder roars

Petals are blasted away

Dashed to the frosty ground, crushed.

Soil hardens, crippling the roots


Fitzroy Gardens Trees

Spring will come again


A new bud will form

But it is not the same

It is new.



Brandis bowled for a duck

Not surprisingly, I was very pleased to see the decision by Cabinet leaving George Brandis high and dry over his proposed 18C changes. Sadly this brings a lot of media coverage to Andrew Bolt, giving his irritating voice a bit more of a megaphonic melodramatic edge than usual. Brandis, the man who says we all have a right to be a bigot – unless we are a bigot about bigots, of course.

Attorney-General George Brandis has defended the Government’s plan to amend a key part of the nation’s racial discrimination laws, saying people have “a right to be bigots”. Source: ABC

What has annoyed me is the presentation in some of the media that bowling Brandis out for a duck was about keeping the Muslims on side. I have nothing against Muslims, I am married to one after all. But the public outcry over proposed 18C changes wasn’t because of Muslims.

Desire to bring Muslims back ‘onside’ led to dumping

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/desire-to-bring-muslims-back-onside-led-to-dumping-20140805-3d6n0.html#ixzz39c8s9xRB

To claim it was is very convenient for Mr Bolt, of course, but let’s not forget his high profile case was over his accusations about another persecuted group in our society. Non-white people who, to his eyes, looked a little too white.

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