Tag Archive | news

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 […]

Where are the adults, again?

I really am over it. Totally. Over. It. Neither of these t-shirts are appropriate in a civilised society. In my view, they mean totally different things, which I will come to, but let me re-iterate: NEITHER are appropriate! The first word on each of these t-shirts has several meanings in modern language. It can mean […]

What humans do to children

Today a headline drew my gaze. Bodies of 800 children found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers Most of the media, main and social, is awash with either the federal budget or the Victorian political “crisis”. Yet here is a story to break anyone’s heart. The fate of unwed mothers and […]

Upcoming documentary: Bloody UnAustralian

Many Australians will know the name Eva Orner. She is an Academy award winning filmmaker. Although Eva has lived in the USA for some years now, she is coming home because she feels so strongly about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. Her project is a documentary titled “Bloody UnAustralian”. Eva is a first generation Australia […]

Economies of scale or a deterrence measure?

I am definitely late to the party on this one but I have an excuse – the Abbott government are providing so much chaff to munch on, I’m overindulging. Yesterday I was alerted to an already three day old article by Michael Safi in The Guardian. Essentially Michael’s article concentrates on changes to the Refugee […]

Where is Australia heading?

If one is to believe the Sydney Morning Herald articles today, Abbott is deep doodoo. Very deep doodoo. The question for many is where is Abbott and his band of merry men, robbing from the poor to pay the rich, leading Australia? Austerity hasn’t worked too well in more than a few economies around the […]

How much does it cost to COMPLETELY collect and process that $7?

A little background information for overseas readers added after receiving comments.  The situation here is all taxpayers pay a 1.5% levy to fund Medicare. Medicare provides a rebate to the patient for medical consultations and other health related services such as blood tests and x-rays. So let’s say the GP charges $65 for a consultation, […]

Shey Webber case a timely warning to us all

After six months of following the case of Shey Webber, I still hadn’t given up hope there would be news.  News of a recovery for Shey first and foremost. Secondly a resolution for her case. Sadly the police have announced today they have closed the criminal investigation and Shey is still in hospital. I understand […]

Australia and corruption or integrity gone AWOL

Am I completely naive? We recognise many third world countries as having systemic corruption. We in our comparative first world luxury go so far as to look down on corrupt regimes or societies, but do we have that right? I have always believed Australia was essentially corruption-free. Of course, history says that isn’t entirely true – […]

Australia is not treating asylum seekers well

If you are following this website, you are probably interested in the topic of asylum seekers. Most probably, Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. Source: Diac Image Library This is a round up of the latest articles about Australia’s asylum seeker policies, from a variety of publications. These writers are far more proficient than I am, so […]