Is Integrity Dead in the ACT?

Is Integrity Dead in the ACT?

“You want me to respect the law? Then make the law respectable.” Violet Miller, Suffragette, 2015. Over the past two years Mr Mullins has walked his long dark night of the soul. He is only now just emerging to a new sense and understanding of the world, still Mr Mullins, but not. And the ACT Government, ACT Police and a nameless complainant are responsible. Mr Mullins has spoken many times ...

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The curse of illness and disability - a modern day Boethius

The curse of illness and disability – a modern day Boethius

On 17 June, Cathal Lyons was involved in an accident whilst on business in Russia, resulting in the loss of both part of the foot and shoulder on his right side. He held both an Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D, with a company known as AGF) and a Long Term Disability (LTD, with Colonial) insurance policy at the time under the terms of the accounting business in which he as ...

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True Blue Aussies

True Blue Aussies

There are numerous groups working to assist the homeless in Sydney. Most nights you can find a food van behind St. Mary’s Cathedral or in Wentworth Park. There’s people who beg on the streets daily and others sleeping rough in doorways or alleys, all dependent on the compassion of those more fortunate for a meal each day. Australian Muslim Youth (AMY) are one group trying to address the needs of ...

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

The German artist Daniel Nikolaus Chodwiecki was renowned for his etchings. Born in an age in which critical thought was encouraged and the power of hierarchical institutions such as the Catholic Church were questioned, Chodwiecki expressed his own appreciation of “toleration” through his work “Minerva als Symbol der Toleranz”. Toleration is not quite the same as tolerance. The former requires only that one allow that which he or she disapproves ...

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#WalkTogether to end #racism

#WalkTogether to end #racism

The sign says it all. Since when should people need to rally to welcome others, to offer a helping hand? The annual #Walktogether held in both capital cities and regional locations attracted people of all ages, calling for an end to the marginalization of refugees through policies such as off shore detention, as well as to promote inter-faith and community harmony. All ages of the community were represented, carrying multi-coloured ...

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Australia's piracy on the high seas

Australia’s piracy on the high seas

“Many of the asylum seekers facing return to Sri Lanka are likely to have valid protection claims. Historically, 90 percent of Sri Lankan boat arrivals to Australia have been found to be refugees. In 2012-13, during which time the number of boat arrivals from Sri Lanka increased significantly, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) reported a 52 percent final grant rate of protection visas for Sri Lankans arriving ...

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The "Unsettled" Great Southern Land

The “Unsettled” Great Southern Land

Where to start … where to start … After a protracted hiatus, Blak and Black is back! There’s so much to write about, so much in the news and the world at large. We’ll get to much of it over time, but there’s really only one place to restart for a blog that revolves around discrimination, in particular indigenous racism and that’s Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s most recent foot-in-mouth ...

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A Time to Remember

A Time to Remember

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:? A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;? A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;? A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to ...

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Farewell, Comrade Mandela

Farewell, Comrade Mandela

Who will meet you when you pass your last breath and cross to whatever lies beyond this life? Will you meet friends, foes, family or beloved pets? In death there are three main things to fear – the pain involved in your passing, how you will be remembered to history and what waits for you beyond. The first is purely practical and ultimately of limited consequence; the second is ego ...

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Treaties, lies and the Morning Star Flag

Treaties, lies and the Morning Star Flag

“The West Papuans have become the victims of Australia’s regional foreign policy arrangements that prop up the anti-refugee policies of Operation Sovereign Borders.” Ian Rintoul, Refugee Action Coalition. Fifty-two years ago on this day, the Morning Star flag otherwise known and Bintang Kejora, was first raised in West Papua, (formerly known as West New Guinea and to Indonesia, Irian Jaya), marking the unofficial independence of the small province as the ...

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A mile in his shoes - learning from Monet

A mile in his shoes – learning from Monet

Chocolate is the panacea of woe, but in more recent years, I’ve found my palette appreciating much more of the citrus tones that cleanse and refresh, even if some do bite. Perhaps orange is a symbol, a marker of age. When glaucoma takes hold, the vision can develop an orange tinge; same too with cataracts. Perception of the world changes and we see with, in the most literal sense, different ...

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Impossible dream and a not so imaginary foe

Impossible dream and a not so imaginary foe

The day began with a comfortably low temperature of 17oC before rising to a high of 28oC. In the crushing crowd outside the Lincoln Memorial, it would seem unbearably hot to many. But fevers were raised by more than the beat of sun and thirsts were quenched by words more invigorating that the water of the Reflecting Pool on August 28, 1963. And on the very day that Martin Luther ...

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Our mystery future

Our mystery future

Mohamed is a friend with whom I have conversed now for several years. As a young Eqyptian, he was living in Europe when the Arab Spring uprisings commenced. In that time, he lost a close friend to the destruction of revolution. today, Mohamed lives in Egypt with his family, still hoping for the promise that the Arab Spring carried. He is a talented footballer and dreams of peace so that ...

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Trayvon Martin: the final insult

Trayvon Martin: the final insult

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   “Do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?” the president said. “And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.” Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin ...

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#Misogyny and #sexism - Australian political rhetoric

#Misogyny and #sexism – Australian political rhetoric

Before launching into this post, Blak and Black wishes to congratulate its good friend Mr. Julian Moti QC on his admission to the Fiji bar and imminent return to the legal profession, where he had previously been a longterm champion of indigenous rights. Now, to the post … I’m going to raise ire and I’ll bet more than a few negative comments with this post. Because I’m tired of the ...

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Start as you mean to continue

Start as you mean to continue

Sunshine in Melbourne’s west has seen all manner of refugees in the past half century. The current mix includes a significant proportion of men, women and children from African nations. Many of these people will have suffered extreme abuse and seen horrors most people of Australian heritage would struggle to imagine. They have turned to the western world in search of respite and a better life, a chance to live ...

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Life on the street - no fixed address

Life on the street – no fixed address

I trudged a well worn path from Melbourne’s La Trobe Street to Flinders Street in my youth. Sydney has its fabulous Harbour, but Melbourne had arcades that drew me in and wide streets that seemed full of life, people, buskers, fruit sellers. I could browse the wares and stay under the cover almost the full distance, with never thought for the rain. Melbourne’s arcades still draw me, my favourite being ...

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Reconciliation - now is the time

Reconciliation – now is the time

I want to tell you a story about a woman, Born in the first quarter of the twentieth century in an indigenous community, Who knew life on the land, a traditional Indigenous life; When only a small child, she hid in the bush, one of a handful of survivors of a massacre in central New South Wales; Her mind is fading today, her daughter is gone, her ways are but ...

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Never a number

Never a number

On the ground floor of the Art Gallery of NSW I saw one of the most moving pieces of sculpture I can remember visiting. It did not surpass the sublime La Pieta, Michaelangelo’s masterpiece of sorrow and loss, but its impact was every bit as forceful. In the dimmed light of the large room, a single exhibit comprising twenty evenly spaced figures in ranks spoke such volume that I was ...

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#Racism: Time to cease emulating the ostrich

#Racism: Time to cease emulating the ostrich

“He was a remarkably effective prime minister for a while. The most difficult time was in 1997 and, to give credit to the government, they tightened the supervision over the banking system. The thing I recall (however) is the introduction of race and racist attitude into the body politic, especially over refugees.” Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, commenting about one his successors, John Howard, The Australian, 20 April 2013. Malcolm ...

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