Drew Grant and the Organisasi Papua Merdeka

Drew Grant and the Organisasi Papua Merdeka

Firstly I want to dispel any illusions that my heading might have created about Mr Grant being in any way connected to the Organisasi Papua Merdeka. The connection between the two lies solely in the fact that over the weekend I was fortunate to meet people associated with the free West Papua movement, who were visiting from Europe. Over drinks I posed a question about the murder of Mr Drew ...

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Who owns Australia? Who owns the Pacific?

Who owns Australia? Who owns the Pacific?

While the Australian Labor Party squanders billions of dollars chasing a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council to appease the ghost of its former leader, sacrificed before completing even one full term as Prime Minister, to the insatiable appetites of the gods Greed and Self Interest lining their own political pockets in the process, Australia and its Pacific neighbours are being sold by one of Australia’s wealthiest men to ...

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The Swansong Budget: Screw the workers to feed the obese (miners that is!)

The Swansong Budget: Screw the workers to feed the obese (miners that is!)

The resource sector is expected to spend an historic $76 billion on mining projects next financial year, with mining investment accounting for six per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product in 2011/12. From this investment miners will reap $203 billion in export value in 2012/13, but the looming investment boom and associated tax breaks will drag down the federal government’s share of the profits. According to the government’s own 2011/12 ...

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White fellas greed has no bounds!

White fellas greed has no bounds!

“I’m not sure it’s the law that would do it , it’s more the climate that does it. I’ve been critical, openly critical of aspects of government policy and that’s had some consequences for me, I’m self employed and I’m at a stage of my career where I can withstand the consequences of saying unpopular things, but if I were employed somewhere, if I were at the stage ...

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Who said there isn’t a Santa?

Who said there isn’t a Santa?

They say that Christmas comes but once a year, but we all know that isn’t true. If you’re a public servant or an Australian Federal Police Officer it seemingly comes every day. However, the rest of us shouldn’t become despondent because this year Father Christmas might come twice. We have all heard the bickerings among our political elite regarding surcharges, reconstruction levies and the fate of our cousins in Queensland … or ...

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Will Australia ever move from Black and White to the Grey that sits between?

Will Australia ever move from Black and White to the Grey that sits between?

I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me. Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man After 220 years of sustained European invasions and occupation ...

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The art of Arnhem Land

The art of Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land … a place of legend, of beauty and wildlife, some of the world’s most priceless and vivid natural assets. A place of Dreamtime and an ancient way of life that against the odds, continues to this day. Within the borders of this ancient land is a place the local Aborigines call Rock Country, a moonscape containing one of the most spectacular collections of ancient art anywhere in the ...

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Art the soul of life!

Art the soul of life!

My approach to life owes much to Lao Tzu’s maximum: “Live life in all possible ways; don’t choose one thing against the other, and don’t try to be in the middle.” Not being in the middle is the starting point of my song. Why a song, I hear you ask – because songs don’t wait to resolve, because songs mean so much. Stories wait for endings; songs are brave things ...

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Art and the sacred in Aboriginal Society

Art and the sacred in Aboriginal Society

While traditional and authentic Aboriginal culture in South-Eastern Australia went into terminal decline with the arrival of European settlers in 1788, the Aboriginal tribes of Arnhem Land in the north-eastern corner of the Northern Territory were able to maintain their traditional way of life until relatively recently. It is for this reason that I look to Arnhem Land as a source of authentic Aboriginal art; art that is not purely ...

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Negated rights

Negated rights

This post by Kim at Frog Ponds Rock demonstrates how the almighty dollar is being over-ridden by the West Australian Government. It’s not long. Go read, click on the link and sign the petition. ...

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