Indigeneity: the unifying factor

Indigeneity: the unifying factor

A cause doesn’t drive itself. It requires dedication, research and interrogation of facts to sift out the fiction, to find buried lies. That’s what I do. I search and question and sift until pieces start to fit together and in that process, I have realised that my cause is part of something much bigger and much more complex. The issues at the seat of my cause have turned out to ...

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'The Australians are basically English rednecks' – Robin Williams

‘The Australians are basically English rednecks’ – Robin Williams

Well Robin, ya ain’t wrong, mate! Anglo-Saxon ‘Australians’ whilst superficially decent, hard working Christian folk who, whilst not regular church goers, none-the-less profess to a certain spirituality, are racist! All you have to do is scratch the surface and there you have it, not an embryonic Klansman but fully fledged pillow case wearing, cross burning racist. On Saturday 19 March an Aboriginal friend and I were denied entry to the ...

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'Thou shall not fall into the chasm of disobeying the rule of law'

‘Thou shall not fall into the chasm of disobeying the rule of law’

Mr Aripaea Salmon is the father of the girl at the centre of the Julian Moti sex tourism allegations, which were reignited by the Australian Federal Police nearly a decade after the original charges were dismissed by a court in Vanuatu in 1999, amid allegations that the Australian Government wanted Moti removed at Attorney-General of the Solomon Islands because of his actual or perceived opposition to the deployment of RAMSI ...

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perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice

perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice

“…each of the offences of perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice…” The above statement comes from Justice Bruce James’s judgment in the case of former Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld. In 2009, Einfeld was sentenced to three years’ jail, with a non-parole period of two years, after pleading guilty to false statements over a $77 driving fine. He admitted he ...

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Mr Commissioner Hypocrisy doesn’t equal integrity

Mr Commissioner Hypocrisy doesn’t equal integrity

As part of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Additional estimates for 2006–2007, held in February 2007, Senator Evans put the following question on notice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Mick Keelty has also branded the Solomons Government as either corrupt or incompetent (see SMH -Police Mission to Solomons at Risk of Collapse 10/02/07). Does the Government have any ...

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Shades of hypocrisy

Shades of hypocrisy

Some observations on the realities of being and Aborigine in 21stcentury Australia by an observer who isn’t. One of my piano teachers was the sole child of Polish Holocaust survivors. Unassuming people, these quiet and reserved people welcomed my mother and I into their home on a weekly basis so Elizabeth could tutor me. It was she who taught me to love music. It is only now that I comprehend ...

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Ambassador Chan speaks about Moti, Sogavare and the Australian Government

Ambassador Chan speaks about Moti, Sogavare and the Australian Government

The following article written by Ednal Palmer appeared in the Solomon Star on Saturday 15th January, 2011. While the article is ostensibly about the tenure of the outgoing Taiwanese (ROC) ambassador to the Solomon Islands Mr. George Chan, it traverses ground which I have covered in a number of posts I have done about Mr Moti and corruption within the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Government. Specifically it covers ...

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Corruption comes at a cost

Corruption comes at a cost

On 5th January in an article titled: Closer checks urged after bridge collapse the Canberra Times ACT Assembly reporter Noel Towell reported that: The ACT Government has been told to keep a closer watch over builders working on government projects in the wake of last year’s bridge collapse in Canberra’s north. An official report into the oversight of the job, a bridge span of the Gungahlin Drive Extension over the ...

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