Justice <strike>Alabama</strike> Queensland style

Justice Alabama Queensland style

Anna Bligh you’re a disgrace, a racist and potentially a war criminal! Yes, you the Premier of the rotten state. You know when I worked in PNG in the 90s the Yanks up there often quipped that: “PNG’s biggest problem is that there are too many Queenslanders here” They weren’t wrong. Now that the Queenslanders have by-in-large replaced with Malaysians all the racists have come back to the roost, the ...

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The Liars Privilege – A Folly

The Liars Privilege – A Folly

Lord, how this world is given to lying. Quite so, Falstaff, but there is lying and lying. No, not another diatribe on police mendaciousness or theft or even racism, but a little folly on two former, but in their own way famous, European heads of state who were rumbled. Kurt Waldheim deliberately obscured details of his career in the German army.  What was he up to in the Second World ...

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The first thing we should learn

The first thing we should learn

The first thing we should learn Epictetus was a stoic and the Enchiridion, from which the following extract is taken, was one of the principal manuals of Stoic philosophy. The science of philosophy of divided into three parts: the utility and importance of the principles established; the proofs or demonstrations by which these are sustained; and the organisation or arrangement of the various parts which constitute such proofs and demonstrations. ...

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The Art of Political Lying

The Art of Political Lying

“We are told the devil is the father of lies, and was a liar from the beginning; so that, beyond contradiction, the invention is old: and, which is more, his first Essay of it was purely political, employed in undermining the authority of his prince, and seducing a third part of the subjects from their obedience: for which he was driven down from heaven, where (as Milton expresses it) he ...

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The Mirrors

The Mirrors

As society becomes more narcissistic, as we push ourselves harder and harder in the name of status at the expense of everything else, society starts heading towards the unknown. It has now reached a crevasse; on the left side of the crevasse stands the mirror of truth, on the right stands the mirror of self-deception and the moral right. Like all things self deceiving, the mirror on the right is ...

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Angelique, Pat and the ‘rule of law’

Angelique, Pat and the ‘rule of law’

In my post titled Angelique, I noted that she was not the only Aboriginal person to have been discriminated against and forced out of the Australian Capital Territory Revenue Office (ACTRO). I have just received permission to discuss the matter of a former Commissioner of ACT Revenue, a Wiradjuri, member of the Stolen Generations and cousin of Ms. Isabel Coe, whose husband Mr. Billy Craigie was one of the founding ...

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Equality and human dignity

Equality and human dignity

While sitting in my office this morning I received a phone call from a distraught friend, advising me that a mutual friend, an Indigenous Australian Artist, had become the latest victim of a police bashing, a penalty meted out to him for…you guessed it, not grovelling on his hands and knees when confronted by a member of the ‘master race!’ This latest incident made me turn my mind to the ...

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The Cold Joke

The Cold Joke

The Cold Joke has subtle application for the Way Australia’s Indigenous peoples are treated by our own Government. White the torture we are subjected to on a daily basis is not of the same nature described by Jonathan Glover in the following extract of his book A Moral History of the Twentieth Century, the underlying concepts remain the same. Among the strongest expressions of lack of respect is the cold ...

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"Men are respectable only as they respect”

“Men are respectable only as they respect”

So says Ralph Waldo Emerson, but what do the police and bureaucracy say in Australia? Well it’s something like: “If you don’t give us the respect we believe you owe us, we’ll fit you up” Respect is becoming an ever increasing theme on the lips of the police and the bureaucracy. What started out as a whisper is reaching a crescendo. What has changed? To answer this, we need to ...

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Music gives a soul to the Universe

Music gives a soul to the Universe

After plumbing the depths of human depravity in my last few posts, I thought it’s time for a little soul food, or at least soul hors d’oeuvres. Ah that’s the devil coming out in me. Actually I’m going to write a little about one of my all time favourite artists, Sandhya Singh. Sandhya’s art is inspired by the Greek philosopher Plato’s memorable quote, “Music gives a soul to the Universe, ...

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Domestic violence

Domestic violence

The abuse of human rights comes in many forms and places. It wears the face of the average neighbour just as easily as it does that of authority or a dictator. Whatever method or excuse it takes, it is wrong. Kristin at Wanderlust speaks out about domestic violence. Note for Australian readers: Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is held in May each year in Queensland. ...

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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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Tasers and the marganilised

Tasers and the marganilised

Mr. Anand Grover, UN Special Raporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health findings on Australia’s treatment of its Indigenous peoples, (4 December 2009): “Indigenous populations are also vastly overrepresented in the prison population … Basic needs, such as adequate housing, safe drinking water and sanitation and access to education are not being met. Unresolved issue surrounding native titles ...

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To Taser or not to Taser ... is it even a question?

To Taser or not to Taser … is it even a question?

All those who have been following the Australian news in the last few weeks will no doubt be aware that there has been an absolute spate of police taserings right across the country. In the most recent incident a New South Wales man died after being tasered by police. On the police version of events the deceased was involved in a fight and police tasered him in an effort to ...

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Courage Western Australian style

Courage Western Australian style

Police using Tasers for wrong reasons (thewest.com.au 4 October, 2010); the headline screams out from the screen as I stumble onto yet another instance of police brutality against Aboriginal Australians in the west. Yet again the chorus of racists from Yahoo! raise their voices in unison. In the story nine of Western Australia’s finest surround an unarmed Aboriginal man already in custody and taser him thirteen times. Such bravery in ...

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The subtleties of genocide

The subtleties of genocide

Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and Joseph Stalin were at best clumsy amateurs when it came to genocide. If a political group wants to rid itself of a troublesome ethnic minority, the most efficient method is to alienate the target group and then destroy the self-respect and motivation of the group’s members. They will do the rest for you. No guns or chemical weapons are required. Initial, subtle victimization and alienation ...

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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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A Day In The Life Of An Aborigine

A Day In The Life Of An Aborigine

PROLOGUE Before we can truly understand another person, we must walk a mile in their moccasins. Before we can walk in another person’s moccasins, we must first take off our own. (Native American saying) THE GHETTO While no longer my physical home the Sydney ghetto, those few blocks of urban and social decay bounded by Eveleigh, Redfern, Cleveland and Phillip Streets, is my spiritual home. The ghetto and its Housing ...

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