Social Justice

April 2, 2014

The Abuse and Misuse of Power in the Case of Asylum Seekers

I’ve been reflecting on the abuse and misuse of power including the danger of becoming so fixed on a particular purpose that an intentional blindness creeps in, and becomes, in […]
April 1, 2014

How Discriminatory are the Awards and Honours We Give Ourselves?

The debate about Tony Abbott’s decision to reintroduce a new class of awards into the Honours list has evoked much humour and some of the best quotes of the week […]
March 19, 2014

Australia’s Shame on Asylum Seekers

I watched the ABC’s news on the 17th March 2014 and was appalled at the report on the treatment of asylum seekers being turned back from Australian shores, forced into […]
March 18, 2014

The Launch of the Global Freedom Network and the fight to eradicate slavery and human trafficking by 2020

On Monday, 17th March 2014, a remarkable movement was launched by the leaders of the world’s faiths; a movement which is called the Global Freedom Network.  Among its leaders are […]
January 26, 2014

Speaking of transparency and accountability

I continue to be alarmed and concerned at the lack of information that our Governments deems appropriate for us as its citizens, to be given over its treatment, in our […]
January 22, 2014

The grief that knows no limits

I listened to a story on the radio yesterday about a woman who was searching for her baby who had died at birth and had been buried without trace. An […]
January 20, 2014

Human trafficking is a crime against humanity

“Trafficking of persons is a crime against humanity…” said Pope Francis to a group of diplomats at a meeting at the Vatican in November last year. He went onto say: […]
November 13, 2013

Don’t promise the world because people will reach for it and find it isn’t there!

It is time for people working in and families using aged care services to recognise that ignoring aged care issues is unacceptable.  Jeff Kennett, Chairperson of Beyond Blue was a […]
November 11, 2013

Australia, cruel and vindictive or generous and complacent?

When did Australia lose its generosity and become vindictive and cruel, and unable to see itself as others see it?  This is a very hard question to consider!  Julian Burnside, […]
October 31, 2013

When did we lose sight of justice and instead settle for a few rights?

Arandhati Roy, one of my favourite authors wrote in one of her books ‘when did we lose sight of justice and instead settle for rights?’  It is a really good […]
October 25, 2013

Silencing minorities and difference is dangerous

Alan Barth wrote, “Majorities, of course, are often mistaken.  This is why the silencing of minorities is always dangerous.  Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidotes to major delusions.” It […]
October 24, 2013

Anti Poverty Week highlights inequalities in our country.

Last week was Anti-Poverty Week.  I’m not sure yet of the numbers of people and organisations who supported the week by attending events or by putting on their own activities […]