A reproach to those who left lessons of the past unheeded

The slash and burn predictions, based on recent State experiences, for a National Coalition Government appear justified with the release of the First Phase of the Commission of Audit’s report: Towards Responsible Government.

It seems the most vulnerable are systematically being abandoned by a Government with a Darwinian, colonial ‘survival of the fittest’ ethos.  The economy, itself the product of colonial white supremacist thinking, is most certainly the prime target for governance, rather than the people of this country.

Who are you that have elected a democratic government to represent the interests of the nation’s financial institutions, it’s miners and it’s most wealthy?

Australia Day – What are we Celebrating?

Both of SBS’ fabulous series First Australians and  Immigration Nation take a look at how the White Australia Policy dictated the way this country dealt not only with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, but also other peoples from around the world.  It is a shameful history that is rarely appreciated, especially by those who seem to most enthusiastically embrace Australia Day on 26th January.  I’m all for moving Australia Day to another more inclusive date.  Ideally this would occur next year and be the date that a Treaty was finally enacted.  Well, I can dream can’t I?

Worth watching/listening to – even if it is a few years old now! – Karla Grant talks with Linda Burney, Kim Hill, Robbie Thorpe and Tania Major on some really big issues all Australians need to consider.

Caring matters!

There has been substantial research on the importance of caring in the nursing profession which has shone a light about the different perceptions of aspects of caring between nursing staff and their patients (see, for example, Essen & Sjoden 1995; Larsson et al. 1998).  The findings indicate that those receiving the care value clear information and explanations, anticipating needs as well as facilitation, monitoring and following through more highly than issues such as comfort and accessibility.  If we look at those findings and apply the same concept to parenting, partnering or friendships, I believe that we can make some serious adjustments in our everyday lives that will enhance our relationships.

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