Screw Rock 'n' Roll First, the depth of the crisis is masked for the ALP by the electoral system. The two party preferred system inflates the focus on Labor when the real mood of the electorate is one of a cultural and emotional disengagement with the whole democratic system. The crisis is masked again by compulsory voting when representative democracy itself is now part of the problem as new horizontal and more direct forms of democracy permeate our lives, often online. - Neal Lawson, "The challenge for Labor", Evatt Foundation, 7 April 2014 (via redrabbleroz) jacking the important part from Oz’s quote. Aw, hell, this on the ALP is good too doe: Thirdly, its deep, bitter and, as far as I can see, politically meaningless factional divides deny the possibility of fresh thinking and the chance to form powerful and imaginative new intellectual alliances. At the Novitiate, the motherless Kataoka children were inconsolable. John Hersey, Hiroshima (1946) I’m learnding!
Yo La Tengo Why are white people on Sunrise with no experience calling for Indigenous child removals? | NITV This morning, I woke to the continuation of a national debate about the need to place Indigenous children with white families because of sexual abuse. Twitter soon became aghast with the all-white panel Sunrise convened to discuss the Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families David Gillespie’s comments about placing Indigenous children with non-Indigenous families. Sexual abuse, child protection and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among children are challenging topics to discuss. They are emotive issues for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike. Gillespie has used the rates of STIs among young Indigenous people to justify his claims that the guidelines that that urge child protection agencies to place Indigenous children with Indigenous families, be relaxed. What the panellists, Prue MacSween and Ben Davis (4GB) failed to mention was some of the most relevant information on the issue - there is a tenuous link between STIs and child abuse.
So Much Silence Intro Australian Aboriginal Flag Marching from Parliament House down King William Street to Victoria Square, Adelaide, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aboriginal Flag, 8 July 2001. The Australian Aboriginal Flag represents Aboriginal Australians. It is one of the official flags of Australia, and holds special legal and political status. It is often flown together with the national flag and with the Torres Strait Islander Flag, which is also an official flag of Australia. The flag's width is 1.5 times its height. It is horizontally divided into a black region (above) and a red region (below). Status The Government of Australia granted it Flag of Australia status, under the Flags Act 1953, by proclamation on 14 July 1995. Due to an "administrative oversight", the 1995 proclamation was not lodged so that it would continue in force indefinitely; hence it automatically expired on 1 January 2008. Symbolic meaning The symbolic meaning of the flag colours (as stated by Harold Thomas) is: Colours
Soul-Sides.com Au Revoir Simone. Touch (sport) Touch (also known as Touch Football or Touch Rugby) is a variant of rugby league that is organised by the Federation of International Touch (FIT). Distinctive features of touch football include the ease of learning it, minimal equipment requirements and the ability to play it without fear of major injury. While it is generally played with two teams of six on-field players, some social competitions allow different number of players per team on the field. It is played by both sexes, and in age divisions from primary school children to over-50s. Touch shares many terms in common with rugby league (e.g. onside, offside, intercept). Acting Half, or just Half (also informally called Dummy or Dummy Half): the player who receives the ball from the ground following the rollballDump or Quickie: a quick rollball to further attacking opportunities from the ensuing play. Rules The number of people on a field at one time is 6, but up to 14 people can be on the team.
The Assimilated Negro Rugby league Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators. Rugby league is a popular sport in Northern England, the states of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, New Zealand, southwest France and is the national sport of Papua New Guinea. The European Super League and the National Rugby League (NRL) are the premier club competitions. Rugby league is played internationally, predominantly by European, Australasian and Pacific Island countries, and is governed by the Rugby League International Federation. Etymology History George Hotel, Huddersfield A similar schism to that which occurred in England took place in Sydney, Australia.