A NSFW song about Australia’s worst birb:
I’ve decided to put my chronic health issues on hold. When I put my mind to it the depression, daily migraines, spinal injury, endometriosis, osteoarthritis and PTSD all just disappeared. Imagine that. You were right! I just needed to snap out of it. Once I snapped, like the two times my left knee’s anterior cruciate ligament has snapped, I realised that my inability to work was all in my head. My gloriously depressed head. Once I started thinking of Centrelink as a paternalistic abusive father I was able to accept the relentless oppression and control that you have over my life.
By the amazing Celeste Liddle, who you should definitely be following: Why I don’t support changing the date of Amnesia Day
In short, the things that we were fighting for decades ago — indeed going all the way back to the 1938 Day of Mourning — seem to be very similar to the things we’re still fighting for now. Australia is therefore not a country which has acknowledged and rectified its history; rather it seems content to reinforce its amnesia. I can only conclude from all this that changing the date would be little more than celebrating the invasion and genocide of Indigenous people on another day. It’s therefore unlikely that I will be able to stop protesting this celebration, regardless of the day it’s held upon.
They said the best way to help people in disaster-struck zones was to instead send money.
The report is the first piece of research examining the often huge financial burden of disposing unrequested goods sent by well-meaning Australians.
Steph is BASICALLY IN SHOCK that this is the first research into this because it’s VERY OBVIOUS.
I’ve been asked ‘when was your revolution?’ and ‘why do you still have a queen?’. I hope that my potted history of Australia’s formation, from the invasion of Indigenous lands and the genocide of Indigenous peoples to the White Australia policy to multiculturalism to the imminent annual celebration of Australia Day, fills in some of the gaps in the general impression of kangaroos, boomerangs, beaches, and social and financial wealth.
Moving people from one place to another is not a logical response, she says. “It makes matters worse for many people who were blamed for stuff as children and pushed away,” Holst says. “You need to build a bridge of trust for people who are very, very distrustful.”
She says that while some of the homeless people around Flinders Street station have been settled into housing, more long-term housing was needed.
While service providers worked to help rough sleepers, the Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle urges people to stop their cruelty towards the homeless, which has partly been driven by an increase in media reporting on the issue.
“There have been a range of comments directed to them that should never be directed towards human beings,” he says.
The Goblin Ball, a previously accessible event held annually in Melbourne, has actively decided not to use an accessible venue this year, and didn’t react well to complaints about it.
EVERYBODY PANIC: Australia is in the grip of a potato shortage.
The Boab Network is a not-for-profit organisation which is 100 percent volunteer run. The Network was formed as the response to a suicide crisis in the small Kimberley community of Mowanjum in 2007. After consulting with the community, the Network decided to run school holiday programs for the young aboriginal people in the community. From there, the role of the Network has expanded to support and work with the community in other areas. The Boab Network operates on the value of relationships and two-way learning. They act as partners working with the Mowanjum aboriginal people to help them achieve their goals of economic independence and social sustainability.