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Boots on the ground

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Australia is open to US plan for “boots on the ground” in Syria (The Age online 17/2).  Every time the US says jump, Canberra says “how high”.  Why is it always Australia that fights alongside the US?  Why aren’t other countries doing their share of cooperation or increasing it where they are already?  France, Germany, Britain, China, South Africa, Spain and so on. The more we put “boots on the ground” in the Middle East, the more trouble we are creating for ourselves in the future.

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Faysal Ishak Ahmed

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I had a heavy heart and a tear in my eye when I read Michael Gordon – “Death raises questions over detainee’s medical treatment” – (the Age 26/12).   Faysal Ishak Ahmed fled the horrors of Sudan looking for a new life and who knows what he might have achieved given the opportunity.  He may have been a surgeon, or a teacher, or a pilot – we’ll never know.   Sadly, for him, he picked the wrong country at the wrong time.  He was clearly ill and in need of proper medical attention yet we denied him that right.  We…

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Harmony in politics

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Steve Price says that he doesn’t want anyone’s sympathy after it was suggested he was bullied on The Project.  And so he shouldn’t.  It is people like Price, Bolt, Hadley, Jones et al who are the bullies in the media world dominated by media moguls like Rupert Murdoch. It seems to me that the right-wing media are brainwashing the world.  I don’t see anywhere near the same amount of left-wing bluster nor from the centre believers. I was brought up not to put things in either the black or the white basket but to look at both sides of an…

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What happened in America has already happened here

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Many people are suggesting that what happened recently in the US with Donald Trump winning the election, could happen here.  But in my mind, it already has. When Malcolm Turnbull toppled Tony Abbott, many Australians, including those who are not Liberal Party members, thought that this action heralded a new era.  We thought that Malcolm would bring some common sense to government. Immediately his popularity surged to a level that suggested if he called a snap election straight away, he would romp home with a massive majority. But he didn’t call an election, and he succumbed to the Coalition right…

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The US Election

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Whatever happens tomorrow in America, they are going to end up with a President who is unlikely to unite the country.  The lies, hatred and bigotry that has been the hallmark of this unbelievably long campaign leaves me saddened.  The country is split down the middle – and it seems most likely that whoever wins will not win convincingly.  This is not a healthy outcome for the troubled world we live in. I have a distant cousin I correspond with in New York, a mature age man who is highly intelligent and very easy going.  He stunned me recently when…

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Justin Gleeson

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Justin Gleeson has resigned (Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson resigns over George Brandis dispute – The Age online 24/10).  Senator Brandis’ arrogant response is “in the circumstances, Mr Gleeson’s resignation is the proper course of action for him to have taken”.  The more proper course of action would have been for Senator Brandis to have resigned. No doubt champagne corks will be popping this evening and I wonder who will be next – Gillian Triggs?  

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Journalistic ethics

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The Australian Journalists’ Association (AJA) Code of Ethics 1994 states that each member of the Australian Journalists’ Association is bound by its rules to observe their Code of Ethics which include among other things: To report and interpret news with a scrupulous honesty; not to suppress essential facts nor distort the truth by omission or wrong or improper emphasis; not to allow his personal interests to influence him in the discharge of his duties; and to do his utmost to maintain full confidence in the integrity and dignity of the calling of a journalist. I can name many journalists, in…

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Grand Final tickets

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I wonder how many die hard Western Bulldogs or Sydney Swans fans will miss out on this year’s grand final?  People who would love to be there and have supported their team religiously, year in and year out, especially the Western Bulldogs fans who haven’t tasted Grand Final success for so long. The AFL is making plenty of money from TV rights, gate receipts, sponsorships and so on.  Surely for this one game of the year, the club supporters should have first choice of a ticket instead of these tickets going to people who support neither club but just want…

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Tradesmen left alone in a house

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A tradesman asked if he could carry out some work in my home even though neither my wife nor I could be present.  When I refused, he got upset saying he would never get any work done if everyone thought like me. For a while, I had a retirement hobby fixing people’s computer problems.  Often I would be told where to find the key to the house and to make sure the door was locked when I left.  I did this a few times but always felt uncomfortable.  One day I found myself in a house that clearly had a…

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More on the Plebiscite

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At last someone has published a sensible article on the Plebiscite – James Massola – (Make no mistake, Labor and the Coalition are playing politics with same-sex marriage – The Age online 27/9/2016). This plebiscite is doomed – the Liberal right wing doesn’t want same-sex marriage and they are demanding Malcolm Turnbull push for a plebiscite because they know Bill Shorten will oppose it – he has to – he is in Opposition.  Opposition parties oppose everything as John Clarke and Bryan Dawe said (Clarke and Dawe do Turnbull – ABC 16/04/2009). Malcolm would love a free vote but if…

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