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June 29th, 2007

Weekend Reflections is on again. Please comment on any topic of interest (civilised discussion and no coarse language, please). Feel free to put in contributions more lengthy than for the Monday Message Board or standard comments.

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  1. Jill Rush
    June 30th, 2007 at 00:06 | #1

    Professor Dorothy Scott in a Letter to the Editor in the Australian puts a different perspective on the declared Emergency for abused children.


    She states that one in ten children are affected by alcohol and that curbs should be placed on advertising alcohol.

    She is concerned that foetal alcohol syndrome is a time bomb in Australia.She considers that there are serious abuse problems for many children in Australia.

    The PM’s move in the Northern Territory looks increasingly like a ploy to take back land rights from the Aboriginal people using Aboriginal children in crisis as the Trojan Horse.

    If the PM were serious about child abuse he would recognise that there are many children whose lives are affected by alcohol outside the narrow areas he is looking.

    However the PM will not even limit the advertising of the fast food industry which targets young children. Tony Abbott states that parents have the responsibility to decide what children watch and what they eat. However advertisements make it harder for adults to resist pester power and the Liberal coalition seems to accept that there are parents who aren’t living up to their responsibilities. In fact it has declared an Emergency.

    There is an increasing representation of young girls in the media as sexual beings. The images of alcohol and sexy young girls, the ready availability of pornography (according to the PM)are leading to perverted ideas about young girls and boys which are being acted out by the morally bankrupt.

    One of the reasons that so many people are glad that something is to be done for the children of the Northern Territory is that there are many parents who worry about children and their health. They empathise with the children’s plight.

    The Howard govt has had a number of reports on the welfare of all children. However decisive action requires more substance and less trickery. There was nothing like this contained in the Budget which was presented in May, although, it was well known at that point that Indigenous communities were in crisis. After all the Australian had carried a number of stories in 2006. Is there any new money or is this response just a funding reaarangement and an expectation that the State will provide the rest? In Port Augusta in SA this week a valuable Aboriginal child care service closed as a direct result of the local CDEP scheme closing.

    Opening up Aboriginal communities in the NT won’t protect children from outsiders coming to the townships since the Little Children are Sacred Report recorded that miners pay for sex with young girls.

    Mothers and fathers around the nation will wonder how serious the government is about protecting children.

    There is plenty of room for action around child abuse and it requires legislation setting advertising standards for alcohol, fast food and the sexualisation of children.

    It is more likely to be children overboard, when the choice is between the little ones and a dollar, or a piece of Native Land.

  2. June 30th, 2007 at 08:16 | #2

    i wonder if things would be better if we had direct election of ministers, with the possibility of recall referendum?

    i wonder if things would be better if public affairs were carried out in public?

    i wonder if things would be better if the fundamental principles of australian society were written down in a constitution that began: “we, the citizens..”?

    i wonder if ozzies will ever grow up enough to admit that their problems are the natural result of allowing themselves to be ruled by a guild of people whose only distinguishing characteristic is arrogance and egotism?

    i wonder how ozzies can endure watching their nation’s future be determined to suit the political careers of a few people who deal out injustice and misery as a casual vote winning exercise?

    why wonder? the substitution of whingeing for action is built into the national culture, and into the nation’s character.

  3. Helen
    July 1st, 2007 at 10:09 | #3

    The post at LP quoting the Crikey rundown on Australian bloggers has a couple of good additions for the Testimonials section of your sidebar John.

    I like “..a tweedy yet engaged and lucid corner of the blogosphere”, but “a reasonably active blog for the tea-sipping moderates of the left” is pretty funny. I plead guilty to occasionally sipping tea while reading your blog, but at least it doesn’t mention latte or chardonnay!

  4. July 1st, 2007 at 19:23 | #4

    I’m keen to hear feedback on the following article regarding the suggestion for different minimum wage rates for different regions:-


  5. July 1st, 2007 at 23:31 | #5

    Is that Lipton’s with milk and sugar or one of the herbal teas?

  6. Jill Rush
    July 2nd, 2007 at 17:01 | #6

    Guilty of the tea sipping. Sooo refreshing

  7. Helen
    July 3rd, 2007 at 09:31 | #7

    Twining’s English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast with milk, no sugar, thanks Andrew. Although a Shiraz is very good for blogreading on the long winter evenings.

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