An Indigenous Bad News Story

Welcome news this week that there has been a very significant drop in Australia’s suicide rate was tempered by the stark finding that suicide rates amongst indigenous men is increasing sharply. According to this report, the Medical Journal of Australia says the number of Australians who took their own lives fell from 2720 in 1994…

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John Brogden

I was going to refrain from commenting on the John Brogden situation, but I was called by a couple of journalists for comment, so I may as well put up some thoughts here too. You tend to be on a hiding to nothing making comments when these sort of situations blow up. Either you join…

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Rene Rivkin

Well known former stockbroker, Rene Rivkin, has been found dead, with the News Ltd papers reporting it as a suicide. I know very little of Rene Rivkins character, beyond seeing the fascinating interview he did with Andrew Denton on ABC TVs ‘Enough Rope’ a couple of years ago. Having not studied the evidence from his…

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Funding for Autism

After spending most of last week on the road, I was keen to have a bit of time at home, especially as I am travelling again on Monday, heading to Adelaide for a range of meetings before going to the Baxter detention centre again on Tuesday. On Friday night I went with some friends to…

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Mental Health

I know I have written about Cornelia Rau a lot on this site. However, the story about her case on the Sunday program today is definitely worth watching. You can read the transcript here. The website for this story also has one of the most badly worded webpoll questions I’ve seen. Webpolls tend to be…

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