Perth, prisons and perseverance

Mostly in politics, I prefer to rely on substantial evidence to verify the positions I take. However, sometimes you have to accept that some things cannot be measured and you just have to go with what you feel. One of the things I feel very strongly at the moment is that there is a momentum…

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Death to the Death Penalty

The story of the 9 Australians arrested for heroin smuggling in Indonesia has brought the reality of the death penalty to the fore. The accused should be assumed to be innocent until their trials are finished, but it has to be said the evidence presented in the media to date doesn’t look good. I am…

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Live and Let Die

Not surprisingly, there is an enormous amount of debate around about the battle in the USA over whether or not to withdraw the feeding tube for Terri Schiavo, a woman who has been in a vegetative state for the last 15 years. Cases like these raise immensely difficult issues and strongly held views. My view…

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Mardi Gras

Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade was held last weekend and it was the first time in about 7 years that I didn’t attend to march in the parade. The Democrats have had a presence in the parade for many years to show support for equality for all people regardless of their sexuality or…

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What The??!! The case of Cornelia Rau

The case of Cornelia Rau – a mentally ill Australian woman, listed as a missing person, but kept in an isolation unit in immigration detention for months – has rightly generated a lot of comment. Some commentary on other sites include at Troppo Armadillo and Dogfight at Bankstown. People such as myself who have long…

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enthusiastic young people

I’ve been meaning to mention a forum I spoke briefly at on Wednesday before the election in Canberra. It was a gathering of young people (and some of their families and supporters) at Parliament House who had won a writing competition on human rights issues. There was a booklet of the winning entries which were…

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