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At last: Australia stands tall

No analysis, no comment. Just enjoy and be proud.
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Posted by on February 12, 2008 in Australia and Australian, generational change, Indigenous Australians

 

Australian poem: 2008 series #7 — Melinda Kendall

Who? To cite the Bertram Stevens life of Henry Kendall:

Of Basil Kendall’s early career little is known. While in South America he saw service under Lord Cochrane, the famous tenth Earl of Dundonald, who, after five brilliant years in the Chilean service, was, between 1823 and 1825, fighting on behalf of Brazil. Basil returned to Australia, but disappears from view until 1840. One day in that year he met a Miss Melinda McNally, and next day they were married. Soon afterwards they settled on the Ulladulla grant, farming land at Kirmington, two miles from the little town of Milton. There, in a primitive cottage Basil had built, twin sons— Basil Edward and Henry—were born on the 18th April, 1841. Five years later the family moved to the Clarence River district and settled near the Orara. Basil Kendall had practically lost one lung before his marriage, and failing health made it exceedingly difficult for him to support his family, to which by this time three daughters had been added. On the Orara he grew steadily weaker, and died somewhere about 1851…

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Posted by on February 12, 2008 in Australia, Indigenous Australians, OzLit, poets and poetry

 

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Good intentions lead to implosion at DoCS?

Yesterday there were several powerful stories in the Sydney Morning Herald.

To quote from the second story:

Day after day DOCS staff battle fear and violence to save children on the edge of the abyss. It’s never enough, writes Ruth Pollard.

Staff call it the Department of Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t.

They paint a picture of a reality far removed from the hysterical media coverage and tit-for-tat politics of child protection. They have a long list of solutions and – after more than a decade of neglect, underfunding and staff shortages – a short supply of patience.

And yet, amid it all, they have hope.

The Herald spoke to a number of Department of Community Services workers – all of whom chose to remain anonymous to protect their clients and their jobs – about life on the front line of child protection. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2008 in Australia and Australian, NSW politics

 

Interesting blog from New Zealand

A scientific and atheist blog that I find interesting to read.

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I find this quite engaging:

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Posted by on February 12, 2008 in blogging, faith and philosophy

 

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