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The Australian constitution deals mainly with free trade over state borders and how we are governed. At the time of writing (1898/9) the authors had been to America and looked at their constitution and at the American senate and how it worked. The constitution was never seen as a document that had to deal with human rights, though it must be admitted we were early leaders in establishing voting rights, social security and workers rights. - sue bell
[…] 2014/03/05: Hoopla: Cut the crap, Tony (not the trees) […] - Another Week of Anthropocene Antics, March 9, 2014 – A Few Things Ill Considered
Oh, so the only reason we should deplore the exercise of Islam in Iraq which oppresses 9 year old girls is that it will feed the anti Islam campaign of a group that seeks to protest against Islam taking over Australia and imposing that kind of law here?? Not because it's hideously opporessive and has no human rights in any Islamic country
The Q Society is against Islam. So what? Constantly on this site people point out that Australia is a secular society and religion should not dominate in our lives here, that it is private. Is this supposed to change when the subject at hand is Islam rather than Christianity or other organised religion?
I just LOVE the irony of Monica Attard hinting at awful doom from Q Society activities rather than discussing the disgusting oppression of children in Islamic countries, the Massacre of Christians in Africa and Middle East by Islamic fanatics, the terror against and demonisation of Jews by Islamic fanatics, the honour-killings, the lack of human rights in any Islamic country and the present and continuing slavery un Islam of 22 million Africans, practically the entire population of Australia under the Islamic machete.
Even ex-terrorists declare the truth of Islam and its oppressive nature, but Monica can't even regret the pedophilia of small girls under Islam without implying it will be used as a weapon in some terrible anti Muslim (rather than Islam itself) activity.
Talk about projection... - Jippitty
If Australians were serious about human rights they would be spelled out in the Constitution. - RhodaD
It must be nice being a pollie, on 100 squillion bucks p.a. I'd like to ask Tony if his daughters had parttime jobs when they were teenagers. If they did they most likely received some penalty rates. This approach they have of sayings like 'last century something-or-other', WTF is this supposed to mean? The Industrial Revolution happened to keep workers safe and give them a fair wage but you know, I don't think they were referring to politicians and other white-collar workers when they were nutting it out. This LNP is so out of touch with the reality of so many people in this country. It is Labour Day in Victoria and I worked a 10 hour day in the health industry. I will be 'rewarded' for this but because I am paid less than $25 per hour (less than I pay my house cleaners) time and a half is only fair, not too much by far. As a shift worker (and a single parent) I choose to work public hols and weekends but the cost is to have my teenager manage herself at these times. Fortunately she is responsible, I am lucky there. To hear Abbott et al crap on about how they won't return to Workchoices but then want to remove penalty rates infuriates me. If they need more cash (who knows what for) take some from Defence. I really think that a huge Defence Force is something from last century, something outdated. Maybe politicians could put their money where there (huge) mouths are and take a pay cut. - camilles mum
I think it's good to have a day when most people don't work. Have you ever tried to arrange a social event with shift workers and casual workers? It's near impossible to get everyone together.
I think family and friends and maintaining good relationships is much more important than being able to spend money 24/7.
If only essential servicez operated on a Sunday ( or.any other day commonly declared a day off) it would.be much easier to accommodate the cops/nurses/ambos in your network.
If the bakery can't afford to open on a Sunday - the penalty rates have done their job and the bakery people can enjoy their Sunday and have a well earned day off. - fossil
I was so looking forward to the Saturday Paper and then the masthead came up . . . three blokes . . . mostly good . . . but hey could we not have had one fabulous woman journalist on their first issue? Sets the tone. And as for the anonymous book reviewers . . . just a bad decision. - lyn tranter
Why do old people and old dogs smell different to young people and young dogs? Some old music is as good as it ever was. I am thinking soul, jazz and various blues funk and fusion stuff. But as I am slightly deaf I may only be speaking for me. An old friend sang me that Van Morrison and the Chieftains song with my ukelele~ the one about not being able to crossover. As moving as ever. My old friend is um over 60 and she still smells fresh and I bet she could still wow audiences with her performances~ comedic, theatrical, singing. - ro.watson
Abuse of the vulnerable - women, children, animals
( thanks for bringing that up Annie L, says so much abot people.. ) It's NOT about race, or culture it's about abuse of the vulnerable, an infringement of human rights, which should always be challenged, and loudly, and even if people bay " racist" at you.
There have been cases in ritan where police tiptoed around groups of Islamic/ mddle eastern men who were preying on vulnerable girls,,,,,, meanwhile girls, raped, abused forced into prostitution ,,,,,, Later on police admitted they were reluctant to investigate with vigour due to fear of being labeled " racist".
Is it really such an impost to demand that immigrants respect reasonable values of basic human rights? - melissa