Beyond the Valley

Afghanistan: An Enterprise For The Stupid

An understanding of history might have seen Australia refuse the opportunity to get involved in Afghanistan, but an understanding of history has never amounted to much in Australia, unless it has been to embellish white supremacist myths, like Bean around Anzac. Afghanistan has been the death bed of modern invading armies, first Britain, then Russia […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

Shameless Scotty Strikes Out In Pub Test

The momentum is building to make integrity and accountability in government a major, defining issue at the next federal election. It is an important issue that goes to the very heart of the sustainability of our democracy. Scott Morrison is shameless in denying any wrongdoing in the allocation of billions of dollars for blatant political […]

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SINGING HER HOME

(This story contains names and images of deceased indigenous persons) Sydney’s acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre have based their acclaimed new work, “SandSong”, on Ningali Lawford-Wolf’s metaphorical knowledge dilly bag which contains the songs and stories of her country, the East Kimberley.  Ningali was an award winning stage and screen actress. She starred in Phillip Noyce’s […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

FAITHFUL MORRISON SAYS ONE THING BUT DOES ANOTHER

John Hewson It is important our politicians have and operate with principles, values and beliefs, but consistency of words and deeds is fundamental if they are to be believed and trusted.  Australians have become wary of politicians who spruik morals, principles and religion but then fail conspicuously to live what they claim to believe. Prime […]

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THE SHAOLIN HAND

As her big day approached, an expectant mother informed me she wanted her husband Ron to catch the baby. For me as a birth doctor, this was a first-time request, but I had learned from experience that the mother’s wishes were paramount.  No matter how outlandish, anything within the bounds of safety had to be […]

Beyond the ValleyPeople

A MOVE TO THE COUNTRY?

People living in small cities and towns across Australia, away from the big capital cities in which about two-thirds of Australians now live, have been worrying about the future of their communities for the best part of a century – and for most of that time, not without good cause. But it is just possible […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

DEFAMATION A TWO WAY STREET

Under our current laws of defamation one needs to prove, not just the truth of what one actually says, or writes, but of the ‘imputations’ of what is said or written – and generally, it is the plaintiff who gets to decide what those imputations are. And, under our current defamation laws (due to be […]

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GET OFF THE COUCH GRAMPS

In 1900, human life expectancy in Australia was 38 years. Now, a mere hundred and twenty years later, our expected lifespan has more than doubled. It’s “one giant leap for mankind”. Men can now expect 80.5 years. Women do better and can anticipate 84.6 years on earth. Mind you, life expectancy for indigenous Australians is […]

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A CRY FROM MYANMAR THAT TOUCHES US ALL…

Our people are being arrested, tortured and slaughtered by a Military dictator and his followers who are police and soldiers. We have many proof that soldiers change their uniforms to avoid international attention.  I am 40 years old and have lived with fear and hatred since I was 8 years old. I still remember that […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

THE GREAT FACEBOOK SHOOT-OUT.

The great Facebook shoot-out is not over.  The six-guns may be back in the holsters, but Facebook has made it clear it is not shucking its shell on the ground.  News pages may have been restored, but Facebook reserves the right again to shut down news feeds.   The government made some concessions and, finally […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironmentPolitics

THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE

After years of government mishandling and deliberate obfuscation, kowtowing to developers, ignoring the climate science, degrading our land, losing wildlife and habitat, it’s time to change our environmental laws.  According to The Guardian Australia, The Morrison government must overhaul Australia’s environmental laws, including establishing new independent bodies to take on responsibility for monitoring the environment […]

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EVERTON UNMASKED

I was born in Australia in 2010 and when I was nearly four we moved to Texas.Now, moving back to Australia when I am ten years old is really different.  Alot because of Covid.  For example here in Australia you don’t have to wear a mask everywhere! In America, we pretty much went a whole […]