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Beyond the ValleyPolitics

MORRISON SEEMS INCAPABLE OF GENUINE LEADERSHIP

 – John Hewson It’s about Leadership, Stupid! You were elected to Lead Mr. Morrison. It was a “surprise” and great that you won against the polling, and that your marketing slogans cut through better than those of Shorten.  But they are only slogans. There was no detail. While you have been cut a lot of […]

Beyond the Valley

A QUESTIONABLE BIRTHDAY

There is a birthday coming up some may want to celebrate.  In February, Facebook turns sixteen. That’s the age of consent in many jurisdictions, but people have been consenting on Facebook for years.   And if you miss that birthday, Twitter turns sixteen in 2022, and Google, now all grown up, turned twenty-one last year.  […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironmentLocalPolitics

OUR WINGHAM BRUSH IS DYING

If ever there was an indication of the dire straits we are in as a result of drought caused by Climate Change, it’s right here.  The Wingham Brush, drawcard to the Manning Valley, is critically drought-stressed from the worst drought so far recorded.  362.2 mm to date for this year – way, way worse than 1994’s […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

JUGGLING THE RUBRIK’S CUBE OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Aretha Franklin got it right when she sang Respect, R E S P C T.  Respect is very hard to legislate for but is at the heart of proposed freedom of religion laws. It seems legislators must legislate, it’s their only tool since moral leadership is beyond their pay scale, and when your only tool […]

Beyond the ValleyPeopletravel

“…JUST A TRAVELLIN’ MAN”

I’m writing this from the Bungles … Purnululu National Park in the East Kimberley. The Bungles is a bit like an adjoining township to both Kununurra and Halls Creek but these days, of course, is a World Heritage area and is much more “known” than good old “Kuners” or Halls Creek. Hall’s Creek, sometimes called […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironmentPeople

CHOPPER CRASH IN ARNHEM LAND . . .

FOLLOWING OUR STORY LAST MONTH ON BORIS’S HELICOPTER CRASH ON TOP OF AYER’S ROCK, LOCAL RESIDENT, JIM FRAZIER, CAMERAMAN FOR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH FOR MANY YEARS AND WHO IS KNOWN WORLDWIDE FOR INVENTING A UNIQUE CLOSE UP CAMERA LENS, HIS LATE PARTNER, NATURALIST DENSYE CLYNE, WROTE OF THEIR CHOPPER CRASH IN ARNHEM LAND . . . […]

Beyond the ValleyHistory

The 900 year journey to press freedom and the right

Let’s face it: the natural state of government is secrecy. It is also the most cost effective, lacks red tape and is capable of immediate results.  What’s not to love about secrecy? Indeed, even the great society, founded to have a government ‘Of the People, By the People, For the People’, and despite the First […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

All the way…

Even as Donald Trump announced he would cut and run from Syria, leaving his Kurdish allies to whatever bloody fate awaits them and opening a door for the resurgence of ISIS, our fearless Prime Minister was not ready to breathe a word of criticism of his friend, ally and protector.  To the contrary, in fact: […]

Beyond the ValleyHistoryPeople

HEY BORIS! MIND THE ROCK!

Boris Janjic (partner to our editor Di Morrissey) is a member of a very exclusive club – he climbed down Ayers Rock (Uluru) but never up the majestic sacred site. ‘Actually I was half carried down in a daze,’ he says remembering March 5, 1968 when the helicopter he was in filming a scene for […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

A TOUGH TIME IN THE ANGLOSPHERE.

Not only Donald Trump in the USA and Boris Johnson in the UK struggling to bluff and bluster their way out of their self-inflicted problems, but even the previously untouchable Canadian Justin Trudeau was embroiled in decades old controversies over black face pranks.  It was left to the Antipodes to hold the line, which New […]

Beyond the ValleyLocal

Travellers share concerns

While having coffee one rainy morning in The Greenhouse at Nabiac, I spotted a couple relaxing over their coffee… with a book. These are my kind of people! I introduced myself  and ended up chatting to Jill Pierce and Craig Brown from Eaglehawk Nest in Tasmania.  I asked Jill to tell us about their travels […]

Beyond the Valley

Ned Ludd got a bad press.

Ever wondered where the word “luddite” comes from? There are some who don’t mind being one! Friend Vincent O’Donnell explains  . . . I will never be guilty of insisting that ‘new’ is a synonym for ‘better’.  When it comes to new technologies I am really choosey. The word processor I am writing this article on […]