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 […]

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“…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 […]

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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 . . . […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Our Press – Fragile and Not So Free

Our Prime Minister assures us that the AFP raids of last week had absolutely nothing to do with him. Well, of course not – he and his government are never responsible for anything.  As the economy staggers towards recession – tanking growth, moribund wages, rising unemployment and massive under employment, consumer  spending falling away, national […]

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GLADYS WINS, BUT ARE WE THE LOSERS?

A breakdown of who won and who lost.  NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, won an historic victory, against significant odds to become the first sitting female Premier to lead a political party to be re-elected to Government in NSW. For the moment, let’s put aside her destruction of Sydney and its heritage buildings, trees, and space, […]

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THE DEATH OF THE DARLING RIVER

We have all seen the shocking state of the river system that was the life blood for a huge area of QLD, NSW and SA.  The deaths of millions of fish, some so old they have survived all other water problems, has shocked us all.  We can blame the drought and agree with Minister Niall, […]