Bill of Rights

George Williams (Dean of Law, UNSW) – with no Bill of rights, Australia is ill-prepared for a down-under version of Trump – SMH 13 Feb. Don’t tell us the problem George – Tell us the answer – how do we get a Bill of Rights.

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COALITION AND DEVELOPERS AND BIAS

Some people can’t rid themselves of their bias, can they? Why does Coalition put developers before public? SMH 20 Nov. – a perfectly reasonable question but then the writer falls back on prejudice about relocating Cranbrook or the Kings Schools or a few other private schools .. ….used for intensive housing.
Does the writer have a big block of land that could be resumed together with neighbours’ blocks, for state reasons such as schools? How would they feel if this happened? The land that most of the private schools are on was acquired many, many years ago by supporters for the purpose now held. It was developed by those same supporters, maintained by those same supporters and does not attract govt funding for the facilities. Check it out or ask some of the parents who work so hard to support their schools, or follow their consciences; or simply choose which school they will send their young people to.

ADAM GOODES, AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

“Count me out of award: Goodes” 7 October, SMH. I am disgusted on so many levels at the Goodes affair. What was behind the constant booing of this man? What did the AFL do to control the situation? What will they do now? But particularly I am wondering about the Indigenous players (60-80 ?) in AFL – what did they do to support Adam Goodes – nothing? I didn’t hear of any support from other Indigenous players in any of the codes but particularly the AFL.
It would have taken only a few AFL players, especially in Adam Goodes’ Swans to have thrown down the gauntlet to the yobboes booing Adam Goods – but what has happened now is that they won. Who will be the next target for these mentally deficient “fans”.

BOARDING SCHOOLS

Very interesting reading – “More Aboriginal children making it right to the top” News, 11 August, Sydney Morning Herald, but will those who constantly complain about “elite” schools read it and take in the fact that almost 3000 indigenous students are enrolled in boarding schools this year. When you calculate that every student would be costing the schools they attend at least $20,000 p.a. plus uniforms etc. it makes a sizeable contribution to the advancement of indigenous youth. Would those who complain also recognise that the parents of children attending those schools are actually the people paying for these Indigenous youth? I doubt that those who complain would be at all interested in a bit of fair thinking.
People should bear in mind that the State does not provide boarding school education as far as I know. This left to “elite” schools.

Indigenous education

Very interesting reading in the Sydney Morning Herald – “More Aboriginal children making it right to the top” News, 11 August but did those who constantly complain about “elite” schools read it and take in the fact that almost 3000 indigenous students are enrolled in boarding schools this year. When you calculate that every student would be costing the schools they attend at least $20,000 p.a. plus uniforms etc. it makes a sizeable contribution to the advancement of indigenous youth. Would those who complain also recognise that the parents of children attending those schools are actually the people paying for these Indigenous youth? I doubt that those who complain would be at all interested in a bit of fair thinking.