A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL CHILDREN

Jun 24

A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL CHILDREN

Today I was at the Graduation of our Literacy students in The Northern Territory. The students all seemed so young, innocent and beautiful!   There were two groups of students there.  One group comprised of 9 to 11 year olds and the other of 6 to 8 year olds. All in all there were about 48 students in total. The children all went through the graduation hoops of...

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“There’s  always someone  trying to steal our freedoms!”

Jun 15

“There’s  always someone  trying to steal our freedoms!”

“There’s  always someone  trying to steal our freedoms!”   I found myself saying to a couple of friends recently as we were looking at the current Australian and world situation “Life is a compromise, isn’t it?” In order to live within family, community, nations and the world we need to compromise.  However, I often find those with the least...

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Reflection at Myruan Sukumaran’s Funeral

May 10

Over the years I have been heavily involved in anti death penalty campaigns. Barlow and Chambers in Malaysia, Van Nguyen in Singapore and now Chan and Sukumaran in Indonesia.It’staught me a thing or two about what is of ultimate importance in life. These lessons have been so painfully learned and are so strong that they have changed me forever. The first...

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Chan – Sukumaran & Death: What we can learn from all of this

Apr 29

Chan – Sukumaran & Death:  What we can learn from all of this

Yesterday, 28th April was quite a day for me.  It was a day when I saw again and again the inherent fineness and goodness in many human beings. Ironically, it was at two places where I was dealing with death. For many years I have been participating in a service, both secular and religious to honour and remember those who died whilst at work.  As you can imagine...

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No government help for child sex abuse victims

Mar 26

No government help for child sex abuse victims

If you get damaged as a child, don’t ever expect the government to help. The history of government’s helping those in the most need, particularly if they are poor and vulnerable is abysmal. If it costs any money, governments are ‘out of there’.   It’s almost as if a “it didn’t happen to me, so I have no feelings for the victims”...

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Kayla Mueller did not die in vain

Feb 13

Kayla Mueller did not die in vain

When I first saw the photograph of Kayla Mueller, the young American aid-worker firstly captured by ISIS only to die in a blast somewhere, I got a real shock.  I saw the open face of a young girl who, in many ways, could have been my own daughter.  I am lucky enough to meet young people like that all the time.  I began to notice it, really with the young people who...

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A plea for clemency for Andrew Chan & Myuran Sukumaran

Feb 09

A plea for clemency for Andrew Chan & Myuran Sukumaran

Sometime this month (February)  Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be led out of their gaol cells and onto a plane.  The plane will fly somewhere and land.  They will then be placed on a boat to sail somewhere where the execution will take place.  They will stand up, sit down or lie down and be shot by firing squad. How cold blooded and merciless is that!  In...

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