Posts tagged ‘rights’
The safety dealbreaker for uranium mining has again been highlighted with the news of new radioactive leaks in the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park.
Then there’s what to do with the long lasting toxic waste ( see post on US nuclear waste plans in disarray earlier in this blog )
This accidentally released video shows Pangea spending good money to promote storing nuclear waste in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Please subscribe to this blog ( above right ) and keep in touch with the no-uranium movement ( google ANAWA and hang in for new website, blogs and activism ) that has been stung back into action by Colin Barnett’s mad plans to ship yellowcake on our roads and through our ports when we can’t even transport lead ore safely!
Please let Colin Barnett know his plans have sprung a leak – see post and video below
I am and always have been heterosexual, but I can’t believe some people still don’t recognise that homosexuality is NOT a “life choice” or “lifestyle.”
The science is indisputable; gays, lesbians and transgender people are that way because they are born with physiological and brain function differences that are real, as real as the differences between heterosexual men and heterosexual women.
To deny people the right to marry and be “normal” legally is outrageous.
If the reports ( see wikileaks link below ) are right about the Mormon Church’s role in turning back the clock, then God’s punishment is awaiting them.
Anyone from any religion will tell you that the creator made ALL of us, not just the nice appearing young men in white shirts who disturb our peace by visiting our homes uninvited.
Surely the historic experience of Mormons should inform their views on minority groups who are marginalised, villified and ostracized.
see the story below on the link between Mormons and the anti gay rights lobby in the US
WIKILEAKS also has stories other media won’t or can’t print and is well worth a look and possibly your support as a haven for whistle-blowers who risk their lives for truth.
Australia – Health Professionals needed, but leave your Down Syndrome child at home – an exclusive by Perthnow’s Paul LAMPATHAKIS
Disability sucks,but some politicians and bureaucrats suck even more.
The denial of a woman’s right to stay here in Perth is based on open and official discrimination and cannot stand.
That she is a much needed professional and that her child will not be the only down syndrome child in the state are actually beside the point.
The Point for the Immigration Minister is that the point is now media and community pressure – so PLEASE register your complaint at his website’s contact email http://labor.com.au/people/email/evans_chris.php – and pass this on to your friends and colleagues at home and abroad to do the same.
I’m sure he’s a nice man and has nice people working for hium, but what’s being done is NOT nice.
Thanks to award winning journalist from the Sunday Times and PerthNow Paul LAMPATHAKIS for the story
http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,24622247-2761,00.html ( also pasted below )
( congratulations to the Sunday Times team for last night’s journalism awards, Colleen EGAN and Joe SPAGNOLO joined Paul in being recognised for outstanding work that has seen them subject to incredible pressure from the powers that be - though I can’t remember any of them ever complaining about the cost to them and their families )
Click the audio below for my interview with Journalists spokesman David COHEN earlier this year on the unprecedented police raid that followed one of Paul LAMPATHAKIS’ other stories.
November 08, 2008 06:00pm
EXCLUSIVE: A HIGHLY regarded British midwife working in WA is being forced out of Australia because her Down syndrome child is considered a financial burden.The woman, who works at Joondalup Hospital and is described by fellow staff as “one of the hospital’s best” , has waged a legal battle with the Federal Government since 2002.
Her application for permanent residency was rejected that year because the Government viewed her child as needing health or community services that would result in a “significant cost to the Australian community”.
After unsuccessful appeals and court hearings, the family has applied to Immigration Minister Chris Evans to intervene.But a spokesman for Senator Evans could not say if this would happen - even though The Sunday Times understands the mother has only weeks left.
The woman did not wish to be named or interviewed, fearing retribution by the Government.
But one outraged supporter said: “This country recruited her to come here and work due to an acute shortage of midwives. She is one of the best nurses in the unit, she has contributed widely to the hospital and the general public.
“(She has) wasted thousands of dollars on court cases to try to overturn the Government’s stupidity.”
Family support group Down Syndrome WA labelled the Government’s stance “discriminatory and disgraceful”, calling on Senator Evans to grant the family residency.
Group spokeswoman Jan Gothard said the Immigration Department should examine cases individually, rather than just assume those with Down syndrome would be a burden, when many led independent lives.
Dr Gothard said the WA case and another recently - where German doctor Bernhard Moeller was to leave the Victorian town of Horsham after the department classified his 13-year-old Down syndrome son a burden on taxpayers - were the “tip of the iceberg”.
As well as those already in Australia, many potential skilled migrants were also being denied entry for the same reason.
“Nobody, whether they’ve got Down syndrome or not, can guarantee they’re not going to be a cost to the system,” Dr Gothard said.
“Nobody can guarantee they’re not going to get lung cancer, or liver disease, or need a heart transplant.
“Is there not a potential cost for somebody who smokes all their life? Is there not a potential cost for someone who’s overweight?”
She said the Disability Discrimination Act protected people with disabilities living in Australia, but not during migration.
Opposition health spokesman Peter Dutton called on the Rudd Government to show “compassion” and allow the WA family to have permanent residency.
“In this country we’re desperate for good health professionals,” he said. “It would be a tragedy to lose the skill and expertise that this person has brought to the local community.”