Audio – 3 interviews – Ex Navy diver floats real help, eating disorders in 5-13 year olds, new documentary on skin and race

Enjoy the 3 interviews below and please visit the websites listed for each for more info, and for how you can make a difference too.


SKIN DEEP airs on SBS January 2 at 8.30pm

Click the blue link to hear Franco Di Chiera talking about this brilliant documentary


Click the Pic to visit the SBS link for SKIN DEEP

“The concept of ancient human ancestry is extremely powerful, as demonstrated by the number of people who ventured out into storms to attend the evening. The formal feedback we received has been overwhelmingly positive, and there have been some wonderful references to how the screening of SKIN DEEP tied the evening together.  Well deserved praise for a film that captures the mystery of the human journey.” Steve Kern, the RiAus Senior Programs Co-ordinator, Science Exchange, Adelaide

Websites:If listeners want to know more they can go to the SBS website for the Secrets of the Human Body series of which Skin Deep is a part at: they can also go to RiAus site at: for additional interviews, RiaAus “On Demand” including an interview  at:

Finally, there is a trailer on the RiAus site at:


Ex Australian Navy Special forces officer doing something special in the developing world.

Click the Pic to visit

Click here to hear Aaron’s inspiring story

  1. Spark* identifies inspiring young individuals in countries facing extreme poverty.
  2. Over 12 months Spark* develops these individuals as grassroots leaders and change makers.
  3. These young individuals, with the support of Spark* re-enter their communities to build projects, turning the tide against extreme poverty.

In 2010 we are focusing on Papua New Guinea, a country where almost 3 million people live on less than $USD1.25 per day.


Click the logo to visit the Foundation and make a difference for the “Unknown” child this Christmas

The Butterfly Foundation is working to save lives as we come to grips with eating disorders that are fatal for 10% of children aged 5-13 who report with the illness.

Please visit the site after hearing from Christine Morgan and if you can please donate, you’ll give a Christmas present to the “unknown” child who may be saved.

Click here to hear from Christine Morgan, CEO The Butterfly Foundation

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WikiLeaks – join before print deadline

50,000 signatures and $250,000 raised in just 24 hours so far! We’re booking a full page ad in The New York Times speaking out on WikiLeaks. Click here to have your name counted before the statement goes to print! —

In case you missed it, Australians have responded in record numbers to outrageous threats from the US towards WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, an Australian citizen.

Already, 50,000 Australians have signed on to a statement about WikiLeaks, and GetUp members have contributed $250,000 so far – enough to book a full-page ad in leading world newspaper, The New York Times.

Now we need to make that statement as powerful as possible, by turning 50,000 signatures into 75,000 and even 100,000 in the next few days.

The most important thing you can do is take one brief moment to click on the link below to read and sign up to the statement:

The second very important thing you can do is tell your friends, family and colleagues about this campaign. Those you know are much more likely to open, read and take action on an email if it comes from you, so you are the key to building this movement.

So many Australians are angered by the threats to WikiLeaks and Juilan Assange from the US and by our Government’s failure to speak out against them. They want something to do about it, and you can give it to them. Forward our original email below or click here to use our handy facebook and Twitter tools to spread the word.

Thanks for standing up,
The GetUp Team

WikiLeaks – your voice in the New York Times

Sarah Palin wants Julian Assange hunted as a terrorist.1 She’s among a swelling chorus of American politicians calling for the arrest – and even the death – of the Australian citizen who runs Wikileaks. It’s a shame that real terrorists, the kind we should be focusing our attention on, don’t show up at British Police stations with their lawyers, as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange did yesterday.

Here in Australia, Prime Minister Gillard pre-emptively judged Mr. Assange "illegal," even as the Attorney General confirmed that no Australian nor international crime by wikileaks has been identified.2

The death penalty? Judgment before trial? This isn’t the kind of justice system we have in Australia. If our Government won’t stand up for the rights of Australian citizens, let’s do it ourselves.

We’re printing ads in the Washington Times and the New York Times with the statement our Government should have made, signed by as many Australians as possible. Will you add your name to the signatories, and invite your friends to join too?

The statement:

Dear President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder:

We, as Australians, condemn calls for violence, including assassination, against Australian citizen and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, or for him to be labeled a terrorist, enemy combatant or be treated outside the ordinary course of justice in any way.

As Thomas Jefferson said, "information is the currency of democracy."3 Publishing leaked information in collaboration with major news outlets, as Wikileaks and Mr. Assange have done, is not a terrorist act.

Australia and the United States are the strongest of allies. Our soldiers serve side by side and we’ve experienced, and condemned, the consequences of terrorism together. To label Wikileaks a terrorist organisation is an insult to those Australians and Americans who have lost their lives to acts of terrorism and to terrorist forces.

If Wikileaks or their staff have broken international or national laws, let that case be heard in a just and fair court of law. At the moment, no such charges have been brought.

We are writing as Australians to say what our Government should have said: that all Australian citizens deserve to be free from persecution, threats of violence and detention without charge, especially from our friend and ally, the United States.

We call upon you to stand up for our shared democratic principles of the presumption of innocence and freedom of information.

We’re printing this statement in the Washington Times and the New York Times early next week – and the more Australians sign, the more powerful the message will be. Please add your name by clicking below, and forward this message to friends and family:

What has started with WikiLeaks being branded as terrorists won’t end there.

In fact, just yesterday U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, Chair of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, said that the New York Times should also be investigated under the U.S. Espionage Act for publishing a number of the diplomatic cables leaked to Wikileaks.4 We can help stop such plans in their tracks, by showing how they are affecting the image of the US in the eyes of their staunchest friends and allies.

Click here to sign the statement before it’s published in the New York Times and Washington Times.

Thanks for being part of this,
the GetUp team.

1 Beckford, M., ‘Sarah Palin: hunt WikiLeaks founder like al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders’, The Telegraph, 30 November 2010.

2 Oakes, L., ‘Oakes: Gillard gushes over US leaks’, Perth Now, 4 December 2010.

3 The quote is widely attributed to Jefferson, but some now dispute whether he actually said it. We know, at least, that he said "knowledge is power," even if Francis Bacon did say it first.

4 Savage, C., ‘U.S. prosecuters study WikiLeaks prosecution’, The New York Times, 7 December 2010.

December Update from Black Dog Ride – raising awareness of and funds for depression in Australia

Black Dog Ride Newsletter

December Update


Hi Tony

It’s been some time since our last update, organising and running of the BDR to the Red Centre certainly required a huge effort and it’s taken quite a while to get back to "normal" duties.

What an amazing experience it was for the riders from all around Australia who participated on our journey to the magnificently remote Glen Helen Resort located 132km West of Alice Springs.

Our mission was to raise awareness of depression, break down the stigma which still surrounds mental illness and raise funds for the Black Dog Institute.

I am pleased and proud to report that we succeeded on all counts having made beneficial contact with the communities we passed through, we captured significant traditional and social media during and after the Ride and raised nearly $80,000 for the Black Dog Institute .

The other feature of the Ride was the amazing camaraderie which developed amongst the riders and their willingness to talk openly with virtual strangers about the often taboo subjects of depression and suicide.

I would like to share with you some of the rider’s personal accounts of their Black Dog Ride.

Riders tell their BDR stories.


Darrell from Canberra has documented his Black Dog Ride experience with a fantastic series of videos. This link will take you there.

Jaye, our only WA female Black Dog rider to go the full distance to Ride to the Red Centre and Glen Helen Resort. Jaye is sending out her story to all her supporters as a thank you. Read on for her account of the journey.

Ghosty and Mosey travelled further than anyone else to join us in Alice Springs, here is their awesome journey.

There were many riders on our Ride to the Red Centre who undertook more than just a bike ride! This is Sam’s perspective on his journey.

Sponsors and Supporters


Black Dog Ride was only made possible due to the sensational sponsorship and support received from many wonderful companies and organisations. Please take a moment to follow the link and check out our generous supporters. If you are in a position to do so, I know they would appreciate your support.

If you, your company or anyone you know are interested in helping Black Dog Ride continue its important work please contact me to discuss how you can make a difference.

BDR for Lamp 2011


Building on the success of this year’s inaugural Ride for Lamp we would like to announce that next year’s Ride will take take place on Sunday 17 April and will again run from Bridgetown to Busselton. Many riders are likely to head to beautiful Bridgetown on the Saturday so we have made arrangements with Nelsons Motel to have exclusive use of their wonderful property for the night. They are offering discounts on accommodation, fabulous gourmet buffet, cheap drinks and entertainment. It should be a great night in preparation for an awesome ride the next day. We are in the process of updating the website so check back soon for more details and online registration.

NEWSFLASH! I am hoping to confirm a very special guest rider in the next week or so. Check the website or Twitter for updates.

Ride to the Red Centre 2011


Whilst my passion and drive to continue my mission have not waivered, I must be honest to myself and admit that running 2 national rides in the past 18 months has taken its toll on my family, my finances and my own well being. I had every intention of riding to the Red Centre again in 2011 and following recent talks with the Black Dog Institute we had decided to move the Capital Cities group rides start date away from Fathers Day to Saturday 20 August with the riders all converging on Alice Springs on Friday 26. If the Ride goes ahead it will be on those dates but I have to tackle a few hurdles over the holiday period and will make an announcement regarding the future of the Ride early in the New Year.

The Festive Season


I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.


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Black Dog Ride P.O. Box 1191 Busselton W.A. 6280

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Media Release: Government fails to cut ties with torture unit – WA Senator

Government fails to cut ties with torture unit

Media Release – Wednesday December 8, 2010

The Australian Greens have criticised the Government for failing to take action in response to allegations an Indonesian unit supported by Australian authorities has used torture against peaceful protestors.

On November 4 this year Greens legal affairs spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, called on the Government to stop funding Detachment 88, an Indonesian ‘counter-terrorism’ unit that has been linked to a series of human rights abuses.

"Demonstrators arrested in Ambon, in Maluku, unveiled their independence flag at an event at which the Indonesian president was present – this had nothing to do with terrorism whatsoever. They were subsequently jailed and many of them tortured and hospitalised," Senator Ludlam said. "70 political activists in Maluku have been imprisoned since 2007."

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade reported this week that the total Australian Federal Police financial support for counter-terrorism initiatives in South East Asia in the 2009/10 was $16.3 million. DFAT said while the AFP is not directly involved in Detachment 88 operational activities, the AFP’s support to the Indonesian National Police includes that unit.

Senator Ludlam said that while Australian officials provide support to Detachment 88, it is not enough to leave investigations of the unit’s conduct in the hands of the Indonesian authorities.

“We are told the AFP does not have the power to investigate what Detachment 88 has done, but it does have the power to stop funding and supporting the unit,” he said. “The United States introduced a ban on training or assisting Detachment 88 members in Maluku in 2008 after the allegations of torture first emerged in 2007, but our Government has not issued a similar ban, which is much-needed.”

Detachment 88’s major facility at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Co-operation was established in 2004 with almost $40 million of Australian funding. According to its website, most of the counter-terrorism seminars at the Centre are run by the AFP, and it is a major beneficiary of $16.3 million in annual funding allocated to the AFP to combat terrorism in south-east Asia.

Media Contact – Giovanni Torre