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Colin Penter
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In memory of Trevor Grant: a real Australian journalist
"But all I feel is sadness; sadness not just that I'm going to die prematurely, but sadness that I live in a society that, so often and so easily, still writes off human lives as collateral damage in the pursuit of profit." Trevor Grant "With Trevor’s passi...

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Activists continue to fight bulldozers and corrupted government processes in Perth's southern suburbs
"Protest that endures.. is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success; namely the hope of preserving qualities in one's own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence". Wendell Berry In Perth's southern suburbs a remarkable co...

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Friday's poem: Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden
Those Winter Sundays Robert Hayden Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. I’d wake and hear the ...

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Stanley Kunitz: The Layers
"A poem has secrets that the poet knows nothing of. It takes on a life and a will of its own" Stanley Kunitz The Layers by Stanley Kunitz I have walked through many lives, some of them my own, and I am not who I was, though some principle of being abides, f...

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Auschwitz and the photographic record of Wilhelm Brasse
January 27th was the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi extermination and concentration camp  Auschwitz-Birkenau  by Soviet Red Army troops in 1945. Over 1.5 million people died in Auschwitz, most of them Jewish men, women and children. The phot...

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Saturday's Poem: Henry Lawson- Scots of the Riverina
Oh my ways are strange ways and new ways and old  ways. And deep ways and steep ways and high ways and low. I'm at home and at ease on a track that I know not. And restless and lost on a road that I know. Henry Lawson So we must fly a rebel flag, As others ...

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Anna Swir: A Polish poetry giant
"You will not tame this sea either by humility or rapture. But you can laugh in its face." Anna Swir I Carried Bedpans by Anna Swir I worked as an orderly at the hospital without medicine and water. I carried bedpans filled with pus, blood and feces. I love...

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"That pack of scoundrels stumbling through the gate emerges as the order of the state" Stanley Kunitz "Evil has become a product of manufacture, it is built into our whole industrial and political system, it is being manufactured every day, it is rolling of...

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The political genesis of the work of Arvo Pärt
“One line is like freedom, and the triad line is like discipline. It must work together.” Arvo Pärt "I apologize but I cannot help you with words. I am a composer and express myself with sounds'.  Arvo Pärt The Estonian born composer  Arvo Pärt  is one of t...

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The continuing silence about links between extreme weather events and climate change
Many parts of Australia are recovering from the devastating effects of extreme weather events over recent days, including storms that produced unprecedented levels of rainfall, massive ocean waves and king tide surges that caused coastal erosion, and extens...
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