Author: johnalchin

You Can’t Waste Your Vote Australia!

Explaining Preferential Voting in Australia An Australian Greens member has come up with a novel, alright, comical way to explain how preferential voting works for the House of Representatives at an Australian Federal election. Even better, Patrick Alexander has offered the comic in a few different formats that can be easily shared or printed. Also known as the Alternative Vote (such as in the UK where a referendum was held in 2011), the preferential system is a form of instant-runoff voting. Patrick has aimed at keeping it simple so has focussed solely on the Lower House (that is, the...

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Chance of legal challenge to asylum changes says Greg Barns

Prime Minister’s asylum seeker policy likely to face legal challenge Human rights lawyer Greg Barns spoke to the ABC journalist Tyson Shine about potential legal challenges Labor’s asylum seeker policy will face as a result of the new changes that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced yesterday. Original...

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Cabramatta Moon Festival Photo Gallery

I spent this afternoon enjoying some of the food, music and entertainment on offer at the Cabramatta Moon Festival. There were thousands of people on the streets of the CBD, congregated at the three entertainment stages, and enjoying the amusement rides situated in Railway Parade. Here’s some of the photos I took...

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Rilke on Gazing

“Gazing is such a wonderful thing, and one we know so little about. In gazing we are completely turned outwards, but at the very moment when we are most outward-turned things appear to have happen within us that have waited longingly until they are unobserved, and whilst these things happen within us, without us, perfectly and strangely anonymously – their significance grows in the object outside, a convincing, strong name, their only possible name, in which we bissfully and reverently recognize what is happening within us without ourselves reaching out for it, comprehending it only very gently, from some...

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Everyday people need Better Access to mental health care

The real faces of Better Access funding cuts Mental health advocate and Better Access campaigner Alison Fairleigh has posted this YouTube video featuring the faces of fellow Better Access campaigners, in an effort to draw attention to the real face of the cuts to the ‘Better Access’ scheme. Take a look: The Alliance for Better Access Here’s how you can help: For more information on the campaign to fully restore access to psychological and allied health services. visit the Alliance for Better Access website at www.betteraccess.net. Join our Facebook Group. Sign our petition to stop the cuts to psychological services (Hosted by Change.org) Write to your Federal Member of Parliament and the Federal Senators for your...

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