Shocked and saddened. Michelle saw disability for what it is. …

Comment on Michele Castagna, 1944 – 2016 by John Bell.

Shocked and saddened. Michelle saw disability for what it is. The luck of Life’s draw.
For some, the short straw, the glass half empty.
For others, a test of character, the glass half full. Michelle filled the glass to overflowing with love and good works.
Rest in peace, you beautiful lady. A treasured Alician who will be sorely missed.

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The Territory is broke
The NT under Gunner is spending like a crazy person with 10 arms.
It is in Labor’s DNA – they can’t change.
Look at Andrews in Victoria doubling debt overnight $25 billion to $48 billion and rapidly climbing with union demands … and the promises made by Shorten … and Queensland has lost the plot altogether.


Human rights, centre stage
@ Carolyn Newman: “They are only words.” The reality of words in court, Carolyn, is that it is the skilled use of words by legal wordsmiths (lawyers) that sway the judge towards guilty or not guilty. Clever lawyers use words you and I don’t even know the legal meaning of to get us convicted when you are innocent of the charges.
In their unscrupulous game-playing world, words can mean whatever they want them to mean.


Human rights, centre stage
@InterestedDarwinObserver. Everyone agrees that these awardees are to be highly commended. Wonderful recipients.
My comment was an observation that the “social justice” terminology is symptomatic of a concerted move to overlay common law with a supposedly superior moral ethos of human rights law.
Eg making judges take human rights law provisions into consideration when making decisions.
I believe this thinking is fraught with danger.
There should be greater emphasis on due diligence and ethical behaviour by practitioners of the common law and legislators than imposing new law.
The old law system is not broke. It just needs practitioners and legislators to be more diligent and ethical.


Human rights, centre stage
Well done to the Centralians who received these Fitzgerald awards. However, the phrase “social justice” is an invention of the Human Rights Commission and its advocates, brought into vogue especially by the Mabo decision of 3 June 1992. Justice has always been justice. No need to qualify the word with the adjective “social”. Human rights legislation such as the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is simply additional legislation to complement the common law and other legislative law. If applied with due diligence and integrity, all of our law in Western democratic society is aimed at delivering justice. “Justice” is a simple, stand-alone, most powerful of words. Adding a qualifying adjective dilutes its meaning and is rather pointless.


Anger mounting over closing of Rock climb
@ Ann Hatzimihail: You have nailed it! “Sad world we live in, so structured and strictured.”
You describe perfectly the new Nanny State everywhere rising now in Australian society.
And the irony is that those who are putting this Nanny State in place are railing against what they say are the old structures and strictures.


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