Not many people would be aware of Andrea’s sporting background. …

Comment on NPY women forging their path to change by John Bell.

Not many people would be aware of Andrea’s sporting background. Andrea was one of the first two Aboriginal athletes to be awarded a residential scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport in 1981.
Australian netball coach Wilma Shakespeare saw great talent in this South Australian teenager, selecting her with Marcia Ella from NSW.
While on scholarship, Andrea and Marcia worked for the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation in the suburb of Woden in Canberra.
Two happy, brilliant, caring young ladies who had the sporting world at their feet and who at the same time demonstrated remarkable strength of character.
Then when a devastating training accident on the court wrecked Andrea’s knee and her career before it had begun, her sporting dream came crashing down.
Marcia went on to netball greatness for team Australia before retiring and giving her life to caring for her community.
For Andrea, it could have been the end, but it proved to be just the beginning.
With the same strength of character and single-minded determination that she showed on the court, Andrea returned home to SA, put her head down and went for it in the community. To where she is today.
On the board of the NASF at the time Andrea worked in its office was a fellow South Aussie, Faith Thomas, Australia’s first Aboriginal cricket player to play test cricket, the NASF female Member for SA.
Faith is to be honoured by Cricket Australia in the upcoming test series in 2017.
Andrea is following off the field in Faith’s groundbreaking footsteps. And in step with Marcia. Three wonderful, utterly amazing women, perfect role models for all young Aussie girls in sport and in the community.
As the New Year dawns, they are living proof that if you believe, you can – and will – achieve.

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@ Domenico. So many people whom you loosely call “deniers” agree with you that action is to be taken to reduce pollution yet disagree strongly with you and those who are loosely termed “alarmists” on the anthropogenic percentage cause of impending catastrophic global warming. And on how to deal with the problem. So both sides are tired of arguing.
However, all scientific argy bargy and arguments of methodology aside, there are serious ethical issues in the debate on catastrophic global warming that will not go away or be silenced.
A major ethical issue for me is this question: How can any alarmist in government or oppositiin or in the general public morally justify the continued sale of fossil fuel coal to other countries?
It seems to be hypocrisy writ large to me.


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Millie and John. Just in case you may have lost touch with Gordon and Norma.
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It is an invasion of privacy that frightens most people and destroys public confidence.
Could this growing phenomenon be partly because of the fact that social media has broken down the old standards of personal privacy in the community?
If young people can so easily say and post just about anything to bully in a public media forum, then it stands to reason that their respect for the privacy of others must gradually be eroded.
The only way to teach them respect is to show them the suffering their invasion causes.
If that does not work, then payback becomes an option that is gathering momentum in a community that is frightened by the failure of the authorities to deal with it.


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Worked with Joe Croft in DAA in Canberra.
Crofty was a goodhearted bloke and he listened to what everyone had to to say.
That struck me about Crofty. He was a great listener.


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@ Ali Corcoran: “The power of arguing from an evidence base–for which anthropogenic causation is overwhelming. Having an ‘entitled’ belief does not make that belief correct in the real, non-flat-earth, world.”
To put King or Queen Canute into perspective.
Four centuries ago, the overwhelming consensus was that earth was, indeed, flat. The “real world” of the day. Then along came Galileo.
In the same vein when overwhelming argument was that the sun revolved around the earth, along came Copernicus.
In essence, the Canute story is an analogy for mankind’s assumed superior knowledge over nature.
To say that man’s ever-refutable consensus evidence proves man’s superior influence over nature is open to challenge.
That is not only Jacinta’s right. The history of eminent precedent tends to make her position highly credible.


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