ONE AUSTRALIAN FAMILY’S DOWNWARD SPIRAL

  •  Posted by SCA on  April 25, 2021 |
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    April 25 1915: Anzac Cove
    April 25 2010: Birth of Dylan Anderson
    This September shall mark 77 years since my WW II digger grandad’s war ended in Tokyo Bay, but peace never came to his descendants. We’ve family who’ve served both Taman nations with honour, in wars and conflict predating Anzac Cove and as recently as Afghanistan under […]

  •  Posted by SCA on  January 26, 2021 |
    CHANGE NOT JUST THE DATE BUT THE VERY SOUL OF THE CELEBRATION |
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    The “national day” celebrated on 26 January should simply become one of 31 days on the January calendar. Let it mark a birthday, family anniversary, or an appointment but it’s not fit to be a day of national unity.
    The holiday upon the 26th should be scrapped. Full stop. A totally different day observing genuine national int […]

  •  Posted by SCA on  January 1, 2021 |
    "PERMANENTLY TEMPORARY" IS UN-AUSTRALIAN |
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    Precisely one year ago today I posted my last essay on this site. The year’s silence more a product of depression and trauma than calculated protest but a fitting reflection of the Morrison Government’s ambitions to silence us. I started that last essay of 1 January 2020 with this sentence, “My family survived 2019. We are grateful […]

  •  Posted by SCA on  January 1, 2020 |
    A FAMILIAR PURGATORY WITH NO CLEAR LINE OF SIGHT |
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    1 January 2020
    AN OPEN LETTER VIA REGISTERED AND ELECTRONIC DELIVERY TO:
    The Honourable Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia
    Happy New Year Prime Minister,
    My family survived 2019.  We are grateful we survived. Many did not make it through the past year – property and life were lost – we at least continue to maintain b […]

  •  Posted by SCA on  November 19, 2019 |
    LET SUCH SUFFERING CEASE |
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    Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?  It was a question asked by Alexander Pope almost 300 years ago in a poem.  I have found my answer.
    The Australian Government has taken virtually everything from us.  I endure the slow death of my family at the hands of this Government, even as I must simultaneously fight them and appeal to them for […]

  •  Posted by SCA on  November 11, 2019 |
    THE PRICE OF ADMISSION |
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    Today is 11/11.  A day of remembrance.  As my 8 year-old daughter, Maya, affixed a poppy to her school uniform in homage to her great grandfather and all who served, I experienced a combination of deep pride on one hand and not a little contempt on the other, even outrage, at the current Australian government who treat her as a throw aw […]

  •  Posted by SCA on  November 8, 2019 |
    WE ARE FAMILY . WE ARE COMMUNITY . WE ARE COUNTRY |
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    A note to Samantha Connor, first and foremost a righteous human being and so too a consistent voice in the disability advocacy space, whose spirit I only wish was, quite literally, infectious and thus capable of being made communicable to a global audience in need of such positive pathogens.  Sam’s response to my letter is her own and […]

  •  Posted by SCA on  October 30, 2019 |
    EXCEPT THAT THIS IS HOME |
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    We are all counted as citizens when we’re taxed.  We are all counted like citizens for the census.  But the country is divided along a dark corridor that few people even know exists and fewer still fully understand.  The consequences are much more than a bit of bother or a nagging inconvenience; the outcomes borne of a little 200 […]

  •  Posted by SCA on  October 24, 2019 |
    THE SHAME OF MODERN LIBERAL POLICY. LEST WE FORGET. |
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    24 October 2019
    AN OPEN LETTER VIA ELECTRONIC DELIVERY
    Senator Jacqui Lambie
    Australian Senate
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    Good day Senator Lambie,
    In recent remarks to the media, you expressed very real disgust over the treatment of Anzacs in Australia.  I applaud your comments and acknowledge that under clearly segregationist policies, there now exists a legall […]

  •  Posted by SCA on  October 18, 2019 |
    ONE AUSTRALIAN FAMILY'S DOWNWARD SPIRAL |
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    Around and around and around we go, where we stop…  The truth is we don’t know where we will stop and it’s starting to feel very much like we may keep going around until we give up or die.  Such is no way to live, to be led, or to lead.  Such is, in short, not human nor humane.  It’s certainly not Australian &# […]