Monday, August 27, 2012
I remember my entire class at primary school captivated by the black and white television coverage of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon. It was a day I will never forget, and one of the great achievements of our time.
I had the pleasure of meeting Neil Armstong at a dinner several years ago. He was very humble for one who has achieved so much. He was inspiring as an explorer, a leader, a pilot, an astronout and a remarkable person.
Rest In Peace Neil Armstrong.
Your tributes: Neil Armstrong - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Open letter to Josh Frydenberg, Member for Kooyong.
A quick note to let you know that I completely disagree with government policy - which I note that you support - for offshore treatment of asylum seekers.
This will not deter asylum seekers from getting on boats to get to Australia.
In addition, offshore processing:
- is not consistent with human rights standards and UN treaty obligations
- will not provide appropriate accommodation;
- will not provide access to education, and to mental and physical health services;
- will make asylum applications much more difficult to process
- restricts merit-based application review by senior officials and NGO representatives
- has no oversight and/or monitoring of conditions by civil society.
I ask you to reconsider your position on this reprehensible policy. Onshore processing is the only human and effective option.