"David" (not real name) "worked as a senior Coalition staffer for more than 5 years. He agreed to be quoted only on condition of anonymity because he has nothing v good to say about the parliamentary culture & its treatment of staffers, especially female" smh.com.au/politics/feder…
“People are treated appallingly and there is literally nowhere to go, there is no HR department. There is no realistic place to complain.”
“A lot of the male ministers seem to think it’s fair game to hit on female staff. I think most of those 50-year-old men have no idea how intimidating it is for a 30-year-old woman to be hit on by a 50-year-old Cabinet minister.”
Groups of regional Victorians are calling on the state govt not to allow the duck shooting season to proceed this year, amid continued concerns about vulnerable ecosystems and the impact on communities #banduckshooting
Regional Victorians Opposed to Duck Shooting (RVOTDS) noted "dire environmental factors, significant long-term decline of all water bird indices, lack of critical data concerning protected species & lack of social/economic impact studies to the wider community" #banduckshooting
Kerrie Allen from RVOTDS said that to allow any kind of shooting season this year would be "completely
reckless and cause irreversible damage to vulnerable ecosystems and rural communities. After the hell of a year we've had, regional Victorians - all Victorians - deserve better"
important series exploring the stories of the Indigenous children trapped in Australia's jails, and how juvenile justice operates, as told by those who live and work in the system theguardian.com/australia-news…
"On an average night in 2019, there were 949 children behind bars in Australia – more than half of them were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Of all 10-year-olds incarcerated, 80% were Aboriginal children" theguardian.com/australia-news…
"Study after study has shown that contact with the criminal justice system at a young age can do lasting damage to children, their families and communities"
As one of its last acts the Trump administration has set in motion the transfer of sacred Native American lands to a pair of Anglo-Australian mining conglomerates theguardian.com/environment/20…
"Unbeknown to tribes and environmental groups who had long opposed mining Oak Flat, the land transfer was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in December 2014 as a last-minute rider to a Department of Defense spending bill"
when Rio Tinto blasted a sacred Aboriginal site in Juukan Gorge 'the widespread public outcry & investor revolt... led the Rio Tinto chairman, Simon Thompson, to promise that the company would “never again” destroy sites of “exceptional archaeological and cultural significance”'
we all know WIRES in NSW is great and celebs around the world are asking people to donate to them. Please reply to this tweet with other animal/wildlife orgs around the country needing donations - there are many
Karen Monument: "The impact of child sexual abuse inflicted by members of the Catholic Church began reverberating in my family home almost 40 years ago and culminated in the loss of a brother to suicide just over 10 years ago" #pell
Karen Monument: "The decision to come forward with allegations against George Pell, almost four years ago, set my brother, myself and my family on a journey that has had equally dark times and inflicted stress that I did not, at times, think we would survive" #pell