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9 Shocking Steps to Recompense Aboriginal Australians.

Category: I'm Registering an Opinion
Published: Monday, 07 September 2015
Written by The Kiwi

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A few years ago, Peter Adam outlined a response to past injustices perpetrated against Aboriginal Australians. His first four points were:

1. Australia is God’s land, given to the indigenous peoples of this land.

2. It is right to apologise.

3. It is time to repent.

4. It is time to make recompense

Under his 5th point, "Recompense: a practical proposal" he lists nine steps we can take. Those are the steps I want to highlight.

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Completely Cassidy.

Category: I'm Registering an Opinion
Published: Thursday, 06 August 2015
Written by The Kiwi

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Completely Cassidy, by Tamsyn Murray.

What it is about:

"My life is a joke. Actually, that's not true - it's too TRAGIC to be funny - but it IS a total disaster. You might think that I sound a teensy bit DRAMA-QUEEN-ISH here but that's because you don't know the full horror."

So says Cassidy Bond at the beginning of her story about the first term at her new school as a Year Seven. Her mother's pregnant, her father's an Elvis Presley impersonator, her brother's in a rock band, one of her two best friends is acting very strangely. Throw in a test that shows she's a genius, an inter-school quiz and a talent show, and you've got everything for a clever and amusing book told through the eyes of an 11-12 year old.

If I told you any more, it would spoil the story.

What is it like?

Angela Nicely.

Category: I'm Registering an Opinion
Published: Wednesday, 05 August 2015
Written by The Kiwi

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Angela Nicely, by Alan MacDonald. Illustraed by David Roberts.

What it's about:

Three short stories. Three funny situations. One single-minded, determined little girl.

Angela Nicely (about 6 years old, I think) is an engaging, if not what you'd call a well-behaved, girl. Her misbehaviour is not malicious (perhaps with the exception of getting her modelling rival wet) as much as singularly focused. Who wouldn't want to figure out if the head teacher is wearing a wig? How else are you meant to get on top in the modelling game? And when a weekend spa turns out to be a weekend arghh!, you have to do something, right?

What is it like?

Presbyterians withdrawing from Marriage?

Category: I'm Registering an Opinion
Published: Monday, 20 July 2015
Written by The Kiwi

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I think this is a bad idea.

So does this guy who wrote a looooong post about it.

And then I wrote a comment under that post, which I've reproduced below, slightly edited with some headings (because I know most of you won't read the actual comment)...

4 Ugly Children of Democracy and the Church.

Category: I'm Registering an Opinion
Published: Monday, 13 July 2015
Written by The Kiwi

Democracy

Winston Churchill said someone else said it, but he said it too...

"...democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time..."

This is often repeated by Christians, but I don't think Christians believe it. Christians like democracy. No, we LURRRRRVE it!

Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone.

Category: I'm Registering an Opinion
Published: Tuesday, 07 July 2015
Written by The Kiwi

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Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone by James O'Loghlin

What it's about.

Daisy and her talking dog, Ben, allow Daisy's curiosity to lead them straight into an adventure that involves destroying the world...or saving it, depending on what happens. A blue glowing stone turns up in their lives and crazily enough it has a connection to her mother, an archaeologist at a dig some distance away. Who to trust and who to depend on becomes all important in this race to prevent an evil alien villain from ruling the universe.

What is it like?