I was actually posting version two of my Bill of Rights with a few other comments. I got a bit involved in "a few other comments" so the Rights will have to wait till the morning.
Cornelia Rau. It seems so easy on the face of it; the system has clearly let her down, catastrophically. And yet…
Leave aside - for the moment - the legitimacy of detaining refugees. If you do not already, for a moment pretend that mandatory detention is justified. With this in mind, consider the following. Rau seems only to have manifested mental illness - at least grossly so - in the last few years. We can probably assume, with some degree of safety, that she is capable of at least simulating normal social interaction. We can probably also assume, with some certainty since it is well documented, that the police are quite used to suspected illegal aliens being unwilling to divulge their identity, as we know Ms Rau was when first detained in Northern Queensland. It is possibly justifiable that the police did not immediately leap to the conclusion that Ms Rau was mentally ill; we cannot justify failing to look her up on the missing persons lists.
Once she was sent to detention, she was examined and her mental illness was not identified. Possibly we can justify this; as above, she may well have been able to simulate normal social interaction. We can probably find some way of justifying refugee welfare groups
ignoring her when she refused assistance; there are so many refugees to assist. We can't by any means defend the lack of action when she finally made it to the distraught, incoherent, incapable woman eating dirt that she was at the end of her stay in the camp.
Except you probably picked up on all those suppositions, which is kind of the point, isn't it. Because we don't fucking know. And yet, somehow, it is not a given that the inquiry will be public. The Government and their shills are trying to claim a public inquiry would violate Rau's privacy. The shills trotting out concerns for Ms Rau's privacy are cloaking their reactive defence of a program they approve of with hypocrisy; the same people are invariably - and I am sure there are exceptions - the same people who tell us that there are worse things to worry about than identity cards; that Habib has no claim to privacy from an intrusive government despite a marked lack of conviction; that Ms Rau wouldn't be deserving of privacy if she really had been fresh off the boat from Germany. I am sorry for Ms Rau and I sympathise with her if she would appreciate not having the intimate details of her mental wellbeing discussed in a public inquiry; yet that should not even be the subject of the inquiry. The subject has to be a through examination of a system that allowed this to happen; a system that seems setup in a way that has no safeguards against this.
I can argue that we the public are hardly going to be surprised to discover that Ms Rau is mentally ill, but that is missing the point. The point is that the entire system has failed, a system that is arguably the single most controversial government program in Australia at this time. When it fails, espicially when it fails so spectacularly, so catastrophically and so thoroughly, the Government must
be allowed to take an Inquiry behind closed doors. The public has a right to an transparent process. The public must demand a transparent process. Anything less is a disgrace.
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.