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laura__palmer July 15, 2020

@snorks But his own family, who support him, have said that it's incorrect, and you'd think they'd have some idea. It doesn't sound like he's a burden on the Australian taxpayer at all.

laura__palmer July 14, 2020

Wow. This is pretty backwards and I think our government needs to modernise it's thinking. Obviously the people making these decisions haven't spent too much time with people who have Down's Syndrome.

laura__palmer July 14, 2020

It's not surprising, but it is pretty gross that rich people are exempt from having to do what the regular joe has to do. There should not be one rule for them and one for the rest of us, it's such a pathetic double standard.

laura__palmer July 14, 2020

@guest2 Probably. But she's high profile and she's probably got a bit to say about acting on your gut and trusting your instincts, given what's gone on in her life over the past few years.

laura__palmer July 14, 2020

@cat Ecactly. As a white woman with extreme privilege, I'm quite happy for the "Karen" meme to continue and I'm quite happy for anyone, especially POC, to use it against the multitudes of entitled, racist middle aged white women. 

laura__palmer July 13, 2020

Any article complaining about the term "Karen" is just being a Karen. Much like
"boomer", it's not so much an age bracket, but a state of mind. Not all middle aged women are Karens, not all Karens are middle aged women.

laura__palmer July 12, 2020

@cat agree. I was great mates with my kid until he turned 13, then he disconnected. He's recently become an adult and we are now reconnecting. The blow wasn't too bad, because I had expected this would happen, but if you think you're just going to have this Gilmore Girls type relationship while they are teens because you got along well with them when they were little, then I think you're going to be disappointed.

laura__palmer July 12, 2020

If you feel like you can, give her a chance to explain.

laura__palmer July 10, 2020

@snorks nope, you’ve totally twisted the findings there matey. 

laura__palmer July 9, 2020

@snorks I have, as I'm a woman whose passionate about giving women the choice and making abortion easily accessible, and who has had an abortion and looked into it extensively before going through with it, and it pretty much is. There are many studies out there that have been conducted over decades that confirm this, not just this one. The only groups still saying the opposite are religious groups who use anecdotal stories to claim otherwise. The most common feeling after an abortion for women is relief and most feel that the decision was right for them at the time, that is what study after study had found.  Women who are able to make decisions for themselves are better off than those who are forced into something they aren't ready for or do not want. And that goes both ways, for people who require an abortion and those who want to continue with pregnancy and birth.

laura__palmer July 9, 2020

@snorks I guess the question is, then, does racism against white people in Western countries like Australia, the USA and UK affect them in the same way it affects black people, given the fact that white people hold a position of power over black people, due to colonisation, discrimination, legislation and slavery, etc? I would say, no. So that is why reverse racism isn't really a thing.

laura__palmer July 8, 2020

@joclare84 "She idolises me & says all she wants to be when she grows up is a mum. But I don’t want this particular life for her"
Exactly, because you know that life is a lie, sold to you by a society who romantices motherhood and who makes it seem like a woman isn't fulfilled without children. All young girls should be encouraged to hone their skills and to follow their interests and that motherhood is just one aspect of life that you can choose, not the be all and end all.

laura__palmer July 8, 2020

Or, they have a great understanding of how squalid they have become and know that this is a symptom of a society that puts profits before people.
Also, stigma has always been attached to housing commission kids, I was just talking to my co-worker about it, who was born in the 60s and grew up in housing commission. I had housing commission near my place growing up where the houses were beautifully maintained, there were also housing estates around the same area with all sorts of problems. So, again, it's this pretending that there was once some sort of good old days. Slums have always existed, they have always been a place to house people with mental health problems, drug addictions, criminal backgrounds, single mothers, and those that the wider society decides they don't want to look at too much.

laura__palmer July 8, 2020

"95 per cent of the women in the study who had been granted an abortion said it had been the right choice for them"
Yep, because it was their choice. Abortion allows women the scope to bring children into the world when they are ready, that is admirable and no stigma should be attached to it. People who don't like or want abortions should never have to have one, likewise, people who don't want to be pregnant or a parent should have the option to abort. I don't regret having my children, because it was my choice. I also do not regret my abortion, because it was my choice.

laura__palmer July 8, 2020

But who has been cancelled? People can choose not to support someone anymore, you know.

laura__palmer July 8, 2020

I'm curious as to why a woman as privileged as JK Rowling thinks she has no freedom of speech. She posted a manifesto on her website, which hasn't been taken down, nor has she been arrested. She has one of the biggest platforms in the world in which to sprout her opinion, people are debating her opinions right now, as I type this. It seems to me that JK wants to be able to say what she likes without criticism, and that's never going to happen. She had to have known there would be backlash, considering her fan base consists of many trans people. She should stop trying to make herself a victim.

laura__palmer July 7, 2020

If  the onlookers weren't there filming this and trying to stop it, this man would have been killed. Nothing changes, as soon as ignorant racists get emboldened, they go after POC. It's so important that white people step in whenever they can, not just turn a blind eye.
It's mind boggling that these redneck thugs weren't arrested afterwards, either, considering the videos of the assault show exactly what happened.

laura__palmer July 7, 2020

@fedup "Don’t make the first thing discussed drugs and alcohol because that is exactly what happened, I couldn’t believe it. " if you did more reading on withdrawal and how dangerous it was, you would be able to believe it. Withdrawing cold turkey can kill people. Putting more strain on the health system by making people withdraw cold turkey at this time would be ridiculous.

laura__palmer July 7, 2020

@fedup "I have no time for it, it is self inflicted by the weak."  no it isn't. And, locking people up does nothing. Treating it as a criminal issue makes things worse. It's a health problem, considering people who are addicted to drugs usually have some sort of trauma or mental health issue that isn't being addressed. So it should be decriminalised and treated as a health issue, as countries who have done that have seen vast improvements with addiction and drug use. Again, you have no idea what you are on about and maybe should make some time for it, because you are woefully ignorant on the subject.

laura__palmer July 7, 2020

@rush The shared spaces should have been getting a regular clean by housing, apparently residents in these towers have been asking for this since March, with nothing done and with them trying to keep these areas clean themselves, with limited funds and supplies. They also translated information in many different languages for themselves in a few hours, something the Department of Health hadn't managed in a few months. Many people had no idea what was going on because they didn't understand the information coming out. It's an absolute failure of government that it's come to this and you can guarantee that it never would have happened in a tower where the residents were wealthy.

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