An Australian Christmas Carol – A badly written, reconstituted moral tale

Mr Ebenezer Morrison lay his head on the pillow.

“I did good today real good. I won’t be given moral lectures by anyone…but I got ‘em… oh yes … Now I can send those illegals back whenever I like. They will never be Australian.” He smiled and with a belly full of Christmas cheer drifted off to sleep….

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Tips for politicians: The ten things that will never work no matter how hard you try

When the Twin Towers went down some people just couldn’t keeping watching – it was too distressing. The media reports went on for days even months. Others like me couldn’t stop watching. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s a way of dealing with the trauma and disbelief. Watching Australian television in the last few months has had the same effect – like watching a train wreck in slow motion. I really don’t want to watch but just can’t help it.  So out of all this, a few observations for all the politicians out there – the 10 things that will never work no matter how hard you try.

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Meet Tanya Rhodes Smith—the New Director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work


Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and continuous efforts by various states to limit the voting power of progressive constituents demand that social workers be more politically active. …

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Ferguson Begs for a Grand Response from Social Work

Whenever tragedy strikes, social workers are among the first responders helping people cope with their grief and loss and empowering people to put their lives back in order.  Social workers provided support troops at the Boston Marathon bombing, they assisted children and families during the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and they were ever present during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  A motto of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is Help Starts Here.  I imagine there are social workers on the ground in Ferguson.  If not in a healing role, I would bet there are social workers among the protesters.  The Missouri chapter of NASW is in Jefferson City, little more than a 2 hour drive away. …

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People Change: Why Clean Slate Matters

America has 5% of the world’s total population by 25% of the world’s prisoners. 65 million people have a criminal record in the United States. Having a criminal conviction can trigger over 900 civil barriers including barriers to employment, housing and education.
At our July 12th Clean Slate Clinic we set up a camera and asked formerly incarcerated people to share their stories. This is what they told us. …

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Leave to the market what belongs in the market

I am not an economics expert by any definition but I do know that economies cannot be run like household budgets. Spending is a matter of priorities (including long term benefits) not necessarily cutting social services that cannot fund themselves.

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Social Worker Kristie Holmes Fights For Primary Victory

Well, not exactly.  That is the headline we all would love to see on Wednesday, the day after the June 3rd California primary.  However, win, lose or draw, Kristie Holmes walks away from her first electoral contest as a winner.  “I got in the race to win.  I want to win so badly because I believe it w ……

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Politics, zombies and society

I am unashamedly addicted to The Walking Dead and do love a good zombie flick. The shuffling and, I presume smelly, bitten are not restricted to film and television. Every year, our cities are overrun by the faux dead on zombie walks. In tourist attractions designed to scare the bejesus out of you, they hiss and shuffle, following you… slowly… in complete and utter darkness.  The lure of the genre got me thinking about the contagion that is zombie fandom (pardon the pun). Does our affair with zombies say something about our world?

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The great social work debate – conservative or liberal?

Back in January I did read Justin Nutt’s post on Social worker doesn’t mean liberal. I felt he was balancing precariously on a rather wobbly fence.  Today, I was heartened to read Deona Hooper’s response.
Can a social worker hold conservative views? Well I suppose they can but I think the question shou ……

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