Archive for May, 2011
The HEKE Project: New Zealand government threatens to seize assets if student loans are not reconciled.
My response to the constant threatening letters from the New Zeaalnd government.
The Australian Aid Development Aid Project (AIDAP) had publically announced their fiscal budgetry commitment for the 2011-12 period, in a Senator Claire Moore sponsored public forum, that was held at the Merthyr Uniting church, in New Farm, Brisbane. In this meeting, the Australian AusAID program summary was announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and former Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable. Mr. Kevin Rudd, MP.
The overall big picture of Australian foreign aid, has been considered in global standards as fairly modest. Moreover, the Australian fiscal expectant expenditure on foreign aid to the world, although it is fairly low by international donator nation standards, with Australia’s donation ranking at the bottom third ranking 16th out of 23 members of the OECD member nations. In real terms, this is 0.35% of the Gross National Income (GNI), or 35 cents for every $100. The OECD average is 0.49%.
Australian commitment to improving their international responsibilities has been proposed by the present Gillard-Rudd administration by predicting an incremental increase of 0.5% of international financial aid by 2015. Inadvertently then, this commitment is in response to the increasing demand for international responsibility by Australia as a regional and international hegemonic leader.
In the South pacific region, the implications of Australian responsibility is crucial in all portfolios from environment, immigration, labour, tourism ecological, education, finiancial and domestic and international infrastrutuctural developments for various fragile Pacific Islander economies. The commitment to human resource movement to the Pacific periphery has been recognised as salient to foreign aid assistance, including and most importatntly, by the contribution and committment by Australia. Not only has the Pacific Islander economies been reliant upon the formal injection by the core nations but crucially this has been augmented by the private remittances by these same human resource labour relaying monies back to their loved ones in the Pacific Islands.
Australia has continued to commit to expanding assistance to Indonesia by building 2,000 schools.
For the South Pacific, improving the education in the Pacific.
Expanding the volunteer and NGO program, including the Australian International Volunteers (AVI) etc.
Eliminating violence against women, in conjunction with the UN women.
Improving water, sanitation and hygiene across Asia and Africa.
Tackling unavoidable blindness, to treat sufferers in East Asia and routine screening 100,000 people.
Expanding humanitarian assistance to Africa and the Middle East, to improve health care for mother’s and children and other assiatnce in Africa.
The creation of the Australian Civilian Corp, (similar to the US Peace Corp). deployed to countries experiencing conflicts and natural disasters.
15th May 2011
There were some 30,000 Australian who marched in Brisbane’s Mayday Parade. It was a grand occassion to celebrate the achievements of workers throughout Australia. A time to claim the streets of Brisbane for the worker, a time to down tools for a fleeting moment and to walk tall and proud.
The workers of Australia are all to familiar of their place in Australian political history, a history in which class locality has been deligitimised with the equalitarian ethos. This same egalitarianism has resonated within the union trade halls and onto the workplace.
It is the Australian workers right to set aside this day and to claim it as their day to celebrate their hard earned rights in the workplace and to the qualitative improvements of their quality of life.
Brisbane 3rd May 2011