The targets enshrined in Closing the Gap are laudable as are many of the programs devised to address them. Despite this there is a lack of considered debate.
On the surface, this year’s UK election is much like any other. Only two political parties could provide Britain’s next Prime Minister, the Conservatives or Labour. The two parties are each about 15–20 points ahead in the polls of UKIP, which is likely to trail in a very distant third.
With 200 or so people in the auditorium and, after being told that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys had experienced sexual abuse as a child, we were asked, as way of demonstrating the fact, to raise a hand if it had happened to us. As hands slowly rose around me, I was in a dilemma.
I want to treat language with respect. But I also want to respect the people who use it. And this is why no linguistic error will ever make me roll my eyes more than miserly nitpickers – often anonymous – who take it upon themselves to correct others’ spelling, grammar and punctuation online.
Last year, Maria Sevilla’s application for a 489 (‘Skilled Regional’) visa was rejected as Tyrone’s autism was forecasted to be a financial burden on Australian taxpayers. It’s policy pulled straight from the 1920s.