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Asylum Seekers

What’s In a Name?

On the Oct 3rd 2013, more than 300 people drowned off the coast of Italy. They were described as African Migrants who were being transported to Italy by people smugglers. In the weeks before and after, more drownings have occurred, as thousands of people trying to escape dangerous conflict or desperate poverty undertake risky journeys in unsafe and overcrowded boats in order to seek asylum.

National Day of Mourning In Italy

The Italian Government responded with a day of national mourning, and instruction to their navy patrol boats to extend their patrols to enable them to intersect and rescue asylum seekers from risky situations and transfer them safely to Italian shores.

The Current Message from Australia is, ” Don’t Try, You Won’t Get In.”

In Australia, faced with a similar experience of rising numbers of desperate people making dangerous journeys in the hope of finding a safe place to live, most mainstream politicians have chosen to tackle the problem by creating processes designed to make the few people who manage to get to Australian shores feel most unwelcome and unwanted.

 

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The baby boomers at 65

Jo Chandler, The Age,    January 1, 2011

They are the generation that changed the social landscape, reshaping – and at times revolutionising – how we live, work and play. Now the boomers have reached a new milestone.

”I hope I die before I get old.”
Pete Townshend, My Generation,
The Who. Age 20, 1965

THE first babies of the boomer wave – the generation who shouted loud the anthem composed for them by Townshend, cranking up the volume, thrashing their air guitars and alienating their bemused parents – turn 65 this year.

Some 200,000 of them, the 1946 crop, will hit the milestone in Australia in 2011, with another 5.4 million coming up behind to swell the senior demographic to unprecedented dimensions. Each week more than 1000 Victorians are turning 65. Whether you are inside or outside the boomer legion, brace yourselves – it may be a bumpy ride.

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A Good Death: How Boomers Will Change the World a Final Time
By Dan Kadlec Aug. 14, 2013
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Surely the world has heard enough of the Baby Boomers, who have dominated the political, cultural and economic landscape for six decades. But a generation that has refused to go quietly into any life stage will, it seems, be heard from one final time on the biggest issue of them all: how to die.

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Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed

Editors Intro: Are you a baby boomer with a bucket list? It’s interesting to contemplate whether your bucket list would match your list of regrets when you were looking back on your life when you knew your time was nearly over. From the experience of a palliative care nurse witnessing the wisdom that often comes with last words, bungee jumping, sky diving, visiting Machu Pichu or having a fling in Paris may not be high on the list of regrets expressed in the last days of life. Or maybe achieving the bucket list requires an important reconsideration of the real values for a life well lived. Their is much food for thought in the following article. Graham Forbes

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For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.  Read More ……..