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J.E.Thomas, “Green Horse Meditation” (2017)

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J.E.Thomas, “White Horse Meditation” (2017)

Source: The Incredible Journey of Rover Thomas

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J.E.Thomas (2017), “Life is a raft…”
Plato once advised us to view life as a raft to which we cling as it transports us down the river. This painting is based around George Caleb Bingham’s “Fur Traders on the Missouri”. However, in this work the cat on the raft becomes the Ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet, both avenger and protector of the Eye of Ra, life itself.

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Sidney Nolan’s landscapes of the Victorian bush and countryside inspired these eight panel paintings. They encapsulate how a psychology of cultivated farmlands that are separated from the terrifying wilderness simply by a fence, but also manifest the tremendous chance at freedom that emanates from that wilderness.

“See that there he pointed. That is called the Crosscut Saw and that one is Mount Speculation and yonder is Mount Buggery and that other is Mount Despair did you know that?

No Harry.

You will and you’ll be sorry.”

Peter Carey, ‘The True History of the Kelly Gang’

Source: ALL IS NUMBER: Irrational numbers and the existence of God

‘Resistance’, J.E. Thomas, (2003)

 

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Indigenous disadvantage[1] in Australia began with dispossession and displacement. Disadvantage through discrimination, intergenerational poverty and the loss of autonomy through government policies has entrenched it. Renting a home, gaining employment, getting service are all times when Indigenous people are often racially profiled and discriminated against. Such disadvantage increases the likelihood of further disadvantage. When a home environment is poor there is less chance to study or be encouraged, making learning difficult. This is exacerbated further through poor nutrition and hearing loss through ear infections. Poverty lowers self-esteem, increasing the chances of illness, death and the likelihood of arrest and incarceration. All these factors entrench Indigenous disadvantage rather than allowing the opportunity of further education, increased employability and higher income. It is only through listening to Indigenous people, acting upon their recommendations, increasing opportunity for them, and educating the general population to be proud of their nation’s Indigenous heritage will…

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In his submission to the Australian Senate on its 2008 debate on a proposed Bill of Rights, Professor James Allen contends that a bill of rights would be a terrible idea as it would take away power from the legislators in parliament and give it to the judiciary.

Allen’s first argument is that rights are an abstract concept; they are ‘vague’, ‘amorphous’  and ‘emotively appealing’. [1] But what are these rights that Allen refers to? The recommendations of the National Human Rights Consulting Committee state that they are:

  1. To respect the rights of others;
  2. to support parliamentary democracy and the rule of law
  3. to uphold and obey the laws of Australia
  4. to serve on a jury when required
  5. to vote and to ensure to the best of our ability that our vote is informed
  6. to show respect for diversity and the equal worth, dignity and freedom of others
  7. to promote…

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Nicholas Georgouras (2008-2011)

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