Friday Reflection

I don’t know about you, but I have found this week emotionally draining. So, for a complete change of pace, I thought I would share pictures of some of my favourite parts of Australia.

Please feel free to add your own, as well as your favourite music.

Oh, the bar and kitchen are open.

Now for the pictures.

Rosedale (the NSW one), taken from the balcony of the house where I spent quite a lot of time in my adolescence:

(Image Credit: Real Estate dot com)

Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenongs:

(Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Sunset, Alyangula, Groote Eylandt:

(Image Credit: Fred and Bev’s Odyssey)

The Blue Mountains (I can’t find the image on the web, so cannot give credit):

The Razorback, Loch Ard Gorge:

(Image Credit: Jacqui Barker)

Bredbo on the Monaro:

(Image Credit: Fisk & Nagle)

Last of all – and my desktop background – The Coorong:

(Image Credit: Surinder Jain)

A Truly Great Activist

Today’s Guest Post is from Puffy – a moving tribute to the late, great, and way too young to die Stella Young. Thank you, Puffy, and thank you for your forbearance with the delayed publication.

(Image Credit: Stella Young)

As we join Bill Shorten in paying our respects to a truly great activist for an inclusive accessible and FAIR society, we recognise that Stella Young, who has left us at the young age of 32, did not only advocate for a better deal for people with disabilities, she was pursuing a vision of a better deal for all of us. A society where everyone can access physical spaces, digital spaces, the world of ideas and the world of art, recreation, career and family regardless of ability is a better place for everyone.

As her friend Clementine Ford wrote:

Stella Young was not a brave, inspirational warrior sent here to teach us a lesson about Appreciating What We Have. She was a writer, activist, lover, daughter, sister, fighter, drinker, dancer, woman, and human being.

I never met this interesting woman, which is my regret. However, I know her work from reading Ramp Up, the online portal provided by the ABC, of which Stella Young was the editor.

Stella Young had a vision – some might have thought it was an impossible vision – except it isn’t. In a country where numerous ‘able-bod’ government ministers, while being paid so many times the average income of people with disabilities, have no vision and no concept of a society where people get a fair go, Ms Young’s example is a lesson to us all.

She was not ‘brave’ – Stella Young on what society should expect from disabled people:

I want to live in a world where we don’t have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of bed and remembering our own names in the morning. I want to live in a world where we value genuine achievement for disabled people.

She was not ‘inspirational’ – (discussing a poster):

These images – there are lots of them out there – they are what we call inspiration porn. And I use the term porn deliberately because they objectify one group of people for the benefit of another group of people.

Stella Young on how ‘inspiration porn’ gets it wrong:

That quote, ‘the only disability in life is a bad attitude’, the reason that’s bullshit is … No amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into a ramp. No amount of standing in the middle of a bookshelf and radiating a positive attitude is going to turn all those books into braille.

But she had vision. Stella Young outlines why the NDIS matters – because one day you might need it:

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is an investment in all Australians. It’s not about people like me who currently live with disabilities, it’s about all of those who might in the future.

The NDIS is the culmination of thirty years of advocacy by the disability movement. and this scheme is overdue. The NDIS must not be starved of funds or left to the vagaries of political interest. so the advocacy work is not finished and everyone needs to insist that this be above political shenanigans.

One thing is for certain: Australia is a better place for Ms Young’s thirty-two years in it. Just one of her successes, ABC Ramp Up, has left a legacy of information and creative content. I only hope funding is restored to this progressive initiative.

From the ABC website, this is her announcement of its closure of Ramp Up (but the content remains online):

After much speculation about the future of Ramp Up since the Federal Budget announcement, we have some news to share.

As many of you are aware, in 2010 the ABC received funding to establish an online destination to discuss disability in Australia. The funding came from the Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, which is now the Department of Social Services. Our current contract with DSS finishes on 30 June this year and has not been renewed.

The publication of ABC Ramp Up will cease on 30 June, however the website will remain online as a resource for the disability community. Current comments will remain while new comments on articles will be closed.

Over the last three and a half years, Ramp Up has published over 500 pieces of original content, facilitated discussion on a broad range of disability issues, developed a strong social media presence and, perhaps most importantly, published stories and perspectives that put forward a strong case for the establishment of the NDIS. We’ve also had the honour of publishing great work from many talented, emerging writers with disability.

Stella Young writes a letter to her 80-year-old self:

I’ve never thought I was going to die young. But I’m aware, sometimes painfully so, that there are people who do.

For the young people here practicality is a good thing. There are times where compromise is necessary. That’s part of wisdom. But it’s also important to hang on to what you believe, to know what you believe and then be willing to stand up for it. And what’s true for individuals is also true for countries.

Vale and thank you, Stella Young.


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Hello patrons . Welcome to the Final Friday raffle night for 2014.


What a year we have had. Some good ,some bad,some in-between.

For us good guys I think we are in a far better position and are lot more optimistic now than what we were at this time last year.


Bill Shorten download and the labor team are doing a sterling job in difficult circumstances,admittedly helped by the fact that our current PM.

abbott 25 Aug 2014 is nothing more than an idiotic,lying,disgraceful excuse for a Human being who only got into power,because he had the backing of the rich and powerful and the cheering on of a biased incompetent MSM.



Here’s hoping 2015 is just as bad for the Coalition as this year was and they continue to lose ground in the polls.

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Now The Important Stuff.

The Kitty according to my limited understanding of mathematics now stands at the grand total of


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How lucky that it ended up a nice round figure.


The poll results showed a overwhelming desire for the money to be donated to a Animal Charity.

My suggestion is we Adopt a Animal from the WWF and sponsor it for a year.


If you have some ideas for something else speak up and we will conduct another poll,with the winner being the recipent of the cash.

Thanks to all who took part in this years raffle.

Special thanks must go to CK. WATT for conducting the raffles every Friday Night. He does a terrific job.



BK for his Dawn Patrol Links. I think for a lot of us that is our first port of call for information each Morning.

Thanks BK.


Bushfirebill for his help in running this place and his insightful commentary and Photoshop masterpieces.

Thanks my friend .



The one person who without “THE PUB ” would be a sad imitation of what it has become is of course.


Thank you so much for all the work and time you put into making “The PUB ” what it is. You are truly one of a kind.


To everyone else ,Thanks for your contributions, poems,photos,stories sad and happy. You all make this a great place to come too.

Thanks also to the lurkers for having a look, even if you don’t comment ( But you should 1 day ).I hope you enjoy the place.

The PUB will of course be here over the Christmas period. We never close, a 24/7/365 establishment.

Raffles will continue at some stage early next year.

In the meantime I may run a few Trivia Comps. like we did at Easter. They seemed to be popular.

Once again Thank You to all and as always Have A Good Night.