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Working on big issues : Comments

By Alan Attwood, published 20/5/2009

'I feel more at home as editor of The Big Issue ... than I did for much of my time working in the mainstream media.'

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Mr. Atwood, I often buy The Big Issue, but recently I have been very disappointed with the content. It seems to be dealing with little issues rather than big ones. Accordingly, I n o longer look for it--though I buy a copy when a seller is visible.
Posted by ozbib, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 10:55:23 PM
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I once gave a slightly disabled and rather distressed young man in Sydney, $20 to buy some Big Issue’s to sell, and he went and bought ten, and was on the street selling them next morning. I guess you are right, because he could not hold down a regular job, but he is working and part of the streetscape, and still is.

It is a bit sad really but I don’t buy newspapers any more, I go online and scroll the electronic media, read my news online, and read OLO, most mornings to see what the electronic village square is talking about. One of the Big Issues that State governments are going to have to face, is that the Commonwealth is going to have to fix up its Federal Court if it is to remain credible, because at the moment, it might as well be a footy club, or a fine wining and dining club, because what it does is irrelevant to the mainstream of society.

The Federal Court is a branch office of the local Law Society, and Bar Association, parochial, irrelevant, unwilling to tackle the big issues that trouble Australians, which it could deal with but will not. It is staffed by Judges, paid $6,000 a week to bludge. They can bludge, because they have given themselves a bludger’s Rule. It is Order 46 Rule 7A Federal Court Rules and means that if a big issue to some Australian is sought to be debated and decided by the Federal Court it simply refuses to accept it. However if it does accept a matter, and sometimes one can be surreptitiously filed, if it looks innocuous enough, it is not constituted to provide a fair, just and impartial tribunal of fact to deal with it. It simply lets a $6,000 a week man or woman dismiss the matter. It is dysfunctional and a disgrace. If it was functioning properly, it would agree that S 39 Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 is unconstitutional, and call a jury to decide as fact if it is a court, or an illegal Court
Posted by Peter the Believer, Thursday, 21 May 2009 8:29:31 AM
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