Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital

Victoria in the 1860s was rife with disease.   Diphtheria, typhoid, small pox and scarlet fever were all killers.   The Victorian Colonial Government began to discuss the idea of creating a hospital to treat patients with infectious diseases. Two sites were considered, the Yarra Bend and further along Heidelberg Road.   The Yarra Bend site was the Read More …

THE FOI ACT 1982 AND THE FOI ACT 2000 (UK): ARE THERE LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER?

It is almost a quarter of a century since the Commonwealth’s Freedom of Information Act 1982 was enacted. At about the same time, similar legislation was passed in New Zealand (the Official Information Act 1982) and in Canada (the Access to Information Act 1985). More than a decade earlier the US had passed its Freedom Read More …

75 years of support for the United Nations

International Policy Friday, 23 October 2020 Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet [Photo: The Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney-General, Dr HV Evatt, signs the Charter of the United Nations on behalf of Australia, watched by the Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Francis M Forde (right), San Francisco, 26 June 1945. – UN Photo/McLain] 24 Read More …

Victoria is Broken.

The hard evidence Victoria is broken, the evictions, the suicides, the burden on Victoria’s mental health infrastructure and the lunatics behind it.  Is there a pandemic really effecting Victoria or is this part of the global scheme being perpetuated upon the people of earth? In 1918 there was a pandemic that killed 50 million people, Read More …