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[22 Feb 2017 | Comments Off on ‘Dying with Dignity: A No-Brainer.’ | 198 views ]

‘Dying with Dignity: A No-Brainer.’
by Professor Ross Fitzgerald AM.
Speech to Dying with Dignity, New South Wales at Port Macquarie.
Tuesday 21 February 2017.
Ever since having seen my late mother suffer so much when all she wanted was to slip away peacefully, I have been a strong public advocate, for others and for myself, of Dying with Dignity.
After a long struggle in the 1990s with a series of hospital physicians, my mother, Edna Fitzgerald (nee Beecher) of 41 Charles Street, East Brighton, in suburban Melbourne, eventually died in her mid-80s.
A few years …

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[31 May 2016 | Comments Off on Dying with Dignity | 86 views ]

We all deserve the choice of a voluntary assisted death
By Prof Ross Fitzgerald (AM)
A major source of opposition to voluntary assisted dying is the Catholic Church and other religious hierarchies. “Voluntary and “choice are concepts that churches like to reserve for their autocracies but not apply to individuals. They demand control , not only over their memberships but over the rest of us as well. In Australia, as elsewhere, minority ecclesiastical autocracies still remain powerful in their fight against same-sex marriage and voluntary assisted dying. Yet more than 70 per …

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[7 Jul 2015 | Comments Off on THE BANDAR LOG , A LABOR STORY OF THE 1950s | 143 views ]

The Sydney Papers Online 7th July 2015
THE BANDAR-LOG : A LABOR STORY OF THE 1950s
by Ross Fitzgerald
Australian Canberra Press Gallery journalist Alan Reid was both a player and an observer of the great Labor split of the 1950s. From his experience, he not only came to a very dark view of political players on all sides but also wrote a novel , The Bandar-Log , depicting the machinations of both key and peripheral participants in the drama that rent the ALP. Reid’s novel remained unpublished after a court case against …

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[13 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on Winton, Queensland and ‘Banjo’ Paterson’s ‘Waltzing Matilda’. | 519 views ]

Located 849 km west of Rockhampton, nearly 1400 km north west Brisbane and 186 m above sea level, Winton is the centre of an important cattle and sheep raising region (although the annual rainfall of 410 mm makes it prone to drought) and, since early settlement, has been a vital transportation point.
Winton, originally known as Pelican Waterhole, owes its existence to the abortive Burke and Wills expedition and the subsequent expeditions which scoured central Queensland looking for the missing explorers. During the early 1860s a number of explorers including Frederick …

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[11 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on Campbell Newman in the soup with Queensland election | 107 views ]

When Premier Campbell Newman announced a January 31 election only Queenslanders were surprised.
Few probably knew Newman had up until June to call the election but they certainly did know he had a lot of gall interrupting the cricket and the rest of summer with his campaign.
It was another reason for him to be disliked. Newman won a landslide victory in 2012 but his popularity and that of his Liberal National Party government is badly spoiled.
Labor and some of the commentariat are hyping Queensland election as a one-term government and a …

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[1 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on Professor Ross Fitzgerald ‘The Year In Politics’. | 32 views ]

Professor Ross Fitzgerald ‘The Year In Politics’.
2GB (873 on the AM dial)
Wednesday December 31, 2015, 7.15 pm to 8pm.
Kel Richards is joined by Professor Ross Fitzgerald to give us in depth review about the year of Politics.
Listen to Professor Ross Fitzgerald ‘The Year In Politics’.
More about:
KEL RICHARDS
ROSS FITZGERALD
POLITICS
FEDERAL POLITICS
YEAR IN REVIEW
Read more at http://www.2gb.com/article/professor-ross-fitzgerald-year-politics#0YokpZCcyxR1cJiL.99

Professor Ross Fitzgerald AM

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[14 Sep 2014 | Comments Off on Sydney Recovery from Addictions Walk | 209 views ]

Professor Ross Fitzgerald’s speech at the end of the Sydney Recovery from Addictions Walk, outside NSW Parliament House, at noon on Sunday September 14, 2014.
“One of the reasons for today’s event is that often when alcoholics and addicts are drinking and using they hit the headlines, but as soon as they are in recovery they almost always vanish from sight. This means that a great many other alcoholics and addicts are not aware that recovery from addiction is possible and that there is hope for those who still suffer.
Last year …

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[2 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on “Austen Tayshus : Merchant of Menace” | 141 views ]

“Austen Tayshus : Merchant of Menace” by Prof Ross Fitzgerald. An address for Melbourne’s first Jewish Writer’s Festival, the Beth Weizmann Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Rd, South Caulfield. 4.30pm Sunday June 1, 2014
LAST YEAR` marked the 30th anniversary of the launch of Australia’s best-selling single ever, ‘Australiana’.
Performed by Sandy Gutman (aka Austen Tayshus), this subversive spoken-word piece is filled with an array of Australian puns, including ‘How much can a Koala bear?’, ‘Do you want to go Anna?’ and ‘Tryin’ to Platypus!’

Born in New York on St Patrick’s Day …

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[9 Apr 2014 | One Comment | 102 views ]

IT may be an inconvenient truth but the fact is that, in terms of its harm, alcohol is by far Australia’s most dangerous drug.
I pointed this out way back in 2003, when I was keynote speaker at the NSW Alcohol Summit.
But since I gave my blunt assessment about the dire situation with regard to alcohol in Australia, little seems to have changed. Indeed alcohol abuse is rife and alcohol-related violence is clearly on the increase, especially among the young.
One disturbing trend seems to be an exponential increase, among Australians aged …

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[3 Jul 2010 | Comments Off on The 36 faceless men | 3,012 views ]

Who took the damning 1963 photographs of “the 36 Faceless Men”? Although actually it was 35 Men and one ‘Faceless’ Woman!
Professor Ross Fitzgerald’s speech about ALAN (“THE RED FOX”) REID at Dalton’s Books, 54 Marcus Clarke St, crn Rudd Street, Canberra, Wednesday June 30, 6 pm.
Thanks indeed Laurie (Oakes). As recent events here in Canberra demonstrate, in the ALP the faceless men and the factional warlords certainly live on! In many ways, the tiny Machiavellian world of Alan Reid is virtually the same world that made Julia Gillard PM.
In his …

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[15 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 4,830 views ]
It’s more than just a memoir

‘My Name Is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey’ is more than just a memoir. As Ross Fitzgerald makes clear, this is a book with a message. It can be located at the end of Chapter 10 where the author writes that one of the functions of this work is to reinforce this simple message , that “an alcoholic is a sick person who can recover, not a bad person who needs to get good, or a weak person who needs to be strong.
Later on, Professor Fitzgerald comments that “alcoholism is …