WITADA’s Weekly Top 10 – 9 May 2015

 9 May 20159 May 2015
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place. 


In this week’s Top 10 we look at foreign debt, climate change, our ancient forests and much more.


1. The ABC has a new current affairs show called The Weekly, hosted by Charlie Pickering. This week. a story on foreign aid has gained a lot of attention on social media – and quite rightly so! It is both an informative and entertaining look at a really important issue – with some very disturbing facts about our foreign aid.


2. Plans are under way for the 2015-16 Federal Budget and The Guardian has a way that we can all help decide how to balance the books. I myself was able to save the Government some $12 billion just through a few cuts to high income earners. See how you go on their ‘Have Your Say – Balance the Australian Budget’ site!


3. The Guardian has a follow-up story on the horrific rape of a 16 year old girl in Kenya. Initially the offenders were sentenced to ‘cut the grass around their local police station as a punishment’ but then a social media campaign resulted in a new trial and just two weeks ago each of the three perpetrators were sentenced to 15 years in jail. This is seen as a significant step towards justice in the Kenyan legal system.


4. A few weeks ago we reported on a proposed new consensus centre to be based at University of Western Australia, funded by the Federal Government. The centre was to based on the controversial work of Bjorn Lomborg. This week that UWA has said that they no longer wish to be involved because of the strong opposition to the centre. Amongst other things, the consensus centre believes that concerns over climate change are overstated.
And while we are on the topic, here are some recent photos published by the Climate Council showing the impacts of climate change around the world.


5. Last week we highlighted some stories on the housing crisis for low income earners in Australia. Birdie Jabour of The Guardian has reported that the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has urged the government to consider revising social security payments. The CEO of ACOSS ““We will also be looking to this budget to deliver a better quality of life for people on working age payments, including greater financial assistance and support for those who are unemployed”.


6. In The Guardian this week, Helen Davidson reports on a group of Aboriginal Elders who have proposed that 25 January (the day before Australia Day) be designated as an annual Indigenous day. “Under the plan, proposed at a meeting of elders in Birdsville, fiercely protected traditional knowledge would be passed between tribes and non-Indigenous people, under the strict guidance of elders, in order to share land management techniques.”


7. Human Rights Watch has reported on the bombing campaign in Sudan where the government is indiscriminately bombing areas in Southern Cordovan’s Nuba Mountains. They have focused on the impact of this on children which includes not only bombing but also the restriction of aid.


8. Greenpeace has a new petition to sign and it’s all about protecting our ancient forests.


9. Deborah Cheetham is a Yorta Yorta woman and a famous Australian opera singer. She has recently visited the gorges of Karajini and given a public performance. “What a unique opportunity to sing acoustically as my ancestors would have done and as the local people would have done here for a thousand generations.” We look forward to a clip of this but in the meantime here she is in a YouTube clip singing and talking about her career!


10. It’s not often that we get our inspiration from the common old cow but this story made me feel inspired and all warm inside. Care2 has posted 7 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Cows – enjoy!


Thanks for your company this week. We will be taking a short break for a week and will see you back with our Weekly Top 10 in two weeks time.