Friday, 30 May 2014

Raising Awareness: Fiscal and Other

I am nothing if not fair. And, have always had a keen eye for social justice.
 I may come up with all sorts of frippery, but can safely say
my work-life supports my values and beliefs.
Is this one of the keys to happiness?
 If you are in a situation to work with young workers
I hope you recognise your First Nation people's special days.
We do at the chalkface.
You can't do one day without the other.
Commit to them all.
I hope this gives you a way to thread together the knowledge.
Try it.
We start in March with the Close the Gap campaign goals at the chalkface.
Check out Oxfam's resources.
We begin by arguing the reasons behind the inequities in
health, education, morbidity and employment; between ABTSI and counterparts.
We then recognise the oldest living culture at our United Nations Day.

Then it's Sorry Day on 26 May.
Acknowledging the grief caused by forcibly removing children from
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families for the past sixty years or more.
These people are formally recognised as the Stolen Generations.
Some argue this still happens.
Sorry Day still has a contemporary context.
Sorry Day informs Reconciliation Week for us.
Reconciliation Week kicks off on the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum whereby
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were given the 'right to vote'.
This week we made a Sea of Hands.
The workers put a hand up on a building wall to show support.
 On Tuesday June 3 we will end with Mabo Day.
Celebrating Eddie Mabo' s achievements and his first successful bid for Native Title in Queensland.
Land Rights or Native Title is commonplace in less populated areas of Australia,
but not so in desirable locations. Go figure.
Native Title Claims also take years and years to go through courts.
The process is long and drawn out.
My aim is to see the chalkface with a Reconciliation Action Plan that the
workers could involve themselves in writing.
Does your workplace have one?
What do you think?
On to other pressing issues, here's
the look for Stradbroke Cup Day on June 7.
It's all about black and white, with a splash of red.
I'm wearing my vinyl rose headpiece.

And, here I am in full selfie-mode.
I certainly don't agree with Karl Lagerfeld's commentary about
selfies being vulgar and making people's chins stick out.
I think it's quite a flattering angle.

 Sans, the cross-eyes.
But you get the drift of the outfit.

 It's the swings and roundabouts of savings.
I may have a Chanel bag, but those pearls cost $9
and I am proud to shout it out!

 I have been warned by Treasurer Mr Joe Hockey about hanging around with Borrow and Spend.
This is no beauty blog, but I have to tell about Starlet (approximately $5 AUS)
verses Chanel's Vita Lumiere base ($95 AUS)!
You see, it is every bit as good.
SPF 15.
I have done the experiments.
Check it out at Coles Supermarkets.
 Tell me what you think.
Trying to keep away from Borrow and Spend?
Inspired by Reconciliation Week?
Going to the Races?


  1. Thought provoking. Every single word.

    SSG xxx

    1. I know, SSG! Lot's to think about. Bit random, but I wanted to get the message out about ABTSI Reconciliation Week. :D

  2. This is wonderful and so very important to remember and do. Marvellous message that helps to heal and educate as well. I love it!! Happy weekend doll Xxx

    1. Thank you, Dolls. So much to think about.

  3. Such an important message!
    I was so proud when First Mate came home from school full of passion and compassion about Sorry Day. When I was his age I knew nothing of the Stolen Generation. I hope this better education will mean a more dignified future for our first nation people.

    1. Yes, that would have been a moment. Building greater respect for culture is all about knowledge isn't it? Thank you for your support. Would be interested to hear about any strategies or activities the Mate does at his chalkface. X

  4. Dear Flora,
    I think it is very important to speak about those things. We know a little bit about it even here in Germany and every Nation has lived dark hours, the important thing is to remenber it to avoid that it could happen again!

  5. There are so many important causes! It's hard to believe we still have these same problems in the world. It doesn't have to be. Thanks for doing your part Flora and you look so pretty!

  6. We don't have anything at work to mark reconciliation week, which is a shame. I know at university it was always mentioned, even if only mentioned in passing during lectures. I think it's important to revisit history and remind ourselves where we have come from and what we could do to improve things.

    Away From The Blue

  7. Respect is the key, I think Flora. Respect for others, for the lessons that history provides, and the wisdom to not make the same mistakes. As for cheapie foundations, I've found that the Designer Brands Peptide Foundation at $16.95 is every bit as good as the Estee Lauder one I used to love. Lessons in life eh?