|A momentous week for UNE and the rest of the world in a number of different ways.
Our Victorian colleagues, friends and relatives have been released from an extended lock down after multiple sequential days with no new cases. We can only applaud their amazing fortitude and stamina! News that many European countries are going back into extended lockdown as infection rates rise precipitously reminds us all that we must take personal responsibility for our collective well being.
Collegiality demands that we must also mourn with others the death of so many staff and students at Kabul University after yet another mindless terrorist assault which claimed the lives of the innocent.
And as I write we are all still watching the blue and red bars creep towards the required 270 electoral votes… The loud cries of ‘not fair’ by the incumbent who is currently lagging behind (214) diminishes democracy as well as the person. Given reports of a record voter turn-out, the attempts to disrupt and divert the election process for personal gain and power must draw only condemnation. The conduct of these elections serves as a reminder that some people would rather deal in fiction, inuendo and the creation of false news whilst arguing for freedom and a better way – as long as it is their way. The value of debate, engagement and evidence being displaced with ego and entitlement. We can only be sad, deeply sad.