It’s April 12th, which is the 37th anniversary of the US withdrawal from Cambodia, and is Global Day of Action on Military Spending – according to co-founder the International Peace Bureau,

“Research on the causes of violent conflicts shows a myriad of factors, but does not indicate that building bigger armies is the key to keeping a county safe from warfare. In fact, funds spent on weapons may drain resources from social, political, and economic development that may address root causes of conflict.”

And, in the words of Former US President Dwight Eisernhower (who died on this day in 1945), “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed.”
And it’s 961 days (that’s 2 years, 7 months, 3 weeks and 4 days) until interim Premier Baillieu (new title thanks to Andy Robinson) and his party are up for re-election.

As the Mental Health EBA shows drags on we need no reminder of what this government stands for. It’s been 283 days since lodging the EBA claims, 252 since the launch of the Mental Health Respect our Work campaign, 185 days since the first EBA meeting, and 137 days since the Mental Health EBA expired. And as recently as 17 days ago VHIA tried to introduce claims (like short shifts, staff deployment, and other ‘flexibility’ measures) to the MH EBA that were comprehensively defeated in the general nursing EBA. Don’t put your red shirts away just yet, general nurses!