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Showing posts with label rebels. Show all posts

Darwin Rebellion had Three Main Causes



All kids are instructed in history class about the Eureka Stockade yet they don't find out about the rebellion in Darwin. The Northern Territory was absorbed by South Australia in 1863. In 1911 the national government took control of the NT. Dr John Gilruth was named overseer. He had extraordinary plans to build up the region, however he was standoffish and would not tune in to the people. The administrator was involved in opening a meat works and would not deal with workers. Thus, Vesteys Meatworks fizzled.

On December 16, 1918 Dr Gilruth did not allow two bar workers at the Victoria Hotel to take night off in order to go to a gathering commemorating the finish of WWI. The union leader Harold Nelson went to the police headquarters and got a permit for a street march. Four weks later a gathering of men walked from Vesteys Meatworks to Government House. The little gathering of dissenters developed into a horde of thousands.

Things became serious. Individuals requested the director. Dr Giruth to stand down. The administrator turned spoke to the crowd which exacerbated the situation. The group moved into the grounds of Government House and a likeness of him was torched. To quell the disturbance the Royal Navy took control. The manager remained in a virtual jail for the following two months.

Dr Gilruth unobtrusively left in the night, late February. The circumstance stayed much the same for Territorians. Strikes increased. Individuals left to seek work elsewhere. The single positive thing to come out of the rebellion was the NT picking up a non-casting a ballot at the national House of Representatives.

There can be not question that different components added to the defiance action. The cost of ale rose 30 percent from 1915 to 1918 because hotels in Darwin were nationalized. New legislation in 1911 preferenced white laborers over Chinese. This increased the power of unions.

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Crowd at Darwin rebellion

Calls for Change in Pain Relief May Not Be Possible

When you go into hospital for an operation you either get a "feel good" pain clinician who believes that no one should be in pain when medications are available, or you get an "ethical" physician who gives pain relief when he/she deems it to be "right". The problem is moral judgement differs from person to person.

Another issue is - Can pain be a disease in itself? Some calculate the failure to treat pain in working days lost. The problem is, taking analgesics will reduce some pain from the flu, for example, but you are still too sick to work. Furthermore, taking high levels of analgesics can make for a euphoric state where one does not want to work. Looking at it in terms of days lost is questionable.

Specialists are also calling for pain relieving medications to be shipped in large amounts to poorer countries where medical treatment is not widely available. Considering the drug problem in virtually all countries, this may not be a good thing to do. In Africa UN staff have to give some provisions to rebels in order to operate in particular regions. Would these controlling parties want analgesics? Common sense would indicate that they would.

Physicians who specialise in pain relief may be drawn to the profession because they have strong ethics in this area, but they need to look at the big picture. Some illnesses are just so bad that even strong doses of pain relievers have little effect. To fully remove the pain a high dose causing death would be needed. Long term use of such medications leads to resistance. In other words, pain is no longer reduced, and certainly for drug addicts there are no more highs. Distribution of analgesics need to be dealt with on a national basis. Change in this areas may seem necessary - it may not be possible.
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