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On Australian Shores: Richard Greatorex

This week we visited Richard Greatorex who suffered blindness as he claims as a result of having a mixture of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T in his eyes as an Agriculture Protection Worker in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the late 1970'2 and early 1980's.

Richard's story highlights the many difficulties that he has endured as a result of his blindness and the effects this has had on his immediate and extended Family. We returned a few days after the first film shoot to find Richard's immediate family present who can attest to the many and varied ways in which this legacy has affected Richard. This return to the source or 'kalara' ensures that the permissions required of the primary producer, Richard Greatorex, are respected and that the process of editing through to final resolved short film are transparently approved.

30 August 2018 - Richard Greatorex and Family review the final cut of Richard's story with Alexander Hayes.

30 August 2018 - Richard Greatorex and Family review the final cut of Richard's story with Alexander Hayes.

On Australian Shores: Trevor Lockyer


Magali and I often sit together and lamented as to how apathetic Australian's have become in this day and age, so connected up with technology but less and less 'connected' soulfully.

So it is with great sadness that this week we travelled to meet Trevor Lockyer and his courageous carer, Peter. It is often said that the most amazing people are those who care for others selflessly and in doing so change the world for the better around them. 

This post is about Peter who I had a quick yarn with outside his unit in Perth, Western Australia. We chit-chatted about Australian politics, the weather and the football and then the conversation rested on Peter's empathy and care for Trevor.

"...I am with him all the way mate...I'm there to make sure he has a good day...the best thing is in knowing his story is out and that everyone will know what a great man he is" said Peter.

The many tributes that have flowed in on the comments thread in our Ngikalikarra Media Facebook post is testament to the great man that Trevor is. The most important thing that we can do is collectively share Trevor's story and demand justice, recompense and most of as Peter said "...recognition in writing that the Government knew about it."

So, Magali and I want to pay tribute to Peter Brooking Jr. who is caring for Trevor at this difficult time. Peter needs to be commended and recognised along with everyone who has made Trevor's life just that little bit more bearable in this time of need.

This is what the 'On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories' is about...bringing voice to the world about what so many people have suffered at the hands of a greedy and self serving Australian government, coverups, legal wrangling....whilst survivors and innocent families continue to live despite the catastrophic effects of this brutal legacy.

What is important is that Trevor's story is shared and that Peter is given the recognition as so many other people deserve and have been denied.


Photo: Alexander Hayes - Eugene G McMahon, Trevor Lockyer and Peter Brooking here in Como, Perth Western Australia, listening to Trevor’s account of the use of herbicides 2,4D and 2,4,5T in Derby, Western Australia in the early 1980’s - Peter’s story as part of ‘On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories’ will be released early next week on the Ngikalikarra Media channel.

Photo: Alexander Hayes - Eugene G McMahon, Trevor Lockyer and Peter Brooking here in Como, Perth Western Australia, listening to Trevor’s account of the use of herbicides 2,4D and 2,4,5T in Derby, Western Australia in the early 1980’s - Peter’s story as part of ‘On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories’ will be released early next week on the Ngikalikarra Media channel.

On Australian Shores: Suzanne Sinclair

Episode One: Suzane Sinclair

For many years Magali and I have overheard others speak of the horror stories of trials and widescale use of herbicides across Australia, including Agent Orange which according to Wikipedia is:

"...It is a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-Tand 2,4-D. In addition to its damaging environmental effects, traces of dioxin found in the mixture have caused major health problems for many individuals who were exposed."

Recently we met with a number of brave people such as Suzanne Sinclair who have been forced to care for those who have been affected by these toxic herbicide sprays. Their personal stories are both compelling and heartbreaking and in Suzanne's case she lost both her partner Cyril Hunter and her Son, Nigel Sinclair as she will attest.

Magali McDuffie with Suzanne Sinclair and Eugene Hunter in Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia.

As you will discover, there is a hope that the Australian Government will not only officially and categorically acknowledge their claims but also provide adequate compensation for what many survivors claim is the most horrific of illnesses and death as a result of exposure to, use of or direct contact with these herbicides.

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