Welcome to this website on social justice. I’m Joan Beckwith, and one of those people who have IDEAS in the middle of the night, many of which seem less amazing in the light of day, but some of which take hold. This website was one of those ideas, and came about when I realised that most of the work I have done as a psychologist and most of the issues I care most about involve social justice.

I decided to call this website 2020socialjustice because the cherished ideals are a bit like 20-20 hindsight, or 20-20 vision, representing a state of perfection that is unlikely to be achieved and yet is still worth working towards in whatever ways are possible. At this stage writing is possible for me though being on the front line is not.

2020 is also a time in the future, far enough away for substantial change, and near enough for realistic commitment. With this in mind, I decided to write this blog until at least 2020, produce at least 20x20 relevant posts by the end of that time, and complete at least 20 of those in any half-calendar year (including those on this website as well as those on the facebook page).

So, welcome to 2020socialjustice where you can:

The 2020socialjustice motto is that ‘thinking is important, being an expert is not, being right is unlikely’. Comments are very welcome through this website, through the facebook page, or by email to Joan Beckwith at 2020socialjustice@gmail.com.


Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that this site may include images and other references to people who have passed away. It may also contain links to sites that may use images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased.



In brief ...

Doing a GISH GALLOP on lefty feminists

November 26th, 2014   

Have you heard of the Gish Gallop? I hadn’t either until I was complaining to a friend about the sweeping generalisations and jaw-dropping assertions made by Mark Latham (former leader of the Labor Party) in his recent polemic against “left feminists” and their putative dislike of children. The main point, though, is to raise an alert on the Gish Gallop and its popularity with current policy-makers…Joan Beckwith.

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Between a rock and a hard place…in the wreckage of ‘the fair go’

November 21st, 2014   

Caught between state-sanctioned dangers of the detention camp on Nauru and local vigilantes, refugees are indeed caught between the proverbial rock and hard place…with no safety anywhere in the wreckage of ‘the fair go’. Here are two stories – for the record and your comment…Joan Beckwith.

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Internal conflicts of a feminist, family member and person; has-been academic, psychologist and counsellor; reinvented as blogger for social justice

November 1st, 2014   

With a title like that, who needs an excerpt?
Don’t forget to add your comments at the end of the post…Joan Beckwith.

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FOR THE RECORD: (Another) letter to the (same) Prime Minister on (another) World Mental Health Day

October 11th, 2014   

DEAR PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT, did you know 10 October is World Mental Health Day? And, do you remember I wrote to you last year on that day, Mr Abbott? I haven’t had a reply yet, you know (even though you claim you ALWAYS answer correspondence) so here are the main points again…Joan Beckwith.

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ISLAM IN A BIGGER PICTURE: A letter to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

October 4th, 2014   

Dear Ayaan Hirsi Ali, with all the recent hype – about terrorism and counter-terrorism – I’ve been distracted from writing to you about your books, “The Infidel” and “Nomad”. Of course, they’re relevant, given they’re about your views on Islam, although they’ve also been criticised for presenting a narrow view. I’ve had some thoughts about a bigger picture and wonder if they might be of interest…Joan Beckwith.

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When the ‘twain’ won’t meet and ‘might’ defines ‘right’

September 5th, 2014   

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.”
Rudyard Kipling’s verse, from 1889, makes a mockery of pride in ‘progress’. His ‘twain’ takes many forms in contemporary Australia, and none more entrenched than the division between those who see mandatory, indefinite detention of asylum seekers as inherently wrong and those who consider it necessary to stop the boats and protect borders.
Whose ‘might’ will define ‘right’ in this destructive divide?…Joan Beckwith.

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Swimming with Tony Abbott

August 23rd, 2014   

No, I’m not trying out for Team Australia, or Team Abbott, or even Team Tony. There’s no danger of that. But I do need to talk about a disturbance of the peace that arose at my local swimming pool around the time he was elected. I reckon there’s some connection, and I would really welcome your input…Joan Beckwith.

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Putting prayer protest on (atheist) record

July 20th, 2014   

They made no noise and caused no trouble, but were arrested because of their prayers. “Praying together in a Member of Parliament’s office was not a gimmick,” writes one of the protestors. “Rather it was an effort to identify with people who have suffered trauma in their own country and are being retraumatised in Australia.” As a secular member of the community, I appreciate this action and wanted to put it on record…Joan Beckwith.

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Restraining children is NOT caring

July 11th, 2014   

If it’s forced it’s not ‘treatment’ and it’s not ‘caring’. Restraint is inevitably forced, and children in psychiatric care are more likely to be restrained than adults. A mother who contributes to this post explains how damaging this can be for already traumatised children. Restraint is also a poor response to safety concerns, and the ongoing challenge is to develop alternative possibilities…Joan Beckwith.

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The “sunk cost fallacy” and refugee policy

July 5th, 2014   

The cruelty of Australia’s refugee policies must have some explanation, and rational ones are thin on the ground. I have started wondering about the relevance of the “sunk cost fallacy”. Achieving refugee justice may require grappling with such irrational and addictive processes that are unresponsive to reason, appeals to compassion, allegations of immorality, or breach of international law…Joan Beckwith.

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