Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Building Australia

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Commenting to the assembled media on this week’s fatal Manus Island detention centre riot, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young started to say "all Australians would be horrified by what happened". The she corrected herself to say "most Australians". That’s because some Australians would not particularly care; their insecurity and xenophobia has been twisted into something so hateful and ugly by successive governments and oppositions that they now want asylum seekers to be treated more harshly. Those who ARE horrified – at…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Australia must be destroyed

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There are legitimate questions any country must ask itself about the sort of place it wants to be, and the political arena is the proper place for that discussion to take place. But a few months into the existence of the Abbott Government and it is becoming coming clear that we are being taken in a direction that the government itself has never fully articulated. It is reasonable to suggest that certain elites see the election of the Abbott Government…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Consent and the media

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Words define our thoughts, so the way the media reports and discusses rape has a real effect on we think about victims and consent. After years of discussion, how much has the media learned? I was recently jolted into acquaintance with Laura Sessions Stepp’s article on “grey rape” for Cosmo back in 2007. Stepp, who has a conveniently indexed list of public derision for this particular article, described “grey rape” as that unknown island between rape and regrettable sex. As…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Linking politics and infrastructure in Victoria

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The EastWest Link project has support only from the corporations who will profit from it and the media that supports them. Why is the Victorian government ignoring their constituents in favour of those groups? They’re nothing if not predictable, News Corp. Another day another table thumping editorial from Melbourne’s Herald Sun denouncing protesters disrupting the progress of controversial East West Road Tunnel. Just as the protesters turn up day after day in Melbourne’s inner north and attach themselves to drilling…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014

The Hot and the Dead – Albrecht Dürer

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Before online dating, there was the Personals column. And before the Personals column, there were social dances. Before that, people had to paint loads and loads of dreamy self-portraits wearing swanky hats and wait for someone to notice. Well, Albrecht Dürer, I may be 500 years too late, but I’m noticing. Whether you know Albrecht Dürer as one of the most accomplished painters and printmakers of the Renaissance or “that guy who drew really good bunnies”, there is little doubt…