Activism

The Contradictions of Direct Action

The Contradictions of Direct Action

One of the great illusions of political analysis in Australia is that the Coalition has a “cunning plan”, a unified and coherent agenda for governing the nation. This is manifested in both left and right variants. On the left, we […]

Anthony Albanese for Labor Leader

Anthony Albanese for Labor Leader

I watched the first of three televised “debates” between Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten the other night. They will meet again in Melbourne tomorrow night and appear together on Q&A on Monday night. One of the interesting things about this […]

Mr Abbott and the Culture Wars II: Climate Change and civil society

Mr Abbott and the Culture Wars II: Climate Change and civil society

One argument I made in my earlier post about Mr Abbott’s relaunch of the Culture Wars is that he won’t have noticed that civil society is stronger than it was in the Howard years. It’s not just “clicktivism” – there […]

Mr Abbott and the Culture Wars I: Marriage equality

Mr Abbott and the Culture Wars I: Marriage equality

The ACT government has introduced legislation into the territory’s Assembly to provide for same sex marriage. Unsurprisingly, when not distracted by plans to Defend Freedom and re-introduce the title of QC, Attorney-General George Brandis QC has been asked by Tony […]

“Death of an Adjunct”

“Death of an Adjunct”

I’ve just seen a truly tragic story about the death of an Adjunct Professor at Dusquene University in the United States, Mary Margaret Vojtko. Vojtko, 83, was a well loved Instructor in French who was suffering from cancer, and had never […]

Guest post by Jesse Richardson: Thoughts from the CPD panel on “Pushing Our Luck”

Guest post by Jesse Richardson: Thoughts from the CPD panel on “Pushing Our Luck”

MB writes: I’ve asked a number of the contributors to our discussion at Avid Reader around the CPD’s Pushing Our Luck to write up some of the themes and thoughts from the night. First cab off the rank is Jesse […]

The Cathy McGowan Indi model

The Cathy McGowan Indi model

Sophie Mirabella has conceded defeat to Cathy McGowan in the Victorian seat of Indi. At last night’s Centre for Policy Development book launch at Avid Reader in Brisbane (see here), Miriam Lyons remarked that other rural and regional communities, and […]