So long and thanks for all the fish
By Guest Poster on August 29, 2013
I’m not talking about a verbal or newspaper attack, a political attack or a funding cut. I mean that somebody threw a bomb out of a car at a group of people at the One Mile Community in Western Australia.
By Mark Bahnisch on July 21, 2013
I used to joke that every time I went interstate, weird stuff started happening in politics. Now, I think I can confidently declare that it gets even weirder when I go overseas. I flew back into Brisbane from Heathrow on […]
By Helen on April 1, 2012
The recent chin-stroking by various people regarding Trayvon Martin’s death at the hands of a vigilante crank is shameful. I was reminded of Maia’s commentary on the victim-blaming attending the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case. (In an astonishing coincidence, both Martin and […]
By Kim on January 25, 2012
I think everyone of a certain age can remember a certain mantra from John Howard. Symbols, he intoned, are not important. “Symbolic Reconciliation” is not important, he couldn’t say Sorry. The Republic was just a symbol, of interest to “elites”. […]
By Paul Norton on January 25, 2012
Here is a very interesting article about the emergence of anti-semitism (parading as anti-Zionism) as a key element of Soviet and Eastern European Stalinism after WWII.
By Kim on January 17, 2012
The peak body representing Australian Universities has adopted The National Best Practice Framework for Indigenous Cultural Competency in Australian Universities. Not something, if you read the key points, I’d have thought should be overly controversial.
By Mark Bahnisch on November 1, 2011
Julian Assange, a little late to the party, penned an op/ed for Fairfax last week defending Andrew Bolt’s ‘right to free speech’. It’s an odd piece of writing. Assange asserts, all John Stuart Mill-like, that: The best policy decisions result […]
By Mark Bahnisch on October 10, 2011
After writing on the case of Bolt v. Eatock in a couple of posts, I had the good fortune to speak to one of the plaintiffs about their motivations in taking the case. To me, one of the most significant […]
By Robert Merkel on September 28, 2011
Age article here.. While the specifics of the legalities are different, my view remains the same as in 2010: Bolt is a an ugly blot on the media landscape, but that doesn’t mean that anything he wrote in those articles […]
By Mark Bahnisch on August 19, 2011
Cultural disdain is about more than humour. It’s the new politics.
By Kim on August 17, 2011
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech to the House of Commons in the aftermath of the English riots set the tone for a bizarre crackdown: Responsibility for crime always lies with the criminal. But crime has a context. And we […]
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