So long and thanks for all the fish
By Mark Bahnisch on August 23, 2011
After campaigning against the Carbon Tax, BlueScope Steel is being cruelled by the lack of a proper Resources Rent Tax.
By Kim on August 18, 2011
We learned last week that Joe Hockey plans to cut $70 billion from government spending (as he has to do to fund Tony Abbott’s Direct Action and parental leave policies, and to make up for all sorts of foregone revenue […]
By Mark Bahnisch on July 18, 2011
What interests me in this post is the cultural politics of Hairspray. One of its marketing themes is 60s nostalgia. That nostalgia is by necessity a collective re-imagining of what the 60s ‘meant’, whether or not we were around to form our own judgements.
By Mark Bahnisch on October 18, 2010
I had mixed feelings last night about whether to watch the canonisation ceremony for Blessed Mary MacKillop on ABC News 24. In part, but not exclusively, those feelings related to the way the ceremonies would be covered, and I’m afraid […]
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By tigtog on July 24, 2010
Please keep the general election campaign talk (breaking news etc) on these Election Open Threads, and keep discussions on the other posts focussed on the topic presented by the author.
By tigtog on July 23, 2010
Seriously, just how many senior members of Cabinet really need to be present for every single NSCC meeting?
By Mark Bahnisch on January 26, 2010
John Birmingham writes in The Brisbane Times: I don’t know whether it’s the increasing numbers of gaudy little plastic flags sticking out of car windows, or the braying jingoism of furniture superstore and gym equipment megabarn advertising that all but […]
By Mark Bahnisch on January 18, 2010
A number of the commenters on the earliest political memories thread recalled having been taken as schoolkids to see Her Maj, and a number of us also recalled weird little pledges and scratchy recordings of ‘God Save the Queen’ being […]
By Guest Poster on January 14, 2010
My mate Tim Watts, who’s been doing some great work online on violent racist incidents in Melbourne, has provided this guest post. Previous discussion of the spate of attacks on Indian students at LP can be found here. -MB “I’m […]
Posted in Activism, Australiana, Culture, Education, Immigration, International, Media, Politics, Race, Sociology, The Web | Tagged Australia, Crime, Ethics, facebook, Melbourne, racism, social media, statistics, web | 351 Responses
By Guest Poster on October 6, 2009
Dr Richard Denniss from The Australia Institute writing in today’s Crikey [reproduced with permission]: The Senate debate about the CPRS is getting close, and with views as diverse as those of Steve Fielding and Bob Brown it’s likely to be […]
By Phil on July 6, 2009
Well, I think it’s safe to say that a full scale war has broken out between News Ltd and Australian independent media operators. Posts today at Crikey, Larvatus Prodeo and The Oz’s Mark Day. Day amused me with this in […]