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Australia should consider hosting bases with US forces: A response to this absurd and dangerous proposal in the coming age of pax-Sino

August 13, 2015 - 08:00 -- Admin

There are telling signs for Australia not to antagonize China, writes Dr Strobe Driver, and the suggestion that Australia should consider hosting bases with US forces will only antagonize them further.

Why the ‘Tony Credlin Show’ will not be renewed for a second season

August 12, 2015 - 17:49 -- Admin

By Paul G Dellit

How many of you remember Candice Bergen in the role of Murphy Brown? Yep. Most of you, as I thought. Okay . . . So how many of you remember the writers of the show? I thought so.

Now, aside from David and Margaret et al of that specialisation, how many of you know anything about Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen? Well then, go and ask your grandparents.

Abbott: The homophobe

August 12, 2015 - 12:51 -- Admin

Let us call it how it is. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a homophobe.

Homophobe, as defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

“A person who hates or is afraid of homosexuals or treats them badly”.

Let’s just analyse that definition in the context of Abbott’s behaviour, language and actions.

A person.

Vote for Tony

August 12, 2015 - 12:26 -- Admin

By opposing same sex marriage, Tony Abbott has reinforced the notion that homosexuality is “queer” – that members of the LGBTI community are a threat to our society.

By indefinitely incarcerating asylum seekers in offshore detention camps he has reinforced the idea that refugees are not victims but criminals who pose another threat to our society.

Abbott says SSM is a deeply personal issue . . . but you can’t have a free vote. What?

August 12, 2015 - 10:16 -- Admin

Two notable outcomes resulted from the Coalition’s six and a half hour joint party room meeting called to debate the legalising of same-sex marriage last night. The obvious outcome is that there will be no legal same-sex marriage on Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s watch, and that should surprise no one, remembering how Abbott once famously remarked that he felt “threatened” by gays.

Book Review: Ideas for Australian Cities, by Hugh Stretton

August 11, 2015 - 20:39 -- Admin

When Hugh Stretton, one of Australia’s great public intellectuals, died last month aged 91, I was moved to re-read one of the first books he wrote* – Ideas for Australian Cities. This book, published in 1970 was so unusual that he couldn’t find an academic publisher for it, so he published it himself. At the time, I found it one of the most important books I’d read, one that changed my way of looking at cities. So what do I think of it forty-five years later?