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Macklemore and the NRL Grand Final: The Politics of Sports

October 1, 2017 - 13:33 -- Admin

One cultivated myth of human endeavour is the creaky and far from convincing idea that politics and sport are strangers, gazing indifferently from distant across tables, never to engage. Battles on the field can be waged without politics, while politics excludes sport with allergic vigour. The pretence leads to curious spectacles. It means that the…

For the Adoration of Atheism

October 1, 2017 - 10:56 -- Admin

Or: I was an Altar Boy once. “I was an altar boy once!” I have a habit of dropping that statement into any conversation about religious beliefs that I am involved with. Of course, it is just a distraction, a sort of “blind-alley” comment that steers the talk down a different path, a (as that…

An analysis of terrorism: The Turnbull government and political advantage of an ‘Existential Threat’

September 30, 2017 - 12:30 -- Admin

By Dr Strobe Driver Introduction There has been an ongoing debate within Australian politics since approximately 2015 about terrorism and it having become an ‘existential threat.’ The debate originally started within the realm of referring to the war in Syria and the violence associated with the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria…

I have a home. Have you?

September 30, 2017 - 11:47 -- Admin

I remember on my first tramp around Europe, back around 1980, standing on the foreshore at Brindisi, waiting for the ferry to take me across the Adriatic Sea to Greece. I was getting somewhat jaded by this time of the sights and unfamiliar languages of Europe and starting to hunger for those familiar places and…

“War Pigs”

September 30, 2017 - 11:32 -- Admin

By Christian Marx Politicians hide themselves away They only started the war Why should they go out to fight? They leave that role to the poor (‘War Pigs’, Black Sabbath). Another day, another endless stream of propaganda against the new US bogeyman, North Korea. Commercial channels are awash with this drivel. Sadly, so to is…

The List Of Strange Bedfellows – If You’ll Pardon The Expression.

September 29, 2017 - 17:53 -- Admin

Sorry, but I’m off to New Zealand in a couple of days and this may be my last post for a couple of weeks. The trouble is that I’m having difficulty working out which of the interesting potential targets to write about. I’ve started to compile a list. Peter Dutton calls asylum seekers, “Armani refugees”…

Towards Zero

September 29, 2017 - 11:07 -- Admin

Toward the Bridge of San Luis Rey One can feel an ill-wind blowing these three Anglo-centric democracies toward some terrible climax. Like those unfortunate folk in the story of the “Bridge of San Luis Rey” by Thornton Wilder, where individual circumstances bring these five people to meet their fate upon the collapsing bridge in Peru.…

The Minerals Council of Australia is making itself irrelevant

September 29, 2017 - 10:10 -- Admin

In June, the Business Council of Australia issued a joint media release titled “We All Have a Stake in Moving Forward with the Finkel Review.” The energy industry, its customers and other stakeholders agree: the Finkel Review presents a major opportunity to implement a coherent national blueprint to modernise our electricity system and meet our emissions…

The end of the LNP cuckold kingdom

September 28, 2017 - 13:31 -- Admin

It ended in reality with the stepping down – shall we call it “abdication” – of Menzies from the leadership of that cuckold party, to retire to his preferred homeland to be near as possible to that unrequited love of his life; Elizabeth Two, that other love denied the colonial “rough” through geographical fault of…

Foolish Farmers Fight Fracking!

September 28, 2017 - 10:13 -- Admin

Great headline, eh? And, of course, it’s only a matter of time before the Murdoch Muckraker prints one something like that, but I got in first and I’ve got them covered for alliteration, even if I’m lacking one of those very witty sub-editor puns such as “Otter Devastation” or “All You Need Is Gloves”! but…