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Crocodiles and Freedom Fighters: Zimbabwe, Colonialism and Violence

November 22, 2017 - 13:43 -- Admin

The strongman lost some muscle this week. Robert Mugabe, a leader of the liberation movement that transformed colonially pressed Rhodesia into post-colonial Zimbabwe, had issued a letter of resignation. There had been no orgy of blood, no ordering of grievances with a vast butcher’s bill – at least for now. Over 37 years Mugabe had…

A New Movement of Rights and the Right in Australia

November 22, 2017 - 10:00 -- Admin

Scholars have wondered what “triggers” might be in the social furniture of a culture that might propel a people to embrace a bill of rights. Australia remains proudly, and idiosyncratically, opposed. Previous efforts to enshrine a charter of rights have failed, accused of being totalitarian usurpations, dangerous incorporations of foreign laws, and a straightjacket on…

Day to Day Politics: The self interest of the National Party and Malcolm Turnbull

November 22, 2017 - 06:00 -- Admin

Wednesday 22 November 2017 Putting aside all of the bullshit emanating from the Government there can be only one reason for the change in parliament sitting times: the Prime Minister’s survival. Surmising the Nationals – and some members of the Government – think the next election is gone and they want to salvage some prestige…

Media must ask LNP: Do you intend to allow the Manus refugees to die?

November 21, 2017 - 19:29 -- Admin

Since the days of the Tampa, seventeen years ago,  I’ve heard it said repeatedly that Australians don’t care about what happens to asylum seekers and refugees who arrived here by boat, perfectly legitimately, seeking only sanctuary. Obviously after seventeen years, during which the treatment of boat arrivals has only gone downhill, I must finally accept…

Canberra and the thumping great Heffalump in the room

November 21, 2017 - 13:11 -- Admin

By David Ayliffe Shhhhh! There’s a thumping great Heffalump in Federal Parliament and he’s making quite a racket. The Heffalump has been around for quite some time ever since this blasted Marriage Equality debate began. Why can’t things just stay the same for ever and ever, Amen? Damned Heffalump, just like Pooh and Piglet, courtesy…

The Charles Manson Variety Hour!

November 21, 2017 - 10:04 -- Admin

Reading the obituaries for Charlie, I can’t help but be amused at how they all present a fairly consistent message of the charismatic, cult leader who managed to bend people to his will with his hypnotic eyes. Strange then, that he never managed to get the record deal he craved. Surely he could have just…

Once upon a time …

November 21, 2017 - 09:00 -- Admin

Resisting the temptation to declare that this current period of so-called governance of the nation reads and performs like the script of a Grimm Brothers fairy tale, we have to admit … no … screw it! … it is like a fairy tale … a horrid fantasy where instead of the villains getting their just…

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Kevin’s World!

November 21, 2017 - 08:00 -- Admin

By Terence Mills Marriage equality campaigners have shown patience, goodwill and perseverance and whilst the first skirmish has been won the parliamentary battle remains; this offering is a look at the lighter side of some of the silliness. Kevin Andrews MP want to introduce changes to the Marriage Act that will allow businesses to discriminate…

Christian dominionism in Australia

November 20, 2017 - 20:38 -- Admin

When the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils made a submission to a government inquiry suggesting that Muslims should enjoy “legal pluralism” by allowing moderate forms of Sharia in divorce and family laws, all hell broke loose. The organisation’s president, Ikebal Adam Patel, tried to reassure the community that they just wanted the right to practise…

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