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Modi’s blood-stained path to power

May 19, 2014 - 10:12 -- Admin

A string of hackneyed phrases passed through my mind at “India’s Verdict”, the Australia-India Institute’s lunchtime election watch event in Melbourne last Friday. The food was excellent, the company (most of them, at least) was jubilant, and as I struggled for an articulate way to express my fears, all that came to mind were cliches.

“Elephant in the room” was one. “Farted in church” was another. Not to mention “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea”.

Tim Wilson and freedom of expression

April 23, 2014 - 09:56 -- Admin

So this brown-skinned Muslim disabled single mother goes to a lecture by a libertarian socially conservative human rights commissioner… It sounds like a joke told by an Andrew Bolt fan after a long night at the pub.

“What’s my punch-line?” I wrote on my facebook page as I waited for Tim Wilson to appear for his in-conversation with Sally Warhaft at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.


February 24, 2014 - 08:37 -- Admin

I joined thousands of others around Australia last night at vigils organised by GetUp in memory of slain asylum-seeker Reza Berati. In Melbourne, we lit candles and listened to speeches from Tim Cosetto, Father Bob Maguire, and another former asylum-seeker called Reza whose journey to Australia had had a happier ending.

We listened, we lit our candles, and Scott Morrison lay awake all night trembling in fear at the thought of us.