Category Archives: Politics

Turnbull’s laugh

During an interview with Fran Kelly this morning on Radio National in regards to the federal budget, Malcom Turnbull did something which surprised me greatly. When Kelly pushed him on a particular issue, Turnbull uttered a very quick and subtle laugh … Continue reading

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Invasions

Today, 26 January, is known by those who are historically descended from the first people of Australia as Invasion Day. The day that the land that those first peoples had always inhabited, was brutally invaded by white settlers with little … Continue reading

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Billboards and Bullies

The above billboard in Melbourne advertising details of an RACV sponsored Australia Day event became controversial over the last few days as a result of extensive social media criticism regarding the featuring of two muslim women in the advertisement. Yesterday it was … Continue reading

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Compassion and discomfort

Tomorrow night Get up is organising a candle vigil for the refugee crisis in Europe.  I desperately want to support this cause and so my first thought of course was, great, I will go. But then something happened, practical considerations … Continue reading

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On seeing ourselves in each other!

I was reading Matthew Sharpe’s wonderful article on the film ‘Far from Men’ based on Albert Camus’s short story, L’Hote (https://theconversation.com/loin-des-hommes-we-are-all-first-men-camus-algerians-and-oelhoffens-camus-47005 ) and my mind turned to the powerful sense of connection we can often feel with writers who have lived in … Continue reading

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Let there not be another Sorry Day

It is Sorry Day today, the day set aside for Australians to recognise the past wrongs done to the indigenous people of our land. In thinking about this day and its recognition of the wrongness of political decisions made, ostensibly … Continue reading

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Julia Gillard, too prepared for her own case

In law school, one of the messages about successful trial preparation is prepare, prepare and prepare. However, apparently this does not bear well if you are a witness at your own Royal Commission, at least if you are a woman, former … Continue reading

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