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Vigils…

In seeking to support asylum-seekers, we have demanded too little over the years – in order to maintain consensus within the movement, in order to focus on outcomes that policy-makers might consider to be achievable, in order not to look like starry-eyed idealists or scary extremists. And look where it has gotten us.

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Apology to Tony Abbott

I find myself forced to admit that I owe Tony Abbott an apology. In the heat of the 2010 election campaign, I refused to believe his undertaking to turn back the boats. Like many others from the latte-sipping inner-city leftie cultural-relativist brigade (as the fascist racist Andrew Bolt-worshipping brigade choose to call us), I simply [...]

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Aldi’s Australia Day racism not Australian enough.

Racism is the raison d’etre of Australian Day. Protesting when a supermarket doesn’t get its microagressions micro enough is entirely beside the point.

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Paul Keating’s Remembrance Day Address, 2013

Address by Hon PJ Keating Australian War Memorial Canberra 11 November 2013 Nine months from now, one hundred years ago, the horror of all ages came together to open the curtain on mankind’s greatest century of violence – the twentieth century. What distinguished the First World War from all wars before it was the massive [...]

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Racialising the deeds of “a small minority”

In his weekend report on the high incidence of rape committed by taxi drivers against female passengers, Fairfax crime reporter John Silvester tells us that we need to address “the elephant in the room. Most (but not all) of the reports we have received say that the offending drivers were overseas-born students.” Staring at this [...]

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Have you seen the Budget Emergency? A weekend with #missingbudget

It started as a spur of the moment decision made on a Friday night. Two days later, #missingbudget had taken over the world (or at least a very small portion of it).

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Cannold resigns as WikiLeaks Party candidate

Prominent writer and ethicist Leslie Cannold has resigned from her position as a WikiLeaks Senate candidate, citing concerns about the party’s decisions relating to preferences and other matters. Her resignation letter is here.

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Attorney-General’s Department reveals more about data retention

With the speed and ease of tooth-pulling, the Attorney-General’s Department continues to reveal information about its pursuit of a data retention régime. Late today it provided a summation of industry views on a régime from its consultations with telecommunications and internet service providers in 2009. The information was provided as part of an answer to [...]

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Attorney-General’s Department changes tack on data retention

In a significant admission, the Attorney-General’s Department has corrected its evidence to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to reveal two provisions for a data retention régime were drafted at the Department’s request. As Crikey reported in May, Greens senator Scott Ludlam asked the Department at Estimates to provide details of its consultation with industry [...]

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Kevin #2, election dates, and Yom Kippur

For those trying to work out the details of the lessons learned by the revamped Prime Minister Rudd, one of them seems to be “check the calendar for the dates of major religious festivals before scheduling important events”. Kevin #1 was forced to hold a separate Jewish event for the 2020 summit (remember that?) after [...]

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