June 30, 2013 11 Comments
The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) is a charity with impressive marketing and fundraises thousands of dollars for programs to improve literacy among Aboriginal children. So why does it matter that their marketing strategy misleads the public and reflects badly on the same children that they are trying to support? Greg Dickson explains.
March 27, 2013
Language is always changing, but when it does, how do we spell it? Greg Dickson reckons the form toats is the way to go. Wholeheartedly.
March 13, 2013 5 Comments
The Federal Government's new Creative Australia policy includes an announcement of nearly $14 million in new funding for Indigenous languages support, over four years. While it's a welcome announcement, Greg Dickson isn't quite jumping up and down about it.
February 15, 2013
There was a bit of hoo-hah in Parliament House this week when Julia, Tony and co. made a minor song and dance about constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their languages. Greg Dickson writes that it's good news but actually kinda old news... with shiny branding. He explains the recommendations and the clever work that was done by the expert panel over twelve months ago.
January 10, 2013 22 Comments
The tennis and Australia Day both have the capacity to drive people nuts every January. McDonald's new ad campaign, with its plethora of ockerisms is doing just that, writes Greg Dickson. But spare a thought for "Stevo" who seems to have been written out of the ad to make way for a couple of white guys.
November 30, 2012 7 Comments
What's the harm in casually using the phrase 'that's so gay'? Nothing particularly sinister is meant by it and no offence is usually intended. 1,500,000 tweets give a different impression. Greg Dickson writes that homophobic language negatively affects gay people regardless of speaker's intentions:
September 20, 2012 4 Comments
...perhaps Queensland's reputation for slightly loopy politicians is a tad unfair. Kevin Rudd is nothing if not impressive in the way he can scuttle off to China and chinwag in the local lingo. I couldn't think of any other Australian pollies capable of such professional displays of bilingualism. Until I discovered this...
July 20, 2012 7 Comments
Greg Dickson writes… On Monday I got a phone call out of the blue from a journalist from The Australian. Initially, I felt a bit chuffed being cold-called by a big newspaper. I soon realised however that the journo was asking me about stuff that wasn’t really my area of expertise. She wanted to know […]
July 11, 2012
Over three years ago, the Northern Territory government introduced a policy mandating English-only lessons for the first four (out of five and a bit) hours of school per day, despite widespread criticism. But as Greg Dickson has discovered, the government may have finally retracted the policy.
June 11, 2012
Greg Dickson writes: We’re very happy to spread the word about a great new initiative from Western Arnhem Land that gives us all the chance to learn a bit of an Aboriginal language: Bininj Gunwok*. Through the Bininj Gunwok Language Project, you can now subscribe to an email list and receive regular bits of vocab, grammatical info […]