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Mel Campbell

Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell is a Melbourne-based journalist and critic.

The Bully State and the Nanny Media

The Bully State and the Nanny Media

I’ve just finished reading Eva Cox’s post about the government’s proposed rollout of the Closing The Gap scheme – which isn’t so much about ‘closing’ the gap as stuffing many more people into it so that it looks smaller. I find the audacity of its proposed incursions into people’s economic autonomy absolutely breathtaking, especially as […]

Raising Hyperawareness

Raising Hyperawareness

Today is White Ribbon Day, the international day recognising and advocating the elimination of violence against women. This year, the White Ribbon Foundation is asking Australian men to swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about this issue, and it’s getting plenty of media coverage. Foundation chairman Andrew O’Keefe has a spot-on op-ed in […]

The Ruinous Effects Of Praising Kids

The Ruinous Effects Of Praising Kids

According to a recent Herald Sun report, “everybody-wins” approaches to rewarding and praising kids today can result in a generation of mollycoddled wussbags who don’t know the real meaning of achievement… or alternatively, stressed-out little success junkies who become obsessed with competition. “Smart kids have been told so often how great they are, they may […]

This One's For Da Ladies!

This One's For Da Ladies!

Remember how in 1987 they tried to pitch Swan Gold as a beer for women? To be fair, Swan Gold – launched in 1978 – was ahead of its time as a mid-strength beer, but female consumers justifiably felt patronised by being offered their own ‘special’ beer. If they didn’t want to drink beer, they’d […]

The Pointlessness Of Trekking Kokoda

The Pointlessness Of Trekking Kokoda

In the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, a character screams, “Shit, I’ve been shot!” His friend exasperatedly replies, “Can everybody please stop getting shot?” I couldn’t help thinking of this when I read that a fourth Australian, 55-year-old Philip Brunskill, died of a heart attack this week while trekking the Kokoda Track. Paul […]