Labor must not let polls distract from party reform: @e2mq173 comments

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Labor has every reason to be pleased with the opinion polls. The Abbott government is now the worst-performing first-term federal government in history, and would face an embarrassing defeat if it were foolish enough to use a double dissolution to force its draconian budget through the Senate. Similarly, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine leads a deeply […]

Thorpie did not have a Sweet Sixteen: @burgewords #CreatingWaves for @IanThorpe

FALES START: Ian Thorpe falls from the blocks.

  I WASN’T going to write about Ian Thorpe’s coming out. What more can there be to say about this moment in his life, which has huge ramifications for him but should have none for us? But then I read one article which got me angry, the kind of piece I’d hoped to avoid but which I knew […]

A Murdoch-free household is a galaxy too far: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on #NewsCorp

Team Murdoch includes Darth Vader (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

  NEWS sites are getting harder to access for free of late. Paywalls are up and apparently profitable for News Corp and Fairfax. Crikey had one for years and recently Wendy Harmer’s flagship site The Hoopla shut the gate on free reads with its 34 cent per day subscription. Media-hungry online consumers are faced with a choice about […]

Australia’s obsession with boats proves its racist core: @e2mq173 comments

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After days of media speculation, it is has been revealed that the asylum seeker boat towed to the Australian mainland was given special clearance by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Mr Morrison refused to comment on the vessel, or the reasons why the vessel was not diverted to Christmas Island in line with government policy. “It […]

Seaspray Victoria campaigners #lockthegate: @CounterActOz reports

Seaspray farmers, Photo: Stephen Issell

The little room was overflowing so we moved. Packed up chairs and shuffled them into the basketball auditorium. It was a pretty good turnout for a tiny town like Seaspray, Victoria – population 300. As we sat there - the basketball court festooned with Australian flags – I wondered how many of these kinds of meetings have […]

#WorldCup2014 – a reckless and unethical spending orgy: @e2mq173 comments

FIFA promotional video

Those harbouring unrealistic expectations for Australian success at the World Cup have been brought back to earth this week. Australia has played well but until the ‘Beautiful Game’ becomes a national obsession, the Socceroos are unlikely to become a force that strikes fear into the hearts of European or South American teams. Thankfully, the rest of […]

Opera, give it to me straight: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on @Tamar_Iveri

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Amid the ongoing flurry about Georgian opera singer Tamar Iveri and the comments she made in the social media about a protest march in Georgia on International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) in May, 2013, there is an assumption the soprano is just one homophobic voice in an accepting international opera industry, an aberration who must be […]

Hockey’s lie – one month’s work to pay for welfare: @e2mq173 comments

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Treasurer Joe Hockey made another impassioned speech last week to justify his government’s savage cuts to welfare and social services. His key message was that the “average working Australian, be they a cleaner, a plumber or a teacher” in this country must work more than one month a year to pay for someone on welfare.  […]

Storify: @indigocathy campaign team share the lessons of #IndiVotes during #IndiShares reports @jansant

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School chaplains – God knows why: @e2mq173 comments

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  The school chaplaincy program is wasteful and indefensible government policy. Not only is the basis fundamentally flawed, it is one of the few areas of the budget that has consistently increased in cost with no discernible outcome. Prime Minister Howard announced a $90 million school chaplaincy scheme in 2006. Between 2007 and 2010 funding for […]