Van Badham eye roll counters Latham landmine – @Qldaah #feminism

On Sunday morning’s Sunrise program Guardian Australia columnist, Van Badham, was verbally attacked as a selfish feminist leftist anarchist by former federal Labor leader, Mark Latham. He also accused her of not knowing anything about working class families and social equality. In a perfect demonstration of how men talk over, at and for women, he and host Andrew O’Keefe argued loudly between themselves. Fellow conservative panelist, Miranda Devine, was also not able to get a word in for several minutes during the heated exchange. Speaking about the gender statistics of university graduation, Latham suddenly veered off to make another attack on Badham. “When you get away from Van’s debate about women like her… because left feminism […]

Compassionistas Vs Christianistas: Choosing refugees based on religion highly unusual – @Qldaah #auspol

The Australian’s Chris Kenny has used the word “compassionistas” to decry people of “moral vanity” who responded to the current Syrian refugee crisis yet seemingly ignored the deaths at sea under the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government. Kenny wrote, “The moral poseurs – or compassionistas as I have called them – are at pains to show us their compassionate virtue but they offer no practical solutions to a difficult policy issue.” Read more. Much of the debate over Twitter in recent days has been around how compassionate a nation Australia is. The Refugee Council of Australia agreed with The Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine that Australia was the most generous but only if you precluded from […]

Dancing around casual #homophobia: @burgewords comments on #WaitInTheCar #JazzHands

To many same-sex-attracted people, the stink of casual homophobia is unmistakable. ONE of the big stories of the week came and went as quickly as a Channel Nine dancer running screaming past the camera. Breaking late on Tuesday afternoon from the Fairfax stable, what became known as the French Ambassador incident trended at least twice on Twitter in the following 24 hours, then disappeared. It’s hard to ascertain exactly what happened. Most media reported that Australia’s Ambassador to France, Stephen Brady, was witnessed shouting at someone on a Paris tarmac before, during or after the arrival of Prime Minister Tony Abbott fresh from Gallipoli late on Anzac Day. The reason – […]

Disquiet on the western front: @GuinevereHall interviews Senator Scott Ludlam #WAVotes

The Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam is having the time of his life. Five years after being elected he has seen his personal profile rise to the point that he’s now getting recognised on the street. There was also a lot of attention garnered from his “Welcome to WA” speech that went viral. Senator Ludlam spoke at length to No Fibs this week. The Carbon tax is the most effective piece of public policy I have ever seen. Guinevere Hall: Why do you think your public profile has increased so much? Scott Ludlam: When the recount shenanigans were happening and then the votes were lost, that actually lifted my profile here in WA […]

Sorry, @mirandadevine: @catharinelumby reflects on Twitter ethics

By Catharine Lumby  May 11, 2013 A couple of nights ago I rang the News Limited columnist Miranda Devine. I had gone to some lengths to obtain her mobile number. I needed to apologise to her in person for retweeting a tweet by Mike Carlton that I did not read carefully enough before flipping it on to the Twittersphere. Carlton’s original tweet read: “@mirandadevine is ‘embedded’ with the Police Riot Squad, as she puts it. What, all of them at once? Must be exhausting”. What caught my eye at first glance was the notion that the Australian police had adopted the practice, familiar from the invasion of Iraq, of ‘embedding’ journalists. […]

Using Thatcher’s death to rewrite history, past and present

By Sarah Capper, Sheilas Editor Source: Sheilas 18 April 2013 When Germaine Greer penned a piece on the late “crocodile hunter” Steve Irwin for the Guardian shortly after his death from a stingray puncture, it was followed by howls of protest from all parts of the globe. Greer ended her ‘barbed’ take on the much-loved ‘Aussie legend’ with: “The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin, but probably not before a whole generation of kids in shorts seven sizes too small has learned to shout in the ears of animals with hearing 10 times more acute than theirs, determined to become millionaire animal-loving zoo-owners in their turn.” As a […]

Citizen journos unite!

By Margo Kingston March 15, 2013 Source: Sheilas Sarah Capper, Sheilas editor: Veteran political journalist and author Margo Kingston is back! And just in the nick of time with an election year upon us. After some time off, Margo returned to writing at the end of last year, spurred into action when she heard Opposition leader Tony Abbott attacking the Prime Minister over the so-called ‘AWU’ slush fund. In her best-selling book ‘Not Happy John!’ (recently relaunched by Penguin as an e-book), Margo examined Tony Abbott’s own involvement in a ‘slush fund’ – with the dubiously named ‘Australians for Honest Politics’ fund that was set-up to bankroll court action against Pauline […]