No Apology

Monday, 26 June 2017   The Australian state   6 comments 

Ten years ago this month the then Northern Territory Labor government published a report Little Children Are Sacred that claimed widespread sexual abuse of children by NT indigenous communities. This followed a Lateline report a year earlier, somewhat luridly titled ‘Sexual slavery reported in Indigenous community’, that claimed much the same thing in a small […]


Tuesday, 17 January 2017   The Australian state   5 comments 

Just as the public’s experience of welfare is becoming inverted, so those who benefit from the system are perceiving it the wrong way round. Everything is upside down. It is intolerable.

Failing state

Monday, 1 August 2016   The Australian state   1 comment 

As usual in Australia, race remains too central to the state to expect any sort of clarity on it.


Monday, 24 August 2015   Society, The Australian state   10 comments 

Or it may be possible that having got itself into a ludicrous position through culture war over-reach, that it could do nothing about even on its own terms, the anti-racist campaign against the public quietly tip-toed away from situation before it could get out of control.


Monday, 16 March 2015   The Australian state   10 comments 

The idea of shutting down remote communities because they are economically unviable is, of course, rubbish.

Home front – an update

Wednesday, 24 December 2014   Society, The Australian state   45 comments 

Rather than a rise of Islamophobia imagined by the left rising up against a foreign terrorist threat imagined by the right, what we had were people seeming to react to what it was, a small, but disturbing sign of social fracturing.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014   Political figures, The Australian state   18 comments 

It’s perhaps for the best that Gough’s not around to see the hash they’ll make of it.

Why should community leaders be as responsible as anyone else for these jihadists and why would they be able to do anything about it?


Monday, 11 August 2014   State of the parties, The Australian state   13 comments 

We are talking not about a threat from overseas, than Australians going overseas to spread their chaos in other countries.

A hollow debate

Monday, 7 April 2014   The Australian state   21 comments 

The government has tried to use libertarian arguments to nullify and roll back a piece of anti-racist legislation but has nowhere to take it back to.

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