A hollow debate

Monday, 7 April 2014   The Australian state   22 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.

Latham is articulating a search for a new relationship of politics to society, based not on its representation, but on intervention on a degraded basis. You have been warned.

Top end upended

Monday, 27 August 2012   State and federal politics   43 comments 

Far from being “out of it” some politicians have been working hard to make the remote communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland practically avant-garde.

How do you change racial provisions in the Constitution when the entire infrastructure of land rights is based on it?

Culture war bores collide

Tuesday, 4 October 2011   The Australian state   55 comments 

Racial/cultural separation, or whatever you want to call it, remains embedded as ever in the centre of our body politic

Where the problem lies

Tuesday, 10 May 2011   Media analysis   15 comments 

Tanner and Megalogenis may take pot shots across the media-political divide but ultimately it comes down to voters as the problem.

Rights and wrongs

Tuesday, 1 September 2009   The Australian state   10 comments 

While the right and left have argued over the nature of the punishment, what we have seen with the intervention is a denial of a basic right in front of the law to be judged whether to receive the punishment in the first place.

For next Australia Day

Tuesday, 27 January 2009   The Australian state   5 comments 

Instead of making even more racially based sections of the constitution with a preamble, how about marking next Australia Day by getting rid of the ones we’ve got?

Culture wars bores

Friday, 9 January 2009   The Australian state   7 comments 

Greer seems to be demanding that a zany film director and a screen actress do what she can’t – make a coherent political point.

What damage a dying government did

Wednesday, 10 December 2008   The Australian state  Comments Off 

If apologies are so in vogue, maybe here’s a chance to apologise to all those living now who have had such a slur made against them …

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