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 […]

Entitlement

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.

Lifestyle

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.

Whitlam

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.

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.

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

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