As usual in Australia, race remains too central to the state to expect any sort of clarity on it.
The idea of shutting down remote communities because they are economically unviable is, of course, rubbish.
It’s perhaps for the best that Gough’s not around to see the hash they’ll make of it.
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.
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?
Racial/cultural separation, or whatever you want to call it, remains embedded as ever in the centre of our body politic
Tanner and Megalogenis may take pot shots across the media-political divide but ultimately it comes down to voters as the problem.
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.