Posts in ‘Society’

Living with the hypocrites – showing on SBS

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Imagine my surprise to see Gregory Storer and Michael Barnett starring in the first instalment of SBS’s Living with the Enemy. These are the two gay activists who tried to put On Line Opinion out of business four years ago costing us tens of thousands of dollars, editor Susan Prior her job, and now me my […]

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Posted by Graham at 10:12 pm | Comments (8) |

Let’s rub out bigotry (and Catherine Deveny) Bill

Friday, August 15th, 2014

I always thought that George Brandis was right – it is legal to be a bigot in this country – but Bill Shorten has corrected him, a correction which he tacitly seems to have accepted by abandoning his attempt to change section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. According to Bill “…bigotry has no place […]

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Why not retire at 81?

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The whole idea of retirement is a new-fangled invention, and not one that I think has been for the good. When it comes to work, I’m with Marx – it is what defines us. A life without work is a life without definition. Before the 20th century there was no idea that there was a […]

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Posted by Graham at 7:07 am | Comments (9) |
Filed under: Economics,Health,Society

Have boobs displaced breasts?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

I’ve always had a slightly antique turn of phrase. It comes from early exposure to the King James version of the bible and as a child being allowed to pick-up and read any book in our house, whenever it was written. But I’ve also thought I was very sensitive to the nuance of language, partly […]

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Posted by Graham at 8:06 am | Comments (11) |
Filed under: Language,Society

Adam Goodes

Monday, May 27th, 2013

This morning I read the Sydney Morning Herald’s letters page, which was largely devoted to Adam Goodes’ pointing out a racist slur during an AFL game the other night. The reactions ranged from the typical schtick of the victimhood lobby to the ramblings of someone who tried to explain away Goodes’ being called an “ape” […]

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Posted by Nick at 9:25 am | Comments (10) |

The boundaries of legitimate protest

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

As far as I can tell from the news reports, Julia Gillard wasn’t subjected to any actual violence today (unless you count being dragged to the car by her coppers), but we’ve never seen a Prime Minister being dragged by security like that before.  It is reasonable to infer that there was a serious risk […]

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Posted by Nick at 7:26 pm | Comments (41) |

Occupy – a vacant lot

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

If a field full of Irishmen is called a Paddy field, what do you call a field full of Australians? A vacant lot. Boom boom. It’s an old joke and it’s what comes to mind when I see reporting of Occupy Melbourne, or Occupy Sydney, or Occupy Wherever. They’ve had over a week to work […]

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Freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the Bolt decision

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Those in doubt that the Andrew Bolt case is about free speech need only think about the contortions of logic necessary to dismissing the proposition that it is about free speech. On his blog, my friend Mark Bahnisch says that “free speech is not at issue here” before observing that “[f]ree speech, as the judgment […]

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And God created Italy…

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

What would Italy be like if the Christian religion had forbidden the creation of paintings, frescoes and statues that tell its stories? And why did they build so many churches when the population  must have been so small? By chance, I read Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth my first two weeks here, which gives […]

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Filed under: Society,Uncategorized

Still Creamin it in Canberra

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

It’s winter, some days the temperature doesn’t go much above 12C. There is a lot of plodding, as I’ve rejoined the work force, yet again, for a little while. And on a sunny day, rugged up against the blustery wind, there is still a mild exhilaration in being a public servant in the capital of […]

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Filed under: Society