You can't 'respectfully' deny people their rights

Louise O’Shea “I deplore disrespectful, abusive language, whether it is directed at young gay people or religious people.” So declared that sensitive soul Malcolm Turnbull in response to concerns raised about his farcical marriage equality postal survey. Presumably, he has been too busy managing his pro...CONTINUE READING

How the postal vote fiasco turned the marriage equality campaign around

Louise O’Shea The Yes campaign has been launched in the best way a postal survey campaign possibly could be: with a history-making mass mobilisation. More than 20,000 people, the largest demonstration for LGBTI rights in Australian history, packed into Melbourne’s CBD on 26 August to demand equal rights...CONTINUE READING

Section 44: what’s not to like?

Louise O’Shea Until very recently, section 44 of the Constitution just seemed like any other archaic anti-democratic measure designed to ensure that only the most respectable and patriotic among the bourgeoisie ever made it into parliament. But now that this quiet achieving piece of constitutional law l...CONTINUE READING

Fight is on for marriage equality

Louise O’Shea The marriage equality campaign is facing its most important fight yet. In less than four weeks, approximately 16 million people will be asked if they support marriage rights being extended to all. It is essential that the “yes” campaign demolish the reactionary “no” side. The farcical post...CONTINUE READING

The game is up for ‘trickle down’ economics

Louise O’Shea “This idea that people and inequality and incomes has [sic] been going in the wrong direction. That’s not borne out by the facts. It hasn’t got worse, inequality. It’s actually got better.” So contended that man of the people cum treasurer Scott Morrison on the ABC’s 7:30 program. This mad...CONTINUE READING

Australian crimes in Afghanistan

Louise O’Shea Australian troops are being investigated for war crimes in Afghanistan, the ABC has revealed. The investigation, being undertaken by the inspector general of the Defence Forces, is looking into a number of cases of unlawful killing carried out by Australian special forces between 2009 and...CONTINUE READING

The problem with identity politics

Louise O’Shea The label “identity politics” is applied to a range of positions and practices, the key unifying features of which are sectional approaches to challenging oppression and the prioritisation of subjective experience. These can be highly theorised or simply reflect a common sense based on wha...CONTINUE READING

The Australian values myth

Louise O’Shea If any further proof were required that conservative politics has nothing to offer people but virulent racism and jingoism, Malcolm Turnbull and immigration minister Peter Dutton’s joint press conference on citizenship changes would have to be it. Their proposal to significantly increase t...CONTINUE READING

How the 18c debate restored my faith in parliament

Louise O’Shea Political service is well known for attracting the best and brightest of each generation. Nowhere was that more evident than in the Australian Senate during the debate on amendments to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The debate’s participants are a credit to the private schoo...CONTINUE READING