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

The heroism of Héritier Lumumba

Sarah Garnham “I arrived at this football club in 2004 as an 18-year-old from Perth with the name Harry O’Brien. And now in 2014, we find ourselves in a very interesting time, not only for this football club but for this whole world. The landscape is changing. And I know that if the Collingwood Football...CONTINUE READING

Charlottesville was not a ‘protest turned violent’; it was a planned race riot

Zenobia Jeffries In July of last year, after the New York Post ran the headline, “CIVIL WAR: Four cops killed at anti-police protest”, I wrote the column “How we report on structural racism can hurt us – or heal us”. I could have easily written the same article today. That column recalled the Kerner Report...CONTINUE READING

Gladys Berejiklian makes us uncomfortable

Simpson Bulliman NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian in early August commented that the sight of Sydney’s homeless camping out in Martin Place made her feel “completely uncomfortable”. It’s only right that Berejiklian feel discomfort after the many things the NSW government has done during her short reign to ma...CONTINUE READING

McMahon moments and Australian media

Allen Myers Liberal treasurer, later prime minister, William McMahon was admired for his apparently encyclopaedic knowledge of the Australian economy, being able to quote pages of statistics on the spur of the moment during debates in parliament. Only years later was it revealed that McMahon simply ma...CONTINUE READING

A letter from Guam to the US

Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero Dear America, I am glad that you are finally paying attention to what is happening in Guam. Many of you, as I am reading online, are asking for the first time, “What is Guam?” Every day growing up here, we have been told all about you. I am sorry that it is only when we are the subject of...CONTINUE READING

McMahon moments and Australian media

Allen Myers Liberal treasurer, later prime minister, William McMahon was admired for his apparently encyclopaedic knowledge of the Australian economy, being able to quote pages of statistics on the spur of the moment during debates in parliament. Only years later was it revealed that McMahon simply ma...CONTINUE READING

Demanding loyalty to the state is always reactionary

Corey Oakley It is easy to mock the absurd dual citizenship ban that led to the resignations of Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, and is now knocking down senators and MPs at the rate of about one a week. The idea that Scott Ludlam was secretly plotting against Australia on behalf of the...CONTINUE READING

Shorten thinks pesky voters should be less involved in politics

Diane Fieldes If you want a candid confession of who the parliamentarians really work for, just check out former minister Matt Canavan taking a moment to note on Facebook that it had “been such an honour to represent the Australian mining sector over the past year”. Survey after survey indicates that mo...CONTINUE READING