Why you should take your kid to a protest

Cathy Lewis At six months old my daughter started to attend protests with me. Tucked safely into her little pouch, she would sleep blissfully through boisterous chants and speeches, her little head nodding off as we marched through the streets surrounded by hundreds, sometimes thousands, of noisy peop...CONTINUE READING

Big Brother is doing more than just watching

Jo Mettam Spy agencies the world over like to pretend that they keep the rest of us safe. Recent revelations from the Edward Snowden leaks have shown yet again what a blatant lie that is. The Intercept and NBC have published a range of presentations by the British spy agency GCHQ, which outline a ra...CONTINUE READING

An unhealthy dose of corporate meddling

Louise O’Shea Tony Abbott is minister for women and the junk food industry is running the health portfolio. All that’s left to complete the picture is for Ivan Milat to be bumped into the tourism department. The office of the Assistant Health Minister, Fiona Nash – appointed after The Hamburglar decline...CONTINUE READING

Sorry chromosomes, it’s not about you

Liz Ross In early February, Michael Bailey, a psychologist at Northwestern University in Illinois, announced that his team’s study of gay men “shows that there are genes involved in male sexual orientation”. What the results actually showed was that there were some similar gene sequences on two chr...CONTINUE READING

Left needs latte liberalism like a hole in the head

Corey Oakley Gerard Henderson might not be as bright as your average gibbering idiot, but his pug-faced sanctimony is still damned annoying. So giving him an open paddock in which to kick around tired clichés from the culture wars does not exactly count as doing the world a favour. Which is why Morris...CONTINUE READING

‘ABC bias’ and the right wing war on rationalism

Corey Oakley The relentless campaign in the Murdoch press and other right wing media outlets accusing the ABC of ideological bias and groupthink are so laughably hypocritical that it would be easy to conclude the lot of them were a cutting new satire from the people who brought us The Onion . “The ABC...CONTINUE READING