My disastrous grassroots experiment – welcome to election year!

Should we expect our candidates to engage publically? Should we expect them and their staff to be able to spell, write gramatically and construct and maintain an argument? Should we expect them to directly answer a question from a constituent, and should we expect them to be able to argue their point without descending to abuse and name calling?

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Not quite destroying the joint

Recent events seem to have focused the attention of Australia on women’s issues (arguably) more than at any time since the 1970s and 80s and social media is proving to be a very effective way of fuelling discussion. People are writing and talking about women, and more importantly about men’s attitudes to women and that…

Are we getting the internet filter we deserve?

It was interesting to note at the recent IQ2 debate about government censorship of the internet that everyone on the panel, even those arguing in favour of some form of government censorship or regulation, stated that the proposed Conroy/Rudd internet filter is a complete dud. There are umpteen reasons for this, ranging from the technical…

Why don’t you all just f*** off: On immigration, ignorance and fear

Bend over White Australia: we’re a nation of trembling, gutless, fearful pushovers. Passive, inert and devoid of an original thought, we deserve every thrust of every f***ing over our politicians dish out. Fear is not an emotion that is readily associated with the Australian ‘brand’. Aren’t we all rugged individualists? Isn’t White Australia a nation…

Music and the politics of the personal

In a recent session at the Sydney Writer’s festival, Don Walker – lyricist extraordinaire and now author of the excellent, stream of consciousness collection of memories ‘Shots’ spoke of rock as something that should be ‘undiluted by politics’. He explained this no further and I imagine he meant that politics robs music of its primal,…