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What on Earth is going on with Australia’s climate politics?

Originally published in SBS, 26 June, 2014 Al Gore described it as “an extraordinary moment in which Australia, the US and the rest of the world is finally beginning to confront the climate crisis in a meaningful way.” In what was one of the strangest moments in recent Australian political history, yesterday the former Vice … Continue reading

LGBTIQ youth biggest winners out of the High Court’s chaplaincy ruling

Originally published in SBS News on 19 June, 2014.  The decision today from the High Court to overrule the Government’s school chaplaincy program has the potential to be one of the best policy outcomes for LGBTIQ youth in Australia for years. Today, the High Court ruled that the funding provisions that financed the chaplaincy program were unconstitutional. … Continue reading

Roller derby could herald a revolution for gender equality in sport

Originally published in The Guardian on 18 June, 2014.  A pair of quads on the changing room floor. Photograph: Linda Nylind It’s famous for its fishnet stockings, quirky names, brutal mentality and a film starring Drew Barrymore. Sweeping across the country, roller derby is becoming an unstoppable phenomenon. Revitalised on the back of third-wave feminism, roller … Continue reading

Junk explained: why is everyone tweeting about the Great Barrier Reef today?

Originally published in Junkee.com on 16 June 2014.  You may have noticed the #FightfortheReef hashtag all over your Twitter and Facebook feeds today. People from around the country — and the world — are whipping up energy and anger about the future of the Great Barrier Reef, and the timing is crucial. Here’s why. Why Are We … Continue reading

You’re wrong Mr. Hockey, class warfare is exactly what we need

Originally published in SBS News on 13 June, 2014.  Speaking at the Sydney Institute on Wednesday Treasurer Joe Hockey attacked budget opponents by arguing they were drifting into ‘1970s class warfare lines’. Hockey took his aim at those who wanted governments to deliver ‘equality of outcomes’, which he said only an ‘old style socialist government’ could … Continue reading

How universities can lead the charge on climate change

Originally published in the University of Sydney Environment Blog on 10 June, 2014.  Stanford Divests In early May this year, Stanford, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States, made a huge announcement for our climate. After pressure from campaign group Fossil Free Stanford, the university announced that is was divesting its $18.7 billion endowment from … Continue reading

Are broken promises that important?

Originally published in SBS News on 9 June, 2014.  As the fall-out from the Coalition’s budget continues much of the focus remains on “broken promises”. This frame was set early in the game. In his budget reply for example, Bill Shorten described the budget as one“of broken promises built on lies”. Labor MP Jason Clare went further, calling … Continue reading

How to write a dirty song

Originally published in Junkee.com on 6 June, 2014.  Jason Derulo’s latest hit (featuring 2 Chainz), ’Talk Dirty’, continues to make a splash. The song, released in January this year, peaked at number one on the Australian charts and recently Derulo performed a ‘racy’ version of it at the Billboard Music Awards — some have even questioned whether his performance was just … Continue reading

Who pays for selling off social services?

Originally published in SBS News, 5 May, 2014.  With the NDIS being rolled out, it has become clear that the program will mean the privatisation of the entire state disability sector. The ACT Government has already announced a shift of all Government provided services to the private sector by 2017, whilst similar moves are happening in NSW. … Continue reading

The left and Tony Abbott’s ‘inevitable downfall’

Originally published at Left Flank, 1 June, 2014 GUEST POST BY SIMON COPLAND Eight months in and the Abbott government seems to already be at the point of no return. After the disaster of the budget, the government has hit a new low in polling — one that, given the political “skills” displayed, seems very difficult reverse. As … Continue reading