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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

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

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

It’s time for some real direct action

Originally published 13 May, 2014 In amongst all the massive cuts predicted in this week’s budget, the Government’s Direct Action climate policy will be one, rather isolated, piece of new spending. Despite threats from Clive Palmer that he will vote against the carbon tax repeal if he can’t vote against the policy, the Government has confirmed … Continue reading

Why Eurovision might be the most important show on TV

Originally published in Junkee.com, 8 May, 2014 In amongst all the glitz, glam, costume and key changes, Eurovision — the final of which is happening this weekend — is one again embroiled in controversy. Petitions from Belarus, Armenia and Russia have called on the Austrian participant Conchita Wurst — a drag queen with a beard — … Continue reading

A political culture of power and influence rotten to the core

Originally published in SBS News, 6 May, 2014 It is perfectly clear now that our biggest industries are going to be exempt from the budget pain Joe Hockey isexpecting us all to share in next week. Yesterday the Government backed down on plans to cut the diesel fuel rebate. The rebate, which is expected to cost $2.4 … Continue reading

Rocky Horror Show: 40 years later, where is its world of ‘absolute pleasure’?

Originally published in The Guardian, 23 April, 2014 After months touring Australia, this Wednesday The Rocky Horror Showwill open in Melbourne for the final leg. Starring Craig McLachlan as Frank N’ Furter, the show has brought out its customary legion of fans donned in fishnet stockings, corsets, pearls and high heels. As the show finishes its tour, it’s … Continue reading