Category: politics

  • What is democracy? — A procedural approach

    What is democracy? — A procedural approach

    In a previous post responding to an article in The Atlantic which argued that Australian democracy was at risk, I wrote that “democracy is a process, it is not a set of values”. I note here that, in the earlier post, I did not actually define what I meant by democracy beyond this assertion. The […]

  • Citipointe contract is just the start of the Liberals’ war on queer kids

    Citipointe contract is just the start of the Liberals’ war on queer kids

    A school in Brisbane has been the subject of public remonstrance over an enrolment contract foisted on to parents last week which appears to allow the school to expel LGBTI students and those who present as anything other than their “biological sex”. The Citipoint Christian College is a Pentecostal school whose governing body believes that […]

  • AEC Twitter experiment outrages election conspiracy theorists

    AEC Twitter experiment outrages election conspiracy theorists

    The Australian Electoral Commission has logged on, and both drips and antivaxxers are outside the window shouting at them to log off. (Show yourselves, cowards!) Misinformation about voting is clearly at the top of the minds of election administrators around the world. The culture war is truly transnational and nonsense about Dominion voting machines, elections […]

  • Scabs riot outside Victorian CFMEU headquarters; organisers attacked

    Scabs riot outside Victorian CFMEU headquarters; organisers attacked

    Protestors from the pro-death movement held a violent protest outside the Victorian offices of the CFMMEU’s construction division today, violently bashing in the John Cummins Building’s front door and assaulting much of the union’s leadership who were trying to calm protesters. This protest is the latest in a number of unsanctioned “unionist” protests by the […]

  • Could one stack The New Liberals?

    Could one stack The New Liberals?

    Victor Kline, leader of The New Liberals, an upstart party which seeks to replace the Liberals on the centre, tweeted to those seeking to join the party, but who were unable to pay the party’s modest $50 a year fee ($10 for unwaged people), that there were generous benefactors who would “sponsor” their fees. The […]

  • Neo-Nazi Neil Erikson [briefly] jailed for attack on queer-friendly church

    Neo-Nazi Neil Erikson [briefly] jailed for attack on queer-friendly church

    A couple of days ago, Melbourne neo-Nazi Neil Erikson, former media coordinator of the fascist outfit United Patriots Front and founder of at least fifteen spin-off organisations, was jailed for ten weeks by the Victorian Magistrates’ Court for his part in a horrific invasion of the queer-friendly Melbourne Metropolitan Community Church. He carried out the […]

  • About that time Malcolm Fraser created a fake department…

    About that time Malcolm Fraser created a fake department…

    With the controversy erupting earlier this year over Scott Morrison’s decision to keep embattled ministers Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds in his cabinet, it may be worth remembering how much worse it could have been had the Prime Minister not been able to find “real” jobs for Porter and Reynolds. He could have, as Malcolm […]

  • What will it take for the ANU’s tenants to pay their workers?

    What will it take for the ANU’s tenants to pay their workers?

    A few years ago, student newspaper Woroni caught the (now-closed) Sumo Salad restaurants in LK and the Canberra Centre underpaying its workers using a similar sham “training” arrangement of the kind that Grill’d would be caught doing a year later. This week, ANU Observer caught grocer Daily Market and popular bubble tea joint Chatime paying […]

  • Barilaro critic arrest emblematic of NSWPF Commissioner’s mismanagement

    Barilaro critic arrest emblematic of NSWPF Commissioner’s mismanagement

    In Mick Fuller’s fantasy world, political bloggers are “fixated” terrorists, cops are just “having a bad day” when they randomly assault indigenous people, rapists can be stopped by an app, smashing student protestors into the road is “reasonable force”, gay police officers have “loose morals” and should be harassed, and the solution to his officers’ […]

  • Banning Trump putschists from Twitter is not “censorship”

    Banning Trump putschists from Twitter is not “censorship”

    Last week, Donald Trump incited a riot at the US Capitol building with the intent of overturning the result of the election he undoubtedly lost. In response, the major social media networks and platform holders banned Mr Trump and perhaps millions of his supporters on the grounds that it had become clear that Trump et al. would defend the indefensible and possibly incite more violence.