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Thursday 27th of April 2017 (UTC)

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DFAT: Foreign policy – White Paper and Digital Diplomacy

Last week, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, sat down with Australia’s ambassadors from around the world, so as to discuss and develop our first Foreign Policy White Paper in fourteen years. She also stated that the White Paper would guide Australia’s foreign policy for the next ten years. However, at this point, it has generated […]

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A Crisis of White Identity…

With the US election now decided and Donald Trump President it’s interesting watching the fallout asking how this could ever have happened. I read an article last week that provided some insight. “Behind 2016’s Turmoil, a Crisis of White Identity” was written by Amanda Taub and published in The New York Times. It highlighted the […]

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Census Fail Makes Disabled Australians Grin A Bit

Like other disabled Australians, the #censusfail furore is making me grin. Over the past month, the nation has been immersed in the type of outrage only afforded to the privileged. Billboards encourage passersby to tell the government that they are atheist if they no longer subscribe to a religious belief. Impassioned expressions of outrage about […]

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Pretty poor judgment by Keenan, not by Aly

Michael Keenan is our Justice federal minister. I have had dealings with him going back to when he first stood for Parliament. At that time I was President of the Ethnic Communities Council of WA. He approached me with his then campaign manager. We sat in my office and examined the ethnic diversity of the […]

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Subset voting on policy change – a proposal

I believe myself to have been an informed and engaged voter over several federal election cycles. As Election 2016 looms, I remain in the grip of despair about yet another two horse race between the Coalition’s Malcolm Turnbull and the Australian Labor Party’s Bill Shorten. My dissatisfaction does not stem from the choice of Prime […]

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Response to Peta Credlin on terrorism

In May 2013 Princeton University’s Loon Watch reproduced the FBI’s examination of the terror acts that had occurred between the years 1980 and 2005. This is a 25 year period and would have a substantial basis in any statistical analysis. The purpose of the study was to examine what the motivation was in respect of […]

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These are the parties looking for your vote but should not get it on July 2

Certainly not, if you have an interest in community harmony and social inclusion in Australia as one of your priorities! They are openly racist and usually very Anti-Islam. This is far from a comprehensive list and I am sure there are a number of others that have disguised their blatant racism in terms of a […]

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The neoliberal coup in Brazil

The slow motion neoliberal coup in Brazil, which masquerades as impeachment of the President for corruption, took another turn this month with the ousting of President Dilma Roussef and her replacement by Vice-President Michel Temer and the right -wing Brazilian Democratic Movement Party or PMDB (in Brazil impeachment results in the appointment of a person from a different party to that of the elected […]

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Building Trust in Afghanistan

Here in Kabul, I read a recent BBC op-ed by Ahmed Rashid, urging a “diplomatic offensive” to build or repair relationships with the varied groups representing armed extremism in Afghanistan. Rashid has insisted, for years, that severe mistrust makes it almost impossible for such groups to negotiate an end to Afghanistan’s nightmare of war. Glancing […]

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Safe Schools makes schools – wait for it – safer

by Seb Starcevic Who wants to play Monopoly, the Safe Schools edition? Every time someone mentions “radical gender theory,” “leftist agenda” or “social engineering,” advance one space. Do not pass go. Bonus points whenever an ultra-conservative senator appears on an ABC program to rail against the program. Watching the drama unfold over the past few […]

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