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The Hunger

I didn’t realise that I was different. It wasn’t until a few people made observations about my behaviour. Kat said that the way I jogged between houses inspired her to go harder when doorknocking. Simon, a few days after September 7, 2013, called it a “hunger”. It’s something that is perhaps more noticeable now as I […]

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Why progressive voters should vote for the Greens

Tanya Plibersek’s recent call for a binding vote on marriage equality is an example of why progressive voters should vote for the Greens. There are two particular reasons for progressive voters to vote for the Greens. One is: voting for the Greens pulls ALP policy to the left. Simply, the higher the Green vote, the more […]

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ISIS threatens to “boil the planet”

CANBERRA – ISIS has thrown down the gauntlet in response to Australia’s involvement in Iraq, threatening to “boil the planet” if Australian forces take military action in the Middle East. The threats were made as part of a video broadcast online and shared on Al-Jazeera, in which Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, one of ISIS’ most fiery spokespeople, described the […]

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Thoughts on Sacrifice

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice– (Mary Oliver, The Journey) Nick was working for an engineering consultancy, doing pretty well for himself. He got to work on some cool renewable energy projects, while still having the pleasure of a stable income. […]

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GREENS FAIL TO WIN SECOND SENATE SEAT

Chris Mitchell Perth, April 6: With 65.0% of the vote counted, the Greens have failed to win a second senate seat in the critical WA Senate re-election. Despite an all-out campaign and the second highest level of campaign expenditure, the Greens barely broke quota, garnering a mere 16.2% of the primary vote. This represents a […]

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On having arrived, for now at least

Two conversations come to mind. The earliest: I’m at the piano, playing Ben Folds’ “Still Fighting It”, singing “It sucks to grow-up”. My sister earnestly tells me that the song is wrong. Apparently, my older brother Rowan had said so – “and he’s grown up.” Confident in the experience of my teenage self, I retorted […]

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“Ground Wars”, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen: Field Organising

Field campaigning on a competitive 21st-century congressional race: First, targeting. Specialists draw upon voter records outlining who is registered and how frequently they’ve voted, combining it with commercially-available information about consumer behaviour. Each voter has been assigned a unique ID so their information can be updated over time even as they move house or change […]

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Divestment is really rather good

Last year I heard Bill McKibben speak in Canberra as part of his “Do the Maths” tour. It was sensational. What most impressed me was less his oratory, less his analogies, and more the simple strategic brilliance of the divestment campaign. With the Abbott Government tearing up clean energy laws, and the climate movement regrouping […]

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Opened borders, closed minds

It alarms me how rapidly people who want to be on the side of open-mindedness and tolerance will close their mind to, and judge, people who have different, less tolerant views. People who want harsher treatment of asylum seekers are ‘rednecks’, are racist, are, essentially, bad people. Someone opposed to ending marriage discrimination is homophobic […]

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The real reason Tony Abbott won’t spend money for poor people

With a newly-elected right-wing Government, and a “budget emergency” on our hands, it seems inevitable that some tough budgets are on the way. After all, the Liberal Party loves fiscal responsibility, right? They are the responsible hand on the tiller of the economy. As the story goes, the ALP gets elected when voters feel like […]

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