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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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a graph showing how household income affects both views on refugee seekers and whether people care at all

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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Most rape happens on dimly lit streets, egged on by Clover Moore. But never in the well-lit home.

A darker shade of pink

The rape of an employed woman in a dark alley in Potts Point last month is a warning that women’s emancipation will take a terrible human toll. The 25-year-old Paralegal was walking down Victoria Street to buy food at 8.30pm when a man forced her into the alley between two terrace houses. It is unclear […]

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Supporters of marriage equality packed into the reception room to see the bill be passed.

Equality is worth it

October 22 2013 is one of those days that history won’t forget. On that day the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Marriage Equality Bill 2013, serving to end marriage discrimination by giving same-sex couples equal marriage rights to heterosexual couples. I was there in the assembly as this happened. I listened as Katy Gallagher, the […]

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young people rallying behind an aycc banner declaring "aim higher on climate, our future is your mandate"

Rallies had their chants

I recently attended the AYCC’s Power Shift 2013, a youth climate summit held in Melbourne from July 13-15. Around 1200 young people from around Australia converged there to hear from inspirational speakers, learn from expert campaigners, and take part in a mass action on the final day. This was my fourth Power Shift and the […]

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The Unintended Consequences of an Abbott Government

On September 7 it is likely Australians will deliver Tony Abbott and his Coalition a majority in the House of Representatives, making Mr. Abbott Australia’s 28th Prime Minister. There are many reasons to opt for this outcome: people are disappointed with Labor and tired of the political circus of the last few years. Yet we […]

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