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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joel floating in a pool

five years since graduating high school

About five years ago I finished Year 12 at Saint Ignatius’ College, Athelstone. I missed schoolies weekend but attended a Graduation Ball with the rest of the year level. Afterwards some of us friends sat round a table and wondered about what to come. Us same friends later holidayed in Victor Harbour, playing “Castle Crashers”, […]

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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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“Lean In”, Sheryl Sandberg: Gender and Career

Lean In, by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, is a discussion of how gender affects today’s white-collar workplace, particularly with regard to women. Sandberg draws upon her own experiences, her conversations with other professionals, and a vast body of research, to explore the many dynamics affecting working men and women. Lean In is an excellent read […]

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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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What’s “love” got to do with it?

On May 6, 2010, Savage Love featured a letter from “Transitions and Crossroads.” The writer asked about her prospects with a guy who wanted to reevaluate the relationship. “I can’t say that I’m sure I’m in love with him”, she wrote, “but I do know that we thoroughly enjoy each other’s company and miss each […]

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a picture of freshly-cooked vegan cinnamon scrolls

On pairing and repairing

She and I woke up a couple of hours ago. Most of our morning so far was spent in bed, not cavorting but caressing. Tenderly, lovingly, longingly. I’m now languidly preparing breakfast. A third person joins us and comments on some baked buns, the fruit of last night’s culinary labours. I thank them and considering […]

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a group of people who have been doorknocking with simon sheikh for the senate act greens campaign

The Seat that Decides the Senate

It’s still there in my calendar. Sunday April 7 – leave Melbourne. That day I got in my car and drove 650km from Carlton, Victoria, to Cook, ACT. On the 8th, I began work on Simon Sheikh for the Senate. Then, I thought I was making a noble sacrifice. When I imagined what it would […]

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