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Who’s afraid of the working class?

Who’s afraid of the working class?

By on Sep 9, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

A recent essay in the 2017 Winter issue of Meanjin, entitled  ‘In Defence of the Bad, White Working Class’, got me thinking about the vexed question of class and whether indeed Australia can still pride itself on being a classless society.   The author, Shannon Burns, grew up in a white working class suburb of Adelaide but ‘migrated’ over time, through...

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‘Think of the Child’

‘Think of the Child’

By on Aug 10, 2017 in Blog | 6 comments

This week I heard journalist Emma Alberici relate the story of a fourteen year old boy who had been thrown out of home after ‘coming out’ as gay to his parents. Young people, it appears, are still vulnerable despite huge community advances in understanding. Proponents against marriage equality rest their objections primarily on the potential harm done to children of...

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Yahweh and Eros, first published in ‘Meanjin’, January 2007

Yahweh and Eros, first published in ‘Meanjin’, January 2007

By on Jun 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

  The Catholic Church both in Australia and America is facing perhaps its greatest crisis in centuries as it struggles to cope with revelations of abuse by its clergy. Here in Australia, Broken Rights, the support group for people abused by clergy, estimates that at least 76 priests or brothers have been convicted in the courts for abuse. Many others may go...

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“FAIR SUCK OF THE SAUCE BOTTLE”

“FAIR SUCK OF THE SAUCE BOTTLE”

By on May 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

We Australians are proud to boast that we value the quality of fairness above all. The ‘fair go, mate’ anthem has been part of our vernacular for many years. This week, when Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister, announced an October 1st deadline for 7,500 asylum seekers to submit applications for protection or risk deportation, it seemed on the surface to pass the...

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Love Never Ends

Love Never Ends

By on Apr 9, 2017 in Blog | 5 comments

  ‘How could the complexities of being, the mechanics of our anatomy, the intelligence of our biology, and the endless firmament of our interiority –the thoughts and questions and yearnings and hopes and hunger and desire and the thousand and one contradictions that inhabit us at any given moment –ever have an ending that could be marked by a date on a...

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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF NEOREACTION

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF NEOREACTION

By on Feb 19, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

In considering the endgame of Trump’s administration, we conclude that it must be the end of democracy and the coronation of the Trump dynasty as the royal family of the world-spanning Holy American Empire. We can support nothing less in good conscience. -from ‘Social Matter -Statecraft for American Restoration’   It’s difficult these days not to have our eyes...

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