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‘The Aboriginal Gulag’: The Northern Territory’s Criminal Legal System

It is no longer an overworked, under-resourced and at times chaotic legal system. It is now not fit for purpose and has become a depraved jailing machine consuming Aboriginal men, women and children at an ever-increasing rate.

Stay in your Lane: the oxymoron of ‘authentic fiction’ (Part I)

Are these judges…genuinely concerned about cultural appropriation? Or are they actually concerned about the accusations of cultural appropriation that are likely to result (via social media) if they award and publish a story that turns out to be written by someone who doesn’t identify clearly and directly with their subject matter?

Plagued by Chaos: An Inside View on the Anti-lockdown Protests

As lockdown restrictions slowly ease, a peruse of the encrypted networks used by anti-lockdown protesters reveals the extent to which confused allegiances and conspiracy theories have plagued the movement.

The coming COVID science sh*tstorm: responding to the Great Barrington Declaration

‘Not again’ will be the first thought of many climate-change veterans. They will recognise in the Great Barrington Declaration (GBD) echoes of the dispiriting and distracting climate-science wars. Released on 7 October, the declaration is a brief statement promoted by three eminent epidemiologists. It is highly critical of lockdown approaches to tackling COVID-19 and argues […]

A continent that burns. And a world that’s getting hotter. Welcome to the Pyrocene.

The world has heated as a result of human activity and now all fire events occur in a warmer environment. This is well documented. We have known it for years.

Erasing Culture: The Attack on Critical Education

Continuing education and suitable funding for educational initiatives are crucial because racism is not only historical—it is both contemporary and dynamic.

The Toxic Business as usual Budget will be no elixer for rapid COVID-induced economic decline

The government has baulked at a desperately needed and once-in-a-generation chance to structurally change the Australian economy to make it more sustainable, greener and fairer.

Kafka on Steroids: Summarising the Extradition Hearing of Julian Assange

Embarrassing the powerful is the harm for which the publisher is on trial, while those who have committed the crimes revealed are free to strike again, to profit again and to continue killing in cold blood.

Childhood masked

Childhood has contracted to the home in this plague year, shrinking radically to the family within the home.

Eyewitness to the Agony of Julian Assange

I have sat in many courts and seldom known such a perversion of due process. This is due revenge.

Government abandons the arts: what’s to be done?

Rather than an organic ‘culture’ with its own shared meanings, the arts ‘industry’ is an aggregate of individual interests.

We need to use less fossil gas rather than increase supply: demand-side answers for gas regulators

The southern states do not need more fossil gas. Energy needs can be met with existing resources, if smart demand-side tools are employed. Corporations should not be allowed to build new infrastructure to explore, process, store and transport fossil gas. More exploration onshore or offshore is not necessary.