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Destruction and erasure: Juukan Gorge and the contemporary settler-colonial imagination

…the post-1967 period, in which settlers have been no longer able to deny Indigenous existence, has been marked by the development of new strategies that seek to submerge, subsume, or to otherwise evade the implications of Indigenous sovereignties…

Abolishing the police is the first step to a new society

The police are responsible for stopping previous movements to reimagine or change the world. To imagine a new society—which is more important than ever as climate change looms—we need to first remove the barrier that is stopping movements from gaining momentum.

The Pell case: Immovable liturgical robes, vigil Mass apostasy and jury irrationality

The trial judge disallowed the prosecutor from challenging witnesses who contradicted Witness J about their allegiance, loyalty, partiality or bias towards the Cardinal because of ‘a broader atmosphere of a perceived cover-up of child abuse within the Catholic Church’.

The Virus as a Stage of History

If we are in a 'viral age', then as humanity we are in a jam, with a permanent gap between the problem and a techno-solution…

Towards Inanition: Diminishing the Humanities, Communications and Arts at Our Peril

Reason, rationality, calculation and measurement need to be transformed by empathy, compassion, imagination, dialogue, creativity and importantly the questioning of authority and power.

Webtoon From the Field: Coronavirus as Lived by Artists

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23 Jun 2020

Dear Artist, How has the coronavirus affected you?

Negotiating Survival Through Crisis: Art, Galleries and Museums

This is the opportunity to create intimate encounters, where the relationship between people and art becomes a testament to living.

The Native Title Act supports mineral extraction and heritage destruction

As spatial coverage has expanded—unexpectedly, following socially just judicial decisions and evolving jurisprudence—governmental and corporate attempts to empty native title and land rights laws of content have rapidly escalated.

Nurturing a Better, Fairer Food System

COVID-19 is shining a bright light on the nature and importance of community. It is also exposing our vulnerabilities through the ultimate human need, the need for food.

Refugees and Australia’s double standards on COVID-19

Why has the Australian government failed to apply the principles and standards of health protection that are upheld in the wider community to places of detention?

Technologies in Hong Kong’s anti-government movement

…proficiency in using technology, along with the ability to improvise, will remain a key tactic in protestors’ fights against the police and their superior resources.

Why don’t American blacks “know they’ve got it good”?

Kelly and Sheridan are inclined to have it that the reason for the US protests is in part anguish (over disadvantage) but largely the result of a fashion in political identification: identity politics and the fracturing of the polity/society into incommensurate groupings that refuse to identify with the whole.