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.

Après moi, le déluge: Artists after Art

The ‘artist’ is no longer simply an individual maker, an avant-garde visionary, a person exploring the specifics and limits of a medium, or indeed any of the other familiar figures of aesthetic modernity. Instead, the ‘artist’ is marked out by their success at doing exactly what late capitalism demands; that is, everything, and in a flagrantly vacuous way.

Australia’s ‘Link Tax’: A Path to Total Corporate Media Dominance?

The mainstream media’s conflation of links with content to support the code is very problematic. It entirely avoids the fatal philosophical problem at the heart of the code: the proposition that mere links to content should now be considered, both legally and commercially, content itself to be managed by bureaucratic decree.

Why it would be wrong to ignore a carbon price

The only way that environmental issues, especially climate change, can be taken into account in all decisions is through carbon pricing. It is the silent weapon of the environment in all decisions affecting it.

Kafka on Acid: The Trial of Julian Assange

After waiting handcuffed in the holding cells, he is placed in a glass box at the back of the courtroom. Then he is forced back into the Serco van to be strip-searched back at Belmarsh to face another night alone in his cell.

Suicide spikes and moral panic

…the modelling of potential suicides uses some of the actual experience of unemployment and suicide to underscore its figures, but it completely omits the sociological and historical understanding of a community’s reaction to a major social event such as a war or pandemic.

Logging Old Growth Forests as the World Burns

…we need to manage forests to allow them to be restored—to eventually see the creation of new old growth—not subject them to continued unsustainable logging regimes. Young, regrowth forests are more fire prone. Older forests tend to be more fire resistant...

There’s No Time Left Not To Do Everything

…continuing a supplicant politics, where we beg or demand of governments that they act, is both destined to fail and underplaying our hand.

Planed Flat – Victoria, Stage 4: Is the new model barmy?

Yet the lockdown may be a product of the very assumptions classical liberals draw on for their one-dimensional idea of ‘freedom’.

What the victory of Territory Labor means for Aboriginal children and youth justice

This commitment to law and order in a society that has deep roots in discriminatory justice practices—overtly legitimated under the NT Intervention in 2007—signals another four years of the state’s punitive management of Aboriginal children.

Safe Space for Spying: What remains unsaid by the Signals Directorate

In government, neither side of politics has ordered an inquiry into the Iraq War, and the most obvious question is not asked in the NSC’s safe spaces: do Australia’s expeditionary military campaigns raise or lower the threat to domestic security? If you fear the answer, better not ask the question.

Win-win for capital, lose-lose for us: Google vs. News Corp vs. the Public

...the struggle over the News Media Bargaining Code can be seen for what it is: a minor turf war between factions of monopoly capital.

Eudaimonia: meditations on pandemic life

…just like becoming a parent, there is profound potentiality in the metamorphosis the coronavirus is forcing upon us. I faintly perceive that there is radical possibility in the question we are called to answer: what will we build in place of our old lives?

The Democratic University

There is an alternative... centred on concepts of faculty and student democracy with strong, sometimes generations-deep, social ties to the many communities that they engage with…

‘Not the Hilton’: ‘Vernacular violence’ in COVID-19 quarantine and detention hotels

The responses of returned travellers to their time in quarantine have rendered visible what has, for most of the Australian community, remained out of sight for many decades. …the experience of what being detained feels and looks like has been brought to light by media and social-media stories.
The Alan Roberts Prize