Category Archives: Politics & Society

Foreigners decide who becomes Australian in citizenship chaos

The chaos of Australian politicians resigning due to dual citizenships highlights the need for nuance and understanding in a messy world. Continue reading

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Is Australia a democracy when millions cannot vote?

Voting is compulsory in Australia but millions can’t vote. My taxes pay for the Government but I’ve no say. Is this democracy? Continue reading

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Broken hearts of same-sex marriage and republicanism

Australia’s current PM lost the 1999 referendum to replace the monarchy. It broke his heart. Now, he wants a plebiscite on same-sex marriage – despite fears it will break the hearts of many. Continue reading

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Brexit, Trump, Hanson and me

I was drunk. Brexit was happening. Australians were thinking we were racist. Was it all true? Continue reading

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Prime Minister Abbott replaced by dog-blogging Turnbull. For now.

Even though he was far to the right of most political opinion and was thus unlikely to win the 1964 election, the US Republican Party chose Barry Goldwater as their Presidential nominee. Rather than winning an election within the parameters … Continue reading

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Australia is full of boat people

I think I was at secondary school when I heard about the “boat people” of Vietnam who had made it all of the way to Australia during the late 1970s. I couldn’t, and still can’t, ┬ácomprehend how a rowing boat … Continue reading

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Can Australia be a big country again?

Billy Connolly in his World Tour of Scotland made fun of Scotland’s emptiness, particularly in the Highlands where the odd eagle may fly overhead, and some deer may rut. It follows a brief comment about asylum seekers that is seemingly … Continue reading

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