I am not prone to anger, but this sentence from the first front page article of The Saturday Paper got my blood boiling:
“These deaths weighed heavily on the conscience of politicians as they struggled in 2012 to find a policy that would stop people undertaking the journey.” Continue reading Blind arrogance or sheer ignorance
When I was growing up I knew next to nothing about Sri Lanka. I knew they played cricket, were in the Commonwealth Games and that one of the guys from my school was from there. Because of the sporting links I knew the country was part of the Commonwealth and so like Australia was a former British colony. Continue reading Sri Lanka – insurgency, war crimes and me
A friend of mine, Karel Solomon, posted the following about Nelson Mandela on Facebook during the week, and I found it very moving.
Karel’s an anti-Apartheid and human rights activist – formally in South Africa and now in Australia. Karel’s a very inspiring guy: Continue reading How will you remember Mandela?
If communicating with constituents and achieving change was just about the facts, and what is right, Greens policies (in my humble opinion) would be government policies, the world would be taking great steps to tackle climate change and social inequity, and I’d be able to afford to own my own home.
But it’s obviously not just the facts that determine government policy or voter intention. The language we use and the way we communicate ideas clearly has as much impact as the ideas themselves.
This is where narrative comes in.
Continue reading So what’s with all this narrative sh*t, anyway?
I handle The Catholic Weekly pretty much every week. It is one of a number of publications that is sent periodically to the offices of all NSW politicians (and likely more besides) – like the Epoch Times and the Australian Israel Review – which is kind of journalism but kind of not.
I barely have time to engage with all of the major printed news sources – with The Australian, for example, I generally just scan through the first two sections to see if there’s another bullsh-t story about The Greens. So you’ll forgive me (pun intended) if I don’t actually sit down over a leisurely cup of tea and read these ‘news sources’ cover to cover.
Continue reading Supernatural stand-off – The Catholic Church vs good vs evil
People looking for an insight into modern Australian politics should look no further than Left Turn: Political Essays For The New Left edited by journalist and author Antony Loewenstein, and editor and author Jeff Sparrow. Continue reading Zombie politics – Australia style [Book Review]
A short piece I had published recently in GreenVoice, the publicly distributed newspaper of The Greens NSW.
If you haven’t watched Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s fifteen minute speech at and about Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on 9 October, go to a browser as soon as you can and search for “Julia Gillard rips Tony Abbott a new one.”
Continue reading Gillard, Abbott and the things that matter.
Today at work I was writing a submission which I’d been avoiding doing for a couple of weeks. The subject matter is reasonably dry – the remaking of a Heritage Regulation, because the previous one is about to expire.
Continue reading Music to write a heritage-related submission to
Another heart-breaking email from a paramedic friend in Gaza during the recent attacks, originally written on 7 March.
Continue reading Another email from Gaza
On my recent trip to the Occupied Palestinian Territories we spent a couple of days in Gaza. It was one of the most confronting places we visited. I’ll be writing about it more in a few weeks, but recently events mean I’m breaking the timeline of the trip.
Continue reading An email from Gaza