Tag: Australia

Because It’s Public Transport, Courteney…

Courteney Hocking finds irritable people on public transport baffling (as well as a handy tool to bash her country, of course): Like a bad spin off of Australia’s Funniest Home Videos or a new, viral social media campaign to ward…

They Can Call It ‘The Stephen Fry Amendment’…

Michael Danby on Australian politics: In 1995, during Paul Keating’s prime ministership, section 18C was introduced into the Racial Discrimination Act. For 11 years under John Howard, this effective protection against hate speech remained untouched. Now, however, Senator Brandis has…

What’s To ‘Respect’, Tom?

Tom Ballard demands ‘respect’ while not showing any. As usual. …I’ll be thinking about those words as I tear up at the many thousands of punters who travel across the country and the world to line Oxford Street, brandish rainbow…

Convenience…

Van Badham opines: Medically speaking, an early-term clinical abortion is a minor procedure. For the mother-to-be, yes. It’s a bit more than that for the potential baby, eh, Van? Even so, there remain doctors who cite religious reasons against pregnancy…

Nice Try, But No Cigar…

John Falzon on ‘inequality’: Disability advocates have long made the excellent point that the idea of “disability” largely depends on how we structure our society and our economy. If someone cannot walk up the steps we can decide as a society…

“They’re of no further use, Lew…”

Antony Loewenstein becomes yet another ‘do Australia down’ columnist for the ‘Guardian’: This silence, which stretches across the country only to reach the highest levels of the political and media elites, is arguably Australia’s greatest outrage, and a stain on…

In Modern Science, We Do Not Tolerate Dissent!

Rachael Dunlop, consensus scientist! A recent study reports that stories about vaccines that include false balance are actually more dangerous than those that are purely anti-vaccine. Yes, you read that correctly. Stories that offer both sides of the coin can…

Money money money

I saw this headline and had a brief moment of confusion. How on earth could the black economy make Victoria lose $620 million a year? Was all the money going abroad or interstate? I read on to find out and…

The pussification of schools #6

Cracked! missed one on their recent list of the 5 Biggest Pussifications of Schools, and while it’s probably not unique to this place the recent example comes from a school just south of Melbourne. No touching. Parents claim they were…

Nannies torturing logic

Read this quote carefully as there may be questions later. Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said as there was no evidence to prove that even small amounts of alcohol were not healthy for pregnant women, no alcohol was the best…