Posts Tagged ‘ Australia ’

Won’t Someone Think Of The (Plastic Non Human) Children!

November 16, 2014 2 Comments
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Won’t Someone Think Of The (Plastic Non Human) Children!

One Sydney man has been charged with owning a doll ­allegedly in the shape of a girl “12 to 14 years of age” and is set to fight the charges by claiming it does not fit the legal definition of “child abuse material”. And it wasn’t long before the feminists were gleefully Tweeting this latest piece of nonsense, then wallowing in martyred butthurt when everyone told them they were idiots:…

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Because It’s Public Transport, Courteney…

July 14, 2014 Comments Off
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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 off asylum seekers, crowd-filmed videos of racists on trains across the country just keep popping up. What..? Is it even into double figures yet? When the train abuser was confronted…

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They Can Call It ‘The Stephen Fry Amendment’…

April 3, 2014 2 Comments
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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 proposed major changes. That change being…? Now that the government has released the draft copy of its so-called Freedom of Speech Bill, we can fully appreciate the magnitude of the…

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What’s To ‘Respect’, Tom?

March 10, 2014 6 Comments
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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 flags, cheer and try to avoid being hit in the face by the free condoms that rain down like lubricated hailstones. The event is Mardi Gras in Sydney, and it…

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Convenience…

January 7, 2014 8 Comments
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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 termination treatment. As the Hippocratic oath states very clearly “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm…

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Nice Try, But No Cigar…

December 4, 2013 9 Comments
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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 that it’s tough luck or even that they should be blamed for falling. On the other hand, we can be sensible and build a ramp. The same goes for other…

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“They’re of no further use, Lew…”

November 10, 2013 5 Comments
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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 our projected global image as an egalitarian state with justice for all. This ‘silence’ being, it would seem, the silence of white Australia to the awful news that the prison…

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In Modern Science, We Do Not Tolerate Dissent!

November 4, 2013 6 Comments
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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 have a greater negative influence on people’s decision to not vaccinate than those that are purely anti-vaccine. Well, yes. A well-argued back-and-forth does, it seems, persuade people that the two…

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Money money money

October 21, 2012 1 Comment
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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 it wasn’t long before the answer was apparent. Victoria isn’t losing $620 million a year at all. A report by the Australia Institute think tank says cash-in-hand payments are stripping…

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The pussification of schools #6

June 19, 2012 7 Comments
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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 not told directly of the new rule, which extended a ban on contact sports … Yes, they’d already gone that far, and that depressingly common policy is touched on in…

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Nannies torturing logic

June 18, 2012 18 Comments
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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 advice. I’ve read that a number of times and I really can’t spot the connection between the observation that there’s no reason, none at all, to think that a small…

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No good deed goes unpunished

June 14, 2012 10 Comments
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“If the boy responsible doesn’t own up then the whole class, and I do mean the whole class, will stay behind after school.” I have no idea if teachers can still do this but if not I’m guessing that those of us past out mid 30s can probably remember hearing it at least once, and unless we happened to be the boy – or for the sake of equality, the…

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Come live in Australia… er, but not you with the funny kids

June 13, 2012 9 Comments
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Peter Threlfall is a man after my own heart: he wants to migrate to Australia. Okay, in fairness it must be said that he wants to move to South Australia where, I am reliably informed by Mrs Exile, they’re all a bit weird (no idea, I think it might some long standing rivalry over who’s got the best arts festival or something). And also he wants to be a cop,…

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Naked lie

June 11, 2012 11 Comments
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Naked lie

Back in February I wrote a very angry sweary blog post about airport scannersand about how the Australian federal government had decided that they’d be installed at all Australian international airports, and I explained, not for the first time, how that would influence my travelling decisions in the future. PASSENGERS at airports across Australia will be forced to undergo full-body scans or be banned from flying under new laws to…

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Stretchy briefs

June 7, 2012 16 Comments
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Normally I play Devil’s Advocate with the legal profession. I understand that the crime does not have a cookie cutter nature and that juries and judges, both of whom have access to more information than the rest of us reading newspaper reports, may make decisions we can’t easily understand or accept. I understand that the system is designed to allow guilty people every chance to slip through the cracks and…

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