Institutionalised Racism in Australia

11/06/2019

The new series on Netflix, When They See Us, has taken America and the media by storm. I have not watched it myself, but have read into it and watched an interview the director of the series did with Democracy Now!. There really is very little to say other than take the time to look into and understand it, because the clips I have seen, and details of the story, are damning proof, if anyone was still in doubt, about the rampant institutionalised (or in some cases blatant) racism that exists in Western societies. Australia is not exempt.

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Accusations of Fake News: The Hostile Media Phenomenon in the Modern Media Landscape

I apologise for not having posted here for a few days – I’d make an excuse but it has been a mix of university work and just being slack. This piece is, however, one of my university assignments, which I am posting here as one of the requirements is to post it online with multimedia elements. This piece is different to the others as it is a half-half analytical/reflective assessment, and seeing as the topic fits the website’s theme it is both convenient and fitting to post it here. Feel free to read it, and seeing as I now know how to add images and videos (it’s simple enough but never saw the need to do so) I may begin to incorporate them more often in future posts.

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Can We Blame Queensland?

20/05/2019

As a Queenslander, my first response to that question would probably be a defensive retort – as a Greens voter it most certainly was not my fault these corporate con artists won again. But I am almost an anomaly here, the bluest state of our country, in one of the safest LNP seats in SEQ. While I can understand the vitriol being thrown at QLD, and don’t doubt there are some who can directly be blamed, this goes beyond what the individual voter can be accountable for.

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So That Was Predictable

18/05/2019

While this will not be uploaded until the 19th, I will still consider it my post for the 18th as much of the thought process took place then – I was busy with family happenings and watching an election crumble before us. People sometimes scoff or just laugh when I say, at the ripe age of 21 now, that I am a grumpy old cynic, and yet here we are – my predictions were correct.

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Australia Votes

17/05/2019

At the bottom of this piece I have linked many of my previous pieces about the lead up to the 2019 Federal election for people to look back on and consider. Looking back on the last few months, discussions I have had with a variety of people have been rather varied. Arguing ‘death taxes’ and the union movement with a One Nation sympathiser, the decriminalisation of currently illicit drugs with a strict no-drugs friend, the rights of workers with a swing voter turned Labor supporter, healthcare and women’s rights with a student midwife. These are but a few of the issues that Australia are taking to the voting booths tomorrow – and the top of the list is climate change.

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Too Much Complacency is Dangerous

16/05/2019

All too often I see and hear people who could not care less about the political aspect of life or the events of the world beyond their experiences. I do not necessarily begrudge these people, for many are my friends and I can see why certain things are considered ‘boring’ or of relatively little interest. But there comes a point where this lack of knowledge becomes troubling. Some people are unable to explain or understand simple things like how parties work (or even what parties there are) or how the voting system works (good, profanity filled video here on that). I do not begrudge these people, but the complacency is dangerous in our current world.

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Abortion Debate is Simply Oppression – Nothing Else to It

10/05/2019

With hope that it will get stopped somewhere through the Courts, Alabama (a US State) is likely to pass a bill that would make getting an abortion a felony. The same bill would also make it a felony for doctors to carry out the procedure, with jail terms of up to 99 years if caught doing so. I’ve spoken before about the politicising of abortion, but the debate around it comes down to a single concept – power.

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Aristotle and Climate Change

09/05/2019

I can assure you that there is a connection between the Ancient Greek philosopher and the environmental catastrophe we are facing today. Specifically, I’m only one chapter into Aristotle’s The Art of Rhetoric and already there is truth to his words. Turns out, there are idiots in the world who will believe anything if persuaded – who knew.

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We Need the Union Movement

02/05/2019

I was talking to a lady I know (she used the term debate, but I fear that – without wishing to cause offense – would require knowledge on the topic) about a few political topics. It wasn’t so much a coherent discussion as it was a rushed scattering of vaguely connected points we each made, but one point took centre stage. The union movement.

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Poster PM

24/04/2019

If there is one thing Scott Morrison can be given credit for, it is his enthusiastic approach to his trashy campaign rhetoric. The man sounds like a used car salesman trying to sell the second worst vehicle in the country by saying “well at least it isn’t the worst vehicle”. Watching him give speeches and pitch “policies” has become a rather tedious exercise.

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