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diary July 11, 2020


Gadfly: Just squawk away, Renee

The Australian Federal Police has sent to the prosecutors its brief of evidence about the ABC’s reporting on the Afghan Files, the big story about alleged killings of unarmed civilians by Australian soldiers. It looks as though reporter Dan Oakes...

immigration July 11, 2020


Ben Chifley’s legacy

While taking my young son on yet another visit to Canberra’s Questacon last year, I decided to walk him past a pair of statues of John Curtin and Ben Chifley. I wanted to explain how one of the men in those statues inspired the naming of the federal...

opinion July 4, 2020


Relocate the Captain Cook statue

To: City of Sydney c/o City Arts Program GPO Box 1591 Sydney NSW 2001 Re: Relocation of Captain James Cook statue (1879) by Thomas Woolner (1825-1892). We, the undersigned, are writing to request the relocation of the statue Captain Cook (1879) by...

diary July 4, 2020


Gadfly: Jackson thrives

Where’s Kathy Jackson when you need her during a pandemic? It’s a cry Gadfly hears frequently as he gallivants around a boarded-up nation, so it’s timely to present a handy updated guide to events. Kathy was the national secretary of the Health...

diary June 27, 2020


Gadfly: Dicey business

It’s as though the entire conservative cause in our weird nation has been deracinated. The allegations against Dyson Heydon leave much havoc in their wake. His political sponsors, Little Winston Howard and the Mad Monk , look gormless, while he has...

law & crime June 27, 2020


Sexual harassment in the legal profession

When news broke this week that an independent inquiry at the High Court of Australia found former justice Dyson Heydon had sexually harassed six associates during his decade on the bench, my non-law friends and colleagues were incredulous. To them,...

politics June 20, 2020


Deflecting from the real issues of Black Lives Matter

On the afternoon of Friday, June 12, the prime minister held his first press conference since the Black Lives Matter protests saw tens of thousands of Australians around the country march for racial justice, and against police brutality. Protesters...

indigenous affairs June 13, 2020


Why we organised Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter rally

As Black, Brown, Indigenous people and allies in the United States and across the world collectively rise up to end systemic racism and violent police practices, it was necessary for us here in Australia to also rise. This is a global movement, and...

indigenous affairs June 13, 2020


Why we organised Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter rally

As Black, Brown, Indigenous people and allies in the United States and across the world collectively rise up to end systemic racism and violent police practices, it was necessary for us here in Australia to also rise. This is a global movement, and...

indigenous affairs June 13, 2020


Why we organised Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter rally

As Black, Brown, Indigenous people and allies in the United States and across the world collectively rise up to end systemic racism and violent police practices, it was necessary for us here in Australia to also rise. This is a global movement, and...

education June 6, 2020


Unis must save staff not cash reserves

It’s easy to avoid a hard question by simply saying the government “should” provide more money to the universities. But there’s a long list of things the Morrison government should do: extend the JobKeeper payment to casuals and temporary residents...