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law & crime October 19, 2019


Me Too movement’s where to moment

In the flood of disclosures that followed revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long abuse of women, there was hope for change and reform. Hope that individuals and institutions would finally be held accountable for their role in perpetuating...

diary October 12, 2019


Gadfly: A Greek comedy duo

The dazzling Athenian sunshine caught the highlights of Kevin Andrews ’ luxuriant crop of Grecian 2000-enhanced hair as he took coffee at a footpath cafe in Skoufa, close to the Greek capital’s embassy district. But hold on, there was an even bigger...

law & crime October 5, 2019


The untold stories of family violence

Domestic violence is the most important story in Australia. As Margaret Simons, associate professor of journalism at Monash University, has said, “The statistics alone tell us this is Australia’s biggest crime, health and human rights story. It is...

politics October 12, 2019


I fought with the Kurds; they are not the enemy

First, I think I should introduce myself. My name is Jamie Williams. In 2014, I attempted to travel to Iraq and then on to Rojava, the Kurdish-controlled and ethnically Kurdish region of northern Syria. My plan was to volunteer for the Kurdish...

environment October 5, 2019


The need for sustainable farming

“Don’t eat beef,” screamed the headlines when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report on climate change and land. At least that’s what most of the media suggested. A damning report, it quickly did the rounds. The...

immigration September 7, 2019


Biloela showing community spirit

As I write, I am struggling to comprehend that Sri Lankan couple Priya and Nadesalingam and their Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharunicaa, continue to face an uncertain future. Meanwhile, back in Biloela, a traumatised town will be...

law & crime August 31, 2019


Hong Kong’s fight for freedom

As an artist, when I look to the protests in Hong Kong, I notice the colour of the movement – how it changes as the situation develops. When the Umbrella Movement first started in 2014, demanding real democratic freedoms in Hong Kong, it was defined...

politics August 31, 2019


Defining Australia’s national identity

There is a danger in the collective West, including Australia, that we become a people increasingly overwhelmed, confused and frightened. We do so in the face of the intensity, complexity and rapidity of mega-changes washing over us. Among these are...

environment August 24, 2019


The real threat of climate change

I’ve never met anyone with a memory as sharp as my mother, Lesina Ateli-Ugavule. She is a true orator, passionate about honouring the stories of our peoples. Each story she spins breathes life into my ancestors, weaving together family trees that...

diary August 24, 2019


Gadfly: Wrangling a Parrot

The week belonged to the Parrot, the hero of Struggle Street. He was up to his old attention-grabbing schtick: vile remarks, followed by public fury, doubling down, a tight-lipped “apology”, then threats from management that this was his “last chance”. There was a special twist on this occasion – Jones complained the ABC’s Media Watch didn’t broadcast all of his comments about Jacinda Ardern. If there’s anything the Parrot likes, it’s the full context of his unvarnished misogynistic diatribes.

indigenous affairs August 17, 2019


Adam Goodes and writing a new Australia

There are those people who can get away with saying things others dare only to think. That’s Gilbert McAdam. The former AFL player has a cheeky glint in his eye; he always looks as if he’s going to put a comforting arm around your shoulder and draw...