Freedom and its enemies

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Polemic
Category
Culture
Politics

Have you heard how section 18C of the federal Racial Discrimination Act allows the government to ban books and to detain people for two weeks without charge? Actually, that’s not 18C. It’s Australia’s anti-terror legislation – and you probably haven’t heard about it, since none of the supposed liberty-lovers bleating about the RDA show any interest whatsoever about the extraordinary infringements on basic democratic rights currently in place.

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Article

Issue 214

Contents Regulars Jacinda Woodhead – Editorial Alison Croggon Mel Campbell Giovanni Tiso Stephen Wright Contributors FEATURES Avan Judd Stallard Welcome to Curtin Working in a detention centre BJ Thomason A slippery bastard The many legends of Breaker Morant Jeff sparrow…

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Type
Review
Category
Culture

Grizzled detectives and women’s bodies

Long before it was a television series, True Detective was the name of an American magazine that specialised in lurid, sensationalised stories of real-life crimes, often told from the point-of-view of the grizzled police veterans who investigated them.

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Type
Reflection
Category
Culture

Hipster heaven or cultural wasteland?

Perth is known as the most geographically isolated capital city, but the place has also been less flatteringly captioned: it is seen as something of an intellectual paddling pool, attracting sobriquets of ‘provincial backwater’ and ‘cultural wasteland’. Watching events in Sydney and Melbourne unfold in live time via Twitter is sometimes apt to induce pangs of envy.

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Type
Polemic
Category
Culture
Politics

Trigger happy?

According to one view, trigger warnings are an enabling tool: a method of informal classification that allows readers (and they are usually readers) to somewhat safely negotiate the online spaces they frequent. From another perspective, they’re absurd, slippery, and ineffective, because, as one writer put it, ‘There is no standard for trigger warnings, no universal guidelines. Once you start, where do you stop?’ For me, the terrain is fraught with contradiction.