Who do TPVs protect?

Type
Polemic
Category
Politics

In 2013, when Scott Morrison said that, under the Refugee Convention, there is ‘No guarantee or requirement for permanent residency’, he was not wrong. There is no provision in the act that means signatories must provide permanent protection – even to those found to be legitimate refugees.

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Type
Polemic
Category
Politics

On Martin Place

Unfortunately, we have now sufficient experience of terrorist incidents to formulate a simple rule: namely, almost everything said in the first few days after the event will later prove wrong.

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Type
Reflection
Category
Culture

The No Gender December agenda

At a mother’s group Christmas party, three young girls were jumping up and down on a musty old couch. All three were in their party dresses, yelling, ‘I’m Barbie One!’, ‘I’m Barbie Two!’ and ‘I’m Barbie Three!’ The dark-haired girl assigned to be ‘Barbie Three’ suddenly stopped jumping. She thought for a moment about the implications of being third and declared, ‘I’m Barbie Five!’ to which her companions countered, ‘I’m Barbie 56!’ and ‘I’m Barbie 65, 72, 15!’ The hall where this party was taking place seemed filled with the infamous plastic doll, although the Mattel product was, actually, nowhere to be seen.

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Type
Polemic
Category
Activism
Politics

For a four-day working week

We live in a time of madness. A form of insanity rules our lives. As the world becomes more productive, some of us work longer hours, some of us are no longer needed in paid labour at all, and all of us are encouraged to spend, borrow and buy more and more. We keep pressing harder on the accelerator, pushing more people off the vehicle and expecting the driver to stay longer at the wheel. Can we imagine a more insane system?