Undesirable ministers

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Article
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Politics
Racism

Last year, Maria Sevilla’s application for a 489 (‘Skilled Regional’) visa was rejected as Tyrone’s autism was forecasted to be a financial burden on Australian taxpayers. It’s policy pulled straight from the 1920s. In 1928, Rockhampton’s Morning Bulletin reported the ‘alarming figures’ of ‘mental defective migrants’ who were clogging up prisons and mental institutions.

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Reflection
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Culture

Flickering screens

How did television, traditionally viewed as something of an artistic dead zone, get so good? Second, how can mediums such as cinema and free to air TV compete and what impact will expanded content and choice have on our ability to tell Australian stories with Australian voices?

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Reflection
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Politics

Remembering the Armenian genocide

And yet, as a 2014 letter from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to her then Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu made clear, Australia continues to talk down the atrocities of a century ago. ‘The Australian government,’ Bishop wrote, ‘does not … recognise these events as genocide.’

Photo courtesy of Zeb Parkes (http://www.zebedeeparkes.com/).
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Article
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Activism
Racism

Reclaiming reality

How the left should respond to Reclaim Australia is an intriguing question. There is some evidence to suggest that this may be a growing movement, one nurtured by a prevailing Islamophobia on the one hand and white anxiety on the other.