In his 2011 book In Defense of Flogging, American criminologist Peter Moskos proposes offering a choice to those about to be incarcerated: serve your sentence, or receive a flogging. He argues that given both the deeply ingrained human desire to punish and the terrible suffering that occurs in prisons, almost any punishment is preferable to incarceration.
In the late eighties I visited Sydney with my girlfriend at the time. We stayed in a fleabag hotel in the middle of Kings Cross, walked around the neon-lit streets at night and bought a bag of marijuana off an emaciated dealer in an alley next to a strip joint. It turned out to be mostly dried parsley. Not much of a connection with Australia’s capital of sleaze and sin, I know. But what my real life interactions lacked, imagination made up for, fuelled by Kings Cross’s place in Australian popular culture.
Four prominent thinkers will debate Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s intellectual hub. The panel discussion will be held as part of La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society program on Thursday 6 March 2014 in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria’s…
Previously climate change dialogue has mainly focused on two degrees of global temperature rise, which had been identified as a key environmental ‘tipping point’. Scientific consensus is now that our business-as-usual trajectory will cause the global average temperature to rise between 2070 and 2100 by a global average of four degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The only way to get real and lasting change on mandatory detention is to break the bipartisan support for mandatory detention, to target the party that started it. People will remain locked up until the ALP changes.