On the death of Mohamed Morsi

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Article
Category
Obituary
Politics

In 2011, Egypt was a country that offered hope to people across the region, and across the world people were inspired. Millions took to the streets, at considerable risk, and for too many, at considerable cost. In just two and a half years, the fight for democracy was reversed, if not entirely defeated.

Crave_crop
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Review

June in poetry

The poems themselves, though, leave little room for luxury. They are dizzying, blistering, attention-demanding. ‘The optional anchovy’ is an ode to takeaway pizza, ‘a query or two’ gives voice to a gnawing scepticism of the over-complication and perhaps over-consumerism of queer culture, while ‘pro-tractor’ is a real cat-scratch of a poem, refusing to be forgotten and moving deliriously between deceased estates, organic vegetables and psephology.

Carmichael river
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Article
Category
Climate change
Politics

Why Adani happened

The Queensland Labor Government recent decision to approve Adani’s groundwater management plan is one of the party’s more shocking recent betrayals of the environmental movement and progressive politics more generally.

Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society
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Article
Category
Work

The cooperative solution to stagnant wages

There is no reason why Australia cannot build up a worker cooperative sector employing tens of thousands of people in well-paid secure jobs over the next decade. These are just the sort of jobs that anchor communities and provide hope for those who would overwise depend on sectors such as the fossil fuel extraction industry.

Nakata Brophy
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Announcement
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Prizes

The Nakata Brophy Prize: the shortlist

The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers across Australia. Sponsored by the University of Melbourne’s Trinity College, the prize alternates each year between fiction and poetry; this year’s prize is for the best short story (up to 3000 words) by an Indigenous writer under 30.

Tour of UNESCO heritage Site Ilulissat ice Fjord
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Column
Category
The future

On thinking

Whether Abbott’s position is genuinely held or simply a vindictive political gesture is difficult to assess. I don’t think it matters as much as his goal – the goal of denialists more generally – to ‘keep minds turned off on the meta-level,’ as philosopher Elizabeth Minnich puts it, so there are ‘no questions about [the issue], no looking back and wondering, no reaching for connections to beliefs.’