Total and utter racist bullshit

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Polemic
Category
Racism

New official statistics confirm that the alleged Victorian crime wave – an outbreak of criminality supposedly so intense that, at one stage, Liberal MP Craig Kelly wanted road signs on the border warning travellers from New South Wales about the danger they faced – never existed.

On the contrary, Victoria’s safer than at any time in the past ten years, in line with a general decline in crime across the nation.

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dickheads
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Article
Category
Culture
Reading

On guilty pleasure: a response to Joyce Carol Oates

Last December, Joyce Carol Oates stoked yet another Twitter controversy when she suggested that diverse writers quit complaining about representation and simply get on with the job – starting their own publishing houses being one of her recommendations. And when I read this alongside a number of friends’ annual ‘best of’ reading lists that defiantly featured only writers of colour, I got the sense of antagonistic sides that were irreconcilable.

Utopia
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Article
Category
Socialism
UBI

Against a universal basic income

For some sections of the radical and not-so-radical left, the idea of universal basic income (UBI) is the new utopian program. A UBI is a periodic minimum income guaranteed to all citizens, regardless of their employment, wealth, or domestic status. In other words, it’s a no-strings-attached state wealth transfer, a price-tagged right for precariat and tech billionaire alike. But there’s a reason why UBI has proponents among the libertarian right.

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Type
Polemic
Category
Fascism

When you ban a song against Nazis on Holocaust Remembrance Day

‘Bella Ciao’ is both the most popular and the least political of all partisan anthems. It has a jaunty, upbeat tune and a very simple plot: the first-person singer wakes up one morning to discover that the country has been invaded. He wishes to join the partisans, for he doesn’t fear death. Should he in fact die, he only asks that he be buried by the shadow of a nice flower.

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Review
Category
Sport

Winter’s coming, summer’s been

When HBO broke the news that they would not be releasing the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones until 2019, it was left up to an unlikely Channel Seven to fill the void. Bronzed warriors and bitter foes, sweltering battles and unexpected kill-offs, cross-promotional endorsements to rival the most stomach-churning brother-on-sister incest scenes: it pleases me to say that after a fortnight of near round-the-clock drama, Game of Racquets (or, the ‘Australian Open’ to those purists who get their knickers in knot over the whole A Song of Ice and Fire thing) has re-established itself as the best binge-watch on TV.