wot
Type
Article
Category
Racism
The media

How do you solve a problem like the ‘African Gang Crisis?’

There is no doubt that the formation of racist street patrols is newsworthy, however we may never know why Channel Seven felt the need to woo these neo-Fascists with such soft balls. Possibly it was in the interests of keeping them sweet to guarantee that next exclusive interview, maybe it was to keep things interesting for their next awful Underbelly knock-off.

uluru
Type
Article
Category
Aboriginal Australia
Culture

Old habits die hard: on getting off the rock

It has been suggested that Uluru, amongst other things, is a symbol of reconciliation in Australia. It is certainly a cherished and revered place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. When I was there, watching visitors time and again read the sign at the base of the rock and then continue across the threshold, it felt like a symbol of something else: of our historic and continuing disrespect for the first peoples of this country, of a shoddy version of reconciliation.

Mailer and Greer-still from Bloody Town Hall
Type
Review
Category
Feminism
Theatre

Too many Mailers

The power of the debate – as an illustration of gender politics in 1971 – is patent, a more than ample foundation on its own, with Mailer looking more of a fool as time goes on in his attempts to rein the women in, belittle their arguments and remain on top. Its fascination for us today lies also in the language and manners, striking in their formality, even in Johnston’s experimental prose and radical politics; Greer and Trilling are just as prolix, speaking in paragraphs we no longer hear in these contexts, worn down as we are by decades of festivals, talk fests and technology.

Gremlins wrapping paper
Type
Announcement
Category
News

See you next year!

In solidarity, so long, proshchay, take care, wadaeaan, all the best, adiaŭo, shalom, see you next year!