This is a historical moment. Palestinians unite in protest from Sheikh Jarrah to Gaza, from Haifa to Ramallah, from Shatila to New York. Our voices come together in a chorus that echoes through time, calling, as we always have, for a Free Palestine. Now stand with us on the right side of history.
Last week, the Federal Court found that the Commonwealth minister for the environment owed a duty of care to eight Australian children when exercising her statutory functions to approve or not approve a coal mine under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). The implications of this decision are extremely significant, but it is also likely to be the first step in a long journey.
Ultimately, governments offering Hollywood subsidies are usually bidding for ‘place branding’, effectively a form of product placement. The economic and artistic health of the local screen industry and its workers is either an afterthought or deliberately subordinated in pursuit of national prestige and downstream tourism revenue.
It’s simple: you either believe another world is possible or you don’t. To believe is to be on the side of rock-throwers, to find a rock to throw. Recto: the story of the world contains a chapter for each innovation that found and ruined yet unimagined zones of rest, pleasure, flesh, and study; a chapter for each gadget that extended the zone of work to non-work; a chapter for each technique of watching, holding, frisking, patting, searching, emptying, surveilling, surveying, weighing, shaking.
Just as today the question is who should pay for the Covid-19 recession, it was basic class antagonism over who should pay for the Great Depression that led to the mass unionisation of Hollywood studios.