Songs about misogynistic murder, if sung by mainstream country artists, might be construed as indicative of the harsh patriarchal world of rural Australia. To the contrary, urban alt-country or bluegrass artists can afford to try on the persona of the violent male without any ramifications, and indeed, can accrue symbolic capital through their embrace of a song form considered gothic or edgy.
Around 2 o’clock I join a peaceful protest walk. It is the eighty-seventh day of peaceful protest. Men are holding banners and cards with different slogans on them, like ‘Four years are enough’, ‘PNG is not safe for us’, and ‘Safety is everyone’s human right.’ The main purpose of the protest is to let people know that we don’t want to be resettled in Papua New Guinea. We are also asking for an end to this indefinite detention.
The crisis on Manus Island is a challenge to all of us. What can we do? The ALP offers no alternative. Both major parties support boat turn-backs and offshore processing with no resettlement in Australia for people who come by boat. The only differences between the two parties relates to Temporary Protection Visas (the ALP will abolish them) and the size of the humanitarian intake (the ALP will increase it).
From the outset, white settlement of Australia met Indigenous resistance. Until the establishment of policing after 1810, and the development of case-specific punitive ‘settler’ parties and expeditions, and the use of special-purpose militarised ‘police’ units, resistance was quelled by the military.
So here’s to my bilingual and multilingual tribe. The ones who think and dream in one language but speak another. The ones who have words stuck in their throats because nobody around them can comprehend it.