Monthly Archives: July 2013

Put away that whistle: addressing the issue of asylum seekers

Forty years ago the Labor government under Whitlam ended the White Australia policy once and for all when it passed laws to ensure that questions of race or colour would not come into question when considering immigration to Australia. Prior to this, the Liberal governments under Menzies and Holt also played their part in dismantling […]

‘Let’s get some good out of these Ashes’: the push for a republic

Well we’re getting smashed by the poms in the cricket. But at least we can all console each other together and bond over our collective wallowing; all Australians except of course our head of state. Let’s think about that for a second; Queen Elizabeth II – the Queen of Australia – is not suffering with […]

“Give and Take”: Food Security and the Federal Election

In an era of sporadic climate activity, the issue of food security needs to become a priority for any government, particularly in the Asia-Pacific. For Australia, the upcoming federal election constitutes the perfect ground for either political party to enter into a serious policy debate on how best to secure the nation’s food supply into […]

A price on pollution, not market fundamentalism

The price on pollution, along with the Clean Energy Futures Package, has been a modest success. Last financial year, Australian carbon emissions dropped slightly. Renewable sources supply around 25% of electricity production. Energy companies, such as Origin, are feeling threatened enough to launch advertising campaigns against the Renewable Energy Target. Tim Flannery, usually infamous for […]

‘A childless, atheist, ex-communist’: the downfall of our unconventional Prime Minister (Part One)

In the midst of Kevin Rudd’s first dramatic attempt to re-take the Prime Ministership in May 2011, the then Minister for Women, and staunch Gillard supporter, Kate Ellis, broke onto the front pages with a startling accusation. She claimed that she had overheard the former Prime Minister describe Julia Gillard as a ‘childless, atheist ex-communist’ […]

Rudd’s reforms just the beginning

This week Kevin Rudd announced that individual members of the ALP would be entitled to a direct say in the election of future party leaders under proposed reforms put forward to the Labor caucus. The change has been presented to draw clear line in the sand from the previous three years in which the Federal […]

The psychology of prejudice

Whenever I watch Q&A, the thing I am most often yelling at the screen is “that’s an empirical question!” or “where’s your evidence??” I’m doing a PhD in social psychology, and as a result spend a lot of time reading research papers on topics such as prejudice, morality, ingroup biases, emotions – in other words, […]

Will New Rules Mean New Results for Labor?

Earlier this week, Prime Minister (and Leader of the Australian Parliamentary Labor Party) Kevin Rudd announced a series of party reforms he proposed to take to a special caucus meeting. The headline reform was changing the way that the Federal parliamentary leader was to be elected. Under Rudd’s proposals: The federal parliamentary leader of the […]

A Different Kind of Compassion

While we sit, work, eat and do all of the things that life throws at us, it is remarkably easy to forget how finely everything hangs in the balance. Birth, its bloody, painful, full of emotion and life, its no wonder that rarely do we consider that where we are born is of any more […]

Socrates explains racism

Socrates is enjoying some mid-week beers with a few friends. As a keen follower of the footy with an interest in ethics, Socrates has some thoughts on the exchange between indigenous footballer Adam Goodes and a thirteen year-old football fan. Although a number of weeks have passed, some people present feel they have not yet […]