Monthly Archives: July 2013

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 […]

The difference between fairness and equality

Justice is fairness. And there is a difference between fairness and equality. By which I mean there is a difference between treating people fairly and treating people inexactly the same way. It is a failure to appreciate this difference that causes so many people to get so many things wrong. For example, it’s what causes […]

Welcome to Do Not Go Gentle

Tonight we launch Do Not Go Gentle. Do Not Go Gentle is a new collaborative blog set up by a group of largely progressive Melbourne based writers and thinkers. This space will be a place where contributors discuss political, social and philosophical issues from a broadly leftist perspective. Between us we will aim to post […]