Author Archives: oweninc

Which party you (shouldn’t) vote for

With the imminent national election, so too come the same old tropes, platitudes and inanities around the mainstream political parties. What has become immediately obvious to me is that “they’re all the same” no longer qualifies as political commentary. This instead constitutes an abstention from knowing what is happening in government. It represents neglecting your […]

The 2014 Victorian Election

Victoria is a state that has been and continues to be further to the Left of the political spectrum than other Australian states. This is largely attributable to (a) Victoria’s historically industrial/manufacturing economy and (b) heavy urbanisation, contributing to an inner-city little ‘l’ liberalism. The duality of industrial and progressive elements are stronger here than […]

Climate Change and Australia

“The argument [behind climate change] is absolute crap. However, the politics of this are tough for us” (Tony Abbott, 2009). “I am confident, based on the science we have, that mankind does make a difference to climate, almost certainly the impact of humans on the planet extends to climate” (Tony Abbott, 2010). In a recent […]

How the Abbott Government has created a generation of lefties Part 1

The Abbott Government has created a generation of lefties. That might sound like hyperbole, but I don’t believe it is. It’s easy to group generations, backgrounds, occupations, etc. and try to categorise them as a certain type of political demography. Such labelling has its issues but it is done, and for good reason. Certain ideas, […]

Why ANZAC Day is not history

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” – L. P. Hartley. Every ANZAC Day, students around the country are sardined into dusty school halls for assemblies mourning Australia’s fallen heroes. They stand respectfully for a minute of silence, contemplating the importance of our military history and the men who died so […]

Freedom of Speech is not Freedom to Abuse

Tacitus wrote that “it is found by experience that admirable laws and right precedents among the good have their origin in the misdeeds of others.” Law is typically written reactively. A law that addresses nothing is itself vacuous, for it has no purpose. Conversely, law itself is a crystalline and stubborn creation. Laws are often […]