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What the UTTER FUCK IS GOING ON

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First published at Green Magazine We may not have heard much from Scott Ludlam since…

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First published in ‘A Secret Australia,’ December 2020 Every act of repression offers a choice…

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Set in 2029, Assembly for the Future – part of Bleed festival – invites thinkers and artists to address an Australian audience in 2020 to let them know what the future holds.

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First published at The Monthly It’s remarkable how fast you can fall off the back…

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point peron panorama

END OF YEAR SENATE SPEECH TO GET A FEW THINGS OFF MY CHEST.

 

I rise tonight to thank and acknowledge all of those people around the country who are providing the real opposition to the Abbott Government.

If it’s your view that democracy is just about putting a piece of paper in a box once every few years and hoping for the best, then you’re really leaving that concept of opposition to the politicians who file in here for 19 weeks of the year.

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This december, we celebrate a very important 30th anniversary: it is 30 years since Jo Vallentine was elected to the senate.
ON OCTOBER 19 I WAS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN ‘MEN OF LETTERS‘ in Sydney – an occasional departure for the wonderful women of letters team. Ten of us were invited to write a letter to a woman who changed our lives. This was mine.

Dear Jo,

With JoI can remember standing at the top of St Georges Terrace with my mother and father and little brother. We are 25 or 30,000 strong that day. A gathering that stretches from Kings Park half way down the terrace into the city. I am maybe 12 years old.

I don’t really know why I’m there; I’ll have to piece that together many years later. It turns out you and a tiny handful of friends and allies have been working for months to bring us together that bright Palm Sunday.

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FIRST PUBLISHED AT JUNKEE.COM   I’d have never made it as a journalist. The tyranny…

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piece on our latest deployment into iraq; first published on ‘the strategist‘   Cracks are…

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