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Australia & NZ, Racism

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson

The political resurrection of Pauline Hanson seemed humorously unlikely just a few years ago. There is no denying that her first foray into politics ended in complete disaster. She incited mass protests, lost her seat, was expelled from the party she created and jailed for election fraud. Now, after almost two […]

Racism, Reviews & Reports

Cleverman: Political television at its best

Cleverman: Political television at its best

Cleverman has been touted as a game changer for Australian television even before it has aired. It’s easy to see why. With its 80% Indigenous cast, high quality production values and clear analogy to current political issues, nothing quite like it has ever been created on these shores. The setting is somewhere in the near future, six months after the super-strong ‘hairypeople’ have outed […]

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Refugee Crisis: Close the camps, bring them here!

Refugee Crisis: Close the camps, bring them here!

Australia has created a humanitarian catastrophe in its refugee detention centres. In the past week alone a desperate refugee burned himself alive on Nauru, a woman reportedly 8 months pregnant attempted suicide and refugees have been infected with the Zika virus. Also this week the supreme court of Papua New Guinea […]

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Refugees, border protection and the nationalist myth

Refugees, border protection and the nationalist myth

The plight of refugees fleeing deadly conflict in the Middle East has generated huge sympathy across the world. In many countries huge demonstrations of ordinary people have demanded governments act to support and resettle these refugees. In Australia, tens of thousands of people joined demonstrations and vigils to put pressure […]

Australia & NZ, Indigenous, Racism

January 26 is Invasion Day and we all have a stake in it

January 26 is Invasion Day and we all have a stake in it

For many Australians January 26th represents a day off work, an invite to many barbeques and an opportunity to celebrate some of the quirks of Australian culture. For those of us critical of the use of nationalism as a political tool, the jingoism displayed in this day is tedious and […]

Australia & NZ, Indigenous, Racism

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The legacy of the ‘prime minister for Indigenous Affairs’

Many people will remember Tony Abbott as the prime minister who called living in a remote Aboriginal community a ‘lifestyle choice’. It was a statement that prompted angry backlash and led tens of thousands of people to protest proposed forced closures of Aboriginal communities. More than just an incredibly demeaning […]

Australia & NZ, Racism

Far-right to launch new party in Australia

Far-right to launch new party in Australia

In October the Islamophobic, far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders will travel to Perth to launch a new group, the Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA). This is the latest attempt to establish a serious and significant hard right party in Australia. It is being organised by the Q Society which has hosted […]

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Refugee detention centres are inhumane, but profitable

Refugee detention centres are inhumane, but profitable

The hypocrisy of our government The harrowing images of 3-year-old refugee Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach have shaken the world. Alongside his father and brother, Aylan fled the northern Syrian city of Kobane attempting to find refuge in Europe. Aylan, his brother and his father are just […]

Australia & NZ, Racism, Refugees

Border Force back down

Border Force back down

In late August the Abbott Government’s Australian Border Force announced it would be stopping people on the streets of Melbourne’s CBD and checking their visa status. ‘Operation Fortitude’ would involve the Border Force ‘speaking with any individuals we cross paths with,’ a departmental media release claimed. The Border Force regional […]

Australia & NZ, Racism

Racist ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally dwarfed by anti-racist response

Racist ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally dwarfed by anti-racist response

On Saturday July 18 Australia’s most vitriolic racists planned to join with neo-Nazi groups to hold the country’s “biggest ever patriot rally” in Melbourne. In response the #NoRoomForRacism campaign organised a rally to counter their plans. In the end, just over 100 people joined the racists and neo-Nazis in front […]