Category Archives: Political Musings

Online citizenship: The role of the contemporary ‘netizen’

In a recent interview, the current Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, dismissed online engagements as ‘electronic graffiti‘. This statement by the Prime Minister highlighted a clear misunderstanding of a contemporary dimension of citizenship – the ‘netizen‘ The netizen is not … Continue reading

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‘Dear Prime Minister’: My open letter to Tony Abbott…

It would be hard to argue against the idea that the current political environment is toxic. We have reached a point that political point scoring outweighs what is in the national interest.   This kind of politics tends to split … Continue reading

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Race and South Africa… the more things change…

Since receiving my teaching award, I have been lucky enough to be invited to attend conferences and universities all over the world… it is an amazing experience and I have never felt so lucky.   My most recent travel was … Continue reading

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The Gillard Government… the good and the bad

Over the last few years, I have written, debated and analysed many different aspects of Australian politics. It has been a torrid time.   Many conservative commentators have described the Gillard Government as ‘the worst in history’. This is a … Continue reading

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Designing out crime: a different response to Kings Cross violence

This week (13 December 2012) I was invited to give one of the opening addresses at the Design + Crime conference organising by the wonderful people at Designing Out Crime (DOC) based at University of Technology, Sydney.   A friend of mine, … Continue reading

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The social construction of gender: science and misogyny

Though many conservative commentators would never admit it, there is no doubt that much of the criticism leveled at the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is because she is a woman – revealing an underlying sexism in our society. This is … Continue reading

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A solution to refugees: no more absurd than what Canberra is offering

One of the low points in Australian political and social history over the last decades has been about refugees. The way that both major parties have used some of the world’s most vulnerable people to score cheap political points has … Continue reading

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Trust as a political entitlement…

This week the shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered a speech on our ‘entitlement society‘. On its own, this idea that we have come to expect more and more entitlements is something that should be discussed: that is, we need to … Continue reading

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History: celebrations and displacement

Like every other nation, the history of Australia is complex. While there is much to celebrate about this nation that almost 22 million of us call home, there is also many things in our history that are quite appalling. I … Continue reading

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Population control: Disastrous policy solutions

Fear of population explosion has led to a greening of xenophobia, the blaming of the poor and authoritarian control Continue reading

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