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A Losing Voice: The Fall of an Indigenous Referendum Measure

October 15, 2023 - 11:56 -- Admin

Even before October 14, The Voice, or, to describe in full, the Referendum on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament, was in dire straits. Referenda proposals are rarely successful in Australia: prior to October 14, 44 referenda had been conducted since the creation of the Commonwealth in 1901. Only eight had passed.…

Why do Australian referendums usually fail?

October 14, 2023 - 14:44 -- Admin

By Allan Richardson   Unless Erwin Schrödinger and Dr Anne Twomey have secretly colluded, I’m not a constitutional lawyer. Nor am I even a conveyancing clerk. The nearest I come to law offices is to sign compulsory documents, when electronic signing is unavailable. That establishes my law credentials. Although I am seeking involvement in the burgeoning…

Violence Against Human Animals: Images from the Israel-Hamas War

October 14, 2023 - 14:21 -- Admin

With the body count rising in this latest, and particularly bloody Israel-Hamas War, the narrative of Israel the wounded, Israel the desperate, has now been annexed to Israel the just warrior State, fighting darkness and primaeval stone age barbarism. This has taken two forms. The first is the way the victims of the Hamas attacks…

The Voice: Yexit or Nixit

October 13, 2023 - 15:06 -- Admin

The Voice: Yexit or Nixit Second nations still rule Maboriginals By guest columnist Tess Lawrence We are but seconds from a starless midnight when the fate of The Voice will be won or lost not in the sacred jurisdictions of the heart, justice, equity, humanity and love but in the brutalism of a body politic…

Treasured Possessions

October 13, 2023 - 10:20 -- Admin

By Frances Goold   1 Treasured Possessions There is some big love inside countless Australians for places on this continent where they grew up, or spent precious, formative, or unique moments in time. New migrants are starting to form attachments to the places where they settle. Others not so lucky are left floundering in limbo having…

The RBA, The Middle East And Taylor Swift… Just The Obvious Connections!

October 12, 2023 - 09:36 -- Admin

The recent problems in the Middle East have led a number of commentators to speculate that this may lead to higher fuel prices which will undoubtedly lead to higher inflation. Higher inflation will put pressure on the Reserve Bank to raise interest rates with a view to controlling inflation. Now I know what some of…