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Where are the moderate Muslims?

"Where are the moderate Muslims protesting against Islamic extremism?"

Worst Health Minister

Congratulations to Peter Dutton for being voted worst health minister in living memory. A poll of 1,100 readers of the politically conservative Australian Doctor magazine has rated Dutton head and shoulders below his predecessors (who include Tony Abbott) with one reader describing him as “the dullest, least innovative and most gullible” member of the government.

Homage

The cold blooded murder of the Editor of Charlie Hebdo, Stéphane Charbonnier, seven of the editorial staff including world renowned cartoonists Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut, Bernard Verlhac and Philippe Honore, two police officers, a guest at the editorial meeting and a maintenance worker at a nearby office, is much more than political terrorism.

Responsibility

I am not a Muslim and am therefore not responsible for the actions of violent extremists who are Muslims according to Rupert Murdoch. I am however:
Male - but not held responsible for more than one woman a week being murdered in Australia by her current or former partner.
Of Irish-Catholic ancestry - but not held responsible for centuries of sectarian violence in that country.
White - but not held responsible for the dispossession and extermination of indigenous Australians by other white people.

Why I insist that I am a feminist

To explain my commitment to being a proponent of feminism in the face of a number of objections, I need to offer a distinction I make between feminism and what I refer to as “feminist culture”.

Feminism can be tricky to define, but it refers to a bundle of political and intellectual approaches to understanding and objecting to injustices faced by women. Feminism is an outlook, a toolkit, a history.

Feminist culture is the range of things that feminists do.

Merry Christmas Australia.

In what we can only hope is his final piss-take for the year, Tony Abbott has announced a cabinet reshuffle. The big news is that Scott "shoot first and refuse to answer questions later" Morrison has finally been given the opportunity to bully, intimidate and extort some genuine Aussies for a change. Morrison has been given the job of Social Services minister. Social Services is a tough gig in the Abbott government, requiring a level of meanness and insanity that even Kevin Andrews wasn't considered up to.

A Star Is Born

A Star is Born.

Lack of Respect

We were saddened by the lack of respect shown to the miners and soldiers who were killed during the Eureka uprising on the 3rd December 1854, in Ballarat during the celebrations that were held on Wednesday to mark the 160th Anniversary of the uprising. It's a pity the City of Ballarat continues to refuse to fly the Eureka flag on the main flagpole of the Town Hall on the anniversary of the Eureka massacre to acknowledge their sacrifice.

Christmas letters from Canberra

Dear Santa,

You may have misinterpreted some of the things I’ve said this year but that's not my fault. I have always told the truth. This year I have taken responsibility for fixing everything. Anything that isn’t working perfectly now is all Labor’s fault. This Christmas I would like the same as last year; a new bike and, when I come back from my skiing holiday, a bushfire with lots of photo opportunities.

Tony. Age: Mid-twenties

Dear Santa,

The economy you gave me for Christmas last year isn’t working. Can I have another one please?

You Do Not Labor In Vain

Man, having the gift of speech and the sense of right and wrong, is by nature a political animal.
- Artistotle, Politics, Book I

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