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Citizenship, Local Autonomy and Universal Rights: Prospects for Timor-Leste

Presentation to Deakin University's "East Timor Studies Symposium", June 2005

Labor for Refugees and the War in Iraq

Speech delivered at the March 18, Stop The War: Troops out Now Rally on March 18th, 2005 Melbourne. Due to time constraints parts of this were not presented or were abridged at the actual rally.

The Rise of Reactionary Religious Politics in Australia

Published in Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life, Issue 72

Australia the Secular and Irreverent

On the Issue of Land Tax and the Victorian Labor Party

Introduction

Recent articles, particularly from The Age newspaper [1], would suggest that land tax is causing a loss of investment and jobs in Victoria. Dramatic increases, due to the sharply progressive nature of the tax, has caused great concern among sections of the community. The Liberal opposition has responded with promises of land tax relief to small businesses.

Pragmatism and Principles in Political Strategies

The choice to engage in political activism has parallels with other forms of activity. Some people join the armed forces, the police or clergy with a similar objective of good intentions. Invariably the end-story of such choices are starkly similar. Either the individuals are 'eaten' by the system and become indistinguishable from the very people they sort to replace, or they become bitterly disillusioned about the prospects of reforming such systems and institutions.

Working for Welfare in the Antipodes: An Incarnation of Wage-Slavery

Published in
Bad Subjects issue 69: Political Education for Everyday Life (University of California, Berkeley)

'Work for the Dole'

Now work for the dole, you bastards
Take that gleam of hope from your eye
Just work for the dole, you bastards
Or watch your children die

We've got batons and bullets, you bastards
We'll see you all toe the line
But we'd keep you down much better
If it weren't for these communist swine
('Workers Art', 1933)

Israel and Apartheid: A Response to Jared Israel

Submitted to The Emperor's New Cothes Newsletter

Published in XMag, September 2004

The 'Crisis' of Adolescence and the Rights of Youth

From the great French and American revolutions of the late 18th century, democracy and civil rights have been expanded both across nation-states and in scope. This has been by no means an easy course, with many and varied attempts of imperial restoration, the rise of republican dictatorships based on the nation-state and dedicated to war, formal exclusions on the basis of sex, sexuality, 'race', ethnicity and class and the subtle and pervasive effects of reducing direct democracy in favour of public relations management and continuing the structural distortions from economic disparities. Proponents of democracy and liberty should however take heart as the early days of the twenty-first century indicate a world that is substantially improved when compared to one hundred years previous.

The Danger of John Elliot

My good friend from aus.politics, "fasgnadh", posted this little gem to said newsgroup:

"Former Liberal Party President, John Elliot, gave some insight into his personal philosophy and priorities when in court to try and get back his licence after drink driving offences."

"He was prompted three times by magistrate Peter Mealy to express the worst consequences of driving after drinking excessively" - The Herald Sun 2/8/03

"Bad publicity and inconvenience to his family." - Jack offered.

Try again.

"Mmmm, well, a heavy fine and possible jail."

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