Bruce and Bruce split the house

Bruce and Bruce split the house

All in all I have to say that this has been a good week for me on the information gathering circuit. On Monday I came into possession of the Skunky Funk Diaries, yesterday, I came into possession of what I will euphemistically call the Bruce and Bruce correspondence. My foster father gave me two pieces of sage advice as I was departing from his roof to conquer the world. Firstly, ...

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A rose by any other name: Invasion

A rose by any other name: Invasion

Earlier this week Sydney City Council voted to include the term ‘invasion’ in the Preamble to the city’s vision for 2030. It’s even made news in India. It’s caused a stir within our own borders too: “… All I can say is, so what? Caesar invaded Gaul mainly for political gain. While there, according to Plutarch, he killed 1 million Gauls and enslaved 1 million more, and now we rightfully ...

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It’s time for a Royal Commission into the Australian Federal Police

It’s time for a Royal Commission into the Australian Federal Police

“A State cannot claim to be operating under the rule of law unless laws are administered fairly, rationally, predictably, consistently and impartially.” (Chief Justice Spigelman, as he then was, in an Address given on 20 March 2003 at the International Legal Services Advisory Council Conference Sydney) Ann Applebaum in Gulag: A History reminds us that the rule of law requires that an individual is punished only for what he does, ...

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Are we not members of the animal kingdom too?

Are we not members of the animal kingdom too?

‘ Will there be sugar after the Rebellion?’ ‘No,’ said Snowball firmly. ‘We have no means of making sugar on this farm. Besides, you do not need sugar. You will have all the oats and hay you want.’ ‘And shall I still be allowed to wear ribbons in my mane?’ asked Mollie. ‘Comrade,’ said Snowball, ‘those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery. Can you ...

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Racism, a matter of political expediency in Australia!

Racism, a matter of political expediency in Australia!

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today rebuked Australia for its political, rather than human rights based approach to indigenous people and asylum-seekers. Although criticizing some of Australia’s practices, she had considerable praise for Australia’s “strong history of commitment to human rights at the international level, and also of course a robust system of democratic institutions.” Nonetheless, she believes improvements are necessary in the realm of treatment of ...

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Corruption and Racism in the Australian Federal Police and the death of Australia’s democracy

Corruption and Racism in the Australian Federal Police and the death of Australia’s democracy

21) After coffee was served Mr and Mrs King and I were discussing Mrs (name removed on legal advice) dog Sooty and all of his aliments when a dark haired man with an olive complexion and green eyes standing about 5ft 9ins approached our table. He saw Mr King and audibly said “you fucking bumb boong cunt, I told you we would get you, we don’t like fucking boongs in ...

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Derision, lies and the death of OUR DEMOCRACY

Derision, lies and the death of OUR DEMOCRACY

I lived in Australia for a year and was astounded at the level of casual racism in all walks of Australian life. The term ‘wog’ is used by many people in casual conversation and looks of shock are met with “It’s just a word mate, they use it too!” (Samfromstroud 12 May 2011 at 10:59) Really? If this is true it is a terrible reflection on Australian society. Casual racism ...

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