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How The Brolga Got Her Dance

In the dreaming, which some might tell you is long, long ago, and others that it is just a few quick steps over there, Gurook danced every evening among the fronds and arbours by the banks of the billabong. The...

USA You’re OK!

Sometimes law is a blunt instrument, used by politicians to hammer people's lives in a certain direction, an ugly fabric of exception, exclusion and limitation, to bind, to shape to force. On rare occasions, la...

Charlie Hebdo – Fear Is the Enemy

Who is it that is scared? A recent study in the journal Current Biology has shown that one of the things that defines a conservative mind is a much stronger reaction to images that may inspire revulsion, disgus...

Why Andrew Bolt Doesn’t Matter

There’s an old adage in advertising; anxiety sells. That’s why we buy everything; from umpteen varieties of cleaning products that do the same thing, to imaginary health products that do nothing. Super foods, b...

Bert And Ernie – Reluctant Gay Icons

The recent cover the New Yorker Magazine, depicting the Sesame Street muppets Bert and Ernie snuggled together in a darkened room watching the announcement of the overturning of the Defense Of Marriage Act by t...