Tag Archives: The Left

Alan Jones, feminism and Australian politics

Radio personality Alan Jones has been in trouble again, this time because he made some insensitive comments about the recent death of the father of Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Sydney University’s Liberal Club President’s Dinner. Jones suggested Gillard’s father ‘died of shame’ as a result of the lies his daughter had told the […]

Guest Post – Dave Bath’s Review of ‘Left Turn’

[SL recently discussed Christos Tsolkias’ piece in her recent post on left-wing politics. At the end she said: Tsiolkas’s essay impressed me so much that I decided to review the book from which it comes, Left Turn, which is edited by two prominent lefties, Antony Loewenstein and Jeff Sparrow. But then I thought better of […]

Tribes and Tribulations

If I were an indigenous person trying to make life better for my people, I’d prefer that my cause not be “adopted” by one particular side of politics. Once you get adopted by one side, the other side won’t look at your legitimate claims and grievances, regardless of how much merit they have. Just look at the recent furore involving […]

Representating a group and indigenous politics

For some reason, I’ve been thinking of indigenous politics lately. Perhaps it was because of my post on Andrew Bolt and aboriginality. Perhaps it was also because of the recent debate about Queensland’s Wild Rivers legislation. I’ve been thinking of the way in which politicians tend to latch on to a “preferred” indigenous spokesperson, usually […]

Never the twain shall meet?

Democracy and the toleration of dissent This last week or so, I have been contemplating the tribalism of politics, and the way in which even people with similar political values may have vastly different opinions on social policy because they rank those political values differently. Anyone who has been following the blog over the last […]

Ah, but we know what’s good for you!

I’d made some effort to ignore the latest inter-blog political stoush, but when I saw Helen on the Cast Iron Balcony who (unlike many people on all sides of politics in Australia) actually has something between her ears defending Robert Manne (quite possibly the rankest intellectual bully in Australia), I knew something was up. In […]