Why I am not Boycotting Coopers

Let me start by saying that I never thought the day would come where I would be on the same side of an argument as Miranda Devine… Get ready to unleash the hounds, but despite the laughably stupid ‘Keeping it Light with Coopers’ Bible Society video, I am not joining my brethren on the Left […]

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A Defence of Feminism (Reflections on a Conversion)

Reflections on my own experiences with Feminism.     I wasn’t always particularly sympathetic to feminism. People who had the misfortune of knowing me when I was at boarding school would probably remember a younger, pudgier me that was convinced feminists were sexless (or worse, lesbian), amorphic vessels of celibacy-exacerbated hatred towards men. Fifteen-year-old me […]

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Where to from here? Observations from the US Election

In the beginning, the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. Contrary to how I felt when I called the election for Trump at 3:45 on Wednesday, when a combination of shock and nausea convinced me the apocalypse had arrived, the sun […]

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Donald Trump and the Decline of the Republican Party

Donald Trump will not be President. Rather, he is a continuation of a systemic problem which plagues the Republican Party – they keep nominating candidates which are increasingly unpalatable to most demographics which aren’t non-college educated males. This article explains this process, and how Romney’s loss in 2012 should have signalled that the Republican Party’s entrenched ideological positions have been left behind by an America demographically different from thirty years ago.

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The Stanford Rapist and Rape Culture

Every now and again you find yourself reading something which cuts through the superficiality of day-to-day existence. So captivating that it not only captures your attention, it keeps a hold of you a long time after you think you are finished with it. So powerfully personal that it transcends geographical barriers and puts you right […]

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Killing the Gorilla

The tragic death of Harambe and what a 200kg gorilla can teach us about logic and risk. What can a 200kg Gorilla can teach us about risk? In Cincinnati this week, a 200kg gorilla was put to death after it had grabbed a four-year old child who had fallen over the wall and into the […]

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The politicisation of your children

Power, political promises and your children.   We are in the midst of an election campaign. Thanks dipshit, because weeks of newspaper headlines hadn’t already taught me that. Fair point. The purpose of this observation though is a little more significant than noting something that anyone with half a brain and enough passing curiosity to […]

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Lest We Forget What, Exactly?

An Essay on the Misappropriation of ANZAC Day in Contemporary Australia I guess at this point in my life I have made a bit of reputation for myself for being critical of the public holidays everyone else seems to love. I don’t celebrate Christmas because I don’t enjoy it. I despise Australia Day because it […]

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An Open Letter to the Anti-Vaxxer

Dear Anti-Vaxxer, Over the past while I have had the pleasure of ‘debating’ you in regards to our respective positions on vaccination. I use the term ‘debating’ lightly because it is difficult in 140 characters to have a meaningful exchange of ideas about a controversial or contested subject. Ideas and the perspectives of individuals are […]

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Casino Mike and Pill Testing at Festivals

Very rarely in the formulation of public policy do you get uniform consensus about the merits and effectiveness of a particular program proposal. When it involves young people having a good time, generally the entertainment industry and the various medical and scientific groups are diametrically opposed. Throw in young people losing their lives, and you […]

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