Policing Brutality

There comes a moment in every public outrage when the contours of a deeper concern emerge. The video footage posted to youTube this week (which some readers might find confronting) depicting 18 year old Jamie Jackson being pushed to the ground by police has stirred the mighty social media dragon. And rightly so, one might …

Sunday Spray #1: Teenage Fashion is Shit (or maybe I’m just old)

I've been trying for months now to find the words to describe this latest fashion craze doing the rounds amongst the Supré-obsessed Bieber-crowd. Or is it One Direction now? I can't tell anymore, the saccharine hacks seem to come one after the other so rapidly these days.So I've wanted to describe it, and nothing has …

Re: ‘Same Sex Marriage is an insult to all traditionally married couples’

Recently I received a letter from a couple with whom I am relatively friendly, outlining their vehement opposition to Marriage Equality. The letter described gay people as 'unnatural', as raising 'confused children', and explained that same sex marriage would lead society down 'the slippery path to ruin'. As though Marriage, so easily disolved by the …

The Kevin Donnelly Myth

Somebody really needs to keep Kevin Donnelly away from mainstream media outlets. His most recent spray of thinly-veiled political invective was delivered via the ABC’s The Drum website, maintaining his incomprehensible stance that Socio-Economic Status does not predict academic achievement. This simply isn’t the case. In a paper titled ‘Teachers Make a Difference’ from the …