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What Rinehardt’s wealth says about us

In an article titled “It’s tough at the top” last week BRW announced the list of the 200 wealthiest Australians. Miles ahead of everyone else was mining magnate Gina Rinehardt, who has amassed an impressive wealth of $27.17 billion. Following the announcement many have been quick to debate the continued role Rinehardt plays in Australian politics, particularly […]

The freedom of assembly?

Wednesday was a bad day for Indigenous rights in Queensland. In the early morning the Queensland police were sent in to evict the Aboriginal Tent Embassy that had set up in Musgrave Park. In doing so they arrested over 30 people. Watching the news I really had to ask, since when was this the prerogative […]

The gun shy Obama

Another gun tragedy in the United States. In late February, African-American teenager Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman while walking home from the supermarket. 911 tapes from the incident revealed that Zimmerman had called the police to report that Martin was acting ‘suspiciously’ and was advised to avoid him – advice he ignored. Zimmerman was […]

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Book review – Role Models

Originally published in FUSE Online, 21 March 2012 (http://www.fusemagazine.com.au/index.php/regulars/op-ed/2217-role-models-by-john-waters)  When we think of role models we think of sports hero, rock stars and Hollywood hunks.  But, how about having a porn star as your role model? Or an alcoholic, verbally abusive owner of a local bar? Or, how about a member of the Manson family? […]