Tag Archives: The left
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The environment movement shouldn’t have supported Direct Action

Originally published in SBS News, 7 November 2014 The Government’s Direct Action legislation passed through Parliament last week, with the Government receiving support from the Palmer United Party and Independent Nick Xenephon. Even with the concessions given during the negotiations, Direct Action is still likely to be a disaster. It is anexpensive and ineffective policy that […]

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Against Experts

Originally published in the Overland Journal, 3 October, 2014.  Whether advocating for ‘evidence-based policy’, demanding people ‘respect the science’, or denouncing those who ‘don’t understand the facts’, we on the Left have placed our faith in experts as a way to build our movement. We use experts in two ways. Either we base our movements and organisations on […]

All hail Malcolm Turnbull

Originally published in New Matilda on 4 April 2012. (http://newmatilda.com/2012/04/04/all-hail-malcolm-turnbull) Progressive people in Australia are facing a significant dilemma: as Prime Minister, Julia Gillard is disappointing many and Tony Abbott is not an acceptable alternative. If elected, he would be the most conservative prime minister in decades. This dilemma is leading to some strange conclusions. […]