It’s time – Shift the Rock (like Gough).

That classic Gough Whitlam campaign slogan “It’s Time”, is as relevant today in 2015 as it was the day his campaign launched in 1972.

The space for progressive political and economic change is once again widening, after having come under repeated attack by conservatives ever since Gough was dismissed via Double Dissolution in 1975.

At Progress, I attended a workshop called “Moving the Rock – Shifting Power for Sustained Change”, hosted by Sam La Rocca and Holly Hammond. Points raised in that workshop provided some of the key takeaways for me. Particularly, a strong reminder about the value and role of radicals. 

It’s about the intersection of what is ideal and what is ‘politically achievable’. Continue reading It’s time – Shift the Rock (like Gough).

Podcast EP6 – Refugees & Electioneering + Ebs ‘The Travelling Unicorn’

Episode 6 of the (un) Common Sense Podcast is now available!

Featuring @Ebswearspink discussing IndigenousX and her ‘travelling unicorn’ project

This episode of the podcast includes:

Podcast Episode 4: Egypt, Renewable Energy and PRISM protests

Episode 4 of the (un) Common Sense Podcast is now available featuring a discussion with Luke Nicholas (@lukedez)!

Issues covered in this weeks episode include:

The Liberal Party & Worldwide Online Printing – Demonising Refugees

Today I received one of the abhorrent Liberal party flyers going around the nation which dehumanise and demonise refugees by continually associating their arrival via boat with the term “illegal”. Clearly a political stunt aimed at exacerbating public ‘fear of the other’ at the expense of genuine refugees, in the hope of scoring political points.

Yep, that’s bad. But the story gets worse. The flyer I received was printed by Worldwide Online Printing, who no doubt have made a profit in the process. That is to say, they directly profited from a POLITICAL FLYER which demonises refugees and was delivered to my home.

I have a problem with people profiting off creating further misery for people who are fleeing persecution, so I went over to Worldwide‘s Facebook page and left the following reasonable criticism (mind the typos, I was a little worked up):

Worldwide Online Printing profiting off the LNP's demonisation of refugees, my comments. Continue reading The Liberal Party & Worldwide Online Printing – Demonising Refugees