Into the Woods; Is it Safe for a Girl…

Type ‘is it safe for a girl to…’ into Google search and the top four suggestions are ‘walk alone at night’, ‘travel alone’, ‘be an Uber driver’ and ‘live alone.’ Type ‘is it safe for a guy to…’ and, to put it politely, all the suggestions are about sex. Replace ‘guy’ with ‘boy’ and there are no direct suggestions – the only one is ‘when is it safe for a boy to start lifting weights’. While this last question is clearly a problem of mass international concern, the experiment itself shows something interesting, and something that everyone pretty much knows; … Continue reading Into the Woods; Is it Safe for a Girl…

Australia’s political Right: stopping the desertion of the Liberal party

Before you close this article, convinced it is simply some exhausting, conservative and populist argument about Turnbull supposedly dropping his liberal party’s principles – press on ever so slightly. When Malcolm Turnbull quite popularly ascended to Kirribilli House, voters knew him as a principled … Continue reading Australia’s political Right: stopping the desertion of the Liberal party

Canberra chooses ‘positive vision’ for city as Labor re-elected for fifth term

CANBERRA, Saturday—The leader of the ACT Labor party, Andrew Barr, told party faithful tonight that “Canberrans have voted for a positive vision for our city” after local election results showed the incumbent Labor government would be returned for a fifth … Continue reading Canberra chooses ‘positive vision’ for city as Labor re-elected for fifth term

ACT Greens pledge to lower voting age in local elections to 16

CANBERRA – The ACT Greens announced here on Wednesday night that they would seek to lower the voting age in local elections to 16, as a part of a suite of policies for young people unveiled in the lead up to the October poll. The announcement came at an election forum held by the Youth Coalition of the ACT, attended by a significant number of candidates contesting the ACT Election. Greens candidate for Brindabella and youth spokesman Michael Mazengarb told the forum: “The one thing that I’m really excited to do today is to announce that the ACT Greens will … Continue reading ACT Greens pledge to lower voting age in local elections to 16

Canberra protest calls for end to offshore detention of refugees after publication of Nauru Files

CANBERRA –  A group of about 300 people gathered on a busy intersection during evening peak hour here on Tuesday night to call on the federal government to immediately close the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres and bring those detained … Continue reading Canberra protest calls for end to offshore detention of refugees after publication of Nauru Files