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Dear fella-whitefellas on Australia Day…

January 26th, 2016   

Is this a good time to talk about racism? Probably not. Nobody WANTS to do that. Not when the barbie’s hot, and the beer’s cold. Just the same, it’s way past time, don’t you think, to pin white privilege with a steely eye, chip away layers of white fragility, and LISTEN to Aboriginal voices?…Joan Beckwith

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Social justice – under the neoliberal table

January 8th, 2016   

I used to believe it was possible to work for social justice by working against discrimination, and that economic justice would follow as a corollary of social equity. This now seems naive. The influence of neoliberal ideology on Australian politics has turned the fight for economic justice into a priority and prerequisite. In this post I talk about my own awakening and the need for interdisciplinary thinking…Joan Beckwith.

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“Australian leader eats raw onion whole” and other gems from a jaw-dropping era

November 8th, 2015   

Tony Abbott’s parliament (18 September 2013 to 15 September 2015) got above the radar for cringe-worthy reasons including praise of coal as good for humanity, and criticism of marriage equality as a threat to cattle exports. This post includes media headlines from the era, sampled from a compilation by Evan Williams…Joan Beckwith.

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Siding with the bully is easier

October 15th, 2015   

Blaming the victim and siding with the bully are default options, even though bullies are not popular either. Changing these patterns means working against the status quo, but wouldn’t everybody be better off?…Joan Beckwith.

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Borderline Personality Disorder – a label with history and her-story behind it

September 9th, 2015   

As a young adult, Ann Kennedy says she was “given the label of Borderline Personality Disorder”. Her family history was not taken seriously and her self-mutilation was dismissed as “attention-seeking”. Her experience is not unusual. BPD is mostly diagnosed in women who mostly have histories of trauma. Understanding the psychological pain within its social context and personal history can be crucial for recovery….Joan Beckwith.

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The convenient fiction of ‘merit-based success’

August 28th, 2015   

The myth of ‘merit’ as a measure of women’s ‘success’ is a convenient fiction that ignores structural inequalities. Six articles from one edition of a daily paper illustrate the point…Joan Beckwith.

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New, far-right, anti-Islam political party “AUSTRALIAN LIBERTY ALLIANCE”

August 5th, 2015   

New, far-right, anti-Islam political party “AUSTRALIAN LIBERTY ALLIANCE” officially launches on 20 October, 2015. Current Abbott-government politics create an environment in which such a party can flourish, and its international connections may also give it more ballast than previous far-right parties.

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We stand on sacred ground – a quiz from traditional owners

July 10th, 2015   

NAIDOC Week (5-12 July in 2015) celebrates the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The quiz included in this post was put together by “Blackfulla Revolution”. They describe it as “a citizenship test to see if people have knowledge and respect in order to have a true connection to our land”. Give it a go and leave your comments.

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Living with Disabilities…Struggling with Exclusion

June 25th, 2015   

Guest post by Cheryl McDonnell, who writes: “I have been living with disabilities for 27 years – my own and those of my daughter. We were in an accident when my daughter was 6 months old. Our first encounter with exclusion was the day we left hospital; a doctor suggested my daughter should go to a home. I followed his advice and took her to my home.”

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Fast-track rejection (of refugees) via fast-track process

June 24th, 2015   

“Ali” is an Afghan asylum seeker with little English. He needs to complete 62 pages of forms, answer 184 questions, and provide a detailed statement of his refugee claims – in English, with 28 days’ notice. He is unlikely to be able to manage this. “Ali’s” failure, along with thousands of others who have been in limbo for up to three years, appears built in to the “fast-track” process…Joan Beckwith.

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