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Thursday 24 April 2014
Featured Feminism Politics

conservative feminism: a complex conviction

Emilie Bertsch
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  A questioner on last Monday’s Q&A on the ABC raised an interesting and important topic for debate amongst the Q&A panellists. Her question, put simply, was: ‘Do feminist women have a place within Australia’s politically conservative domain?’ The idea of feminism and conservatism merging together to create a friendly ideological meeting seems convoluted and…
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Monday 21 April 2014
News Politics World

In brief: Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant and twitter reacts

Bridget Conway
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Last week, at an event in New York, Chelsea Clinton announced that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky ‘have our first child arriving later this year.’ The world immediately reacted, asking ‘But what does it mean for 2016?’ Mainly via Twitter – ‘news of the pregnancy spread rapidly throughout the political twitter-verse.’ Vanity Fair has concocted…
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Monday 14 April 2014
News Politics

in brief: penny wong encourages more politicians to identify with feminism

Bridget Conway
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Acting Labor leader Penny Wong has spoken up and urged women in politics to not be afraid to call themselves feminists. She argued that the term is not “extreme” and is not exclusive to women who are more left-inclined. Wong is ‘set to take issue with Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash’s refusal…
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Friday 11 April 2014
Opinion Politics

fostering a culture of silence: australian public servants sanctioned for anti-government comments

Alice Ridge
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According to recent comments made in Parliament by Attorney General, George Brandis, people have a right to be bigots. But code of conduct documents leaked from the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet last week indicate that this doesn’t give you the right to say bigoted things about your boss if your boss also happens to be…
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Wednesday 9 April 2014
News

in brief: julia gillard compares time as prime minister to game of thrones

Matilda Mornane
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Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard took to The Guardian earlier this week to draw comparisons between the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones and her time as the country’s first female prime minister. Leader of the Labor party from 2010 to 2013, Gillard said that once she started watching the hit show, based on…
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Saturday 5 April 2014
Opinion Politics

newtown high students versus tony abbott: why our generation is smarter than we thought

Michaela Kis
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The media is saturated with messages that Generation Y is entitled, lazy and technology-dependent, but is it fair to be painted in such a way? Since viewing the video of the Newtown High students questioning Tony Abbott, it’s fair to say that perhaps our generation is being judged too harshly. In the nine minutes and…
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Friday 4 April 2014
Featured Opinion Politics

quentin bryce: a woman at the top

Emilie Bertsch
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Maybe it’s because a lack female leadership in the workplace is still a major problem in Australia, maybe it’s because our first female prime minister was removed amid some mean-arsed gender debates. Perhaps it’s because it’s disheartening that our current government employs one woman in its Cabinet, but my psyche has become plagued with the…
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Monday 31 March 2014
News Politics World

in brief: paris elects its first female mayor

Ally Van Schilt
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For the first time ever, the race for the Mayor of Paris was all female. And (gasp) a woman won! The two largest political parties in Paris’ candidates were Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, of the centre-right Union pour un Mouuvement Populaire (UMP), and Anne Hidalgo of the Parti Socialiste (PS). Hidalgo triumphed, claiming 54.5 per cent of…
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Thursday 27 March 2014
News Politics

in brief: brandis to step back on changes to racial discrimination act

Shannon O'Keefe
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Attorney-General George Brandis has caused quite a stir in Australian politics this week with his proposal to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Clause 18C was added in 1995 and states that it is ‘unlawful for someone to publicly offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate a person or group of people’. The proposal Brandis…
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Wednesday 26 March 2014
News Politics

in brief: knights and dames can still grace our Aussie shores

April Glover
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Nearly thirty years at after the Hawke government abolished the title of Knights and Dames in Australia, Tony Abbott has reintroduced the honour in order to celebrate ‘pre-eminent’ Australians. The first to receive these honours under Abbott’s administration will be the outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce, along with incoming Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, who will be knighted this Friday. It was…
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Monday 24 March 2014
News Politics

march in march: why the media silence?

Ally Van Schilt
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March in March happened all over the country last weekend. The initiative is, according to the website ‘a peaceful, non-partisan citizens’ march and rally at Federal Parliament to protest against the current government’s policy decisions that are against the common good of our nation. This signifies the people’s vote of no confidence in policies of…
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Friday 21 March 2014
News Politics World

in brief: women are apparently ‘too busy’ for equal pay

Kezia Lubanszky
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The fight over equal pay continues to rage in Texas, and the head of a Republican political activist committee, targeting women voters, doesn’t support equal pay because ‘women are too busy.’ During an interview with local news WFAA, Redstate Women Executive Director, Cari Christman said that the GOP doesn’t support laws that address the gender…
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Thursday 20 March 2014
Featured Politics

papa tony’s choices: on abbott’s paternalistic approach to indigenous women’s welfare

Sarah Iuliano
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If you heard out-and-proud ‘feminist’ Tony Abbott’s speech this International Women’s Day, you would think that – bar room for improvement in parental leave – ladies across the nation should be cheering. ‘Anyone who is an Australian has won the lottery of life and if you look at our country and the deal that it…
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Wednesday 19 March 2014
News Politics

in brief: bernie finn’s disgusting comments on abortion

Matilda Mornane
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  Bernie Finn, a member of the Victorian parliament’s upper house, made some comments about abortion this week that shocked even his own party. Mr. Finn was speaking to his local newspaper, the Werribee-Hoppers Crossing-Point Cook Star, when he reiterated to the paper, and all of its unfortunate readers, just why he is anti-choice. ‘In…
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