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A Dangerous Turn: The Rise of Fascism in Australia

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On January 5th around 150 far-right, white supremacists - Nazis among them - marched through St Kilda, hoping to create a race riot similar to that of Cronulla in 2005. In a horrific, deliberate act of symbolism, this day also marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the German Workers Party, the forerunner of the Nazi Party. The images of the demonstration are now well known: Australian flags co-mingling with swastika patches and SS helmets, a swarm of white, mostly male protestors all shouting angrily for the African community of Melbourne to be sent back to where they came
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The Consumer Disconnect

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What is the consumer disconnect? It is simply that we as consumers are disconnected from the products we purchase – regarding who and how they are made. You might be a law student with an interest in human rights, you might be an arts student concerned by international development, or you might be a science student who cares about sustainability, but you all still go and buy a $5 t-shirt made in Bangladesh by a child working in dangerous, degrading and dirty conditions. Personally, it means that when I’m watching TV and witness a horrific tale about child labour or
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Offence Poisons Everything

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Experienced journalist Stan Grant recently described how the spectre of identity politics haunts our world, causing us to cling to our own and reject those deemed to be “outsiders”. Such tribalism has been a key element in the rise of the alt-right, the growing toxicity of social media, and most notably, the era of the outrage brigade. Today, the bar for offence has dramatically lowered. It seems now that every week, there is a new outrage around some classic culture war flash point, be it race, gender, sexuality, or religion. The media is, at the very least, partially responsible, as
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