Category Archives: Should Know Better

Look out, Luke, democracy about

Open letter to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley – and the Australian Labor Party 29/3/2015 (the day after Labor lost the NSW election) Dear Mr Foley, Immediately before Labor lost the NSW 2015 election, you were publicly defending your parliamentary … Continue reading

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Letter to Bill Shorten: don’t trash democracy

October 15, 2013 Dear Mr Shorten, My congratulations on your election to the leadership of the Parliamentary Labour Party comes with a caveat: don’t let Labour trash democracy. You and your newly elected Deputy The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, have … Continue reading

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Censorship is power; transperancy required

By Andrew L. Urban Censorship these days is essentially about the use of minority power; the power of a small group denying the entire wider society access to a film (or book, or painting, etc). Besides all the rational arguments … Continue reading

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The burqa, dress codes and democracy

By Andrew L. Urban   Inflamed by the notorious case of a Muslim woman falsely accusing a Sydney policeman of forcibly removing her face covering (June 7, 2011), the public bushfire over the banning or not of the burqa continues to … Continue reading

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Policy debates – celebrities should know better

By Andrew L. Urban It is generally desirable to have everyone participate in democracy in some way, to maker it truly deliberative, whether by direct contact with local members, letters to the media, active membership in parties and organisations, election … Continue reading

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