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Monday 08 November 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2010 October

28th October 2010

Victoria: Adoption Reform Next?

Posted by: Craig Young

According to the Melbourne Age newspaper, ALP State Premier John Brumby has stated that if the ALP wins its forthcoming state election, the relatively progressive state government (which earlier decriminalised abortion) will introduce legislation that opens access for eligible same-sex parents to adopt children, as has already occurred in Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

27th October 2010

Of Cannibals and Conservative Christians

Posted by: Craig Young

What is one to do when one confronts an enclave with values that are radically out of kilter with those of the social mainstream?
Recently, I read Australian anthropologist Paul Raffaele’s Among the Cannibals (2008), which deals with several societies or social enclaves that condone different forms of cannibalism. Irian Jaya’s Kasowari highlands tribal community is […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

13th October 2010

United States: Tea Potty?

Posted by: Craig Young

In the United States, the Republican Party is expected to make gains at the forthcoming midterm elections…but will they be great as the party leadership believes?
Much of this has to do with the “Tea Party” libertarian populist movement, which began with selective historical amnesia, pretending that the Bush administration never happened and does not have […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

8th October 2010

Henrygate: Beyond the Point of No Return?

Posted by: Craig Young

Over the last fortnight, the lead New Zealand cultural and media story has been the question of TVNZ Breakfast copresenter Paul Henry. As a result of two anti-Indian racist outbursts, there is growing controversy about the future of this media figure.
Henry has been Breakfast copresenter since 2004 and has amassed considerable controversy beforehand. He has […]

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Tags: Politics

5th October 2010

Backgrounder: Auckland Local Elections and STV

Posted by: Craig Young

At the moment, Aucklanders are electing a mayor and twenty councillors in a newly consolidated and rationalised greater city council.
LGBT interests have traditionally been focused on central government in New Zealand. Unlike Canada and Australia, we are a unitary and centralised state and our provincial and municipal councils have jurisdiction over areas like sanitation, recreational […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion