Opening the Ruddgates: Intra-party democracy in the ALP and beyond.
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Opening the Ruddgates: Intra-party democracy in the ALP and beyond.

by Eric Chan History is the consensus that only comes with the application of time to competing narratives. More accurately, there is an inverse relationship between time and contention, such that as time (along the x-axis) passes, contention (on the y-axis) falls. The asymptote at y ≥ 0, which the function approaches but never reaches, … Continue reading

Out of line?  Voting in the Senate
2013 Federal Election / Domestic / Federal

Out of line? Voting in the Senate

by Meg Keyes Voting for the Senate in Australian Federal elections can be a little complicated.  Each State elects twelve Senators and each Territory two, through a voting system known as proportional representation.  The ideological underpinning of this method is that the proportion of votes is approximately equal to the proportion of seats won.  There … Continue reading

“None of the above”, the most underrated reform?
2013 Federal Election / Domestic / Federal / Theory

“None of the above”, the most underrated reform?

by Kallen Martin White There is a paradox within the principle of democracy which has not really been addressed properly. As such, in my infinite modesty, I propose to call it White’s Paradox of Democracy. It goes along these lines: “For democracy to exist, there must be means by which the people may reject it … Continue reading

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A HAIRY PROPOSAL

Nicole Mumford on bad-hair marriage.   Nothing is sacred anymore. For generations we have seen the gradual the breakdown of the traditional values of society: the phenomenon of the moral decay of the 21st century. Not only have the youth of today rejected our Christian heritage, but also further flip the proverbial bird in the … Continue reading

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BLOOD RED RISING

Recently, I had the opportunity to watch Valhalla Rising, a blood peppered, dirt-caked and wind lashed movie about a mute character, One-eye. Complementing the physical lack of his tongue appendage, One-eye is incomplete by human standards, in a spiritual, soul-driven way. He is more beast than man; a slave who is transported from one desolate … Continue reading