Be under no illusion: Malcolm Turnbull wants to destroy Australian literature

“The Liberals are a Party of Phillistines”. I have to agree. Indeed, how could anyone not agree? Their attacks on arts funding, their reneging on Gonski reforms, their obsession with “growth”, their continuing denunciation and undermining of the ABC, their support for profit before people and, indeed, their dismissal of scientific evidence when making decisions and arrogant pursuit of a neo-liberal economic agenda that favours the wealthy and increases the…

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Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

I often refer to our time as the “age of euphemism”. “Polite society”, of course, has always used euphemisms to refer to bodily parts and functions or anything considered risque, rude or disturbing. Children are taught to do “a number two”, people “pass away” rather than die, and no one has genitalia, let alone a penis, a vulva or a vagina. Today, however, it seems to me that it has…

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