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The biggest winner is still the academy

Oh, the Academy Awards. The one night every year where the American film industry comes together to celebrate the best, most innovative and most thought-provoking films of the past year, then hand awards to whatever the Weinstein Brothers produced. There’s a beauty, however, among the parasitic nature of it all. …

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Increased fees deserve a second look

What’s making the rounds of student activism recently? The notion that Australia’s Group of Eight (Go8) universities have abandoned students’s interests in a submission to the current federal government higher education review. The National Day of Action, concurrently organised in March by the National Union of Students across Australian universities, …

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In defence of the right to offend

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Hall on Voltaire A disturbing trend has emerged amongst those who identify with progressive politics. It is a preoccupation with the stifling of humour that is perceived as discriminatory – be …

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Party before the protest

The “March in March” rallies held around Australia, perhaps more than emphasising the various grievances the left have with the Abbott government’s policies, called into question the effectiveness of mass protest as a political weapon. It was not the outpour of genuine, often heartfelt sentiment from protesters, but the tongue-in-cheek response …

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