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Published 25 Aug 2013

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  • THIS ISSUE'S THEME

    The Election Issue

    On September 7, Australia will vote in a new government for the 44th time. To cut through the thick swathes of spin, the Larrikin Post is here to critique policies, argue politics, and ask whether we should be electing anyone at all. We'll be rolling this special issue until the election, with new articles and voices to be heard, including yours.

  • An Official Memo from the Minister for Silly Names

    My name is Alfonso van der Picklebum, the newly appointed Minister for Silly Names, and I am very glad to let you know that I am ready to report on the brief given to me by our new PM, Tony Abbott. He asked me to get to grips with all the silly names that have been used to describe Government departments in the past. Read.

  • We need a Minister for Science, Tony

    Australia is just beginning to make a name for itself in science research and development, but now Abbott has done away with a science minister altogether. Do we really need one? Yes, actually. Here's why. Read.

  • The Australian Parliament: A Eulogy

    Oliver Freeman would like to mournfully acknowledge the passing of the Australian parliament, with deep condolences. Through the silliness in the senate, and growing public indifference, it has slowly been clubbed to death. Allow him to explain... Read.

  • Recap: Another three years unlike the last six

    With the polls closed, and the votes counted, Rupert Parry reflects on the misinformation and deception which characterised both parties' campaigns, the final results of the election tally, and the likely future of Australia under a Coalition government. Read.

  • Put pressure on the Coalition's fiscal black hole

    It's no secret that the Coalition has a funding problem. With so many promised initiatives, such as the paid maternal leave scheme and Abbott's direct-action climate change policy, but the party's idealogical focus on avoiding taxes, a perfect storm is brewing. Alex Slater argues that we shouldn't let this go unnoticed. Read.

  • This election is bad for progressives

    With Kevin Rudd’s fabled popularity starting to dwindle, progressives around the country are beginning to confront the apparent inevitability of an Abbott prime ministership. When Julia Gillard was at the helm, there was always the somewhat reassuring comfort that a change to Rudd would win the election. All that has changed now. Read.

  • Why you should not vote this September

    We all have to vote this September, with the threat of a nasty fine, regardless of our interest in politics. Is this the way our leaders should be selected? Simon doesn't think so, and suggests we borrow an idea from the Ancient Greeks: sortition. Read.

  • Why is Kevin Rudd asking you for $5?

    With the Liberal party appealing to big business for its funding, and therefore its post-election obligations, Labor's recently taken a totally different route, with its crowdfunding tactics. What's Rudd's motivation for this, and how does it affect the way they'll run their government? Read.

  • Why you should vote this September

    With elections fast approaching this year, it brings to light some issues we face. Mainly this one: we are a nation of people who, by choice, blindly take our civil liberties for granted. Read.

Also

  • How TV makes us think all indigenous people are the same

    Have a think about the last time you saw an Aboriginal person on TV. How were they represented – as normal, everyday people capable of their own opinions and thought processes, or were they part of some sort of stereotypical idea of “Aboriginalism”? Chances are it was the latter, and Joanna argues that this shouldn't be accepted. Read.

  • Why Australians don't like asylum seekers

    Can the refugee debate give us an insight into the quality of our society? What experience are people having in our society that gives rise to concerns about alleged "queue jumpers"? Chris Jefferis argues that our market society is the key to understanding why we don't like asylum seekers. Read.

  • Research shows humans have two fighting systems of morality

    Recent research shows that we have at least two systems of morality fighting over the right option. What does this mean for philosophical theories of morality? It seems we don't follow any rules, when push comes to shove, but rather just follow our gut. Read.

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