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Quick Thoughts on the Election Results

We had a late night staying up to see as many of the results roll in as we could, and so today my mind is all ajumble with everything I noticed. Forgive me for the dot point-style post! For context, if you haven’t heard, it’s pretty clear that the Liberal/National government has been defeated and that Labor will lead the next one, but it’s still not clear whether they have a …

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The AEC and Early Voting Eligibility

The other day I discovered that according to the AEC, you’re still supposed to have a valid reason for voting early (whether in person or via postal vote) and not just voting on election day. Officially you’re allowed to vote early if you:1

  • are outside the electorate where you are enrolled to vote
  • are more than 8km from a polling place
  • are travelling
  • are unable to leave your workplace …

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Zoe Daniel and the Teal Independents

In just under two weeks, Australia will be holding a federal election. We’ve had a right-wing Liberal/National coalition government for the past nine years, despite their general malice, dodginess and incompetence. If they lose government, which the polling suggests they will (but the polling also suggested that last time and it was wrong so…), it’ll be to the Labor Party, which has …

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Movie Adaptions

When my folks visited on the weekend, we channel-surfed a bit and ended up watching portions of two movies that were adaptions of older, much-loved TV shows: the last 70% or so of Get Smart (2008) and the first half-hour of Star Trek Beyond (2016). It got us talking about the nature of movie adaptions in general, which I feel like are usually a bit disappointing.

The whole reason most of us …

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A Short Review of Every Harry Potter Movie

On Saturday, Vivian and I completed a goal that at one point he didn’t think we’d ever achieve: we have now watched every single Harry Potter movie together. (The eight original ones, that is.) I’ve mentioned before that the Harry Potter book series was a huuuuge part of my childhood, but Vivian could hardly be more opposite in that regard. He’s a few years older than me …

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Thoughts on Novak Djokovic

So I woke up this morning to the news that, after 11 days of legal conflict and confusing news reports, male tennis no. 1 Novak Djo­ko­vic has been deported. In my opinion, this whole issue has been a bit of a shit-show, and I feel like I still don’t fully understand quite how this has all gone down.

I will admit, like many Australians I was pissed off when Djo­ko­vic was gloating on social …

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Anxiety About Omicron

I know for the sake of their mental health, a lot of people are choosing to avoid reading any more than necessary about Covid-19 or the news in general, and if that applies to you then I promise there are no hard feelings if you just close this window and don’t read the rest of this post 😅 I myself think my stress is being exacerbated by how much I have read on social media about this …

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a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.