Posts categorised ‘News and Politics’

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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Link: “British Police Have Disturbingly Deceived Many Activists Into Romantic Relationships”

Original post found at: https://jacobinmag.com/2022/05/metropolitan-police-undercover-relationships-romance-spying/

Article about the British “spycops” scandal, and how the British state is still prioritising the cops’ “rights” over their victims’. Quote from the article:

“It’s always about their dignity and their right to family life and their right to privacy” — versus its care for those they have manipulated and emotionally tortured.

Link: “The time SUSE, the German Linux company, banned mentioning Jewish holidays.” by Brian Lunduke

Original post found at: https://lunduke.substack.com/p/the-time-suse-the-german-linux-company

To me this is a genuinely shocking story of anti-Semitism, mostly because it’s all so petty. Like, telling the social media guy to keep up the posts wishing everyone a happy every-other-religion’s-holiday but delete the Jewish ones? And immediately firing anyone who points out how dodgy this is? Then purposely scheduling your annual conference during the High Holy Days when there were other days that would’ve worked better anyway? Like, FUCKIN’ WHY? It’s so bizarre. My sympathies go out to any Jewish person who had to work in that environment (not that I expect any of them to read this, but just in case, hah).

Why did I get a personally-addressed letter in the mail purporting to be from John Howard? And what’s more, why DIDN’T Vivian get one? 🤨 Not that either of us was gonna vote Liberal regardless of stupid letters that reek of desperation…

A letter with “John Howard OM AC, former Prime Minister of Australia” (except all-caps) at the top. The letter is addressed to “Ms J Smith” (I blacked out my address) and begins “Dear Ms J Smith,”. I am holding the letter in my hand and it is folded so no more of the letter is visible than that.

Link: “Want to make art? You better be rich: how Australian culture locked out the working class”

Original post found at: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/may/16/want-to-make-art-you-better-be-rich-how-australian-culture-locked-out-the-working-class

There are cultural, financial and emotional gaps that exist between working-class creative people and the affluent, networked and mostly private school-educated gatekeepers of Australia’s arts and culture. There are extra hurdles faced by people of diverse gender, sexuality, ability and race, and by those living outside the major cities – leading to an entire creative culture that, to an outsider, looks largely monolithic: a lot of white, wealthy people who seem to already know each other.

Such an important (and true!) article. Another part (in addition to the quote above) that stood out to me was this about average wages earnt in the arts, showing just how likely you are to be able to make a living off them (particularly as a writer) if you do not come from a wealthy, well-connected, private school background:

In 2017, in the last major study done on the issue, the Australia Council found that artists made on average of $18,800 a year from their creative work. For writers it’s a lot lower, with nearly 50% earning less than $2,000 a year according to a survey run by the Australian Society of Authors in 2020.

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