Vol 26 No 13

03 July 2016


A brief recess

09 July 2016 | Staff

After an eventful first half of the year and a seemingly interminable federal election campaign, we here at Eureka Street are going to take a breather for a couple of weeks. It's an opportunity to refresh and reset for the second half of the year. We will have new articles coming your way on 25 July 2016. Stay tuned!


Hanson supporters must accept world has changed

07 July 2016 | Fatima Measham

Pauline Hanson cartoon by Fiona KatauskasRather than her reprise, it was the appeals for civility that I found more disconcerting. Katharine Murphy, Margo Kingston and Tracey Spicer ran variations of the argument that confronting the things that Hanson and her party stand for would inflate her status (as if getting elected into the senate has not already done that). Kingston suggests seeking out Hanson supporters for a chat. Unfortunately, that is not a thing black and brown Australians do, sit down for a cuppa with people who despise them.


Worn and wasted by election day shambles

07 July 2016 | Ellena Savage

Counting ballot papersThe OIC makes a dramatic speech about the integrity of live ballot papers, that there will be no repeat of the Western Australian kerfuffle, that we have our booklets that contain all the answers (and many typos, too). He seems nice. Maybe a little skittish. Not someone I'd imagine would be hired to run an office or manage a kitchen or even wait tables, but he must know what he's doing. This speech is the last demonstration of authority I witness on this day.


Yielding and wielding personal information

05 July 2016 | Kate Galloway

Man's silhouette in windowI once knew of a boy whose birth was not registered. His parents believed this would free him from the strictures of the state: his life would be truly private. But it would leave this boy without the trappings of citizenship that we take for granted. Privacy is likely to become something that we can purchase if we have sufficient wealth. Those without enough wealth will be left exposed through both state and corporate surveillance. We will have an 'underclass' without the choice of privacy at all.


I don't like it

05 July 2016 | Fiona Katauskas

The new Senate: Nick Xenophon walks through a door marked Xenophons, Pauline Hanson walks through one marked Xenophobes. Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas

This week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.


A cheerfulness of nuns

05 July 2016 | Brian Doyle

nunsI heard many interesting and sad and funny stories from this wonderment of nuns, this intensity of nuns, this insistence of nuns, but the story that stays with me is the nun who talked to me about the 50, count them 50, years she spent as a kindergarten teacher, in four schools, two of them quite rural, one quite urban, and one, she said, in the furthest outskirts of the city, the place where immigrants and migrants and really poor people live, the place where the bus route ends.


School walk in German winter

04 July 2016 | Tracy Ryan

xxxxxOur one star has departed. We're wholly dark. The clouds are shedding pretension to friendliness, flake by flake. Which of us guides the other across this glassine surface that blanks every letter, deadening words. Who is that figure, globe-headed, dirndl-skirted, vacant hand-holder. The street-sign makes Mother, her little familiar. When you were born the ground had taken more than a dusting. We were locked in, but not forever. Now you are thirteen, age of reversible prime ...


What's next for maybe-PM Malcolm Turnbull

04 July 2016 | John Warhurst

Malcolm TurnbullTurnbull's most pressing decision if he is returned will be what to do with Abbott, whether to bring him back into the ministry or leave him on the backbench with the promise of a future diplomatic posting. He will need to renegotiate the Coalition agreement with the Nationals from a position of weakness and in the context of both these decisions begin to think about what to do with the big issues of climate change, asylum seekers aand same sex marriage. He must not just gird his loins for many tough battles but recognise that the battlelines have been re-set to his disadvantage.


Home is a place that you leave behind

03 July 2016 | Gillian Bouras

House in mistEvery migrant, and every ageing person, loses a home and the past: that is simply the way things are. Fortunate people have the chance to make another home, and to write a series of additional chapters in their personal stories. We look back at the past, but can never revisit it. And would we really want to? We should always be careful what we wish for, as many British people who voted to leave the EU may now well be learning only too painfully.


What matters after the election is decided

03 July 2016 | Andrew Hamilton

Malcolm TurnbullAfter a plodding election race the stewards have called for a photo. But it looks more likely that Turnbull will be able to form a government. If so, he will need to address the interlocking challenges that we face in order to leave our children a world of possibility. The hope will be muted because both major parties promised little or nothing to address them. But we can take heart that there is certain to be an independently minded senate that can consequently strike down bad policies, and keep asking what kind of an Australia we want.


Winter Raffle 2016 Winners

06 July 2016 | Staff

The Society of Jesus in Victoria, Jesuit Communications Winter Raffle 2016

Drawn on Thursday 7 July 2016 (Permit No 10146/16 issued 7 March, 2016)

Congratulations to the winners:
1st prize: E Fornera, QLD;
2nd prize: M Fitzsimon, QLD;
3rd prize: C Holohan, NSW;
4th prize: V Digges, NSW. 

Thank you to everyone who supported our Winter raffle.

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