Author: Michael Mullins

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    Stealing Libya's revolution

    • Michael Mullins
    • 28 February 2011
    3 Comments

    The revolution in Libya is about the aspirations of the country's youth, not Gaddafi. Yet he has been front and centre of international media coverage. In this way, western media are complicit in keeping him in power and disenfranchising the Libyan people.

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    Non Anglo-Saxon Australians deserve an apology

    • Michael Mullins
    • 21 February 2011
    24 Comments

    Immigration Minister Chris Bowen's speech on multiculturalism could be seen as laying the ground for a formal apology for the White Australia Policy. The parallels with the 2008 Apology to the Stolen Generations and the 2009 Apology to the Forgotten Australians are striking.

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    Cancelling Valentine's Day

    • Michael Mullins
    • 13 February 2011
    14 Comments

    St Valentine's Day is always painful for frustrated lovers. It reminds them of what they want but have not got, and may never get. We need to cancel St Valentine's Day and find a 'real' saint, one whom we know dealt effectively with the demons that were getting in the way of his or her object of desire.

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    Preparing to kill the internet

    • Michael Mullins
    • 07 February 2011
    6 Comments

    Barack Obama's calls for the protection of freedoms in Egypt failed to mention one of the Egyptian authorities' most striking violations — their switching off internet access for five days. It's likely he was treading warily due to the US Government's own plans for an internet 'kill switch'.

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    Natural disaster fund could be Gillard's easy path to glory

    • Michael Mullins
    • 31 January 2011
    5 Comments

    It is difficult for Prime Ministers to impose short term pain for long term gain if they want to be re-elected. But Gillard faces a different situation because the Independents are her masters, not the 2013 voters.

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    Oprah's self-serving Australian adventure

    • Michael Mullins
    • 24 January 2011
    15 Comments

    Australia Day is supposed to make us feel good about ourselves as a nation. This year, the scheduling of the four-part TV event Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure ensures there's every chance we will feel good about ourselves, but as individuals.

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    Addicted to disaster porn

    • Michael Mullins
    • 17 January 2011
    10 Comments

    Durng the past week, we've been treated to wall to wall television coverage of the Brisbane and Queensland floods. Some would argue that television, and indeed the media in general, is all about fulfilling the human need for gratification, prurient or otherwise. 

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    Best of 2010: Don't shoot the messenger, award him the Nobel Peace Prize

    • Michael Mullins
    • 09 January 2011
    2 Comments

    The character flaws of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are being exaggerated in order to shift the burden of shame from embarrassed governments on to Assange himself. We need to be told why it's in the public interest to hide the undermining of the international cluster bombs ban by the British Foreign Office.

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    Don't make smokers pay to quit

    • Michael Mullins
    • 13 December 2010
    3 Comments

    The Federal Government announced the inclusion of nicotine patches in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Critics argue that smokers should take responsibility for their habit and pay the full cost of giving up. They miss the point of society.

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    Don't shoot the messenger, award him the Nobel Peace Prize

    • Michael Mullins
    • 06 December 2010
    43 Comments

    The character flaws of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are being exaggerated in order to shift the burden of shame from embarrassed governments on to Assange himself. We need to be told why it's in the public interest to hide the undermining of the international cluster bombs ban by the British Foreign Office.

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    Pope's condom truth for World AIDS Day

    • Michael Mullins
    • 29 November 2010
    19 Comments

    World AIDS Day, like the Pope's apparent softening of Church attitudes to condom use, prioritises the care of one human being for another. This may be manifest in condom use, sexual abstinence, or acceptance of the others' HIV status.

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    Gay marriage not a trivial pursuit

    • Michael Mullins
    • 22 November 2010
    24 Comments

    Labor will tear itself apart unless it realises that a 'yes' or 'no' on gay marriage is less important than the process of reaching a position. It can choose to go down the path of political expedience, or it can adopt an approach of moral integrity.

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