Mapping Inner Conflict with Montaigne


Those who know me would probably find it unsurprising to know that my current favourite pop music artist, Montaigne, goes by a stage name inspired by the french philosopher who made essays popular, and wears shirts that say ANALYSE YOUR WEAKNESSES. As a literature nerd who aspires to emotional awareness, I’m aware that I can be something of a niche audience, and yet somehow, here I have been blessed with pop music of a broad appeal that actually ticks those boxes for me, and for that I am so incredibly stoked.

Montaigne is an absolute star, awarded as “Next Big Thing” by FBi Radio’s SMAC awards in 2015 and “Best Breakthrough Artist” in the 2016 ARIAs, a hype train that I’m sure will only gather even greater momentum as we see more from her. I very rarely resonate so strongly with a musician’s branding as much as I do with Montaigne’s right now, so it seems…

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Theresa May sends message to a Turnbull government of slogans, secrets and lies.

Urban Wronski Writes

may and turnbull

Stunned by what the press insists is a “shock” election result in Britain where, inexplicably, hollow slogans, austerity economics and Sir Lynton Crosby’s fear tactics fail to win the day for Tory crash test dummy, Theresa May, our political world is reeling this week as MPs joust with shock jocks in a knee-jerk war on terror while Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel obligingly offers our fearless leaders another chance to dodge any real commitment to climate change.

Political actors dig deep. Best mystery shopper is won easily by One Nation’s epic failure to yet provide a coherent, credible explanation of who paid for Pauline’s Jabiru, while stunt of the week goes to Adani’s incredible “Green Light to Carmichael” oratorio Tuesday, a stirring, religious work relayed faithfully by media and featuring standout performances from fossil fuel fan-boy Resources Minister Canavan and Queensland coal-lobby groupie, Annastacia Palaszczuk.

The staging of Green Light

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Turnbull government a dead parrot as power-crazed Trump cuts loose

Excellent satirical commentary on recent political events by Urban Wronski. Well observed, with more than just a few chuckle-worthy phrases, e.g.:
As the Chinese Year of the Rooster dawns, Malcolm Turnbull and his government are already feather dusters.

It’s been a shocker of a holiday for a Turnbull government which slunk off to lick its wounds after being routed by its own ludicrous 2016 energy policy debacle – only to be rocked by M…

Source: Turnbull government a dead parrot as power-crazed Trump cuts loose

Sussan Ley, Centrelink and Alcoa: Turnbull government in deep trouble

The latest from blogger Urban Wronski – highlights recent pratfalls of the Turnbull government.

It’s been a bad week for Turnbull government. Even for a mob with a gift for self-inflicted crisis and a record for monumental mismanagement and sheer ineptitude, it’s been a shocker. H…

Source: Sussan Ley, Centrelink and Alcoa: Turnbull government in deep trouble

In which Pell crosses to the other side of the road

No Place For Sheep

Good Samaritan

He Qi: The Good Samaritan

Over the last few days of his questioning at the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal George Pell demonstrated the opposite of what his saviour, Jesus Christ, taught about helping those in need. Pell has proved himself to be about as far from the Good Samaritan as it is possible to get:

Luke 10:25-37 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do…

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Words matter – but don’t shoot the press officer – article by Sally Baxter

Sally Baxter

The path from shrinking newsrooms to the bulging corridors of corporate communications and government media units is a well-trodden one. Many journalists, your own Girl Reporter included, have sought a crust by writing press releases. Some of them may even have been poorly worded.

The process of preparing a press release is time-consuming and thankless but it is never careless. Long before it sees the light of day a press release is pored over by increasingly senior levels of management. Their concern is understandable – a poorly worded press release can commit a government to policy outcomes far beyond what was ever intended.

This week in Australia we saw that a poorly worded press release can put protesters on the streets of Melbourne within an hour and disrupt an operational matter which would have put jackboots on the ground with the intention of “speaking with any individual we cross paths…

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Poll Shows 86% Of Australians Support Abbott Cull

Now, there’s a thought ….LOL

The (un)Australian

Tony Abbott's promise to change his leadership style has unnerved comics"

A new poll published today has brought bad news for Prime Minister Tony Abbott, showing that he has fallen to a new low of 14% in the preferred Prime Minister ratings. With only 12 months until the federal election things look dire for the embattled Mr Abbott.

A keen fisherman and an unnamed Coalition source said: “Let me put it this way … more Australians would rather see Tony culled than Great White sharks!” he said, stifling a laugh with his hand. “I’m not lying … it’s a numbers game, mate.”

The unnamed source offered to hook The (un)Australian up to fibre-to-node internet as long as his name was kept out of the story. It should be noted that no Coalition MPs have suggested setting drumlines anywhere near the PMs office or in his electorate.

“No,” the unnamed coalition source, “nobody is suggested anything like that … Is that even possible? Might…

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#BishopGate, #choppergate: deleted webpage & complete metadata restored; expenses listed


The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, says that Bronwyn Bishop admitted an “error of judgment” in making a $5,000 travel claim for a helicopter charter to attend a Liberal party fundraiser, but insisted that she would not be stepping down as Speaker while the Department of Finance investigation takes place. With regard to this so-called #choppergate affair, we thought it only right to restore a deleted April 2012 webpage by the Liberal Party relating to the Slipper Affair, which the Liberal Party believes is of a similar nature (though involved less expenses). Below we provide a) a link to the deleted page in full, b) an image shot of part of the first part of that page, c) a document of the entire metadata of that page (captured and released under the Peoples Data Retention Act) and d) copy of Ms. Bishop’s expenses summary for the period 2012-14. The Australian…

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Scapegoating minorities may reap a bitter harvest

Mariam Veiszadeh

The non-toned down version of our opinion piece

As Lawyers, Mothers, and Australian Muslims, we are deeply committed to the rule of law, civil liberties and social cohesion. We rather hesitantly attended a Federal Government “consultation” on Tuesday regarding the Australian Citizenship and the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia Bill) 2015. This is despite our “engagement fatigue” in a context where many members of the Australian Muslim community are urging a total withdrawal from further engagement with the Abbott Government.

We were disappointed but not entirely surprised that key Muslim organisations and youth organisations seemed to be excluded from these face-to-face “consultations”. In fact, we only happened to have been invited on recommendation from a colleague in Melbourne. When we queried this – we were told that face-to-face consultations were “not a primary method of consultation” and that apparently, the mind numbing Citizenship paper was emailed to various organisations…

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