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Major Karnage
Sydney, Australia
Major Karnage is a Sydney-based writer
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Cross-posted from Major Karnage. As regular readers of Major Karnage will probably have figured out, I like to follow Australian politics. As you may have guessed (and those who know me would know), I also like to talk about Australian politics. People I associate with know this, so they tend to engage me whenever an issue in Australian politics catches their attention — I even have some friendships based around these conversations. Crazy, I know. So when there is a huge scandal in Australian politics that the whole world is talking about, I expect that it will come up somewhere.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Menzies House
You misspelt "piracy" in the title there :P
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2012 on Help Save Our Online Privacy! at Menzies House
Alright, we can resolve this with a quick look at my LexisNexis legal dictionary. Firstly, an "unlawful act" is any act that breaches some statutory regulation or prohibition (R v Pullman [1991] 25 NSWLR 89). It includes, but is not limited to, all illegal acts. Secondly, Migration Act, s14: "(1) A non-citizen in the migration zone who is not a lawful non-citizen is an unlawful non-citizen. (2) To avoid doubt, a non-citizen in the migration zone who, immediately before 1 September 1994, was an illegal entrant within the meaning of the Migration Act as in force then became, on that date, an unlawful non-citizen." Ie by law, all "illegal entrants" are now "unlawful non-citizens". The term includes anyone who is in Australia without a visa, no matter how or why they happen to be here.
Cross-posted from Major Karnage. IN MY line of work, I get to spend quite a lot of time in high-level boardroom meetings with people who all sit on corporate boards. I also have a few relatives who have sat on various boards in their time and my extended networks include quite a number of others. This means that while am not on any corporate boards, I am not a stranger to them either. I still remember the first time I was at one of said meetings and a female colleague muttered to me, “do you notice anything particularly… male about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Menzies House
Without defending the APC decision, there is an important distinction between "illegal" and "unlawful". "Illegal" refers to an offence -- ie conduct that actually contravenes or breaches the law. "Unlawful", on the other hand, refers to conduct that does not adhere to lawful procedure, but is not necessarily illegal. The "boat people" arrive unlawfully, because the lawful way to arrive requires a visa. They are not "illegal immigrants", because arriving in Australia and declaring asylum is completely legal.
"The Union's focus is not on the foreigner but on "jobs" that they believe, rightly or wrongly, could be filled by our own unemployed, irrespective of race, gender or creed." I don't see how you could possibly have overlooked the internal inconsistency in that sentence, but since you did, let me point it out for you: Their focus is on "jobs" that they don't want the "foreigners" to have. Your use of the phrase "our own unemployed" itself demonstrates a degree of xenophobia. They aren't saying the jobs can be filled by Australians now, they are saying that they could be filled by Australians if we find some Australians, implement training programs and improve conditions for miners to the point where Australians who currently have no interest in working on the project would decide that it might be worth it. The Union demand is that an unemployed and unskilled Australian who has not sought-out a work opportunity should get preference over an unemployed but skilled foreign person who has sought-out a job. There is no possible explanation for that other than some kind of collective superiority complex derived from an irrational aversion to people from other countries – ie xenophobia.
Major Karnage notes that "progressives" are taking us back I recently had a long conversation with a Union representative who was trying to convince me that I was wrong about the Australian Union movement. As I explained, my thoughts are generally that I am theoretically in favour of an organised workforce and I have no qualms with workers coming together to demand certain rights – but this is no longer what the Union movement is (which is the reason I capitalise the “u”). From my perspective, Australian Unions are mostly opaque, bloated, entrenched organisations that represent a very small portion... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2012 at Menzies House
Major Karnage exposes a public media body you may not have heard of Jeff Sparrow is the editor of Overland, which describes itself as "the most radical of Australia’s long-standing literary and cultural magazines". Sparrow has some very particular views and a slightly perturbing pseudo-intellectual way of putting them across. Take this blog post today, for instance, where he seems to spend some time flirting with comparisons between the Obama Administration and the Nazis/Stalinists: living in The Avengers’ universe | Overland literary journal. Yet you cannot ignore the origins of [Superman] in an era awash with supermen, from the Nietzschean... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at Menzies House
I took the liberty of making this:
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2012 on Yes, Minister Shorten at Menzies House
1. Where did I say "only" or remotely imply that there is nothing else we should be doing? 2. So we're reclaiming the word. I believe that was the whole point of this discussion in the first place. 3. Is ad hominem and I won't address it.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2012 on Why We Still Need Feminism at Menzies House
In fact, I find it quite amazing how many people suddenly seem to care about Arab women when they are explaining why they don't like feminists.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2012 on Why We Still Need Feminism at Menzies House
That's a totally fallacious argument and you do yourself a disservice by using it. Firstly, it assumes that we are doing nothing to speak out against Islam and women – which is totally untrue. Check the first post up on if you don't believe me. Secondly, just because there is a worse wrong somewhere else does not make it wrong to help your local community. By your logic, we have no right to complain about anything if we're not on the ground trying to resolve the conflict in the Congo (which I would say is the worst thing happening in the world right now). How can we possibly complain about a carbon tax when there are children being murdered every day? The reality is that there is very little you or I could do to liberate women in the Middle East. If Australians who are neither Arab nor Muslim travel to the Middle East and start trying to "empower women", it would probably do more harm than good – not to mention put our lives in danger needlessly. We can, however, help change the discriminatory culture in Australia. That isn't so hard to do.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2012 on Why We Still Need Feminism at Menzies House
Sure, that's the Golden Rule – which is why feminism is important. If we recognise that our society has not yet achieved the Golden Rule, it is therefore our duty to work towards it. Our society began as one dominated by men and has not yet achieved full gender equality, therefore we should work towards achieving this. That is called "feminism".
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2012 on Why We Still Need Feminism at Menzies House
No worries :) At least someone gets what you're saying, right? I feel like these people read the title to your post, then started shaking their fists and went straight to the bottom to comment – skipping over the actual stuff that you wrote.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2012 on Why We Still Need Feminism at Menzies House
Mr T and Gwallan: You are both persisting with the exact assumption that Jessica was trying to address from the beginning – i.e. "feminism as practised ≣ feminism as could be practised". Like many things that could be positive, the word "feminism" has been hijacked by the extreme left to justify interventionist policies in the guise of "equality". It's the equivalent of defending Islamists who preach the destruction of our society in the name of "multiculturalism". At its core, feminism is the idea that women are not inferior to men and should be afforded the same respect and the same opportunities. Some people who refer to themselves as "feminists" are responsible for all of the counterproductive policies that you have identified, but that is not an indictment on feminism – it's an indictment on them. Meanwhile, there still are plenty of societal barriers to women in areas like corporate boards – and I say this as a man who has sat in numerous corporate boardrooms where the closest woman was at the front desk. I also would agree with Gwallan's point that a lot of industries present barriers for men – but that is something that feminism is against, so I'm not really sure why you raised that. There is no logical reason why all of the girls I went to high school went on to study teaching, psychology or PR and all of the guys studied law, accounting or business. These are values that are ingrained in society unnecessarily and we can and should do something about it.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2012 on Why We Still Need Feminism at Menzies House
I generally don't recommend government intervention for anything. I'm also well aware of how hard it is to become a CEO of a company. What I do recommend is that we be cognoscent of a problem that still genuinely exists in our society. What Jessica's post seemed to be about was how most people in the conservative movement take a myopic view of feminism as a way for ugly, lazy and talentless women to justify not being employed – when this is far from the case. The equality of opportunity is a fundamental tenet of our society, striving towards this is something that we should all be doing. I would completely agree that the left has done a very bad job of promoting women, which is why we need some better ideas from the right – ideas that don't involve failed affirmative action and Big Government initiatives, but are grounded in societal values.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2012 on Why We Still Need Feminism at Menzies House
There's a kind of grim satisfaction that comes from seeing author railing against something and then her point being proven by the ensuing comments. Jessica, hear hear.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2012 on Why We Still Need Feminism at Menzies House
Highlighting one international judge's view on State-sanctioned attrocities Cross-posted from Major Karnage I have just had to read through the entire ICJ decision on the Jurisdictional Immunities (Germany v Italy) case, including the mammoth dissent by Brazilian Judge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, which was longer than the leading judgment and all of the other separate and dissenting opinions combined. I’ve been reading up on the guy a little and it sounds like he’s the ICJ version of Michael Kirby (anyone who has studied law in Australia would know what I mean). I did come across one portion of his judgment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Menzies House
Major Karnage explains why gay marriage should never have been an issue before Parliament. Cross-posted from Major Karnage A few conversations popped-up on my Facebook feed last week regarding the revelation that Tony Abbot has a gay sister and has *gasp* not shunned her. In fact, he treats her quite well. Why is that a "shock"? Well, Tony Abbot holds the point of view that "marriage" is something that happens between a man and a woman. To numerous proponents of gay marriage, this means that he is a priori a homophobe. I definitely saw at least one comment thread in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at Menzies House
Major Karnage explains that skepticism is the only way to believe the science and not the spin Reviewing the "Heartland affair", Robert Murphy notes how one climate scientist did not think that the actual evidence against Heartland was enough and decided to forge a more "damning" document; and how gleefully the rest of the climate change movement began adopting this clearly forged document with no skepticism whatsoever: Diminished Climate Alarmism: Lessons from L’Affair Heartland — MasterResource Now to be sure, climate science isn’t the same thing as politics and the blogosphere. Just because these climate alarmists showed ridiculously bad judgment... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Menzies House
...linked to at the bottom of the article.
If the best argument you can think of against this is "well your side does it too!!!", I don't think you really have a leg to stand on. Meanwhile, I can't speak for this site as I have only just started writing here, but I assure you that my site does not "dress figures".
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