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Catriona MacLennan takes on the Law Society

Written By: - Date published: 6:16 pm, April 19th, 2018 - 49 comments

Catriona MacLennan is being sent to a disciplinary committee for criticising a judge, in a case where he made an appalling judgement.  Where are the freedom-of-speech advocates?

immigration profiling

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, April 10th, 2018 - 43 comments

A data modelling programme that includes race and ethnicity as factors for consideration is a bad idea.

free-to-air sports

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 9th, 2018 - 45 comments

The comprehensive Commonwealth Games coverage on free-to-air TV is refreshing and something we need to see a lot more of.

overpopulation myth

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 26th, 2018 - 189 comments

Conversations on overpopulation are so often framed in a way that is racist and fail to acknowledge the unfair distribution and use of resources.  With the added dimension of seeking to punish the poor for problems created by the economically secure.

police and african youth

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 7th, 2016 - 19 comments

Research has been published showing police having treated African youth unfairly.  How can this be so, when they have put in so much effort to engage ethnic communities.

intersections

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 4th, 2016 - 66 comments

You can talk all you like about the economy and the 1% and the capitalist system and the environment and growing inequality, but if you can’t include an intersectional analysis into your description of the problem and into your solutions, then all that talk does not include me and will not be of any use to me.

investing in social cohesion

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, January 28th, 2015 - 19 comments

experiences of solidarity and support can be found across the planet.  they aren’t particularly hard to find, these many instances of kindness and humanity.  so why does it feel like we live in a world that is incredibly hostile?

can we just ignore it?

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, January 27th, 2015 - 11 comments

somebody says something stupid about muslims.  then it has to be picked up by every media organisation who rush around for comments.  of course they’ll find some muslims who will be angry and upset, given the serious stupidity of the comments.  then the media report how OUTRAGED those muslims are, as well as interviewing the original culprit to give more air to his views.

inability to access food

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, December 16th, 2014 - 33 comments

people are reporting that they have been unable to access emergency grants for food, simply because that are unable to reach WINZ staff to apply for one.

#TortureReport

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, December 11th, 2014 - 56 comments

finally, we have the release of the report that documents interrogation techniques carried out by the CIA.  it’s pretty awful stuff.

rising poverty amongst asians

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 pm, December 9th, 2014 - 85 comments

a new report shows that poverty related illnesses are growing at a rapid rate for asian children, and so are other poverty indicators.  some of this is related to a more settled population, but we also need to talk about racism.

it’s not censorship, it’s market forces

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, December 8th, 2014 - 77 comments

the addition of judith collins as a columnist has some people calling for people to cancel their subscriptions.

the response has been the usual.  there are claims that this is censorship.  even though the choice to not purchase a product that no longer appeals to you is hardly censorship.

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