Steph adores The Katering Show, and this is great:
I was so ready to be mad about this article, and I am still, but I’m also sort of delighted by PS 307: Brooklyn hipsters fight school de-segregation: They ‘aren’t racists’ — ‘they just don’t want to be in a ghetto’. Also No Award will probably never understand the numbering system for Primary Schools, and we’re okay with that.
Steph’s high school in the news for censoring queer art.
No Award has many feelings about the cancelling of Visas, but this one’s pretty hilarious: American Anti-Abortion Campaigner Troy Newman Is Currently Being Detained At Melbourne Airport. What’s not hilarious is how fucked he is.
Operation Rescue regularly targets people who work in abortion clinics with campaigns of sustained and aggressive harassment, posting signs outside their houses, following them in the street and publishing their home addresses on the internet.
No Award is pro-choice.
[Liz notes that, having been raised in the trenches of pro-life activism, her official stance on abortion is putting her hands over her ears, closing her eyes and running away going NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE and hiding until everyone stops talking.]
Australian exceptionalism takes the from of the firm belief that our country is weirder than everyone else’s. But the comments here are great. Democracy sausage is a real thing.
The 89th Down Under Feminists Carnival is up at Blue Bec. Many excellent antipodean feminist business there. In grand tradition, No Award will be hosting the November edition, coincidentally number 90. If you have something to submit, please leave a link here or email Steph before October 31.
On how Australia treats its international workers: Worker’s paradise or black labour haven? And also read this one: ‘Black jobs’: Rampant exploitation of foreign workers in Australia revealed.
Little research or official data exists on how many temporary foreign workers and students are employed in Australia, let alone how many are being illegally underpaid, but the Fairfax investigation surveyed Mandarin-language websites, where it was common for jobs to be openly advertised at $10 to $13 an hour, significantly below Australia’s legal minimum wage of $17.29 an hour.
The study of 1071 job advertisements aimed at temporary foreign workers, largely from China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, show the vast majority offer work either below the minimum wage or the award.
An important update from 1992: Brashs’ Facebook presence. Given that they went out of business in 1998, it’s probably not official.
Linkspam: legal edition
What? Liz enjoys legal shenanigans
That awkward moment when a Federal Circuit Court judge is found to be biased against immigrants. (Spoilers: He was a Brandis appointee.)
Speaking of immigration matters, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (sigh) gets a belting from the Full Bench of the Federal Court. It would be glorious to behold if it didn’t involve the actual lives of actual vulnerable people.
Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd v Westley  NSWSC 1292 — Sure, it sounds dry, but then…
For the most part, Mr Westley used the misappropriated funds to pay costs and expenses associated with a theatrical production known as “Avenue Q”. Mr Westley was the executive producer of that production, which was staged at the Enmore Theatre from 2 July 2015 to 18 July 2015.