things kelly o’dwyer could help us buy for $6000

Last night on the nation’s nightmare, Q and A, Kelly O’Dwyer mentioned helping a small business buy a $6000 toaster. Which is just perfect, after Malcolm Turnbull suggesting parents loan their kids money to buy their first home (???!!) which is, obviously, very possible.

Anyway, here are some things No Award could buy with $6000 from the government:

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white flight, australian schools, everything is terrible

Australian schools are suffering from white flight fed by some racist shit, and it is awful and holding us all back, and also I’m probably a genius based on a Buzzfeed article.

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the tiniest linkspam

In our defence, we’ve been busy! Feel free to chuck links of your own in the comments.

Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation

This is cool, keep it up, where ‘it’ is compassion and usefulness: Lilydale Football Club lets homeless people use the showers at its Main St ground

Why Is Hollywood Still Casting White Actors in Asian Roles?

How to Help Your Friend Who Recently Discovered The Americans (Stephanie emailed this to Liz, who suspects it may contain some kind of coded message.)

 

Things I have learned since breaking my foot

Six weeks ago yesterday, I broke my foot. Suffice to say, it was a learning experience, and the main lesson was, breaking your foot is terrible, don’t do it.

Here are some other things I’ve learned.

(Note: post contains X-rays of feet — I don’t know if anyone else out there has lifelong Issues with foot bones, but we thought we should give a heads-up just in case.)

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things australians can do to support asylum seekers

Our hearts are heavy with grief and guilt for two people. Hodan, a Somali refugee, set herself alight on Nauru. She is 21. Omid, who self-immolated last week and later died, was 23. His family is being billed $17000 to fly his body to Iran.

Our Immigration Minister said this was the fault of activists and advocates encouraging refugees to self-harm, demonstrating a lack of self-awareness and empathy. The environments of despair created by Australia’s policies are, instead, the impetus for self-harm.

Don’t just sit there, mired in the knowledge that our country is deplorable and unforgiveable. If you can, come do some things.

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No Award goes to the movies: Captain America: Civil War

I’ve been trying to consciously uncouple from the Marvel universe for a few months now, so I was probably the wrong person to see Civil War. Especially because the main reason I’m breaking up with Marvel is that I found myself seeing a movie once, strongly disliking it for its lack of concern for female characters, then seeing it again with my expectations lowered accordingly. I was not only rewarding bad behaviour, but I was paying good money to do so.

(The other reason was the announcement that, while the Australian taxpayer would be funding Thor 3, at the same time, funding for Screen Australia and local stories was being cut.)

All this is to say that I agreed to see Civil War with very low expectations, and then I got spoiled for the plot and lowered them further, and I was still disappointed.

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