Alt-Citizens

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The Australian Federal Parliament is in a tizz because a raft of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives have discovered they have, or may hold, dual citizenship. This disqualifies one from office, and already there have been resignations and stand-downs whilst ‘clarification’ is sought. The problem is section 44 of the Commonwealth Constitution, a document promulgated in 1901, when the optics of the world and his wife were slightly different. Any person who: is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights…

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Gay, Straight, Other…Let’s Have an Adult Conversation on SSM

August 22, 2017 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Australian Politics, LIFE, METAPHYSICS, POLITICS |
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Photo c/- Montrealais

[The Federal Parliament has seen fit to compromise upon its election policy of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, so that we are to get a postal survey or some such, in which the citizens can have a say and from which, possibly, legislative reform might ensue. There has been a considerable resistance to the move, on the grounds of cost, the non-binding nature of the poll, its vagueness and uncertainty, and the disharmony wreaked upon the minority by a national debate. Under the Constitution, the Federal Parliament has exclusive power to make laws with respect to Marriage, Divorce and matrimonial…

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Tiger Terry 6; South Adelaide 5

July 16, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |
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Glenelg v South Adelaide (15 July 2017) What’s that well-known saying? “Bad kicking is bad…something.” Anyway, both sides had 23 scoring shots on goal but South missed on 18 of its 23 occasions – therein lies much of the story. Still, Glenelg was clearly superior on the day, much more organised in midfield and attack, and applying substantial pressure in defence to cause error in front of the visitor’s goal.  Curran, Sellar and co. were terrific in defence, which is a lot better organised and seasoned these days. Terry Milera was outstanding with 6 goals, as were Ian Milera and Dom…

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Fetch a Rope!

July 5, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Australian Politics, LIFE, RELIGION, Ulalume |
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Historical sex charges are problematic.  These types of antique sexual allegations are awfully easy to make, awfully serious, and awfully hard to refute. There always are metaphorical torches carried in the streets (in the middle of the day) for those charged. People write with relish at the thought of a show trial; they say they have always known the truth about the accused, whom, while ladled with qualifications that “X denies the charges, which are yet to be proven,” nevertheless are pinned with labels such as “paedophile” and “monster.” These witch hunts (“Gee, a high-placed religioso is charged, so let’s throw him in a pond to see…

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In a League of Its Own / Straight Through the Middle

July 1, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Australian History, AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |
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An exhibition celebrating 140 years of the South Australian National Football League and SA Football (State Library, June – August 2017) The Varnished Culture staff set aside partisanship and went to these twin homages to local footy. An interesting congregation of photos, video, medallions, badges, guernseys, books, scrapbooks, committee minute-books and other memorabilia, we could have done with a bit more, but it was a piquant taste nonetheless. SA clubs at every level, several long defunct, featured in rich and diverse parade. In this winter of discontent, a little unbalanced reporting suffused with weary, wistful nostalgia for the Glenelg Tigers glory (or at least,…

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