Girly man? Banter from current crop of politicians is sadly lacking

Girly man? Banter from current crop of politicians is sadly lacking
Date
October 20, 2014 – 1:02PM
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Opinion
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Tony Wright
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Mathias Cormann goes meta
Is his “girlie man” sledge a nod towards a Mathias Cormann parody on ABC TV? Or a homage to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ripped the line off an SNL sketch parodying his Austrian accent? Continue reading

Professor Barry Spur suspended by University after racist emails

Professor Barry Spurr suspended by University of Sydney after racist emails

The Sydney Morning Herald, October 17, 2014

Amy McNeilage Reporter

The University of Sydney has suspended Barry Spurr after the professor was exposed for referring to people as “abos”, “bogans”, “fatsoes”, “Mussies” and “Chinky-Poos” in a series of leaked emails.
The university released a statement on Friday saying he was suspended, effective immediately, “from teaching and engaging in any other University business and is precluded from attending any University campus, while the matter is investigated”. Continue reading

Let’s relax the rules of grammar and enjoy language

Let’s relax the rules of grammar and enjoy language

The Age, October 18, 2014

Amanda Dunn
Columnist, The Age.

Is a preposition a good word to end a sentence on? And can you begin sentences with a conjunction? What about if you just play a little with the spelling of a word, know wot I mean? If language is primarily about communication, and none of these things impedes clarity, then do they really matter? Continue reading

How to teach what it means to be Australian

How to teach what it means to be Australian
Date
September 24, 2014
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Kevin Donnelly

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Celebrating diversity is only feasible when there is a willingness to commit to the values and beliefs that underpin and sustain tolerance.
Celebrating diversity is only feasible when there is a willingness to commit to the values and beliefs that underpin and sustain tolerance. Photo: Andrew Quilty
Now that Islamic State terrorism has arrived on our soil it’s time to ask the question: what does it mean to be Australian? Continue reading