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A Great Day For Feminism?

Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s searing attack on opposition leader Tony Abbott has gone viral attracting over 300,000 hits on ABC News and YouTube, generating countless memes, and gaining media coverage in the United States, Britain, India and many other countries. If you haven’t yet seen the clip I suggest you check it out below.

Commentators were quick to point out the hypocrisy of Gillard’s speech in light of Peter Slipper’s text messages and the Labor Party’s ongoing support for the disgraced former Speaker.

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Child Labour an Afterthought for Sherrin

In the lead-up to Saturday’s Grand Final The Age/Herald broke the story of child labour in Sherrin’s supply chain. Child labour is rife in the manufacture of sporting goods in the developing world and over the years Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma and many others have faced scandals and allegations. Sherrin’s response has been swift and dramatic. The company cut ties with all its Indian subcontractors and hastily pulled the promotional footballs intended to be handed out at the $350-a-ticket North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast.

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The Politics and Economics of Aid

In delivering this year’s budget Treasurer Wayne Swan made the controversial decision to defer raising foreign aid to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income, a commitment made by the Labor government. Instead, the budget included a modest increase of $300 million and foreign aid remains at 0.35 per cent of GNI. This announcement was met with criticism from the Greens and non-governmental organisations, many of whom receive funding through AusAid.

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Hungernomics: Economics on the Silver Screen

The recent DVD release of pop culture juggernaut The Hunger Games has whipped millions of fans into an excited frenzy. I decided to sit down and see what all the fuss is about. In short, it’s pretty awesome. What’s not to like about a bunch of teenagers competing in a televised gladiator-esque fight to the death set in a dystopian North America?

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Mining Not A Boom For Women

I have written previously on inequality and gender relations in the Australian economy and, in light of ESSA’s upcoming Q&A, I thought I would put an immigration and two-speed economy spin on the topic.

There has been considerable dialogue on whether the two-speed economy is causing inequality – between the east coast and the west, between mining and manufacturing and retail, between the super rich and ‘the rest’.

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Gay Marriage is Good for the Economy

‘Three words that will save the economy: Gay. Bridal. Registry.’ You may have seen this catchphrase floating around social media in the past few weeks, months or even years. It was made famous by a hand-made placard at a 2009 protest against Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment which eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in California. Despite problematically reinforcing the camp and consumerist gay male stereotype, there is inherent truth to the slogan. The wedding

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Baillieu Government Turns its Back on Bikes

Of all the Victorian budget cuts the slashing of bicycle infrastructure is perhaps the most puzzling. The Baillieu government has reduced funding for key bicycle programs to zero. This has been met with immediate condemnation from both Labor and the Greens, with the Shadow Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan naming it ‘a horror budget for Victorian bicycle riders’.

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Donations or Development? The Economic Implications of Kony 2012

Chances are you now know who Joseph Kony is. Since its release on 5 March Kony 2012 has attracted more than 100 million hits on YouTube and Vimeo and has become the most successful viral video in history. The film, produced by the US-based non-profit organisation Invisible Children, aims to make the Ugandan guerrilla leader and indicted war criminal Joseph Kony ‘famous’ in order to have him arrested by 31 December 2012.

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