Australia really needs to talk about its racism. The government and opposition start banging on on terrorism and all of a sudden it’s hunting-season on innocent Muslim Aussies. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are too many living in squalor. Indian students are wary of coming here. Home and Away and Neighbours can’t cast a PoC to save their life. People refer to themselves as ‘Australian’ in a way that suggests Vietnamese Australian, Greek Australian, Aboriginal Australian or Korean Australians are something different. We all need to talk about racism and confront it wherever we see it. We need to change the culture, one dumb joke or racist dating preference or school bully at a time.
This is what humans would have to look
like in order to survive a car crash. The
Australian government teamed up with a
sculptor, trauma surgeon, and engineer
for a road safety campaign and created
‘Graham,’ who has no neck, knees that
bend in all directions, and extra fat to
protect the ears, nose, head, and ribs
from fatal injury. Source
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The Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Team takes out Gold at the Rio Olympics. The win marks Australia as the first team to ever win a rugby sevens gold medal & the first team to win an Olympic rugby gold medal in 92 years.
Squad. Gang. Team. Got the shivers and the shudders and the shakes after the election of President Toupee? My Aussie mates, it’s time we channelled that fear and frustration into something at home.
Peter Dutton, Human Brussel Sprout and Minister for Immigration, floated a plan that would leave asylum seekers banned from ever entering Australia. Dutton’s idea is that this will be backdated to people who had tried entering from July 2013. This is a massive dickhead move, and despite Labor and the Greens voting against it, the bill has passed through the Lower House and into the Senate.
That is fucked. We’re going to email all the crossbench Senators who may oppose this bill, and so hold the balance of power, and let them know that this is not on.
So what we’re going to do is email all these people a nice little note letting them know that this law is appalling and unaustralian. Only email the Senators for your state, because in theory you’ll be voting for them again in three or six years.
This bill cannot pass. It flouts international law and common decency. Let’s do this.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Senator David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democrats) -firstname.lastname@example.org + (02) 6277 3054
Senator the Honourable Nigel Scullion (Country Liberal Party) - email@example.com + (08) 8948 3555
You guys really don’t like minor parties, do you. Hope you’re feeling better, Scotty Ludlam.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Oh yeah you only have two senators suck it.
A sample message you can send -
Dear [SENATOR’S NAME],
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [YOUR TOWN] in [YOUR STATE]. Recently I heard that Peter Dutton’s proposal to ban asylum seekers from ever settling or visiting Australia passed the Lower House.
The contents of this bill appall me and many of my friends and family. I feel it is a horrifying, unaustralian idea. If you support this bill you can be sure you will never receive my support as a voter ever again.
Please do not vote in favour of permanently banning asylum seekers from ever settling in Australia.
Keep it short, sharp and simple. Write your own email if that’s easier for you - the more voices they hear, the better. Go on and do some good in the world. It takes five minutes to send an email - I sent one last week to the Labor MP Shane Neumann, the Shadow Minister for Immigration, who replied and confirmed that Labor would not be supporting the bill. Send an email now. Call them on Monday morning.
Her coming-out video is as funny and real as you’d expect it to be, given her background in comedy. The recap from Autostraddle:
The video, titled “What Happened to Jordan’s Beard,” starts off with the comedian doing a voice over, talking about how ever since she shaved her beard, fans have been wondering why she did it and if/when the beard is coming back. 30 seconds into the video she appears on screen and gives the reason that the beard is gone, and why it’s never coming back. She’s transgender, or as she says, “That’s right, I’m a girl! I am transgender. I’m a woman, Harry,” slipping into a Hagrid impression.
She does get serious for a minute, talking about how gender dysphoria is something she’s dealt with ever since she was a kid, but she “learned early on to be ashamed of it and to keep it a secret.” That’s a common feeling among trans people, who are taught from an early age that we have to hide who we really are. She says that after a recent tour, she decided that if she wanted a happy life and a happy future, she would have to come out. Over the last year she’s been coming out to friends and family and starting her transition. In this video you can tell that she’s happy and excited to be able to publicly be herself.
At first she was afraid that coming out would mean an end for her comedy career, but after she met other trans entertainers like Laura Jane Grace and Lana Wachowski, her attitude changed. “Fuck that. I’m going to carry on doing what I love and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it,” she says in the video, “In fact, I think it’s really important that I do, because being trans does not mean that you need to give up on your life, or your friends, or your family, or your career or your achievements.”