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Tony Abbott liked to call himself the PM for Indigenous affairs, but what real changes did Abbott bring about – what will his legacy in Indigenous affairs be?
Walking the grounds of the Niddrie campus, it is easy to spot rotting timber in windows and brickwork that is falling apart and warping. In one classroom the ceiling is slowly falling in — a temporary brace made from wooden beams stalls its downward drift.
"I used to be a Greens supporter, but as I spoke to more people involved in politics it became apparent that the values I hold dear - such as unionism and feminism - were not a regular discussion."
There might be no better way to dull a population's political instincts than by convincing them the bottom line is more important than their own voice...
"It astounds me that political parties can propose radical and untested ideas without completely knowing what will happen to Australia as a result."
"The Wikileaks Party is a minor party with a progressive agenda. Parties like that need all the support they can get, particularly in the early stages of their development."
The attack in Boston involved people 'like us' - including some Australians - being attacked very unexpectedly, so it is not surprising that Western media have a greater incentive to report it. But that word 'incentive' gives a clue as to why these news values are problematic.