Moving to Australia as a progressive in 2016: parliamentary politics, freedom of the press, climate change, surveillance

This is part of a short (albeit growing at the rate of one entry per entry…) series on one person’s perspective on what people might want to know before considering immigrating to Australia as a person with progressive politics, in 2016. The goal of this series is, if there’s issues that affect you and/or you are active in and/or you want to know more about, to give you a capsule summary of the issue from my point of view, with links for further reading. Where I have them, I’ll give details of activists and organisations I follow in the space, … Continue reading Moving to Australia as a progressive in 2016: parliamentary politics, freedom of the press, climate change, surveillance

Moving to Australia as a progressive in 2016: authoritarianism

This is part of a short series on one person’s perspective on what people might want to know before considering immigrating to Australia as a person with progressive politics, in 2016. The series:: Introduction: what I’m doing in this short series and why Logistics: mostly practical issues like the cost of housing, but not entirely depoliticised Authoritarianism: some imperfect thoughts on Australia’s ability to resist Politics I: parliamentary politics, freedom of the press, climate change, surveillance Unpublished: More politics: at least some of Indigenous dispossession, refugee rights, economy and employment, racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, disability rights… Someone I … Continue reading Moving to Australia as a progressive in 2016: authoritarianism

Moving to Australia as a progressive in 2016: logistics

This is part of a short series on one person’s perspective on what people might want to know before considering immigrating to Australia as a person with progressive politics, in 2016. The series:: Introduction: what I’m doing in this short series and why Logistics: mostly practical issues like the cost of housing, but not entirely depoliticised Authoritarianism: some imperfect thoughts on Australia’s ability to resist Politics I: parliamentary politics, freedom of the press, climate change, surveillance Unpublished: More politics: at least some of Indigenous dispossession, refugee rights, economy and employment, racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, disability rights… Money and … Continue reading Moving to Australia as a progressive in 2016: logistics

Moving to Australia as a progressive in 2016: introduction

Many of my US friends are frightened of the Donald Trump presidency for very good reasons. I have no special insight (less so than them) but the bad and worst cases seem very very frightening to me too, far more so than for a typical Republican or generally conservative government. Some folks I know are considering or actively planning emigration and I greatly sympathise, although I don’t know what I would choose or when I would pursue my choice. This has caused me to think over what I know about Australia, good, bad, and terrible, Hopefully if you are considering … Continue reading Moving to Australia as a progressive in 2016: introduction