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One Year in Australia: On Being a Non-Citizen, Racism and Sexuality

  Today marks one year since I arrived in Australia from New Zealand. In terms of relocating overseas, moving across the Tasman is fairly minor: Australia and New Zealand are geographical neighbours with many cultural similarities, to the point that the … Continue reading

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Snowpiercer: A Political Analysis

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!  I first read about Snowpiercer late in 2013 and quickly recommended it to fellow dystopian film lovers. Despite small concerns that the train-functioning-as-metaphor-for-capitalism was gimmicky and simplistic, I enjoyed The Host (one of Joon-ho Bong’s previous films) … Continue reading

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Greens on Campus: Submission to Parliament on the Education Amendment Bill

The Education Amendment Bill (No.2) To the Education and Science Committee, We, Greens on Campus (Auckland), are writing to express our disagreement with the Education Amendment Bill (No.2). We believe that the proposed changes to the university governance structure are … Continue reading

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Affirmative Action: A Defence

The only barrier to success is an individual’s own motivation and effort. So it goes. In a liberal democracy like New Zealand, equality is formally entrenched in the law. If you fail to be successful and reach equal status to others, … Continue reading

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The “Real” World and the “Out of Touch” Academics

On my Dad’s latest visit to NZ, I asked him what he planned to do upon completing his PhD in a year’s time. He replied: “I’ll need to find a job where I can mix academia with business. I don’t … Continue reading

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The “War on Terror” and Language Politics

Part I: The War in Afghanistan and the Construction of a Narrative  Twelve years, four months, and one week. That’s how long the United States and the International Security Assistance Force have been in Afghanistan. The invasion started after 9/11. We … Continue reading

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Educating Teens in Digital Citizenship

I’ll start with a contentious claim: we do not live in a democracy. Our members of parliament are, indeed, democratically elected. However, the checks and balances in place to ensure they represent our interests consist almost entirely of an election every three years. That’s all. … Continue reading

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