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Kevin Rennie

Secondary teacher (now retired), unionist and Australian Labor Party member since 1972. 8 years teaching in the Northern Territory: 4 in Katherine, followed by 4 in Maningrida, an aboriginal community in Arnhem Land. Returned in June 2008 to Melbourne to live after 15 months in Broome.

Kevin's website is Red Bluff

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Latest posts by Kevin Rennie

24 February 2017

Benjamin Netanyahu's Historic Visit to Australia Gets Mixed Reactions

"Mr Netanyahu’s policies consistently aim to provoke, intimidate and oppress the Palestinian population which increase that imbalance, thus taking Israel irretrievably further from peace..."

19 February 2017

Aussie Media Cop Criticism for Coverage of Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist's Meltdown

"Please consider the impact of sustained coverage on the #mentalhealth of a celebrity – important to be respectful." #GrantHackett

6 February 2017

Women's Australian Football Competition Bursts onto National Stage at Last

The historic opening weekend of the Women's Australian Football League competition grips the nation.

25 January 2017

Australia Day Ads Promoting Diversity Stir Controversy Before National Holiday

"If you’re not sure how to feel about the ad, why not ask an Aboriginal person who they feel about it. And if you don’t know any Aboriginal people… well…"

5 January 2017

Death, Beatings Highlight the Horrors of Australia's Manus Island Refugee Detention Centre

"The refugees were so scared and distressed and they said the police did not give them any food or medical treatment. "

15 December 2016

The 2016 Word of the Year Down Under? ‘Democracy Sausage’.

'Democracy Sausage', the Australian word of the year, celebrates the sausage sizzles at polling booths on election day.

7 December 2016

Australians Ask: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

The Greens leader's call to decriminalise recreational drugs has many supporters in Australia.

25 November 2016

Call for Sugar Tax on Beverages Ignites Nanny State Debate Down Under

"Rather than considering a sugar tax, it'd be more useful if there was a fresh fruit and veg subsidy for low income earners and pensioners"

20 November 2016

Melbourne’s Networked Society Symposium Explores Digital Landscape

The threats and opportunities presented by our digital world and the rise of the 'Fifth Estate' were explored at a symposium at Melbourne University's Networked Society Institute.

8 November 2016

Melbourne Locals Welcome Syrian Refugees With Open Arms—and Butterflies

"Our butterflies are a reminder that even the smallest action can have a far-reaching effect."

1 November 2016

Australian Government Plans Lifetime Visa Ban for Asylum Seekers Arriving by Boat

"It makes a mockery of international law to outlaw genuine refugees from forever entering Australia. That is the most draconian thing I have ever heard of."

4 October 2016

The Updated Australian National Dictionary Is Here to Teach You ‘Dinkum’ Aussie English

The second edition of the Australian National Dictionary has an additional 6,000 entries from down under to help you learn the local lingo.

21 September 2016

One Australian Nurse's Stirring Response to the Refugee Crisis

"I have learnt that not everyone is as caring; that the term ‘refugee’ is a dirty label that strips people of their identity."

11 August 2016

Australia’s Census Website Was Never Very Popular, And That Was Before Cyber Attacks Crashed It

The Australian Bureau of Statistics took down its website on Census Night following DDos cyber attacks, fuelling existing concerns about privacy, security, and anonymity.

26 July 2016

Disturbing Abu Ghraib-Style Abuse at a Juvenile Facility in Australia's Northern Territory

The Australian government is to set up a Royal Commission to look into the shocking abuse of children in a Northern Territory youth detention centre.

22 July 2016

Cliffhanger Election Ends in a Close Shave for Australia's Ruling Government

"I wish to thank the Hon The #PrimeMinister for providing the Nation with at least 3 years of high farce in the #Senate"

6 July 2016

Australia Waits on Close Count as Election Backfires on ‘Fizza’ Prime Minister

"I'm still confused by the definition of stability #auswaits "

16 March 2016

‘Nude’ Photos of Australian Aboriginal Women Trigger Facebook Account Suspensions

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Facebook has been attacked over its suspension of people in Australia for posting a photo of topless Aboriginal women performing a public ceremony.

9 March 2016

World Spotlight on Australia's Cardinal Pell at Rome Child Sexual Abuse Hearing

"So ends the testimony of one Cardinal George Pell. So, back to the safety of the Vatican apartments slinks that little ecumenical mind...So, for us Survivors…More Silence."

20 February 2016

Oz Comedian's Song Challenges Cardinal to ‘Come Home’ for Child Sex Abuse Hearing

Tim Minchin has attacked Cardinal George Pell in a song and demanded he return home to give evidence to the royal commission on child abuse.

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