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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

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.

6 February 2016

Calls for Civil Disobedience in Australia Over Children's Offshore Detention

UN:"#LetThemStay: #Nauru is not a safe or appropriate environment to send vulnerable people, esp children."

28 January 2016

Journalist Claims Australian Broadcasting Corporation Barred Him From Reporting on National Broadband Network

Journalist Tony Ross claims that he was barred by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from writing about the controversial National Broadband Network .

5 January 2016

Three Australian Government Ministers Fail Texting 101

Three Australian government ministers have been caught up in controversies of their own making.

30 December 2015

South Australians Queue for the Pungent Corpse Flower

Thousands of people have queued to see and smell a corpse flower in bloom at South Australia's Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.

17 December 2015

Worldwide ‘Paddle Outs’ Pay Tribute to Australian Surfers Murdered in Mexico

Mexican authorities say Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas were killed in a robbery gone wrong. Their bodies were discovered in their burnt-out van.

2 December 2015

‘Cloud’ Jokes Aplenty After China Blamed for Australian Meteorology Bureau Hack

Accusations that China has hacked Australia's Bureau of Meteorology have brought swift online responses down under.

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