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[20 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 33 views ]

Dead Men Don’t Order Flake
By Sue Williams
Text Publishing, 308pp, $29.99
Dead men don’t tell tales but, according to Australian author Sue Williams there are also other things they don’t do. “Dead men don’t order flake,” she writes at the beginning of this finely wrought and highly amusing crime novel.
Yet that’s exactly what the supposedly deceased Leo Stone requested the April afternoon he strolled into Cassandra Tuplin’s takeaway, “his gladiator shoulders filling up her shop doorway”. As well as being the owner-operator of the only takeaway shop in the tiny town of …

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[20 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 24 views ]

Drinks with the Sex Party
The pundits keep telling us that this is a dull election.
But imagine what it would be like without the minor parties. I did a quick sampling last week of some of them. At the very least they add some zest to the campaign. Few have much chance of winning a seat in the lower House but with the reduced Senate quota, some have realistic hopes of picking up a Senate seat.
Take the Christian Democratic Party. Its president is the Rev. Fred Nile MLC …

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[11 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 52 views ]

Just when you thought society was safe from metaphors of the military kind, the Australian Sex Party has declared war on the Catholic Church.
The pronouncement was made by Victorian parliamentarian Fiona Patten, who is also ASP president, in an email to her supporters on Tuesday.
Last week the Prime Minister and his Treasurer were criticised by sections of the media for suggesting the Labor Party had “waged war” on business. But there has been scant reaction to Patten’s call for “all-out war on the Catholic Church”.
This follows the report in …

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[10 Jun 2016 | One Comment | 49 views ]

Early in the week Professor Ross Fitzgerald – Hendo’s friend and (male) co-owner of Maddie – issued a call-out inviting all supporters of the Australia Sex Party to tell the world that two Catholic nuns had defaced a ASP poster in Collingwood. This led to a correspondence between the two blokes on the ASP’s attitudes to Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. Here we go:
Ross Fitzgerald to Gerard Henderson – 4 June 2016
Nuns defacing Sex Party poster.
Please spread the word!
Catholic archdiocese defends …

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[10 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 12 views ]

By Ross Fitzgerald & Ian McFadyen
Hybrid Publishers 2015
ISBN: 9781925272109
RRP – $26.9 pb
Reviewed by Gerard Henderson
Barry Humphries has described Grafton Everest as “a wonderful creation” in the same ranks as Philip Roth’s Portnoy and Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim.
Dr Everest (for a doctor he is) makes a welcome return in Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure. This is the fifth appearance by Professor (for a professor he also is) Grafton in print. On this occasion via the combined work of Ross Fitzgerald …

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[8 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 44 views ]

MARGOT SEVILLE : Crikey journalist based in Sydney
After last night’s political debate at the Sydney Institute, I’ve cancelled my plans to go to Holland. According to the Reverend Fred Nile, voluntary euthanasia laws there have meant that people are “too afraid to go to hospital” for fear of being bumped off without consent. Could one broken foot lead to you prematurely popping your clogs? The 81-year-old veteran of the NSW upper house asserted that “hundreds, if not thousands of people have been killed in Dutch hospitals”.
Nile, once described as …

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[7 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 32 views ]

Gina Ruston’s BuzzFeed News Report – 8pm June 7 2016
13 Things That Happened When A Sex Party Candidate Debated A Christian Democrat
Gina Ruston BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia
1. Professor Ross Fitzgerald told the audience gathered at the Sydney Institute that he was leading the Sex Party’s bid for a federal senate seat in NSW.
2. “The Sex Party is obviously anti-Christian and wants to remove our Christian heritage and make Australian a secular nation,” Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Fred Nile said.
3. Fitzgerald, who has published 39 books, asked the audience if …

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[4 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 16 views ]

The Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne has defended the Missionaries of Charity after a photograph emerged purporting to show two nuns from the order defacing a Sex party poster calling for the church to be taxed and marijuana to be legalised.
The party’s leader, Fiona Patten, said the pair seemed “hell-bent” on tearing down the words “tax the church” from a pole in Collingwood.
“Our policy to tax the church is fair and reasonable, especially where it applies to the church’s profit-making businesses,” she said on Friday. “If the nuns would like to …

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[1 Jun 2016 | One Comment | 84 views ]

One upside to new Senate voting rules is that they have driven a micro-party alliance giving rise to Australia’s first apparently irresistible political platform: sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.
Well, sex and drugs anyway. The Australian Sex party and the Marijuana (Hemp) party – in a liaison aimed at corralling the progressive end of the minor party vote – are running their “joint ticket” in all states and territories except New South Wales and Victoria, where they will preference each other.
Still, Fiona Patten, whose role as an MP in the Victorian state …

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[31 May 2016 | No Comment | 31 views ]

We all deserve the choice of a voluntary assisted death
By Prof Ross Fitzgerald (AM)
A major source of opposition to voluntary assisted dying is the Catholic Church and other religious hierarchies. “Voluntary” and “choice” are concepts that churches like to reserve for their autocracies but not apply to individuals. They demand control – not only over their memberships but over the rest of us as well. In Australia, as elsewhere, minority ecclesiastical autocracies still remain powerful in their fight against same-sex marriage and voluntary assisted dying. Yet more than 70 per …