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[10 Jun 2016 | One Comment | 44 views ]

GERARD HENDERSON AND ROSS FITZGERALD
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!
Ross
Catholic archdiocese defends …

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[10 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 10 views ]

GRAFTON TAKES A TUMBLE
GOING OUT BACKWARDS: A GRAFTON EVEREST ADVENTURE
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 | 36 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 | 28 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
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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 | 15 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 | 74 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 | 27 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 …

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[30 May 2016 | No Comment | 16 views ]

“The Big Boys Fly Up”
Review of ‘Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football’
Ross Fitzgerald (ed)
Connor Court Publishing P/L, 2016
ISBN: 9781925138948
RRP – $29.99 pb
Reviewed by Paul Henderson
THE BIG BOYS FLY UP
Ross Fitzgerald’s book consists of his introduction, followed by 37 short accounts or essays about aspects of Australian Rules Football and an epilogue which considers the effects that weather has had on the game.
The 37 authors come from many walks of life including former players, administrators and coaches, past and present politicians, business leaders, academics, journalists, a cardinal, a publisher, authors and …

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[30 May 2016 | 2 Comments | 20 views ]

Given that for most people voluntary assisted dying is eminently sensible, it is still surprisingly difficult to have a reasoned debate about end-of-life choices.
As a patron of Britain’s ‘Dignity in Dying’ campaign, Sir Terence English reports: “During my life as a surgeon I have come across mentally competent, terminally ill patients who would have welcomed the option of being able to choose the timing and circumstances of their death. I believe the legislation of assisted dying is important for those who, like me, wish to have this degree of control …

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[28 May 2016 | No Comment | 18 views ]

Given that for most people voluntary assisted dying is eminently sensible, it is still surprisingly difficult to have a reasoned debate about end-of-life choices.
As a patron of Britain’s ‘Dignity in Dying’ campaign, Sir Terence English reports: “During my life as a surgeon I have come across mentally competent, terminally ill patients who would have welcomed the option of being able to choose the timing and circumstances of their death. I believe the legislation of assisted dying is important for those who, like me, wish to have this degree of control …

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[12 May 2016 | No Comment | 46 views ]

The introduction of party logos on Senate ballot papers at the forthcoming election could throw up some very unexpected results. It also represents one of the largest shifts in electoral philosophy that we’ve seen in a long time in that we have introduced “brands” as opposed to “party names” onto our ballot papers. In the same way that many public institutions and conventions are being corporatised, now our voting system is suffering the same fate as we inexorably move toward US-style electioneering.
The Coalition, the Greens and Nick Xenophon joined forces …