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    1. Gay man who protested against Drag Queen Story Time dies by suicide

      Wilson Gavin was the President of the University of Queensland’s Liberal National Club. He was also gay. Earlier this week, he led a protest against a Drag Queen Story Time event. The following...

      Wilson Gavin was the President of the University of Queensland’s Liberal National Club. He was also gay.

      Earlier this week, he led a protest against a Drag Queen Story Time event.

      The following day, he was found dead at a local railway station, having committed suicide.

      He has formerly campaigned against same-sex marriage.

      His family have released a statement.

      10 votes
    2. Australia's bushfire emergency is being exploited on social media, as misinformation is spread through cyberspace via hundreds of thousands of posts.

      News article: Fires misinformation being spread through social media This includes a prominent local billionaire, Andrew Forrest, who has pledged $70 million for bushfire relief: "I think there's...

      News article: Fires misinformation being spread through social media

      This includes a prominent local billionaire, Andrew Forrest, who has pledged $70 million for bushfire relief: "I think there's a multitude of reasons why the fire extent has bene so devastating. I think a warming planet would be part of that — [but] the biggest part of that is arsonists," he said.

      13 votes
    3. Scott Morrison stands by Liberal ad promoting government's bushfire response

      Scott Morrison stands by Liberal ad promoting government's bushfire response Here's the advertisement itself: https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1213330419044638722 For the non-Aussies,...

      Scott Morrison stands by Liberal ad promoting government's bushfire response

      Here's the advertisement itself: https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1213330419044638722

      For the non-Aussies, and for the Aussies who aren't political tragics like me... the reason everyone's up in arms is that this video has been released by the Liberal Party, not by the Australian government. We can tell by the "Authorised by" statement in the final frame. Government information comes with the Commonwealth coat of arms and says "Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra". Party political advertisements have to be "authorised by" someone within the political party. In other words, this is a political ad, not a government press release. The Liberal Party (not the government!) is promoting itself on the basis of what the government is doing for the bushfires.

      Scott Morrison has already been an utter failure during this crisis. He went on holiday after the fires started. He's done as little as possible since he returned. And people have noticed. People have abused him when he turned up to visit their town. People have literally refused to shake his hand (but he grabs their hands and shakes them anyway!).

      But, despite all this wrong-footedness, this new advertisement is the most tone-deaf thing he's done (so far!). It reflects his background in marketing. Everything's a message for him. Unfortunately for him, the message here is "I'm using your suffering to promote myself".

      Scott Morrison has fucked up yet again.

      11 votes
    4. New tourism ad for Australia: "Matesong" featuring Kylie Minogue

      I just discovered this new tourist advertisement for Australia. It's sung (mostly) by Kylie Minogue, and aimed directly at a British (English?) audience. As an Aussie, I found a few moments in...

      I just discovered this new tourist advertisement for Australia. It's sung (mostly) by Kylie Minogue, and aimed directly at a British (English?) audience.

      As an Aussie, I found a few moments in this ad to smile at.

      6 votes