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Senator Eric Abetz accused of ‘racist’ questioning of Chinese Australians during Senate inquiry | The Advocate

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Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz has denied claims his questioning of three Chinese Australians during a Senate inquiry was “racist” after he demanded they condemn the Chinese Communist Party. Australian-born research fellow at Per Capita, Osmond Chiu, appeared at the inquiry into issues facing diaspora communities in Australia, but was taken aback by Senator Abetz’s immediate line of questioning. Senator Abetz asked the…



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Playwright Angus Cerini on how theatre saved him, and examining Australian masculinity in Wonnangatta, The Bleeding Tree

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The year 1996 was one of those ‘best of times, worst of times’ for Angus Cerini. In perhaps its defining moment, he was beaten up on a train by a group of young men after intervening when they harassed a couple of older women.

A first-year creative arts student at Melbourne University, he’d stopped smoking weed in order to get his head together to play a war criminal in a Student Union production of Daniel Keene’s Because You Are Mine, about the civil war and ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia — ongoing at the time.

“I thought ‘I’m going to get off the bongs and really do this play well’. And it was when I got off the bongs that I think everything I’d been blocking out came in,” he says.

A confluence of the physical trauma of being…



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Letters to the editor | October 25, 2020 | The Examiner

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WE knew this was coming. We are seeing the demise of another private family business – Caltex Charles Street – that’s given exemplary service to our community, business and private for a longtime. Multi-nationals devouring everything in their path, it’s very sad to see a great local business close. The city will be poorer for its loss. Best wishes going forward to the staff and thanks for the memories I am so sick of the…



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Fears for future of Launceston Centrelink jobs, as changes loom | The Examiner

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An announcement of impending changes at the Launceston Centrelink has left labour hire staff feeling uncertain about their future employment. It’s understood Services Australia intends to close the Launceston service centre’s compliance risk branch, which has handled so-called robodebt matters. There are 17 labour hire staff working in compliance at the Boland Street address, while six permanent Australian Public Service…



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