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Ben Wyatt, Dennis Jensen and Labor's cultural struggle

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, April 22, 2013,
Ben Wyatt has weighed in on Dennis Jensen's recent controversial comments on Twitter:

WA opposition spokesman for Aboriginal affairs Ben Wyatt said Mr Jensen had made a stale, facile and low-grade contribution to the debate, which had moved on to how much was being spent on indigenous people in hospitals and prisons.

Native title agreements had for many years focused on economic development and education outcomes, he said.

"He might want to do some research and reading to catch up,'' Mr Wyatt sa...

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UWA Prosh racism row reveals PC double standard

Posted by Matt Hayden on Friday, April 19, 2013,
Still on the subject of racism: The editors of UWA's annual satirical "Prosh" newspaper are in hot water over their use of offensive racial stereotypes in this year's edition.

When I first read this headline I expected that the offending article might have been trying to mock racism itself by representing it somehow and that perpetually outraged types -- oblivious to the tone -- mistakenly believed it was endorsing what it was ridiculing. But if you look at the piece in question you'll see th...
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Dennis Jensen falsely accused of racism on Twitter

Posted by Matt Hayden on Thursday, April 18, 2013,
Dennis Jensen, the member for Tangney, is the latest politician to be embroiled in a Twitter storm. He was involved in some snarkiness on the subject of colonialism:

The Tangney MHR told TheKooriWoman to “get over” colonialism, saying “every country in the world has been successfully invaded in the past!” in a tweet yesterday.

“Do I snap my fingers and forget 213 years of oppression Mr Jensen?,” she replied.

His comeback was: “So you have personally lived 213 years? Work out ways t...

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The Crime Factory and Cowboys in Uniform

Posted by Matt Hayden on Monday, April 15, 2013,
On the weekend I read a report about a controversial book about the WA Police Force. It seems that a former serving constable by the name of Ian Patton has been named by the press as the writer of this book. But he vehemently denies this.

My first assumption upon reading the headline was that the book in question was The Crime Factory, which I posted about earlier. But this book's title is actually Cowboys in Uniform. It appears possible that they are entirely separate works.

If this is the cas...
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Hoyts Carousel cinema's mice infestation a social media disaster

Posted by Matt Hayden on Tuesday, April 2, 2013,
Every business needs to be on social media these days. It's obviously a great way to lift a company's profile in the marketplace and engage with consumers. But it can be a double edged sword. Pretty much every week there's another story about how some unfortunate event has occurred at some business or other, the news of which has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter.

There have been several local examples, including the clash between local real estate identity Paul Tonich and the Wild Fig Cafe. ...
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