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Director's cut — April 2006

April 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

That old chestnut — of a week being a long time in politics — does not grasp the half of it. Between April 20 and April 22, John Howard commenced an attack on education and educational standards. As Prime Minister, that is his right. But the fodder for his critique involved an attack on popular culture, and members should ponder how our project — the goal of a socially just, quality, dynamic and diverse pop — is undermined by his comments.

Director's cut — March 2006

March 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

When all of us are nannas moving around city streets with walking frames and automated wheel chairs, young people will ask us why 'we' went to war with/in Iraq. Luckily I have about fifty years to develop an answer because no clear justification comes to mind at the moment. Armed conflicts trigger tough questions.

I had a student ask me last week about the causes of the First World War. For this fresh faced seventeen year old, I am clearly of the generation that must have been hip deep in the mud of French trenches. But as my first degree was in European History, obtained when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, I have had some time to think about this question.

News clippings — March 2006

March 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

For this month's news, I particularly want to focus on our most traveled member of the PCC. He embodies so much of the 'project' of our work. As members know, Joel Matthews is currently completing his Masters degree in Japan at the moment. Yet he remains an active member of the Collective, and has contributed a fine chapter to our next book, Access All Areas.

For March News, I wanted to note his community service work in Japan. Currently, and besides his studies, he is working as a translator for a philanthropic organisation in Japan that is organising a Charity Film Festival in Kobe. Joel is the translator for the emails and correspondence between the United States and Japan.

Director's cut — February 2006

February 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

Welcome to another year for our Collective. This year — even this month — has produced so many new and innovative ideas for the PCC. Our formal recognition of our Association status was confirmed in February. We are now a designated (not for profit!) community organisation. That means we can now accomplish much more proactive, positive and challenging work in all our communities.

We are also foreshadowing a possible conference for the PCC, as part of the West End Festival. While details are still being discussed, all the PCC will be an important part of this challenging event. It will be public recognition for much of the work that we do.

News clippings — February 2006

February 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Two special news items this month, involving two of our most proactive members whose careers and friendship has been one of the great — and complex — friendship has been one of the cornerstones of the PCC.

Debbie Hindley, our Tackling Sport, hub convener submitted her PhD this month. It was sent to the university two months ahead of schedule. It is a magnificent piece of research that not only re-establishes the role and place of women in Australian football, but re-establishes the role of Australian football in international sport.

Director's cut — January 2006

January 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

Like most of us in the PCC who teach for a living — and respect to you all — December and January is a frantic time of reading, writing and organising. The attention to detail is extraordinary. Yet teaching is meant to be a simple craft. Certainly, at its best, there is a craft in the best classrooms. But there is also an art in giving the ordinary revelatory power.

News clippings — January 2006

January 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Congratulations again to all the efforts and work by members through January. Firstly, to matters digital Mike Kent has produced an evocative and powerful article on On Line Opinion, titled "Talking to Terrorists?" As we expect from Mike, it is a powerful intervention in the political truths that we can take for granted. It was a great pleasure to read, and every respect for his views.

So many other successes to report. Luke Jacques has attained First Class Honours. This is a remarkable achievement. He has worked so hard, and we hope to see much of his research through journal articles in the coming months. Congratulations, Luke.

News clippings — December 2005

December 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Again, much news this month. We start on December 2, when Debbie Hindley — head of the Tackling Sport hub — and I attended the ATEM (Association of Tertiary Education Managers) final breakfast talk of the year. Held by Professor Millicent Poole, the former Vice Chancellor of Edith Cowan University, she explored the role of sport in Australian society. Debbie and I had a fine breakfast. I enjoyed her company very much, and we hope that we represented the PCC at such an important event. Here is a shot of Debbie at the Matilda Bay restaurant on a lovely morning.

Debbie Hindley

Director's cut — December 2005

December 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

2005 is like a limping old dog that needs to be put out of its misery. This year will be remembered as a time of confusion, denial and loss, when the crisply pressed linen line between good guys and bad guys — the white hats and the black hats — frayed and crinkled. George W Bush's pronouncement on CNN that "you're either with us or against us" after the Twin Towers were threaded by airliners is now a refrain of resistance.

Director's cut — November 2005

November 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

I have written a lot this year about the state of television. Never has news and current affairs been more important. Never has television been filled with such nonsense. I have found that — increasingly — I am disconnecting from television. Thankfully, documentaries have filled the gap in critical thinking and interpretation. Michael Moore — whatever we may think of his politics of films — has done a service by bringing audiences back to documentaries.