Closed-minded progressives: post-election thoughts out of Melbourne

Added on by Leah Robertson.

In a morose little mood today. Because of the obvious, obviously. But also because I think we – me and my friends, and people like me and my friends – have gone way off-track in how we conduct ourselves politically. Online, in particular.

We’re immature under the guise of humour. In place of actual wit we swear a lot. Worst – rather than actively petitioning for change in meaningful ways we deride and scoff at the people whose opinions we could have altered had we not been above talking to them.

I can’t think of one time I’ve been convinced of something because somebody told me my views were idiotic. Screaming matches just galvanise opinions. Myself: I respond to personal stories of how an issue affects a person, or to wit and logic tied so tightly the case is irrefutable. If change happens, it happens on reflection, when I can decide in private whether I have been an idiot.

But change might not have been what we were after. We behaved en masse in ways that were self-serving but politically counter-productive. We got to vent and laugh and feel righteous but the country’s taken a stagger backward and the Greens a loss in support. Except for in our little bubble. We’re strong here, because we only preach to ourselves.

And we do it with closed minds. Progressives so certain we’re right about everything and that there can be no other truth for any other Australian – that conservative arguments are ‘based on false premises, and their conclusions are post-hoc rationalised non-sequiturs and incoherent nonsense’ – that we actually sound like bigots.

It’s upsetting, because it doesn’t get us anywhere, and I don’t want to stay long in the place we're in now.

Work experience - a wrap-up

Added on by Leah Robertson.

Handing the reins over to Shelby Eade for this one, who's done a stellar job this week at learning about professional photography and putting that knowledge into practice. Here's Shelby:


Hey everyone, my name is Shelby Eade, I am 16 years old currently completing year 11, and I am from a small town called Rochester in northern Victoria.

I have been on work experience with Leah since Monday. She has shown me heaps and I have learned a lot about photography. She has been very encouraging and pushed me to try new things with my skills as an aspiring photographer and to eat some things I usually would never even try!

On Tuesday Leah sent me out on the streets of Melbourne all by myself, only armed with my camera. I went out being scared and came back more confident than ever. A lot of my photos were very interesting and even I surprised myself with what I came back with. There are a lot of very interesting shots that I really like.

This week has made me think about why I want to become a photographer, what style I would like to pursue and how people in the street are very interesting.

I have loved every second of this week and it is definitely one I will never forget. I really appreciate Leah taking me on this week, it has made me fall in love with photography all over again and I am going to follow my dreams of becoming a photographer. There’s no words to say how grateful l I am to have had this opportunity, thank you so much Leah!


We thought street photography might be a fun genre for Shelby to tackle while working in Melbourne. Below are a few series she has developed over the week.




Nice one, Shelby!