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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Regulation
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A teenage boy's understanding of his society's mode of punishing people for the thought before they can commit the crime is complicated by his own coming-out process.




  • Author's note: I wrote this story in response to comments made by Kevin Donnelly in an opinion piece for the ABC in regards to the 'Safe Schools' initiative. I felt invisible and dispensable and wondered what a society might look like if 'offending' people who sat outside the 'norm' were simply removed from the equation. Ethan is incapable of describing what he is going through because his society is so heavily regulated by the government that everyone deemed undesirable is silenced permanently and entrenched propaganda has redacted the collective vernacular. It is only when Regulation affects him personally that he starts to think about what he and his society as a whole does not question.

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    y separately published work icon Aurealis no. 99 2017 11383254 2017 periodical issue 2017
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