PLATYPUS is a print publication recognising unseen Australian icons at the intersection of stolen land and culture in the Anthropocene. It is not afraid to express ideas through casual poetry, political and visual jest and bold gestures.

Awareness of the sensuous existence of all lifeforms involves listening and tuning in - this publication is an offering to do so together; a way to share and connect over what is essential and necessary in a queerer way. Homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism, sexism, extractivism and capitalism inform the dominant and narrow views of our environment and help to justify its exploitation... What if we could rearrange, rather than erase or suffocate?
PLATYPUS, the publication, is swimming somewhere between the field and paper- a rare breed of strange parts that make a unique and beautiful whole. As something which is tricky to categorise, but once seen for its beauty, humour and evolutionary brilliance, it’s not hard to love or get excited about.

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I still live through the stories I have been told by those who have seen it first... “I saw it first” acknowledges that seeing potential in something is important. But is this true? Australia’s capitalist culture and cruel history like the statement forgets the long, strong and beautiful relationship the land has with Aboriginal people, native flora and fauna. It rewards ownership over something that wasn’t there to be owned in the first place. This first issue attempts to take the power away from viewing this special land as a commodity and instead gives it back to feeding the potential of the things we love and wish we could afford to see- even if is just a hopeful glimpse...