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    Liberty and equality's forgotten sibling

    Andrew Hamilton |  The way to a better society does not lie simply in defending either liberty or equality, still less in the victory of one of these values over the other. It lies in bringing together a passion both for liberty and for equality and holding them together.
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    Employment solutions can be found close to home

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    Adrienne McGill |  Transitioning people with episodic illnesses like bipolar and severe depressionfrom disability support into the workforce is problematic. However,one obvious solution to help some people in this group has been overlooked to date: self-employment.
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    Scotland's brave quest for self-determination

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    Duncan MacLaren |  Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s remarks on the Scottish independence debate were front page news in Great Britain. If Mr Abbott had actually visited Scotland rather than follow the advice of the British PM, he would have seen that the whole debate had centred on the kind of society we wanted – one where social justice is paramount, our National Health Service is not privatised and rights are built into a written constitution.
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    Shrugging off the robots

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    Michael McVeigh |  We created the robots to make our lives easier.Before we knew what was happening the robots had transformed our world. Each day people go about their business, feeling unhappy but unable to name the source of that dissatisfaction.
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    A Woman from the Provinces

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    Xiao Xiao |  The woman from the provinces must have disturbed someone. Listen: the noise from below the Square. Countless faces aslant, breathing heavily. Rusting in the shell of broken words.
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    Sovereign aspirations and political power games

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    Justin Glyn |  The problem of who qualifies as a 'people' and what the content of the right is becomes particularly acute when the right to self-determination bumps up against that bedrock of international law, national sovereignty.In some cases, the problem goes away by agreement. The sad truth is that each side adopts the rhetoric that suits it and the result depends on the balance of political powers which each can muster.

Liberty and equality's forgotten sibling

Andrew Hamilton | 18 September 2014

Two boys on stepsThe way to a better society does not lie simply in defending either liberty or equality, still less in the victory of one of these values over the other. It lies in bringing together a passion both for liberty and for equality and holding them together.

Women's lives the front line of conflict

Lulu Mitshabu | 18 September 2014

Lulu Mitshabu in DRC'It is now more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier in modern conflict', says Major General Patrick Cammaert, a former UN Peacekeeping Operation commander in DRC. Let’s reflect on that for a moment. It has become more dangerous to be a woman collecting firewood or water than to be on the front lines as a fighter.

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  • Scotland's brave quest for self-determination

    23 Comments
    Duncan MacLaren | 16 September 2014

    Child with Scotland face-paintPrime Minister Tony Abbott’s remarks on the Scottish independence debate were front page news in Great Britain. If Mr Abbott had actually visited Scotland rather than follow the advice of the British PM, he would have seen that the whole debate had centred on the kind of society we wanted – one where social justice is paramount, our National Health Service is not privatised and rights are built into a written constitution.

  • Employment solutions can be found close to home

    9 Comments
    Adrienne McGill | 16 September 2014

    Home office desk Transitioning people with episodic illnesses like bipolar and severe depression from disability support into the workforce is problematic. However, one obvious solution to help some people in this group has been overlooked to date: self-employment.

  • Sovereign aspirations and political power games

    2 Comments
    Justin Glyn | 15 September 2014

    Scotland referendumThe problem of who qualifies as a 'people' and what the content of the right is becomes particularly acute when the right to self-determination bumps up against that bedrock of international law, national sovereignty. In some cases, the problem goes away by agreement. The sad truth is that each side adopts the rhetoric that suits it and the result depends on the balance of political powers which each can muster. 

  • What are we walking into in Iraq?

    6 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 15 September 2014

    Islamic State maze graphic President Obama's decision to take military action against ISIL forces in Iraq and Syria has been applauded. But it should give us pause that this is the outcome desired and provoked by ISIL itself.

  • High noon for Government refugee policy

    10 Comments
    Kerry Murphy | 12 September 2014

    View of Parliament from High CourtThere may not be simple solutions to complex issues such as how to reduce the risk of travel by boat without punishing the refugees. However, the High Court's latest decision reminds us there are people involved and they are not ‘outlaws’.

  • Abbott's foreign policy flops

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    Tony Kevin | 12 September 2014

    Aus PM with Sec John KerrySince Richard Casey was External Affairs Minister in the 1950s, the three pillars of Australian foreign policy have been: a genuine reaching out to our Asian neighbours, adherence to UN-based multilateral values and institutions, and a firm but self-respecting defence partnership with the United States. All those pillars look pretty shaken now.

  • Picking on Muslims is getting dull

    20 Comments
    Ruby Hamad | 12 September 2014

    Weekend Australian front cover 'fight Islam 100 years'The readiness with which some westerners take the most violent and extreme groups as legitimate expressions of Islam betrays the racism that underpins perceptions of Muslims. Whether I like it or not, my religious background and my name tie me to these 'jihadists.' I feel the permanent weight of expectation to publicly apologise for their actions.

  • Ending feminised poverty

    13 Comments
    Kate Galloway | 11 September 2014

    Old woman walkingDespite historical gains for women in terms of formal equality, structural issues - wage gap, superannuation gap, childcare, unpaid caring, inequitable income distribution - have not gone away. I do not see why my older women friends should be burdened with accumulated poverty simply because they are women. They carry a material burden because their unpaid work was considered to be performed 'for love', undeserving of financial security.

  • Suicide taboos and healing memories

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    Andrew Hamilton | 10 September 2014

    Cost of Silence coverSuicide excludes people from any participation in this decisive act of people's lives, and also prevents them from understanding it. Suicide is always shrouded in silence, and arouses dread at entering the silence. The wrenching cry at the heart of of memories wrestles with the silence, 'Why did you do it?'.

  • Turning off the lights on Australian research

    4 Comments
    Tseen Khoo | 09 September 2014

    PM handing a fading torch to an Australian researcherThe research sector in Australia is increasingly one marked by casualisation and disappearing career paths. The depressed nature of working in this environment means that the very people who we'd want to solve our society's most crucial, pressing issues are the ones who will be looking elsewhere to establish their careers. How do we equip our community with better ways to live, work and connect without research? Where will answers to persistent problems come from?

  • The challenge of a five-year Royal Commission

    17 Comments
    Frank Brennan | 09 September 2014

    George PellAll church members, and not just the victims who continue to suffer, need light, transparency and accountability if the opaque injustices of the past are to be rectified. Justice Peter McClellan and his fellow commissioners have to do more to bring the states and territories to the table and to get real buy-in by all governments. 


  • Navigating the maze of young adulthood

    Anthony Morris | 18 September 2014

    The Maze RunnerIn The Maze Runner, a group of teenage boys find themselves dumped in the middle of a giant maze. Lacking the freedom to do what they like, faced with rules and laws that seem arbitrary while struggling with deep changes on a physical level, teenagers’ personal problems have proven to be ripe material for dystopian novels and films. 

  • Shrugging off the robots

    8 Comments
    Michael McVeigh | 16 September 2014

    Man handing flower to a womanWe created the robots to make our lives easier. Before we knew what was happening the robots had transformed our world. Each day people go about their business, feeling unhappy but unable to name the source of that dissatisfaction. 

  • Timely liberation

    Anthony Morris | 04 September 2014

    Scene from Richard Linklater's film BoyhoodWhile not everything always turns out for the best in Boyhood, the stakes aren't high in any traditional sense. Instead, time gains power from its sheer passage on the screen. For Mason, the central character, it is a liberation. 

  • Terror Australis

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    Fiona Katauskas | 17 September 2014

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  • A Woman from the Provinces

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    Xiao Xiao | 16 September 2014

    Illustration of Chinese woman on a roadThe woman from the provinces must have disturbed someone. Listen: the noise from below the Square. Countless faces aslant, breathing heavily. Rusting in the shell of broken words.


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