• As workers adjust the location of an ABC billboard on top of a building, Malcolm Turnbull instructs 'To the right!' Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas
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    Attacks against the ABC are undemocratic

    • Fatima Measham
    • 20 June 2018
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    There is political hay to be made in convincing the right that the ABC has a leftward bias. The strategy counts on short memories. When Labor was in power, it would routinely complain that, in being too stringent with government, the ABC was aiding the Coalition. This only suggests that the ABC does its job, no matter who is in charge.

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    What is Western Civilisation anyway?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 June 2018
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    The dispute about the Ramsay Centre Foundation for Western Civilisation had everything for those who like pub brawls. The question least discussed but most intriguing is precisely what is meant by Western Civilisation. Protagonists praised or damned its ideological associations, but rarely troubled to share their understanding of it.

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    Parents, it's time to spike the spank

    • Barry Gittins
    • 19 June 2018
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    If you are inclined to discount expert opinion from medicos, lawyers and criminologists, you could consider the evidence of your own eyes. Observe the body language around you if a parent hits their kid in public. A hush descends and tension increases. Post-Royal Commission, violence against kids is more and more on the nose.

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  • Kim Jong-un greets Donald Trump

    Trump summit a PR coup for Kim

    • Erin Cook
    • 18 June 2018
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    There is no basis for this claim that, if the summit and its outcomes had occurred under Barack Obama, some have argued, those on the centre left would be cheering. The reality is, the summit would never have occurred, because no other president would have made the concession of a meeting at all for no apparent gain.

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  • Tunisian demonstrators shout during a protest seeking equality between men and women in Tunis, Tunisia, 10 March 2018.

    Tunisia's women strive for equal rights

    • Oliver Friendship
    • 15 June 2018
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    Article 21 of Tunisia's 2014 constitution makes this document pivotal in the broader fight for gender equality across the Arab world. Even so, more than four years on from the constitution's inception, progress is slow in the struggle for equal rights in Tunisia, and the fight for basic equality between the sexes is still ongoing.

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  • Dave Graeber's Bullshit Jobs

    Care work, participation and the politics of time

    • Lizzie O'Shea
    • 05 June 2018
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    Many people, including on the left, talk about the centrality of work to our sense of purpose and dignity. Work is commonly understood as the method through which we acquire income, a sense of identity, make a contribution and find community, but for many, it has also become an extremely unreliable source of these things.

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  • Tony Abbott

    What is Western Civilisation anyway?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 June 2018
    17 Comments

    The dispute about the Ramsay Centre Foundation for Western Civilisation had everything for those who like pub brawls. The question least discussed but most intriguing is precisely what is meant by Western Civilisation. Protagonists praised or damned its ideological associations, but rarely troubled to share their understanding of it.

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  • Hand image: Mark Ramsay via Flickr

    Parents, it's time to spike the spank

    • Barry Gittins
    • 19 June 2018
    4 Comments

    If you are inclined to discount expert opinion from medicos, lawyers and criminologists, you could consider the evidence of your own eyes. Observe the body language around you if a parent hits their kid in public. A hush descends and tension increases. Post-Royal Commission, violence against kids is more and more on the nose.

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  • Gilian Triggs addresses the XSJN dinner

    Triggs champions common compassion

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 June 2018
    15 Comments

    In the 1930s a Jewish Australian was trying to bring to Australia a Jewish family who were in grave danger in Austria. Asked by immigration what made him want to bring the family of his daughter's pen friend, none of whom he had ever met, he replied, 'Common compassion.' The family could not come, and most were later killed.

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  • Cathy McGowan

    Independents and micro party success stories

    • John Warhurst
    • 18 June 2018
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    The contrast between success and failure shows that successful independents and minor parties cannot just be based on major party disillusionment, creative election campaigns, or attractive candidates, but also on deep listening to and engaging with their communities which enable a positive and grounded alternative to be offered to voters.

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  • Anthony Bourdain

    What religions really say about suicide

    • Rachel Woodlock
    • 15 June 2018
    7 Comments

    Amid the shock and grief for Anthony Bourdain's death, one blue-tick Twitterer attempted to capture five minutes of shameful fame, declaring that religious people believe hell or purgatory is his afterworld destination. While all the great religious traditions generally proscribe suicide, they also contain nuanced views of the suicide's fate.

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  • The 'Save the 8th' Rally held on 10 March 2018 in Dublin City Center, which drew around 100,000 protesters. Credit: Life Institute / Save the 8th

    Do pro-life Australians need a new approach?

    • Ann Deslandes
    • 04 June 2018
    49 Comments

    The result in Ireland is a timely reminder to political and/or church leaders in Australia who like to use Irish Catholic heritage as a way to defend their conservative views. On nearly all issues that have been debated by Australian Catholics against their religious obligations, the motherland is, clearly, no longer the source of moral legitimacy.

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  • Chris Johnston cartoon contrasts a fat, bloated meat-eating world with a trim, lush and green 'vegan' world

    Will veganism save the planet?

    • Cristy Clark
    • 08 June 2018
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    Researchers from Oxford concluded that consumers have significant power to 'deliver environmental benefits on a scale not achievable by producers' by excluding animal products from their diets. Interestingly, this report comes at a time when the uptake of veganism is growing significantly, both globally and in Australia.

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    Make peace by defying SA nuclear dump

    • Michele Madigan
    • 18 May 2018
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    Sunday 29 April 2018 marked the second anniversary for many such South Australian peacemakers. It was on that date in 2016, at 2.30am, that Adnyamathanha Elder Aunty Enice Marsh heard the news that the federal government had 'chosen' the Flinders Ranges to be the 'top of the list' site of the proposed national nuclear dump.

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  • Shared solar system being installed on an apartment block at Murundaka Cohousing Community, Heidelberg Heights.

    Renters suffer rooftop inequality

    • Greg Foyster
    • 14 May 2018
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    This is Australia's looming inequality issue. Those who can take advantage of the energy revolution will have lower bills and more comfortable living conditions during the frequent extreme weather events we'll experience with climate change. Those who can't will be left reliant on a dirty, aging and increasingly expensive electricity grid.

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  • Coffee beans

    Man with secret lives

    • David Lander
    • 20 June 2018
    2 Comments

    When I drink coffee I roll it over my tongue and remember how I grew the beans myself on my own plantations in Guatamala. I hope my secret family there is doing well. I captain this battleship in tight formation with destroyers and frigates. My contemporary dance company is in constant demand. I am a busy man but I sleep well.

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    An old poet scales the age barrier

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 20 June 2018
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    An old man boarded the bus, seating himself next to me and behind the boys. He was unshaven, and his jeans had seen better days. He sat quietly for a few minutes, observing the scene, and then he tapped the nearest boy on the shoulder. 'I'm impressed by your enthusiasm, and it so happens I've written a poem about that subject. Here it is.'

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  • Meera Atkinson Traumata

    Finding hope in shared struggle after trauma

    • ZoĆ« Krupka
    • 20 June 2018
    1 Comment

    Using memoir as a kind of litmus, Atkinson challenges the myth that traumatic events are socially 'out of character' and asks us to look at how by its very nature, patriarchy demands the abuse of its most vulnerable citizens.

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