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    A common good argument for legalising same sex marriage

    Alan Hogan |  When a traditional marriage breaks down, there is a substantial body of law that has been developed to deal with the consequences. A substantial number of people in the community have already entered into homosexual relationships, monogamous and intended to be permanent. Some will break down, and disputes will arise about matters such as property, maintenance, and access to children. Common law principles are inadequate for settling such disputes fairly and economically.
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    History can't absolve Serbia's great demon demagogue

    Binoy Kampmark |  In the savage wars of the Balkans during the 1990s, the identification of good sides over bad meant evil had to be singularised, culprits found to galvanise resistance. One such figure was Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic. His death in a Hague cell in March 2006 had the effect of suspending arguments about responsibility from any legal scrutiny. Earlier this month, British journalist Neil Clark suggested he had in fact been exonerated for his role in war crimes and crimes against humanity. He's wrong.
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    Teaching boys to respect girls

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    Peter Hosking |  Young people flirt and explore sexuality but this should always involve trust, respect and consent. Right relationships rely on trust, and the more sensitive something is then the greater the responsibility we have to protect people's dignity. It is concerning that some young men presume to exercise power so callously. In objectifying others and treating sex as a commodity, they betray the fundamental aspects of good relationships. Young women are not sexual commodities and young men are not entitled to request and circulate these kinds of intimate images.
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    The case for pill testing at music festivals

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    Susie Garrard |  As tickets go on sale for this year's round of music festivals - Falls, Defqon, Bluefest, Lost Paradise, to name a few - organisers still have no means to counteract unsafe drug use. Recent years have seen an increase in drug related injuries and fatalities at festivals. The debate as to how to counteract this worrying trend is ongoing, and tricky to navigate due its subjective nature. Yet when zero tolerance policies clearly haven't worked, it's time to turn to harm minimisation measures.
  • A common good argument for legalising same sex marriage

    Alan Hogan | 31 August 2016

    Wedding bandsWhen a traditional marriage breaks down, there is a substantial body of law that has been developed to deal with the consequences. A substantial number of people in the community have already entered into homosexual relationships, monogamous and intended to be permanent. Some will break down, and disputes will arise about matters such as property, maintenance, and access to children. Common law principles are inadequate for settling such disputes fairly and economically.

  • History can't absolve Serbia's great demon demagogue

    Binoy Kampmark | 30 August 2016

    Slobodan MilosevicIn the savage wars of the Balkans during the 1990s, the identification of good sides over bad meant evil had to be singularised, culprits found to galvanise resistance. One such figure was Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic. His death in a Hague cell in March 2006 had the effect of suspending arguments about responsibility from any legal scrutiny. Earlier this month, British journalist Neil Clark suggested he had in fact been exonerated for his role in war crimes and crimes against humanity. He's wrong.

  • The addict

    Peta Edmonds | 30 August 2016

    Man crouches against wallAn addict shows me his rack of ribs, he's off to the slaughter house. An addict rubs his face like a brushed potato. The addict searches through bins looking for scraps of himself and his whims. An addict lives in a room at the weaver's loom, peddling his stories and drugs.

  • The case for pill testing at music festivals

    5 Comments
    Susie Garrard | 29 August 2016

    Music festival crowdAs tickets go on sale for this year's round of music festivals - Falls, Defqon, Bluefest, Lost Paradise, to name a few - organisers still have no means to counteract unsafe drug use. Recent years have seen an increase in drug related injuries and fatalities at festivals. The debate as to how to counteract this worrying trend is ongoing, and tricky to navigate due its subjective nature. Yet when zero tolerance policies clearly haven't worked, it's time to turn to harm minimisation measures.

  • Teaching boys to respect girls

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    Peter Hosking | 29 August 2016

    Adolescent boy and girl share headphonesYoung people flirt and explore sexuality but this should always involve trust, respect and consent. Right relationships rely on trust, and the more sensitive something is then the greater the responsibility we have to protect people's dignity. It is concerning that some young men presume to exercise power so callously. In objectifying others and treating sex as a commodity, they betray the fundamental aspects of good relationships. Young women are not sexual commodities and young men are not entitled to request and circulate these kinds of intimate images.

  • SA power play backfires

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    Greg Foyster | 26 August 2016

    Pollution distribution system, cartoon by Greg FoysterOn 7 July, South Australia experienced a cold snap. As residents turned on their heaters, the still and cloudy conditions meant wind and solar power couldn't contribute much to meeting electricity demand. The last coal plant had closed a few months before, pushed out of the market by renewable energy. As if on cue, the spot electricity price spiked. Instead of a lesson about the danger of too much wind power, it's about the danger of too much market power in the hands of a few big players.

  • A society that forgives wins

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    Andrew Hamilton | 25 August 2016

    Russia's Yuliya Efimova looks on as America's Lilly King celebrates winning the women's 100m breaststrokeAlmost all public conversation quickly turns to transgressors. Olympic competitors growled about proven and suspect drug users. Many wanted people found to have used drugs shamed and shunned. This insistence that transgressors should definitively lose their good name and the right to participate is not confined to sport. If inflexibility and exclusion become the rule in dealing with aberrant speech or behaviour we find unacceptable, they will impose heavy burdens on individuals and society.

  • Antiheroes of the Bush-Cheney arms boom

    Tim Kroenert | 25 August 2016

    War Dogs is the latest in a string of films from the past few years that are custom made for our cynical times; deeply ironic black comedies and dramas featuring antiheroes who profit to the point of excess off the misery of others. Where those films dealt with the finance industry and gained relevance from the backdrop of the Global Financial Crisis, this one shifts focus to the grimier world of arms dealing, in the context of Bush era conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • The world we choose to live in

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    Jim McDermott | 24 August 2016

    Stylised Trump portraitMaybe standing there we weren't afraid about the fight that was happening across the street, but the fraying at the edges that it represents, the insecurity that the gospel both of Trump and against Trump seems to be creating in our society. It echoes the insecurity we hear in the Brexit vote, and the treatment of both ethnic British citizens and immigrants that followed. Likewise, the resurrection of Pauline Hanson and her One Nation party. None of it sounds good and where is it all going?

  • Girls are not to blame for their own exploitation

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    Madeleine Hamilton | 24 August 2016

    Stop blaming victims chalk sloganThe response from police and others in authority to recent cases involving the abuse or exploitation of adolescent female sexuality is depressingly reminiscent of attitudes held more than 50 years ago. While it was no defence to argue that the girl had consented, if it could be proven she had had consensual intercourse with other men previously, the offender could be acquitted. Consequently, in carnal knowledge trials, girls were frequently accused of having rich histories of sexual activity.

  • Young George

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    Geoff Page | 23 August 2016

    Young George PellWhat's he doing in my dream, that cardinal from Ballarat? He's in some sort of seventies presbytery or hardwood hall, shirt-sleeved but with collar on and playing ping-pong like a pro, fully-focused, yet relaxed. Forehand, backhand, lob or smash, nothing is beyond his reach. The other player is unseen but plainly worthy of attack. There's just the click of celluloid foreshadowing the rise to Rome. No ball hit that's not hit back.


Featured Writers

  • Andrew Hamilton

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    "When we exclude people you also exclude the contribution they can make to society."
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  • Catherine Marshall

    Catherine Marshall headshot

    "No-one complains, for we all know that it is harder for a poor man to enter an earthly kingdom than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle."
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  • Ellena Savage

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    "It was harder to believe that our own tacit faith in the cultural values we lived by produced that suffering, for ourselves, and for others."
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  • Fatima Measham

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    "Allowing Duterte to squander the Philippines' economic and political credibility could thwart the very things that Filipinos want to achieve."
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  • Kate Galloway

    Kate Galloway

    "It is imperative that Australian governments stop the abuse occurring in its name - in our name - and somehow remedy the harms that we have caused."
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  • Sex, addicts and religious cults

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    Tim Kroenert | 01 November 2012

    Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix faces from The Master movie posterI've never been a member of a cult, but I do have limited fringe experience of one fervent pentecostal church. The Master's portrayal of cult life chimes disturbingly with that experience. The cult members are attracted not just to the promise of meaning and belonging, but also to the eerie comfort of having someone else do their thinking.

  • Liturgy translation prophecy

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    Marlene Marburg | 01 November 2011

    Raw side

    Two blessings, one resurrected, one still in the tomb. We are not pre-Vatican. We think whole, body and soul ... We are not parrots in a pew trembling. 

  • The skeleton dance

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    Margaret Cody | 31 October 2008Dia de los Muertos, Flickr image by Glen's PicsMexico's Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is not a gloomy celebration, it is a recognition of death as part of life. Skeletons lean precariously out of every doorway and window, smiling, bejewelled and ready for the party.

  • Tolerance and Islam

    Peter KIrkwood | 01 June 2012

    Reza Shah-Kazemi book coverThe tensions that led to this week's massacre in Syria have their roots in centuries old conflict between Shia and Sunni Muslims. Progressive Shia scholar Reza Shah-Kazemi is esteemed for his vision for tolerance and dialogue with other faiths based on Quranic texts.

  • Coastal communion

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    Gregory Day | 01 June 2011

    White capsIn the tiny church built of ecumenical brick, with barely any aesthetic pleasure to distract from the humility of the message, Patrick and his cohort in both the earlier football match and in the communion to come, sat quietly, though with the telltale legs of novices swinging restlessly under the front pew.


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