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    Elijah Doughty decision shows there is rarely justice for aboriginal victims

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    Celeste Liddle |  As the news came through that the man who had run down young Elijah Doughty in Kalgoorlie last year had escaped a manslaughter conviction and instead had been sentenced for three years for the charge of reckless driving causing death, I saw Aboriginal community members dissolve. Many expressed grief for Elijah's family and community. Others set about highlighting how there is rarely any justice in this system for Aboriginal people.
  • Feature Article

    Why having a female Dr Who matters

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    Neve Mahoney |  It was recently announced that the thirteenth iteration of the main character in Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker. A woman.In 2017, the casting of a white woman in a major TV role is hardly revolutionary, except that the role is the Doctor,a regenerative alien who can take on the appearance of anyone, but has for 12 iterations tended towards the persona of a quirky British white man.
  • Feature Article

    Finding the high way

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    Andrew Hamilton |  In our society ethical questions such as those to do with marriage, crime and punishment, the beginnings and endings of life, and freedom of speech are often highway issues. Protagonists establish in advance the right way to go, keep their foot down and their eyes on the road without noticing the terrain the highway traverses. Road signs indicating another destinations or alternative routes are ignored and towns by-passed. Certainty is gained; understanding of country is sacrificed.
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    The thin line between apes and humans

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    Megan Graham |  I came to the Planet of the Apes films a little late, thinking it was just a bit too far on the silly side for my tastes. But with time to kill on a holiday in 2014, I watchedRise of the Planet of the ApesandDawn of the Planet of the Apesand found myself surprisingly invested in the emotions of the characters.Released in Australia today is the latest episode:War for the Planet of the Apes.
  • Feature Article

    Where is money headed?

    1 Comment
    David James |  The daily fluctuations of financial markets and the fractious debates over economic policy are concealing something deeper and much more disturbing. The future of money itself is in question.A decade after world banking almost collapsed in the global financial crisis, the questions raised have not been answered.
  • Feature Article

    Finding life in the obits

    2 Comments
    Daniel Rose |  I read the obituaries every Sunday. Maybe as a writer I enjoy the stories people leave behind. I think too, that in this age of fake news, angry politics and incessant streams of information, the obits offer a slice of realism. One small headshot and a two inch long bio. That is all that remains of us in the end. You might think that perusing the obituaries would be depressing. But for me, it's invigorating. It's energising. It renews my faith in humanity.
  • Elijah Doughty decision shows there is rarely justice for aboriginal victims

    3 Comments
    Celeste Liddle | 28 July 2017

    Obituaries pageAs the news came through that the man who had run down young Elijah Doughty in Kalgoorlie last year had escaped a manslaughter conviction and instead had been sentenced for three years for the charge of reckless driving causing death, I saw Aboriginal community members dissolve. Many expressed grief for Elijah's family and community. Others set about highlighting how there is rarely any justice in this system for Aboriginal people.

  • Why having a female Dr Who matters

    2 Comments
    Neve Mahoney | 27 July 2017

    xxxxxIt was recently announced that the thirteenth iteration of the main character in Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker. A woman. In 2017, the casting of a white woman in a major TV role is hardly revolutionary, except that the role is the Doctor, a regenerative alien who can take on the appearance of anyone, but has for 12 iterations tended towards the persona of a quirky British white man.

  • The thin line between apes and humans

    1 Comment
    Megan Graham | 26 July 2017

    xxxxxI came to the Planet of the Apes films a little late, thinking it was just a bit too far on the silly side for my tastes. But with time to kill on a holiday in 2014, I watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and found myself surprisingly invested in the emotions of the characters. Released in Australia today is the latest episode: War for the Planet of the Apes.

  • Finding the high way

    9 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 26 July 2017

    xxxxxIn our society ethical questions such as those to do with marriage, crime and punishment, the beginnings and endings of life, and freedom of speech are often highway issues. Protagonists establish in advance the right way to go, keep their foot down and their eyes on the road without noticing the terrain the highway traverses. Road signs indicating another destinations or alternative routes are ignored and towns by-passed. Certainty is gained; understanding of country is sacrificed.

  • Finding life in the obits

    2 Comments
    Daniel Rose | 25 July 2017

    Obituaries pageI read the obituaries every Sunday. Maybe as a writer I enjoy the stories people leave behind. I think too, that in this age of fake news, angry politics and incessant streams of information, the obits offer a slice of realism. One small headshot and a two inch long bio. That is all that remains of us in the end. You might think that perusing the obituaries would be depressing. But for me, it's invigorating. It's energising. It renews my faith in humanity.

  • Where is money headed?

    1 Comment
    David James | 25 July 2017

    Obituaries pageThe daily fluctuations of financial markets and the fractious debates over economic policy are concealing something deeper and much more disturbing. The future of money itself is in question. A decade after world banking almost collapsed in the global financial crisis, the questions raised have not been answered.

  • Non-ants and animal whimdom

    2 Comments
    Barry Gittins | 24 July 2017

    xxxxxants don’t sleep elephants weep presidents creep oolong teas steep and we observe. dictators serve goosekillers swerve ignorance hits curve art shows verve and we obsess. rabbits stress tortoises press paedophiles confess corporations bless and we object

  • Obamacare not in 'death spiral' because people value it

    5 Comments
    Lesley Russell | 22 July 2017

    xxxxxObamacare, although imperfect, was soundly constructed and thoughtfully implemented. It has withstood constitutional challenges and survived endless Congressional votes to repeal and amend it. Republicans talk only about its problems and the Trump Administration has worked hard to sabotage it further, but the fact is that Obamacare is not in a 'death spiral'. It is working surprisingly well.

  • Dual citizenship should be a plus in modern Australia

    24 Comments
    Fatima Measham | 21 July 2017

    Greens Senator Larissa WatersThere are layers of frustration around the resignation of Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters due to dual citizenship. The immediate loss of two of Australia's better parliamentary performers - on any side of politics - is unfortunate. For no one in their orbit and nothing in the AEC nomination process to have caught something so fundamental is unsettling, but perhaps not that odd. Presumptions of Australian-ness are more or less adjudicated on a certain kind of look and surname.


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    "For the traveller, these ever tighter-restrictions have already turned a commonplace activity into one riddled with fear and mistrust."
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    "This is typical of the mediocrity that keeps Australia inert."
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  • Greg Foyster

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    "It's another example of how clean, green and efficient technologies still aren't accessible to everyone. This is a massive injustice in the making."
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    "Failing to adhere to these basic norms of good governance puts our system at risk."
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  • Greg Foyster on conservative arguments for climate action

    Podcast | 25 July 2017

    Chattersquare logoClimate change continues to be politically charged in Australia, even as other countries ramp up their renewable energy investments. It raises questions around salesmanship. Evidence and expertise seem to only be part of the argument for action – so how can we build momentum? Do conservatives in fact have a role? Greg Foyster walks us through the language and approaches that have fallen short, and the conservative arguments that could potentially lead to breakthroughs.

  • ChatterSquare: Osmond Chiu on navigating post-GFC polarisation

    Podcast | 18 July 2017

    Chattersquare logoWhen UK Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared to some acclaim at Glastonbury Festival, it triggered some amount of pining in Australia. Why do we not have someone like that? With Osmond Chiu, the Secretary of the NSW Fabians and Deputy Editor of Challenge magazine, we unpack what this sentiment is about and whether it gets to the heart of what is wrong with our current politics.

  • ChatterSquare Extra: Jonathan Green on Australian journalism in transition

    Podcast | 11 July 2017

    Chattersquare logoThe latest exodus from The Age has again drawn attention to shifts in the media industry. Are Fairfax papers indispensable? What does the future hold for Australian journalists who have lost their job? If the business model for newspapers is no longer viable, what does that mean for the value we place on journalism? Jonathan Green joins us on ChatterSquare to ponder these and other questions.

  • ChatterSquare Extra: Cardinal Luis Tagle on contemporary life and politics

    Podcast | 05 July 2017

    Chattersquare logoCardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is the Archbishop of Manila and president of Caritas International. He is associated with Pope Francis in terms of pastoral sensibility. In this episode of ChatterSquare, he tackles some of the uneasy questions of our time. What does leadership look like in polarised and violent places? How do we hold together diversity within the Catholic Church? How can religious wisdom be brought to bear on public life without crossing the line between church and state?

  • ChatterSquare Extra: How science intersects with politics, religion and the humanities

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    Podcast | 27 June 2017

    Chattersquare logoIs science political? Does it actually have something in common with religion? And how do the humanities enhance scientific endeavour? We tackle these questions with @realscientists co-founder, science communicator and nanotech researcher Upulie Divisekera.


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