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  • Tony Abbott in 2014 (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
    environment

    How Abbott still haunts climate policy

    • Greg Foyster
    • 24 April 2019

    By setting the boundaries of what is considered politically acceptable, Tony Abbott has influenced the level of ambition in every party's climate policy, and has even caused environment groups to shift their positions. How has he manage to wield so much influence for so long? There are three reasons he cut through when Labor didn't.

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  • Students rally in support of the May Fourth movement
    international

    China's cultural memory can't be contained

    • Jeremy Clarke
    • 18 April 2019

    One hundred years on, the power of symbol lurks uncomfortably. To honour these students — these young protestors in Tiananmen — rallying for their nation in 1919 cannot but bring to mind other students marching through Beijing decades later. And yet, given the historical weight of 4 May, the government must commemorate it all the same.

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  • Autumn leaves in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne
    religion

    The disruptiveness of an election year Easter

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 April 2019
    1 Comment

    This year both the public and the Christian Easter are overshadowed by the forthcoming election. In the public world election means that assured people choose their rulers. In the Christian story election means that desperate people are chosen. Each kind of election has its place.

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  • Artistic portrayal of a parade of Chinese workers with giant mango

    Mao's mango parade

    • Zhiling Gao
    • 18 April 2019

    'The president of Congo gave our great leader Mao Zedong two mang guos,' announced Uncle Wang. 'His Elderly sent the two mang guos to the workers out of love for the working class.' Aunty a revolutionary from the telecommunications company, spoke to the crowd. 'It is exciting news! His Elderly's generosity is worthy of a celebration!'

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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    AOC speech not racist, just code switching

    • Yen-Rong Wong
    • 12 April 2019
    6 Comments

    US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was accused by some of 'verbal blackface' due to her manner in a speech last week. But she wasn't being racist — she was code switching, defined by linguists as the act of moving back and forth between two or more languages or dialects. It's something I know a lot about from experience.

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  • Jacinda Ardern and AOC stride ahead, even as they are weighed down by white male 'balls and chains', including one shaped like Donald Trump. Cartoon by Chris Johnston

    Where is Australia's Jacinda Ardern?

    • Megan Graham
    • 11 April 2019
    8 Comments

    Oh, what I would give to be able to vote for an Australian Ardern, or to see either major party boldly back a woman leader with the grit and humanity exhibited by AOC. Because the 'same-old' bungling status quo of Australian politics is failing us. The lack of support for women looking to become tomorrow's leaders is failing us.

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  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern greets members of the Muslim community a week after the Christchurch mosque attacks (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

    This Anzac Day embrace New Zealand values

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 17 April 2019
    2 Comments

    The nationalist values purported to be Australian and to have flowed like blood from Anzac Cove will not do. Australians celebrating Anzac Day this year cannot assume that New Zealanders share all the values that are deemed Australian. Indeed, this Anzac Day New Zealanders might recall Australians to its more authentic meanings.

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  • Palm Sunday Refugee Rally

    Palm Sunday Refugee Rally

    • ES Staff
    • 14 April 2019
    1 Comment

    'Let's march together for justice today, and then beyond today, until we've restored justice for refugees.' We spoke to some of the people at today’s Palm Sunday march for refugees in Melbourne. Tens of thousands turned out at events throughout Australia.

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  • Close-up image of older woman's eye. (Rhys Hayward / Getty Creative)

    Budget enshrines neglect of older women

    • Rosie Williams
    • 12 April 2019
    1 Comment

    Women's groups were initially cut out of this year's budget lockup with just two representatives admitted after fighting tooth-and-nail for the privilege. With such hostility to our cause it is hardly surprising to find the budget holds little hope for women in resolving the structural inequalities baked into our lives.

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  • Militant Grace by Philip Ziegler

    Apocalyptic need not be the end of the world

    • Kevin Hargaden
    • 17 April 2019
    1 Comment

    One of the most vibrant theological movements in the world today declares itself 'apocalyptic'. This does not refer to the end of the world because of some political conflict, or the great derangement that flows from the climate disaster. These theologians are using apocalyptic in its original Greek sense — apo kalypsis — a revealing.

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  • Leigh Sales' Any Ordinary Day

    Journalist learns the power of accompanying

    • Julie Perrin
    • 17 April 2019

    At Adelaide Writer's Week, George Megalogenis asked Leigh Sales who had surprised her most in the research for her book Any Ordinary Day. She replied: 'Steve Sinn, the priest. I'm not religious and I felt like we were going to have nothing in common and his way of looking at the world wouldn't make sense to me.' How wrong she was.

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  • High angle view of doll on hardwood floor (Xavier Serrano / EyeEm / Getty Creative)

    Redress scheme's new class of have-nots

    • Cathy Kezelman
    • 08 April 2019
    8 Comments

    Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming election, Australia must respond promptly and fairly to the needs of all survivors, not only of institutional child sexual abuse, but of all forms of childhood trauma. Every time we create a new class of survivor and more 'have nots' we replicate the inequities of abusive systems.

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  • Promotional image from the movie Dominion shows a cow about to be slaughtered.

    Vegan protesters reject righteous domination

    • Cristy Clark
    • 11 April 2019
    14 Comments

    The concerns around white veganism and its blindness (and worse) to other systems of domination and oppression are completely legitimate and deserve serious attention. But they do not fundamentally undermine the central ethical arguments of veganism.

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  • Chris Johnston cartoon shows young people walking away from Baby Boomers towards 'the future'

    Climate action future is for the young

    • Greg Foyster
    • 29 March 2019
    12 Comments

    Twenty thousand students are chanting 'climate action now!' He has been shouting the same thing for decades, first in scientific papers and then in newspapers, televised debates and rallies just like this one. Now he stands with a new generation, but he can't open his mouth to join them. He is scared he will say what he knows he can't say.

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  • Hobart school students strike for climate action in 2018 (Laura Campbell via Flickr)

    Children speak truth to climate inaction

    • Cristy Clark
    • 13 March 2019
    21 Comments

    My children will be walking out of school for the School Strike 4 Climate Action. My eldest says she wants 'to protest that adults should actually do something about this planet that is dying, because we're all going to die with it'. She sees climate change action as a black and white issue.

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  • Red sand in outback Australia. Photo by Bernard Appassamy

    First trip to red earth

    • Bernard Appassamy
    • 18 April 2019
    2 Comments

    The isolation is familiar — like the Mauritius I grew up in, but these swans also capture a different Australia to the one I have known until now. What appears spectacular to a tourist travelling in an air conditioned car remains brutal for the locals, as evidenced by the drought and near ghost towns forced to reinvent themselves through tourism.

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  • The moon

    Militarising the Moon

    • Barry Gittins
    • 17 April 2019

    This journey outwards is threatened by demagoguery. The UN's treaty declaring 'celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes' has been challenged by sabre-rattling by Donald Trump, with his declaration that 'it is not enough to have American presence in space; we must have American dominance'.

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  • Kinkaku-ji in the winter in snow in Kyoto, Japan

    Eleven Kyoto haiku

    • Clotilde Lopez
    • 15 April 2019
    1 Comment

    A wooden doll lies in a pretty white box, the spirit of the child, dead inside dreaming, residing and displayed on a mantelpiece.

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