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    The Border Force Act's disquieting parallels

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    Andrew Hamilton |  On July 1 the Australian Border Force Act 2015 became law. Detention centre staff are now forbidden to speak about human rights abuses, with a two year jail penalty applying. It is perhaps appropriate to recall the secrecy of the security apparatus of Stalinist Russia, Apartheid South Africa, and Chile and Argentina under the Generals, where victims were denigrated and information prevented from leaking out.
  • Feature Article

    The normalisation of lying in Australian politics

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    John Warhurst |  The terms 'lie' and 'liar' have become so completely devalued that there are now far worse sins in modern politics. That is why it's hard to get excited about Opposition Leader Bill Shorten choosing to lie on air to Neil Mitchell about his involvement in discussions with Kevin Rudd to unseat Julia Gillard as Prime Minister.
  • Feature Article

    The US Supreme Court's gay marriage overreach

    28 Comments
    Frank Brennan |  In its determination that same sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the US Supreme Court took it upon itself to discover a definitive answer in the silent Constitution on this contested social question. This is regrettable, because there can be no doubt that the democratic process was taking US society in only one direction, and the Court's unilateral intervention has reduced the prospects of community acceptance and community compromise regarding the freedom of religious practice of those who cannot embrace same-sex marriage for religious reasons.
  • Feature Article

    Feminism colluding with religion to manage men's sexual desire

    21 Comments
    Catherine Marshall |  British student Hanna Yusuf declared her hijab to be not an instrument of oppression but rather a feminist statement: 'In a world where a woman’s value is often reduced to her sexual allure, what could be more empowering than rejecting that notion?' But reducing a woman to her sexual allure is precisely what the hijab does.
  • Feature Article

    Who killed Amy Winehouse?

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    Tim Kroenert |  There are early signs of the substance abuse that would later see her become a target of gleeful media scorn, and ultimately cause her death at the age of 27. But during one interview from the dawn of her career she reflects that if she was famous, she would go mad. She was painfully aware of the gap between the persona painted by a spiteful media and fickle public, and the preternaturally talented working-class girl from London who just wanted to sing.
  • Feature Article

    The pace of Muslim integration into Australian society

    15 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton |  Against the background of Australia's migration history, we can see the importance of Muslim groups maintaining their own praying community and culture including the use of their native language of worship. This will inevitably change with successive generations, but the pace of this is a matter for the communities themselves. The most harmful thing native born Australians can do is to pressure migrants to abandon their cultural roots in order to fit our expectations and to placate our fears.

The normalisation of lying in Australian politics

John Warhurst | 06 July 2015

Bill Shorten 'on air'The terms 'lie' and 'liar' have become so completely devalued that there are now far worse sins in modern politics. That is why it's hard to get excited about Opposition Leader Bill Shorten choosing to lie on air to Neil Mitchell about his involvement in discussions with Kevin Rudd to unseat Julia Gillard as Prime Minister.

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  • The Border Force Act's disquieting parallels

    3 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 06 July 2015

    Victims of Argentina's Dirty WarOn July 1 the Australian Border Force Act 2015 became law. Detention centre staff are now forbidden to speak about human rights abuses, with a two year jail penalty applying. It is perhaps appropriate to recall the secrecy of the security apparatus of Stalinist Russia, Apartheid South Africa, and Chile and Argentina under the Generals, where victims were denigrated and information prevented from leaking out.

  • The US Supreme Court's gay marriage overreach

    28 Comments
    Frank Brennan | 03 July 2015

    US Supreme CourtIn its determination that same sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the US Supreme Court took it upon itself to discover a definitive answer in the silent Constitution on this contested social question. This is regrettable, because there can be no doubt that the democratic process was taking US society in only one direction, and the Court's unilateral intervention has reduced the prospects of community acceptance and community compromise regarding the freedom of religious practice of those who cannot embrace same-sex marriage for religious reasons.

  • Feminism colluding with religion to manage men's sexual desire

    21 Comments
    Catherine Marshall | 03 July 2015

    Hanna YusufBritish student Hanna Yusuf declared her hijab to be not an instrument of oppression but rather a feminist statement: 'In a world where a woman’s value is often reduced to her sexual allure, what could be more empowering than rejecting that notion?' But reducing a woman to her sexual allure is precisely what the hijab does.

  • The pace of Muslim integration into Australian society

    15 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 02 July 2015

    Muslim at prayerAgainst the background of Australia's migration history, we can see the importance of Muslim groups maintaining their own praying community and culture including the use of their native language of worship. This will inevitably change with successive generations, but the pace of this is a matter for the communities themselves. The most harmful thing native born Australians can do is to pressure migrants to abandon their cultural roots in order to fit our expectations and to placate our fears.

  • Who killed Amy Winehouse?

    2 Comments
    Tim Kroenert | 02 July 2015

    Amy WinehouseThere are early signs of the substance abuse that would later see her become a target of gleeful media scorn, and ultimately cause her death at the age of 27. But during one interview from the dawn of her career she reflects that if she was famous, she would go mad. She was painfully aware of the gap between the persona painted by a spiteful media and fickle public, and the preternaturally talented working-class girl from London who just wanted to sing.


  • Winter Raffle 2015 - Winners

    Staff | 02 July 2015

    The Society of Jesus in Victoria, Jesuit Communications Winter Raffle 2015. Drawn on Thursday 2 July 2015 (Permit No 10187/15 issued 23 February, 2015)

    Congratulations to the winners:
    1st prize: A Hannan, VIC
    2nd prize: J Bowskill, QLD
    3rd prize: A Twigg, VIC
    4th prize: K Haines, VIC

    Thank you to everyone who supported our Winter raffle.

    If you missed the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets but would like to support us financially, please consider making a donation.

  • The IMF has failed Greece

    4 Comments
    David James | 01 July 2015

    Christine LagardeInternational Monetary Fund prescriptions have a long history of failing, and countries that ignore them are often the ones that do surprisingly well. Few have been asked to be more servile than the Greeks. When the IMF came in with what is amusingly referred to as its austerity 'plan', the Greek economy was expected to grow at over 2 per cent. After the 'plan' had taken effect, the country’s economy had shrunk by a quarter.

  • Constitutional change that will improve indigenous quality of life

    5 Comments
    Frank Brennan | 01 July 2015

    Cover of No Small ChangeThose Aborigines who are most at home in modern Australia tend to be those with a secure foothold in both the Dreaming and the Market. Those who are most alienated and despairing are those with a foothold in neither. Constitutional change alone won't make things better. But a good Constitution is a better complement to other measures – such as a statutory charter – than a bad one.

  • Two goats, a sheep and Grexit

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    Gillian Bouras | 01 July 2015

    Alexis TsiprasIn the early hours of Saturday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had announced a referendum for July 5. Whether the average Spiro and Soula has much idea of the macroeconomic issues seems doubtful. I certainly haven’t. And there is not much time for them or me to learn. Spiro and Soula and I are naturally concerned about the supply of ready cash.

  • The Government's retrogressive Indigenous Advancement Strategy

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    Michele Madigan | 30 June 2015

    Tony Abbott staring down remote community leaderThis week sees the new budget allocations for Aboriginal communities take effect, with deep soul-destroying cuts being spun as 'advancement'. They reflect a redefinition of reality faced by many Australians, with indigenous people unsure how they have benefited from the Tony Abbott declaring himself the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and putting the Indigenous Affairs Office within his own Department. 


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