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  • Protestors holding placards look on on 20 September 2019 at the climate strike in Melbourne. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
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    Nothing childish about student climate strikers

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 September 2019
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    Reflection on the demonstration and the criticisms made of it prompts a more radical and subversive question. Who actually were the adults here? When assessed by conventional wisdom about the path from childhood to adulthood, it might seem that supposed adults were behaving like children and children like adults.

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  • The Tamil family are removed from a secure apartment section at the Mercure Hotel in Darwin on 30 August 30 2019 in Darwin. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
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    Playing God with the Tamil family's fate

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 23 September 2019
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    Last week the Federal Court granted an interim injunction to a child born in Australia preventing her removal from Australia. The case raises complex issues regarding the statutory bars preventing asylum seekers from even making any application at all, and the exercise of the ministerial discretion to lift that bar.

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  • Climate strikers in Melbourne on 20 September 2019 (Tim Kroenert)
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    After the climate strike

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 23 September 2019
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    These strikes aren't solely sites of protestation but rather a chance to step out of the individual grey loneliness to come together for our collective future in intergenerational solidarity. There is something powerful and visceral about putting your body on the street, in the public forum, with other bodies and being vulnerable together.

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  • Kirtibati, Tararwa island (JohnHodjkinson/Getty)

    Sinking Kiribati raises sovereignty questions

    • Alana Schetzer
    • 19 September 2019
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    This tiny nation isn't just at risk of physically disappearing because of rising sea levels. It's also at risk of disappearing politically and culturally. Kiribati's shaky future raises the unprecedented question of what could happen to its sovereignty if — or when — it physically disappears. Can a nation still exist without an actual country?

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  • Pro-Hong Kong demonstrators cover one eye in reference to the bloodied eye patch, another symbol of the Hong Kong protests, in Melbourne on 31 August 2019 in Melbourne. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

    Australian unis failing Hong Kong students

    • Sangeetha Thanapal
    • 14 September 2019
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    The students might not have many rights back home, but they do in the western democracies in which they live. The violence against peaceful protestors not just in Hong Kong but in countries where Hong Kong students are exercising their basic rights is unsettling. Yet the response by unis all over Australia has been taciturn at best.

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    US gun culture and travel advisories

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 13 September 2019
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    The attack, and the travel advisories it prompted, was disquieting: I'd visited El Paso before, had driven from there all along the Mexican border to the remote artists' refuge of Marfa. Now I was about to embark on a journey through New Mexico, and onwards through a different part of Texas. I'd never relied on travel advisories before.

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  • In this cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, people line up in a movie theatre. The poster besides reads, 'Un-silence of the Lambie', with the subtitle, 'The balance of power is in her hands'. The poster image depicts Jacqui Lambie holding a list of demands. One of the moviegoers says, 'I can't wait to see how it ends'.

    The Jacqui Lambie conundrum

    • John Warhurst
    • 17 September 2019
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    Serendipity is defined as the gift of finding valuable things in unexpected places by sheer luck. It is a good description of Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie in Australian politics. But there is a sting in the tail. A system which depends on serendipity potentially also has a big downside.

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  • Outside of a Centrelink office (Scott Barbour/Getty images)

    Robodebt at the vanguard of government power grab

    • Kate Galloway
    • 12 September 2019
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    A policy genuinely in support of moving into employment would not seek to capitalise on the ambiguity of accounting in the year of transition from welfare to work — which is effectively what robodebt does.

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    A different approach needed for youth justice

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 September 2019
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    The Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass has published a damning report of the use of isolation for children in Victorian justice centres. Those acquainted with the administration of juvenile justice in Australia will find nothing new in the report. Therein lies its scandal.

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  • Pope Francis delivers a blessing from the central balcony overlooking St Peter's Square in April 2018. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

    The two Francises model climate justice

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 September 2019
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    Pope Francis has insisted that the urgent need to care for the natural world of which we are part is not a disputed question but a Christian duty. He has appealed to the legacy of St Francis of Assisi, whose name he took when he became Pope; that saint of the 13th century who is popularly known best for his love of nature.

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  • Getting Back on Mission. Reforming Our Church Together (Garratt Publishing, 2019)

    Lay community key to reforming Catholicism

    • Paul Collins
    • 04 September 2019
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    Anyone in the past who called attention to these issues was accused at best of exaggeration'. Getting Back on Mission points out that until the church accepts good governance characterised by accountability, transparency, inclusion and a recognition of the equality of women, it will continue its culture of clericalism and secrecy.

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  • Georgia Taylor-Brown of Great Britain competes in the AJ Bell World Triathlon on 8 June 2019 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

    Athletes model anarchic cooperation

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 19 August 2019
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    The story illustrates the way in which sport, like so many other areas of life, has allowed itself to be defined as a business whose sole reason for existence is to make people compete against others. To refuse to compete, even if an athlete falls in front of you, is anti-competitive behaviour that must be penalised.

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  • Protestors lead chants from the summit of a tram stop shelter on Bourke Street in Melbourne during the Strike 4 Climate rally on 20 September 2019. (Credit: Tim Kroenert)

    Climate protest is existential

    • Tim Robertson
    • 20 September 2019

    Anyone at Friday's climate strike couldn't help but notice just how much the terms of the debate have shifted in recent years. The crisis is one of being. Climate change denialism isn't simply a political position anymore. To deny the science is to embrace nihilism; it is to be complicit in one's own extinction.

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  • Vintage style 3-D rendering of flying saucer (oorka / Getty)

    The 'kettle logic' of climate denial cultists

    • Jeff Sparrow
    • 19 September 2019
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    Like the flying saucer people documented in When Prophecy Fails, they don't change their minds based on new material. Rather, the discomfort fresh edvidence causes them results in a renewed proclamation of their denialism, as they double down on that identity. The rhetoric might change but the structure remains the same.

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  • Smoke emitting from nuclear reactors at a plant in Aachen, Germany (Credit: Classen Rafael / EyeEm / Getty)

    Nuclear push is about ideology, not solutions

    • Tim Hutton
    • 17 September 2019
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    The problem with the discussion about nuclear energy is that it is a distraction; an ideologically driven misdirection by those who are more concerned with opposing renewables and the 'green-left' than solving our country's energy problems. Nuclear just doesn't make sense for Australia at this stage of the game.

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  • Tent under an overpass in Melbourne. (Nigel Killeen / Getty)

    The quiet assimilators

    • Denise O'Hagan
    • 16 September 2019
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    Take almost any street, in any modern city, and we are there. We are the substrata of society, ever-present, the unseen lining, the padding in the crowd. We carry our backgrounds closer than our wallets, effortlessly. Yet they inform our every step.

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  • Tayla Harris unveiling the statue of her kick in Federation Square (Wayne Taylor/Getty Images)

    Harris statue marks a turning point for AFLW

    • Erin Riley
    • 12 September 2019
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    It felt like a turning point. Female athletes and their supporters were saying no, we will not stand by while this happens. That sexual harassment has no place in our game. That female athletes should be able to do their jobs without abuse.

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  • Two hands holding coffees on top of a table (Image: Jonathan J. Castellon/Unsplash)

    The lattes have been had

    • Geoff Page
    • 11 September 2019
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    They feel a shyness and a fear/taking off their clothes. Gravity has had its say/regarding shape and size. Their bodies are a narrative/permitting no disguise. There’s been no rush — or just a bit — the lattes have been had.

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