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    Abbott's ill-judged crusade against red tape

    Michael Mullins |  The Prime Minister has been forced to announce a proposal to toughen food labelling laws after the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A was linked to 'Nannas' imported berries. This goes against his resolve to remove red tape that represents 'unnecessary' compliance costs for business. The government has fervently derided red tape and presented regulation as the enemy, without distinguishing between regulations that are redundant and those that are needed to protect the consumer.
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    McClure Report a challenge for the new Scott Morrison

    Brendan Long |  As the freshly minted Social Services Minister, Scott Morrison has moved quickly to soften the tough stance he took in the Immigration portfolio. But it won't necessarily be easy. Patrick McClure has presented him with a massively controversial report on welfare reform which, if acted upon, would significantly reduce the incomes of a million marginalised Australians.
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    Govt spending must match domestic violence rhetoric

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    Stephanie Dowrick |  The Prime Minister's choice of Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year is wholly admirable. Her advocacy about domestic violence following the tragic murder of her son by his father has been passionate and effective. But the praise heaped upon Rosie Batty is meaningless, even insulting, while support services are diminishing or disappearing for all the other women and children in need of immediate protection.
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    Negotiating climate deniers and plovers

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    Brian Matthews |  Call me paranoid if you like, but as I walked away, affecting a nonchalant strolling gait, I knew, I just knew, that she was a climate change denier and was daring me to argue the point. Had I hesitated one more moment, I would have been regaled with statistics about the mild coastal summer and other utterly benign climatological phenomena.
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    Terror Australis

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    Fiona Katauskas |  View this week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.
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    Allow Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumuran to flourish

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    Andrew Hamilton |  While people are alive there is the possibility, admittedly sometimes remote, that they will respond by reflecting on their lives, becoming deeper and more generous as human beings, making connections with others and contributing even in small ways to the happiness of others and to society. Capital punishment brutally excludes possibility and leaves all of us the smaller for it.

McClure Report a challenge for the new Scott Morrison

Brendan Long | 02 March 2015

Scott Morrison holding McClure ReportAs the freshly minted Social Services Minister, Scott Morrison has moved quickly to soften the tough stance he took in the Immigration portfolio. But it won't necessarily be easy. Patrick McClure has presented him with a massively controversial report on welfare reform which, if acted upon, would significantly reduce the incomes of a million marginalised Australians.  

 

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  • Abbott's ill-judged crusade against red tape

    Michael Mullins | 02 March 2015

    Red TapeThe Prime Minister has been forced to announce a proposal to toughen food labelling laws after the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A was linked to 'Nannas' imported berries. This goes against his resolve to remove red tape that represents 'unnecessary' compliance costs for business. The government has fervently derided red tape and presented regulation as the enemy, without distinguishing between regulations that are redundant and those that are needed to protect the consumer.

  • Negotiating climate deniers and plovers

    7 Comments
    Brian Matthews | 27 February 2015

    PloverCall me paranoid if you like, but as I walked away, affecting a nonchalant strolling gait, I knew, I just knew, that she was a climate change denier and was daring me to argue the point. Had I hesitated one more moment, I would have been regaled with statistics about the mild coastal summer and other utterly benign climatological phenomena.

  • Govt spending must match domestic violence rhetoric

    9 Comments
    Stephanie Dowrick | 27 February 2015

    Rosie BattyThe Prime Minister's choice of Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year is wholly admirable. Her advocacy about domestic violence following the tragic murder of her son by his father has been passionate and effective. But the praise heaped upon Rosie Batty is meaningless, even insulting, while support services are diminishing or disappearing for all the other women and children in need of immediate protection.

  • What drives young Australian Muslims to join IS

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    Andrew Hamilton | 26 February 2015

    1956 Hungarian Uprising resistance fightersI fear for those Muslim young people driven into the arms of ideological extremists so unnecessarily. I'm prompted to recall my school years, when Soviet troops were invading Hungary to put down the brief revolution. I wondered uneasily whether it was not perhaps my duty to go to Hungary to fight for freedom there. For an idealistic young man whose Catholicism was tightly intertwined with anti-communism, the thought was natural.

  • Edward Snowden's lessons for a secure Australia

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    Tim Kroenert | 26 February 2015

    Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald in CitizenfourSnowden is both passionate and highly articulate, wanting nothing less noble than to see the delineation between those with power and the people over whom they wield it redrawn. The real meat of the matter is not the revelations themselves, but how in their light governments and societies desiring security will move to decide just how much freedom they are willing to surrender in order to acquire it.

  • Unmasking Australia's boat-stopping deal with the Sri Lankan devil

    4 Comments
    Justin Glyn | 25 February 2015

    Headline Sri Lanka abuse silence ‘price of boats deal’Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has claimed Australia's silence on the country's appalling human rights record was the price for its government taking extra measures to prevent people fleeing the country and arriving in Australia on boats seeking asylum. This is a problem on many levels, including our government's seeking to remove human rights issues by reframing them as national security ones.

  • The case for defending children and their advocates

    8 Comments
    Gillian Bouras | 25 February 2015

    Child in detention drawingChildren have always suffered and been exploited. Only recently have been regarded as being children at all, rather than mini-people. Reformers like Dickens raised consciousness beginning in the 19th century. Bombs are raining on children in Syria and elsewhere. Not so Australia, but many are being damaged nonetheless. The Australian Human Rights Commission is having to defend its report on Immigration Detention from critics that include the Prime Minister.

  • I am not ephemeral

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    Marjon Mossammaparast | 24 February 2015

    Banyan tree, Siem Reap, CambodiaHow many times rooted are we to earth, though we would reach away from it, lifting our arms like trees? My stem, yielding to the fashioner’s knowing hand? I am not after all ephemeral. No petals of a flower.

  • Don't keep calm and carry on

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    Tony Kevin | 24 February 2015

    'Panic' signOn Monday, Tony Abbott made his finest speech as prime minister. Yet it was also scare-mongering, heavy handed and intimidatory. It reminded members of the Muslim Community that the Australian Government has the power to control and punish them. It may be a vote winner for a while, but for long term effect it’s worth contrasting it with the British Government’s successful calming messaging during the 1969-97 terror campaign.

     

  • Britain's Bahrain bid triggers human rights alert

    1 Comment
    Daniel Read | 23 February 2015

    Map of Britain and BahrainBritain's recent drive to establish a naval base in Bahrain has only widened the rift between the UK's foreign policy and its respect for human rights. Bahrain will now potentially play host to a British military presence for the long-term, despite the Gulf state's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protests over the past several years. This may be yet another instance of political expediency taking precedence over all else.

  • Allow Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumuran to flourish

    17 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 23 February 2015

    Andrew Chan and Myuran SukumuranWhile people are alive there is the possibility, admittedly sometimes remote, that they will respond by reflecting on their lives, becoming deeper and more generous as human beings, making connections with others and contributing even in small ways to the happiness of others and to society. Capital punishment brutally excludes possibility and leaves all of us the smaller for it.


  • Why Selma needs no Oscars

    13 Comments
    Fatima Measham | 20 February 2015

    Oprah Winfrey in SelmaIt is hard to escape the impression that even in 2015 the only black characters that the American film industry can reward are maids, slaves or dysfunctional urban archetypes, in stories where there is an identifiable white saviour. Any triumphs are of the spirit, of personal fortitude, nothing that compels social responsibility, invokes political will or even a sense of historical reckoning.

  • Ciggie butt brains indict Aussie middle class elitism

    8 Comments
    Ellena Savage | 20 February 2015

    Damo and Darren in Train StationWhen Damo and Darren's 'Train Station' — Michael Cusack's animation of an obscene 'part derro, part yobbo, part bogan' duo fighting over a lighter — was published on YouTube, it clocked 2 million views in its first month, and made people very happy. I showed it to a friend who had grown up in England's north under Margaret Thatcher. He was not amused. 'Why are Australians laughing at poor people?' he asked.

  • Living and dying for Martin Luther King's dream

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    Tim Kroenert | 19 February 2015

    Oyelowo as King with protestorsThe theme song from Selma references Rosa Parks and Ferguson in the same breath. Indeed this is a powerful period drama that resonates loudly in a modern age where the injustice against which Martin Luther King raged continues to haunt Black America. Oyelowo's King is charismatic and proud, but plagued by doubts and capable of great sadness when even one of his followers falls in the midst of the struggle.

  • Chris Kenny's Don Quixote moment

    20 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 19 February 2015

    Don Quixote tilting at windmillsColumnist for The Australian Chris Kenny's insistance 'that Tony Abbott has provided the best 16 months of government Australia has seen in more than seven years' evoked the image of a captain on the bridge, proclaiming the sea-worthiness of his ship, and saluting as the sea rises to meet his nose while the lesser mortals below die into silence. Such magnificent gestures of defiance are not to be despised.

  • Reappraising Just War theory

    Peter Kirkwood | 18 February 2015


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