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  • Person silhouetted against a sky that is both bright and dark. By gaiamoments via Getty
    environment

    Living in the climate lag

    • Greg Foyster
    • 22 July 2019

    Five years ago I woke in the middle of the night and wrote a letter to myself about climate change. 'The world around you no longer exists. The conditions that created it have already changed and the society you know remains the same only due to inertia.' Now I know I'm not the only one who's lain shuddering with this awful premonition.

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  • Megan Rapinoe celebrates the United States Women's National Soccer Team's gold medal victory in the 2019 Women's World Cup in France during a ceremony in New York City on 10 July 2019. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    arts and culture

    Modesty does not become her

    • Neve Mahoney
    • 19 July 2019

    The so-called 'confidence gap', where women don't feel as confident in their own abilities as men, is supposed to be a contributing factor to the gender pay gap. The world of sport, where a little self-assurance and showboating has never gone astray, provides some case studies on why that reasoning rarely works.

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  • Prison cell image by DanHenson1 via Getty
    australia

    Aboriginal women face triple jeopardy

    • Katelyn Jones
    • 19 July 2019
    2 Comments

    Intersectionality describes the experience of overlapping oppression faced by black women. Criminologist Chris Cuneen discusses the double jeopardy faced by Indigenous women in Australia who live under both colonialism and the patriarchy. Throw in capitalism and you get a sometimes-lethal triple threat.

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  • Senator James Paterson speaks at the closing of the debate of the marriage equality bill in the Senate at Parliament House in Canberra on 29 November 2017. (Photo by Michael Masters/Getty Images)

    Religious freedom feint has Liberals in knots

    • Jeff Sparrow
    • 17 July 2019
    7 Comments

    The conservative base wants religious protection for Christians, but has a long history of vilifying Muslims, who, presumably, could also claim protection from any new law. One struggles to imagine a law that might enable a footballer's right to send homophobic tweets, while enabling courts, parliaments and schools to ban burqas.

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  • US President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a family photo session at the G20 summit on 28 June 2019 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon - Pool/Getty Images)

    The west's fossil fuels problem is strategic, too

    • Jeff Sparrow
    • 08 July 2019
    5 Comments

    When discussing climate change, it's easy to depict the world's reliance on fossil fuels as primarily a technological problem, to be resolved by new methods for harnessing renewable energies. But that's only part of the story, as the example of Saudi Arabia shows.

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  • Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, at the door of 10 Downing Street, London, to hand in a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, detailing a vision and demands for Brexit. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

    Fool Britannia: On bad mannered Brexiteers

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 08 July 2019
    27 Comments

    As a celebratory anthem, Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy', was played, the Brexit MEPs, all 29 of them, turned their backs, thus insulting the Parliament, the young and talented musicians, and Beethoven himself. They clearly did not realise they were demeaning themselves by acting in this fashion.

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  • People walk past not noticing a man sleeping in an alley. He has a sign that reads 116,000. Cartoon by Chris Johnston

    My seasons among the homeless

    • Barry Gittins
    • 19 July 2019
    4 Comments

    The regulations these guys have to abide by — the behavioural hoops they need to navigate — are designed to protect them, the volunteers and the property of the host churches. It is an ethical dilemma, the ceding of normally inviolate personal freedoms for the use of the facilities. I don't know how I would feel about it if I was in their shoes.

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  • Closeup of a sad looking bearded man. Photo by Bojanikus via Getty

    'Frankenstein' asylum regime turns six

    • Joshua Lourensz
    • 18 July 2019
    16 Comments

    Even during the brief six months I worked on Manus I saw a group of healthy, good-humoured men reduced to shadows. On this anniversary we must protest and mourn not only the toll on human life incurred by six years of offshore processing, but also the Frankenstein mechanisms through which this has all been enacted.

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  • Forlorn looking woman in leather jacket sitting on steps. Stock photo by pixelfit via Getty

    Facts belie positive spin on homelessness

    • Eliza Berlage
    • 18 July 2019
    4 Comments

    Housing Minister Luke Howarth came under fire for saying he wanted to put a 'positive spin' on homelessness, but worse than his comments is the misinformation. While his claim that 'half a per cent of the population don't have a permanent roof over their head' is correct, that still means one in 200 Australians is experiencing homelessness.

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  • Image of font in Brunswick Uniting Church, Vic. by Eva Rugel

    Jack baptised himself

    • Julie Perrin
    • 16 July 2019
    8 Comments

    The first time Jack came to the church he baptised himself. The font was new, the water inviting, and he dunked his ten-year-old head right in. The font had recently been installed in the foyer on a sculpted piece of redgum. The brief for the designers was to make it accessible to all ages. They were delighted to hear of its instant appeal.

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  • Joan Chittister during a pre-tape of a 2006 episode of Meet the Press discussing topics related to religion, faith in politics in the US. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)

    Joan Chittister's humility

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 July 2019
    17 Comments

    Some have portrayed Chittister as a feminist, secular warrior in religious dress. But those familiar with her writing on social, cultural and political issues recognise that it is fed by her life as a Benedictine Sister, and particularly by her deep, lived reflection on the Rule of St Benedict.

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  • Gay men hugging and smiling (Marilyn Nieves/Getty)

    Vatican still talking at, not to, LQBTQI+ people

    • Neve Mahoney
    • 20 June 2019
    22 Comments

    'Male and Female He Created Them' could have addressed how Church teachings could better coexist with LGBTQI+ experiences to benefit LGBTQI+ students. But that can't work if the document's authors don't listen to LGBTQI+ voices and when the foundational argument is to problematise LGBTQI+ people's existence.

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  • Protestors at an Anti Adani protest in front of Parliament House on 12 February 2019. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

    Nuts and bolts of an Aussie Green New Deal

    • Cristy Clark
    • 04 July 2019
    5 Comments

    A Green New Deal in Australia would mean a stronger commitment to a government-led rapid transition to renewable energy and cleaner transport, with clear programs to support transition to well-paid green jobs in places that previously relied on resource extractive industries. This isn't necessarily as expensive as it sounds.

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  • Lone polar bear on bleak Svalbard landscape. Photo by Catherine Marshall

    The view from Svalbard of PM's climate neglect

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 27 June 2019
    4 Comments

    This might be the Mediterranean were it not for the snow-lacquered mountains abutting the fjord we're sailing through. But no, it's the Arctic in summer — or, more precisely, the Arctic in the summer of 2019, when the climate emergency is at its zenith and the region is expected to record the lowest sea ice on record.

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  • An Extinction Rebellion campaigner waves a flag in Hyde Park in London in April 2019. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    'Climate emergency' endangers democracy

    • Jeff Sparrow
    • 21 June 2019
    7 Comments

    Historically, a declaration of emergency, whether in response to war, civil unrest or natural disaster, allows the state to suppress debate to enable a militarised response to an urgent problem. You can see why that might appeal as a solution to the environmental crisis. But addressing climate change requires more democracy, not less.

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  • Lead boat on water. Photo by Chris Gladis via Flickr

    Before your interment

    • Rory Harris
    • 22 July 2019

    I left the memorial and at home dug deep into the garden, stacking bricks to retain what was left of the beds, to hold back the fall of earth ...

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  • High school couple (photo by Yuki Crawford via Getty)

    Pro bono prodigal

    • Ian C. Smith
    • 15 July 2019
    4 Comments

    Wandering out of sorts around the lake, my thoughts backward now there is more past than future, I see a boy and girl on a school day wearing uniforms I recognise from when my son arranged his to resemble the garb of an urchin.

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  • Pile of books on a table, Tender by Julie Perrin

    Kindness stories in the modern spiritual mode

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 July 2019
    3 Comments

    Among writers familiar in Australia who write in this vein are Michael McGirr, Terry Monagle and the much missed Brian Doyle. Their writing does not merely describe but evokes and creates a world, and shapes a human response that respects its variety and mystery. These qualities are evident too in Julie Perrin's Tender.

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