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    Sacrificing freedoms in the war against terror

    Justin Glyn |  Terrorism is a real threat but it is hardly a killer on the scale of coronary heart disease or accidental falls, both of which far outstrip terrorism as killers on Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Blanket rollbacks of important civil liberties, until recently taken for granted, cannot but provoke the suspicion that terrorism has become a diversion of the public's attention from something much more sinister.
  • Feature Article

    Ian Paisley's no middle ground

    Frank O'Shea |  Somehow Paisley and McGuinness worked well together. The Chuckle Brothers they were called, an attempt to present them as two buffoons out of their depth. But for ordinary people, it was an endearing image, a tribute to a pair who had brought their respective sides with them in an unlikely peace.
  • Feature Article

    Foster care's future in jeopardy

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    Darrell Cruse |  More than forty thousand children are in out of home care in Australia.Yet with a drop in the number of available foster carers, there is a real dangerfoster care will be non-existent in five years, creating even more problems for already vulnerable children.
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    Kashmir's majestic allure

    Catherine Marshall |  Peace has come to Kashmir, but it’s a tentative, fragile peace. My guideYounis swiftly apprises me of the virtues of his homeland: ‘Pakistan wants Kashmir, China wants Kashmir, India wants Kashmir. It is a very beautiful place and here we have [so much]: electricity grids, land, fruits.’He pauses, then says, ‘But nobody likes Kashmiris.’
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    Liberty and equality's forgotten sibling

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    Andrew Hamilton |  The way to a better society does not lie simply in defending either liberty or equality, still less in the victory of one of these values over the other. It lies in bringing together a passion both for liberty and for equality and holding them together.
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    Employment solutions can be found close to home

    9 Comments
    Adrienne McGill |  Transitioning people with episodic illnesses like bipolar and severe depressionfrom disability support into the workforce is problematic. However,one obvious solution to help some people in this group has been overlooked to date: self-employment.

Foster care's future in jeopardy

Darrell Cruse | 19 September 2014

Child with teddy bearMore than forty thousand children are in out of home care in Australia. Yet with a drop in the number of available foster carers, there is a real danger foster care will be non-existent in five years, creating even more problems for already vulnerable children.  

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  • Women's lives the front line of conflict

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    Lulu Mitshabu | 18 September 2014

    Lulu Mitshabu in DRC'It is now more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier in modern conflict', says Major General Patrick Cammaert, a former UN Peacekeeping Operation commander in DRC. Let’s reflect on that for a moment. It has become more dangerous to be a woman collecting firewood or water than to be on the front lines as a fighter.

  • Liberty and equality's forgotten sibling

    9 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 18 September 2014

    Two boys on stepsThe way to a better society does not lie simply in defending either liberty or equality, still less in the victory of one of these values over the other. It lies in bringing together a passion both for liberty and for equality and holding them together.

  • Employment solutions can be found close to home

    9 Comments
    Adrienne McGill | 16 September 2014

    Home office desk Transitioning people with episodic illnesses like bipolar and severe depression from disability support into the workforce is problematic. However, one obvious solution to help some people in this group has been overlooked to date: self-employment.

  • Scotland's brave quest for self-determination

    27 Comments
    Duncan MacLaren | 16 September 2014

    Child with Scotland face-paintPrime Minister Tony Abbott’s remarks on the Scottish independence debate were front page news in Great Britain. If Mr Abbott had actually visited Scotland rather than follow the advice of the British PM, he would have seen that the whole debate had centred on the kind of society we wanted – one where social justice is paramount, our National Health Service is not privatised and rights are built into a written constitution.

  • What are we walking into in Iraq?

    7 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 15 September 2014

    Islamic State maze graphic President Obama's decision to take military action against ISIL forces in Iraq and Syria has been applauded. But it should give us pause that this is the outcome desired and provoked by ISIL itself.

  • Sovereign aspirations and political power games

    2 Comments
    Justin Glyn | 15 September 2014

    Scotland referendumThe problem of who qualifies as a 'people' and what the content of the right is becomes particularly acute when the right to self-determination bumps up against that bedrock of international law, national sovereignty. In some cases, the problem goes away by agreement. The sad truth is that each side adopts the rhetoric that suits it and the result depends on the balance of political powers which each can muster. 

  • High noon for Government refugee policy

    10 Comments
    Kerry Murphy | 12 September 2014

    View of Parliament from High CourtThere may not be simple solutions to complex issues such as how to reduce the risk of travel by boat without punishing the refugees. However, the High Court's latest decision reminds us there are people involved and they are not ‘outlaws’.

  • Abbott's foreign policy flops

    11 Comments
    Tony Kevin | 12 September 2014

    Aus PM with Sec John KerrySince Richard Casey was External Affairs Minister in the 1950s, the three pillars of Australian foreign policy have been: a genuine reaching out to our Asian neighbours, adherence to UN-based multilateral values and institutions, and a firm but self-respecting defence partnership with the United States. All those pillars look pretty shaken now.

  • Picking on Muslims is getting dull

    20 Comments
    Ruby Hamad | 12 September 2014

    Weekend Australian front cover 'fight Islam 100 years'The readiness with which some westerners take the most violent and extreme groups as legitimate expressions of Islam betrays the racism that underpins perceptions of Muslims. Whether I like it or not, my religious background and my name tie me to these 'jihadists.' I feel the permanent weight of expectation to publicly apologise for their actions.

  • Ending feminised poverty

    13 Comments
    Kate Galloway | 11 September 2014

    Old woman walkingDespite historical gains for women in terms of formal equality, structural issues - wage gap, superannuation gap, childcare, unpaid caring, inequitable income distribution - have not gone away. I do not see why my older women friends should be burdened with accumulated poverty simply because they are women. They carry a material burden because their unpaid work was considered to be performed 'for love', undeserving of financial security.

  • Suicide taboos and healing memories

    19 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 10 September 2014

    Cost of Silence coverSuicide excludes people from any participation in this decisive act of people's lives, and also prevents them from understanding it. Suicide is always shrouded in silence, and arouses dread at entering the silence. The wrenching cry at the heart of of memories wrestles with the silence, 'Why did you do it?'.


  • Ian Paisley's no middle ground

    Frank O'Shea | 22 September 2014

    Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness

    Somehow Paisley and McGuinness worked well together. The Chuckle Brothers they were called, an attempt to present them as two buffoons out of their depth. But for ordinary people, it was an endearing image, a tribute to a pair who had brought their respective sides with them in an unlikely peace. 

  • Sacrificing freedoms in the war against terror

    Justin Glyn | 22 September 2014

    Computer hackerTerrorism is a real threat but it is hardly a killer on the scale of coronary heart disease or accidental falls, both of which far outstrip terrorism as killers on Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Blanket rollbacks of important civil liberties, until recently taken for granted, cannot but provoke the suspicion that terrorism has become a diversion of the public's attention from something much more sinister.

  • Kashmir's majestic allure

    Catherine Marshall | 19 September 2014

    HimalayasPeace has come to Kashmir, but it’s a tentative, fragile peace. My guide Younis swiftly apprises me of the virtues of his homeland: ‘Pakistan wants Kashmir, China wants Kashmir, India wants Kashmir. It is a very beautiful place and here we have [so much]: electricity grids, land, fruits.’ He pauses, then says, ‘But nobody likes Kashmiris.’

  • Navigating the maze of young adulthood

    Anthony Morris | 18 September 2014

    The Maze RunnerIn The Maze Runner, a group of teenage boys find themselves dumped in the middle of a giant maze. Lacking the freedom to do what they like, faced with rules and laws that seem arbitrary while struggling with deep changes on a physical level, teenagers’ personal problems have proven to be ripe material for dystopian novels and films. 

  • Shrugging off the robots

    8 Comments
    Michael McVeigh | 16 September 2014

    Man handing flower to a womanWe created the robots to make our lives easier. Before we knew what was happening the robots had transformed our world. Each day people go about their business, feeling unhappy but unable to name the source of that dissatisfaction. 


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