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  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison, flanked by his wife Jenny Morrison, delivers his victory speech at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on 18 May 2019 in Sydney. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)
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    Election is done, now to focus on what matters

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 May 2019
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    It is time to return to the more important question of what matters for the future good of Australia. This is what governments and political parties are bound by tradition and by their own official rhetoric to serve. This, not electoral success or failure, should govern their actions and our response as citizens to their governance.

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  • Old Australasian Map In Sepia (Photo by simonbradfield / Getty)
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    Don't denigrate rational regional Queensland

    • Kate Galloway
    • 21 May 2019
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    Queenslanders are subjected to the imposed norms of southerners all the time. Those in central and north Queensland are imposed to the same kind of disdain from Brisbane. In the wake of the Coalition's election victory, it has been unedifying to see opposition voters seeking to explain the loss of their parties by blaming a ‘stupid’ electorate.

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  • Bob Brown speaks as part of the Stop Adani Convoy event on 18 April 2019 in Melbourne. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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    What went wrong for Labor on climate

    • Jeff Sparrow
    • 20 May 2019
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    Had Labor flatly opposed Adani, it would have been better positioned to sell a different model for the creation of local jobs and security. Instead, the lack of clarity prevented the ALP from articulating a persuasive economic alternative to a mine it wouldn't say definitely was closing.

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  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (bottom) delivers a speech during the opening of the Two Sessions of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on 5 March 5 2019. (Photo by Andrea Verdelli/Getty Images)

    China discourse beyond pandas and dragons

    • Jeremy Clarke
    • 22 May 2019

    While Bob Carr's institute was deemed to be a panda hugger and Clive Hamilton's position on Chinese influence was considered to be dragon slaying, knowledgeable discussion is a distant third. To China-watchers, the relative lack of a sophisticated focus on Australia-China relations during the election was simply business as usual.

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  • Jean Vanier shaking hands with one of the core members of L'Arche Daybreak, John Smeltzer.

    Jean Vanier's model for inclusiveness

    • Justin Glyn
    • 09 May 2019
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    Jean Vanier (1928-2019), sailor, academic, companion and man of boundless hospitality, died on 7 May, leaving behind him not only many communities in grief but also a model for how a world free of discrimination might look.

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  • Netta Barzilai representing Israel performs during the second grand final dress rehearsal of Eurovision song contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues / Getty Images)

    No compromise in Israel Eurovision boycott

    • Ramona Wadi
    • 06 May 2019
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    One trick used by those opposing the boycott of Eurovision is to describe Israeli colonialism as a 'conflict'. Instead of emphasising the importance of decolonisation, 'compromise' is celebrated. But compromise between the coloniser and the colonised is a dangerous political game.

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  • Two Young Australian Aboriginal girls eating an ice cream And laughing (Photo by Thurtell / Getty Creative)

    Where to next for the Uluru Statement

    • Kate Galloway
    • 20 May 2019
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    As we will be asked to participate in a referendum on the issue within the next couple of years, each Australian needs to inform themselves of the facts about the proposal and the design process.

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  • Newly elected Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, joined by wife Jenny and daughters Lilly and Abbey, speaks at the Liberal Party reception at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel on 18 May 2019 in Sydney. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

    Don't move to New Zealand, stay and fight

    • Brenna Dempsey
    • 20 May 2019
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    My social media feeds were awash with posts from my friends — many of whom are queer, disabled or on low incomes — worrying about their futures and the future of our earth. I saw countless posts with people saying 'That's it, I'm moving to NZ'. I completely understand the desire people had to give up — I felt it too.

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  • Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke makes a speech during the launch of his biography Hawke: The Prime Minister in Sydney on 12 July 2010. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

    Hawkie, for whom I'd have faced cannon fire

    • Moira Rayner
    • 19 May 2019
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    I told one of my fiercely right-wing Kiwi uncles that if Bob Hawke were elected leader of the ALP I'd follow him through cannon-fire, and surprisingly won his (grudging) respect. For he was a man's man, and so was my then hero.

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  • Israel Folau (right) and Karmichael Hunt celebrate Folau scoring a try during the round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Crusaders on 23 March 2019. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

    Wrestling with the sacking of Israel Folau

    • Chris Middleton
    • 07 May 2019
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    Folau is a lay minister in his church. There is no doubt that he, as an evangelical Christian with a literal understanding of the text, believes a whole lot of people will go to hell unless they repent. His sacking raises questions around important issues in a society that values diversity and that promotes inclusivity and tolerance.

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  • St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney (Apexphotos / Getty)

    Church reform must increase transparency

    • John Warhurst
    • 02 May 2019
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    Those holding church authority should show the Catholic community that they have learnt the lessons offered by the royal commission by undertaking reforms as soon as possible and by telling us all about them in a spirit of transparency.

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  • Militant Grace by Philip Ziegler

    Apocalyptic need not be the end of the world

    • Kevin Hargaden
    • 17 April 2019
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    One of the most vibrant theological movements in the world today declares itself 'apocalyptic'. This does not refer to the end of the world because of some political conflict, or the great derangement that flows from the climate disaster. These theologians are using apocalyptic in its original Greek sense — apo kalypsis — a revealing.

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  • Anthony Perkins, Gregory Peck and Fred Astaire in the 1959 dystopian movie On the Beach.

    Living with dystopia

    • Cristy Clark
    • 09 May 2019
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    Researchers have been documenting the rise of 'eco-anxiety' or 'eco-angst' for some time, and these feelings of despair and powerlessness are common. But we need to become the heroes of this dystopic film plot. Somehow, in the face of all our anxiety and despair, we need to locate our capacity for hope and our courage to take action.

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  • Pictured: Greg Bannon (centre), Chairperson of FLAG, with Kimba and Flinders Ranges community members, ready to present hundreds of postcard petitions to Rowan Ramsey, Coalition federal member for Grey. Photo credit: Mara Bonacci

    Dump opponents meet on 'country in between'

    • Michele Madigan
    • 02 May 2019
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    'We are the joy, the sadness, the anger and the peace.' With these moving words, Elders Aunty Enice Marsh and Geraldine Anderson opened a significant gathering in Port Augusta, as people from the Flinders Ranges and the Kimba, still threatened by the federal government's plans to deposit the nation's radioactive waste, met again.

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  • Tony Abbott in 2014 (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

    How Abbott still haunts climate policy

    • Greg Foyster
    • 24 April 2019
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    By setting the boundaries of what is considered politically acceptable, Tony Abbott has influenced the level of ambition in every party's climate policy, and has even caused environment groups to shift their positions. How has he manage to wield so much influence for so long? There are three reasons he cut through when Labor didn't.

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  • Johan Huizinga's The Autumn of the Middle Ages

    A medieval light on modern day darkness

    • Brian Matthews
    • 22 May 2019

    For modern readers of Huizinga's The Autumn of the Middle Ages, there is a curious kind of double vision. While 21st century life has incomparably eclipsed medieval counterparts, there are aspects of the comparison that remain at least intriguing and, in some cases, enlightening.

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  • Man under umbrella walking on road

    No simple case of right and wrong

    • Robert DiNapoli
    • 20 May 2019

    The work that's held my undivided heart now hangs upon the lip of the inane, a path I've struck, unwinding meaning's ball, or else a futile tangle, every day more lost to telos, purpose and design. No one else seems to have passed this way.

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  • Chris Johnston cartoon shows a woman on a bus crowded with friendly Doctor Who characters.

    This bus is a TARDIS

    • Julie Perrin
    • 19 May 2019

    It wouldn't take much for an accident to happen, for things to fall apart. But today we have the kindly and calm Bus Driver. He wants the bus to do its job, to move as many people as possible on this afternoon when there is only one train line open, where the street is thick with footy crowds.

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