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  • Hands presenting a wrapped gift. (Credit: Kseniya Ovchinnikova / Getty Images)
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    The power of gift-giving without the waste

    • Cristy Clark
    • 21 November 2019

    As we pare back more and more, I have started to realise that there is a risk in taking things too far. The consumer orgy of the past may have been unsightly, but gift giving itself also serves a valuable social function, and we may be at risk of throwing out the baby with the bath water.

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  • Nuclear waste transport map (Credit: Kim Mavromatis, compiled from information in documents released by the federal government.)
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    Farmers and Traditional Owners decry SA nuclear vote

    • Michele Madigan
    • 20 November 2019

    The Minister was delighted to announce that in Kimba the long awaited vote to host a permanent facility for national low level radiactive waste and storage for intermediate level radioactive waste had concluded. The result: 61.17 per cent voted in favour. Unsurprisingly, he failed to mention that voting rights in the poll were severely restricted.

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  • Tent and car by a lake. (Photo by Francine Crimmins)
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    A mystical intrusion in nature

    • Francine Crimmins
    • 20 November 2019
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    Johnson describes this encounter as one of grandeur, the same feeling some adherents of religion experience when they visit a sacred site or enter a holy place of worship. In this way, nature is a mystical experience. It's the closest feeling I get to an overwhelming presence that is all encompassing and all forgiving at the same time.

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  • Carolina Gottardo (right) pictured with Behrouz Boochani in Port Moresby.

    A visit among the men of Manus

    • Carolina Gottardo
    • 18 November 2019
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    I recently visited Port Moresby as part of a delegation of Catholic leaders. I have worked with refugees and migrants for more than 20 years in different countries. I have been part of many serious and confronting human rights struggles. Nonetheless, I was not expecting what I saw and heard in PNG, and it deeply touched me.

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  • A man dances at an an anti-government protest on 30 October 2019 in Martyrs' Square, Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo by Sam Tarling/Getty Images)

    Hope and trepidation amid Lebanon unrest

    • Daniel Sleiman
    • 07 November 2019
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    Like many Lebanese Australians I've been watching the mass protests in Lebanon with hope and trepidation. Hope that government reforms, or a change of government, will bring about meaningful transformation in economic management, transparency and public services. Fearful because of the possibility of civil war.

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin in August 2018. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    Stories about the Russia you thought you knew

    • Justin Glyn
    • 06 November 2019
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    A casual reader, picking up Tony Kevin's book without much background knowledge on the events which it covers, might assume that the work was alarmist conspiracy theory, so wildly is it at odds with the standard fare which one reads in the papers about Russia and contemporary politics in general. Frighteningly, it is not.

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  • Andrew Mackenzie surveys the burnt out remains of a property in Torrington, Qld, on 11 November 2019. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

    The bushfires of the vanities

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 November 2019
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    The fact that they so easily turned their attention away from the lives of the people threatened by fire to brawling about their own virtues and lack of them offers little hope that the lives of Australians will count with them when they reflect on the causes and the proper response to the fires.

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  • Close-up of a smoking cigar butt (Credit: shutterjack via Getty)

    Economic correctness gone mad

    • John Falzon
    • 13 November 2019
    30 Comments

    It's gone too far. The minute you voice even the smallest doubt about the Current Way of Things you get hammered. If, for example, you ask why large multinationals should profit from aged care, the guardians of Economic Correctness look at you funny. Either they don't get it, or they do and they cast you as an enemy of democracy.

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  • Award-winning journalist Mimi Mefo (Photo: Elina Kansikas for Index on Censorship)

    Migration hardline is selling Australia short

    • Bree Alexander
    • 12 November 2019
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    Due to this stance, immigration is arguably not being leveraged to actually benefit the country, including its flailing economy. This is despite a government report released last year stating that immigrants increase GDP and helped avoid the 2008 financial crisis.

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  • John Henry Newman

    The light in John Henry Newman's darkness

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 15 November 2019
    6 Comments

    Dad is out watering the garden, but all the front windows are open, so he can hear the piano and his wife and two daughters singing. He often hums along to our repertoire, which is a mixture of Anglo-Celtic songs, Australian numbers — and, memorably, 'Lead, Kindly Light', written by the recently canonised St John Henry Newman.

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  • Woman sitting on public bench with brown bag over her head (Credit: Francesco Carta fotografo)

    Light and life found in humiliation

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 November 2019
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    Might the experience of humiliation open the possibility of turning out to others instead of in on oneself? Might it seed compassion for others in their humiliation, and lead in turn to a society more sensitive to the wounds that humiliation causes both to the humiliated and the bystanders?

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  • Portaits of the El Salvador martyrs by Mary Pimmel.

    El Salvador reality upends justice romance

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 November 2019
    16 Comments

    Thirty years ago this month, the Salvadorean Armed Forces murdered two women and six Jesuits at the Universidad Centroamericana El Salvador. For me it was a significant stage on the journey from fascination with the romance and the rhetoric of the struggle for justice to recognition of the hard, unyielding daily reality that it involved.

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  • Fire crews wait at a property in in Colo Heights, NSW, as the fire front approaches on 15 November 2019. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

    Climate is disrupting children's education

    • Lauren Rickards, Blanche Verlie, Briony Towers, Bronwyn Lay
    • 18 November 2019
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    Some have argued we shouldn't discuss climate change during this bushfire emergency. Yet when children previously tried to protest climate change they were told to 'stay in school'. The statement denies the evidence that our normal routines are already being disrupted by climate change.

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  • Cyclists in Liwonde (Photo by Catherine Marshall)

    A view from Africa of Australia burning

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 14 November 2019
    10 Comments

    As fires obliterated large swathes of Australia, I was largely oblivious to the news — though tenuously connected to events as I travelled through oven-hot, tinder-dry national parks in Southern Africa. It was only when I reached the airport in Johannesburg that the extent of the catastrophe became apparent to me.

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  • Rearview shot of a male farmer tending to his crops. (Credit: pixdeluxe / Getty)

    Climate clues beyond the four seasons myth

    • Katherine Wilson
    • 08 November 2019
    8 Comments

    Any Australian who believes in four seasons is engaged in a form of climate denial. Spring, summer, autumn and winter are colonial constructs, not an objective truth. I recently visited a school which has the largest Indigenous student population in Melbourne. The kids made a mural depicting the eight seasons of greater Melbourne.

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  • Fern fronds (Photo by Adamo Boccitto)

    Near Ferntree Gully

    • Chris Wallace-Crabbe
    • 18 November 2019
    3 Comments

    Staring toward the stringy picture through a linguistic lens I have begun to see that the elderly magic, deplored by most religions, was a daughter of coincidence mathematically robed in some downright glorious colours.

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  • Storm clouds over sea, Melbourne (Credit: Wolf Cocklin / Getty)

    The crime scene that is Australia

    • Libby Hart
    • 11 November 2019
    1 Comment

    It's difficult to move in this landscape. Haunted and fragile and tragic, there's no place that is benign. A cursed house, the Greeks might say.

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  • Apartment windows (credit: mikulas1 / Getty)

    In praise of the rituals of others

    • Jane Williams
    • 04 November 2019
    1 Comment

    Thank God for Bollywood and daytime TV. For the all night partyers and marathon love makers. For the hash brownie bakers, the nut crackers and pot-stirrers ... the drum-beating banjo-twanging wannabe musicians ... the incense wafting up from the first floor through our bathroom vent — frankincense I'm tempted to think.

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