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    Boys' Own Interventure

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    Fiona Katauskas |  View this week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.
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    Making Indigenous Literacy Day obsolete

    Luke Pearson |  As a former primary teacher, I have seen the importance of literacy programs for our young people, and the joy and power that comes from learning to read, especially for older students who thought they would never get to read.If schools were given adequate support, resourcing, staffing and training to better cater for the needs and interests of Indigenous students and families, there would hardly be any need to mark Indigenous Literacy Day.
  • Feature Article

    How to measure HIV stigma

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    Daniel Reeders |  Global targets can be used to benchmark countries – but measuring a reduction in stigma is harder than it sounds. As one of my colleagues asked, 'what's the international standard unit for one stigma?'
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    His palm was her country

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    Anne Elvey |  I woke in a strange dream of a priest who pitied the child born to the mother no longer a nun. From the pew behind, I was the I that spoke up to power.
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    Imelda Marcos and the seduction of time

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    Fatima Measham |  As the world marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance on August 30, new generations of Filipinos find it hard to grasp what it meant to express dissent when Ferdinand Marcos was president. Some assert that, compared to the current standard of governance and politics, life must have been better under Marcos. Such perceptions are validated when trusted institutions invite Imelda Marcos as guest of honour.
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    Coaching Team Australia

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    Fiona Katauskas |  View this week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.

Making Indigenous Literacy Day obsolete

Luke Pearson | 03 September 2014

Child writing on the floorAs a former primary teacher, I have seen the importance of literacy programs for our young people, and the joy and power that comes from learning to read, especially for older students who thought they would never get to read. If schools were given adequate support, resourcing, staffing and training to better cater for the needs and interests of Indigenous students and families, there would hardly be any need to mark Indigenous Literacy Day.  

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  • How to measure HIV stigma

    4 Comments
    Daniel Reeders | 02 September 2014

    Measuring tapeGlobal targets can be used to benchmark countries – but measuring a reduction in stigma is harder than it sounds. As one of my colleagues asked, 'what's the international standard unit for one stigma?'

  • New Indonesian president offers hope for West Papua

    3 Comments
    Pat Walsh | 01 September 2014

    West Papua independence flagSince its foundation as a modern state in the 1940s, Indonesia has been plagued by a series of conflicts that have threatened the dream of a united republic, inflicted grievous human rights violations and poisoned perceptions of the place, not least in Australia. Only West Papua, perhaps the most complex and intractable of them all, remains. 

  • Imelda Marcos and the seduction of time

    7 Comments
    Fatima Measham | 29 August 2014

    Imelda Marcos illustrationAs the world marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance on August 30, new generations of Filipinos find it hard to grasp what it meant to express dissent when Ferdinand Marcos was president. Some assert that, compared to the current standard of governance and politics, life must have been better under Marcos. Such perceptions are validated when trusted institutions invite Imelda Marcos as guest of honour.

  • Sowing dragon's teeth in Iraq

    16 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 28 August 2014

    Silhouette of soldiers The vagueness of what is envisaged in the call for military action against the Islamic State makes it difficult to establish whether the harm caused would be proportionate to the good achieved.The record is not good suggesting strongly that Western military intervention will make things worse.

  • Not a good time to be Catholic

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    Kevin Donnelly | 28 August 2014

    Girl lighting a candle Growing up in working class Broadmeadows in a Housing Commission estate with a communist father and a Catholic mother – mass on Sunday and the Eureka Youth Movement on Tuesday – taught me first hand about two of the most influential and powerful forces of the 20th century.

  • Our future is public

    9 Comments
    Andy Lynch | 27 August 2014

    Archive photo of Melbourne Public LibraryThe kind of Australia we live in today can be directly attributed to the kinds of institutions built 150 years ago - schools, universities, libraries, museums, and more. But in 2014 is it even possible to carve out new public institutions or give new life to those that have waned in relevance?

  • Homes that enable the disabled

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    Andrea McQueen | 27 August 2014

    Dreamhouse TV show participantsIn recent years, people with disabilities have been coming out of institutions. They are in our streets, our shops and our schools, but not on TV. We need programs like the ABC's Dreamhouse to prompt conversation about what kinds of lives are possible for people with disabilities, and how we can best use our tax money to make dreams come true.

  • Corruption and atonement in NSW

    4 Comments
    John Warhurst | 26 August 2014

    Man in a suit with dollar notes in pocketBoth sides of NSW politics claim to have turned over a new leaf and support tough new lobbying regulations, separating paid lobbyists from party office-holding, and increased transparency surrounding all dealings with ministers. But at the heart of the shambles are not commercial lobbyists but personal and institutional ethical failure, often driven by the lure of self-interest and advantage whether it is in getting elected or in feathering their own nest.

  • An elusive peace in Ukraine

    6 Comments
    Tony Kevin | 26 August 2014

    Team Australia parody graphicMy optimism in previous essays on Ukraine continues to be undermined by the remarkable capacity of all players in this tragic drama – the government in Kiev, the rebels in East Ukraine, and their respective backers in NATO and Moscow – to dig in stubbornly and refuse to compromise goals in this now very nasty civil war.

  • Controlling information about child abuse

    8 Comments
    Michael Mullins | 25 August 2014

    Child abuse is occurring within the Federal Government's immigration detention regime at the same time as the government sponsored Child Abuse Royal Commission is seeking to achieve justice for victims of past abuses in churches and institutions. After visiting Christmas Island, paediatrician Elizabeth Elliott said that 'when it comes to children in need, most Australians feel compassion' but compassion had 'gone missing'. What is behind our selective compassion?

  • Flag-waving foolishness that divides

    18 Comments
    Tony Kevin | 25 August 2014

    Team Australia parody graphicTeam Australia postulates that the world is a competitive environment of nations that win or lose. You have to choose your primary loyalty or affiliation: 'He who is not with us is against us'. The more one unpacks the term Team Australia, the nastier it gets. 


  • Dangerous impulses around women in power

    Peter Kirkwood | 03 September 2014

    Award-winning journalist Geraldine Doogue explores the experiences of women in leadership, from the nuns who taught her at school to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. She reflects on the importance of ambition and achieving work/life balance, and analyses the role of women leaders in the Catholic Church.

  • Fossil fuels must be demonised

    24 Comments
    Michael Mullins | 01 September 2014

    Coal fired power plantPrime minister Tony Abbott told an industry gathering in May that ’it’s particularly important that we do not demonise the coal industry’. Pope Francis is likely to do just that when he releases his new encyclical on humanity’s role in caring for the earth. 

  • Bogan Jesus

    3 Comments
    Barry Gittins and Jen Vuk | 29 August 2014

    The Songs of Jesse Adams coverCasting Christ as a bogan will rub theological feathers awry; a larger linguistic burden for many readers, however, is the unrelenting Strine and hoary cultural references. High art? No. Engaging? Highly. Jesse Adams is on about peace; an inclusive peace that includes social outcasts.

  • His palm was her country

    3 Comments
    Anne Elvey | 02 September 2014

    Bird in handI woke in a strange dream of a priest who pitied the child born to the mother no longer a nun. From the pew behind, I was the I that spoke up to power.

  • Car park hunger

    1 Comment
    Brendan Ryan | 26 August 2014

    Big Issue vendor

    A topless man shuffles into Coles. The Big Issue seller is liked and avoided. Buskers who specialize with the night, streetlights mooning the spaces that never close.


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Fiona Katauskas' cartoon Boys' Own Intervention with the PM reading from Boys' Own Adventure bookshelf rather than a shelf labelled Lessons of History

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