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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Material girls in an addiction fuelled world

    • Isabella Fels
    • 11 December 2017

    My astute mother was the first to suspect Maya of taking and selling my clothes to fund her addiction. After that, my friendship with Maya fell apart. I began to hate her and wanted nothing to do with her. This year, that all suddenly changed.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Economic doom looms in Oz's game of homes

    • David James
    • 11 December 2017

    It is not difficult to imagine a scenario where the game of musical chairs in Australia will come to a shuddering end, imperilling the banks and dragging the economy into a deep recession. As we saw in the GFC in America and Europe, government money will be thrown at the banks to rescue them at the expense of ordinary citizens.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sharpen your ears to soul

    • Sean O'Carroll
    • 10 December 2017

    And hear God dropping pins, like tropical rain; torrential.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Forecast: political storm over energy

    • Greg Foyster
    • 07 December 2017
    1 Comment

    Summer is here, and so is the political spin about blackouts. This year, with a record November heatwave in Victoria and a press gallery hypersensitised to energy politics, the blame game started early - well before anything has actually gone wrong.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hate thrives as much in the open as in the dark

    • Fatima Measham
    • 07 December 2017
    19 Comments

    It is apparently not enough for Muslims, Jewish, queer and Indigenous peoples to deal with homegrown hate; they must deal with imported brands, too. The latest such visitor was feted by Leyonhjelm, Hanson, Latham and assorted hangers-on. There was something pathetic about it, the scramble to goad 'lefties' about their 'worst nightmare'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Christmas Raffle 2017 Winners

    • Staff
    • 06 December 2017

    The Society of Jesus in Victoria, Jesuit Communications Christmas Raffle 2017 was drawn on Thursday 7 December 2017 (Permit No 10679/17 issued 29 August 2017) Congratulations to the winners: 1st prize: N. Bangel, NSW; 2nd prize: J. Dunlop, NSW; 3rd prize: C. Townsend, VIC; 4th prize: J. Ryan, NSW. Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas raffle.

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  • RELIGION

    Will abuse commission be another damp squib?

    • Moira Rayner
    • 06 December 2017
    30 Comments

    This royal commission has changed the public response of religious institutions, not their culture. Nor has it altered the culture at the political pointy ends of state, territory or national government. The cause of the misuse of power over children was our refusal to take a child's world view as seriously as our own adult priorities.

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  • RELIGION

    Seal of confession should remain inviolate

    • Bill Uren
    • 06 December 2017
    23 Comments

    I suspect the royal commission will recommend the seal of confession should no longer remain absolute. I also know that all priests of my acquaintance will rather go to jail than violate the seal. I cannot then see that such a move will be anything but unproductive. Perpetrators will be less likely to go to confession and priests will go to jail.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Turnbull's magic budget bowl is a fantasy

    • Joe Zabar
    • 06 December 2017
    5 Comments

    Many of us have grown up with Norman Lindsay's classic tale of the magic pudding; the pudding bowl that never empties no matter how often the pudding was eaten. It seems that the magic pudding bowl has been borrowed by the federal government, if the proposed new business and income tax cuts are anything to go by.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Legislation is no substitute for respect

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 December 2017
    11 Comments

    The government has appointed a panel to report what legislation may be necessary to safeguard religious rights in light of changes to marriage laws. Given the conflictual nature of public conversation, it may be helpful to step back and to reflect on human rights more generally.

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  • PODCAST

    Eureka: Reclaiming the Southern Cross

    • Podcast
    • 05 December 2017

    Dr Anne Beggs-Sunter is a historian and academic specialising in the history of Ballarat. She takes us through the 1854 miners' rebellion, where the Eureka flag was first raised. What do people miss about this story? Can the Eureka Stockade be retold in an inclusive way?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Turnbull friendly fire is mostly undeserved

    • John Warhurst
    • 04 December 2017
    8 Comments

    As Barnaby Joyce, standing beside the Prime Minister last Saturday night after his by-election win, proclaimed: 'Running a country is a little harder than running sheep through a gate.' Similarly, Turnbull must find running a party, much less a Coalition of parties, like herding cats.

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