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- Margaret Dooley Award for Young Writers 2013
The 2013 Margaret Dooley Award for Young Writers is open to submissions from 16 April 2013–15 July 2012. Prize money totalling $2000 to be won. Here are the submission guidelines.
Issue : Published 15-Apr-2013
- Best of 2012: Catholic and Aboriginal 'listening revolutions'
St Benedict of Nursia knew about living in a dying world. He was born 25 years after the Vandals sacked Rome and died months after the Ostrogoths had their turn. He watched as old certainties went up in flame. As existing institutions were hollowed out or winnowed completely, Benedict started a revolution. Wednesday 12 September
Issue 25 : Published 09-Jan-2013
- The just world fallacy and the need for empathy
Human beings have a bias towards a belief that the world is a fair place in which one's actions have appropriate consequences. This 'just world hypothesis' implies that those who suffer calamity must be at fault. It is the opposite of empathy and poses a serious challenge for those who seek to implement progressive social policies.
Issue 19 : Published 25-Sep-2012
- Disability, sex rights and the prostitute
Australia is seeing a divisive battle between those who oppose people being forced into sex work, and those who advocate for the right of people with disabilities to access sex workers. It is hard to see justice in a situation where one disadvantaged group needs to stay disadvantaged in order to service another disadvantaged group.
Issue 18 : Published 18-Sep-2012
- Catholic and Aboriginal 'listening revolutions'
St Benedict of Nursia knew about living in a dying world. He was born 25 years after the Vandals sacked Rome and died months after the Ostrogoths had their turn. He watched as old certainties went up in flame. As existing institutions were hollowed out or winnowed completely, Benedict started a revolution.
Issue 18 : Published 11-Sep-2012
- Inhaling God
One American physicist claims each breath we take contains molecules of air that were also breathed by Archimedes, Aristotle, and even Jesus Christ. Through physics, religion, the human body, and mythology, there is a thread that weaves us into a continuous rich tapestry.
Issue 18 : Published 13-Sep-2011
- Australia underwater
A lot of people refused to leave. Sydneysiders with waterfront properties could not fathom that the mansions that had cost them millions of dollars were going to be under water. There were stories of eastern suburbs socialites loading their antiques into boats. And drownings. Lots of drownings.
Issue 17 : Published 06-Sep-2011
- My Australian Muslim story
My childhood memories are filled with stereotypical Aussie pastimes such as backyard cricket. But as a Muslim, I do feel like an outsider at times. Why do we constantly have to be portrayed as evil people? 'We're not all like that', I find myself shouting at certain news stories.'
Issue 17 : Published 30-Aug-2011
- Migrant myths and memories
Sociologist Eva Cox heard all the vitriol about boat people when, as a five-year-old Jewish girl, she fled Nazi Germany and headed to Australia. My nine-year-old mother was a different kind of boat arrival: one of 135,000 'child migrants' imported under the 'Populate or Perish' policy.
Issue 16 : Published 23-Aug-2011
- Gillard, work and welfare
Opponents of workplace regulation are well-resourced and powerful. In order to meet them head-on, the Government must do more than invoke the value of hard work. After all, if work automatically confers great dignity, what does it matter that conditions are unsatisfactory?
Issue 16 : Published 16-Aug-2011
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