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Margaret Dooley Award for Young Writers 2014

11 March 2014 | Staff

Vine, detail from Margaret Dooley 2014 bannerThe 2014 Margaret Dooley Award for Young Writers is open to submissions from 12 March 2014–18 July 2014. Prize money totalling $2000 to be won. Here are the submission guidelines.


Best of 2012: Catholic and Aboriginal 'listening revolutions'

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09 January 2013 | Evan Ellis

The Rule of Benedict, landscape, sample from front coverSt 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 


The just world fallacy and the need for empathy

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25 September 2012 | Sarah Burnside

Clasped hands painted to look like earthHuman 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.


Disability, sex rights and the prostitute

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18 September 2012 | Matthew Holloway

Disability and sex iconAustralia 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.


Catholic and Aboriginal 'listening revolutions'

12 Comments
11 September 2012 | Evan Ellis

The Rule of Benedict, landscape, sample from front coverSt 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.


Inhaling God

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13 September 2011 | Jessica Voelker

Breath on a cold morningOne 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.


Australia underwater

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06 September 2011 | Selma Sergent

WaterA 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.


My Australian Muslim story

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30 August 2011 | Nadine Rabah

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.'


Migrant myths and memories

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23 August 2011 | Julie McNeill

Child migrantsSociologist 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.


Gillard, work and welfare

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16 August 2011 | Sarah Burnside

Protect workers' rightsOpponents 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?


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