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  • AUSTRALIA

    Indigenous people power challenges mining might

    • Moira Rayner
    • 22 September 2009
    10 Comments

    The Martidja Manyjima people of the Pilbara want a WA mining registrar to hear their challenge to BHP Billiton's claim for more mining leases on 200 square kilometres of their traditional land. The outcome will affect every one of us.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What Indigenous Australians really need

    • Myrna Tonkinson
    • 07 September 2009
    3 Comments

    Like many Aboriginal communities, the Western Desert communities of WA's Pilabara are dealing with many pressing local issues. If plans for a national representative body can address some of these without introducing cumbersome structures that will inevitably fail, it will have achieved much.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    How to take the UN Indigenous report card

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 03 September 2009
    4 Comments

    The Rudd Government would be wise to ignore calls to 'bin' UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Human Rights' James Anaya's statement on the Intervention. Sometimes it takes an international body to condemn an obnoxious law or practice.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Religious freedom and secular society

    • Moira Rayner
    • 13 August 2009

    What do our major religions have to fear from changes to equal opportunity law? The challenge is a worthy and a practical one: in what way do the activities of religious institutions actually reflect the values of their prophets and visionaries.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Limiting discrimination won't harm religious freedoms

    • Moira Rayner
    • 13 August 2009
    10 Comments

    Victoria's Equal Opportunity Act allows religious and quasi-religious groups and individuals to 'discriminate' lawfully. It's hard to see the relevance of the beliefs or lifestyle of a cleaner or clerk in an independent, para-religious school.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why we're losing the war on racism

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 10 June 2009
    14 Comments

    When discussing racism, the response is as important as the accusation. The slow response from police and political leaders to the recent spate of Indian-bashings demonstrates what can occur when racism is tackled passively.

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  • RELIGION

    Vilification laws fuel disharmony

    • Frank Brennan
    • 11 May 2009
    2 Comments

    While it is inherently racist for a person to claim membership of the best race, it is no bad thing for a religious person to claim membership of the one true religion. That is what religious people do.

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  • RELIGION

    Bikies have rights too

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 April 2009
    3 Comments

    We need to be on our guard against laws and policies enacted in the name of the public interest but with insufficient consideration for the human rights of the minority.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Obama and Baz Luhrmann's Australia

    • Brian McCoy
    • 23 January 2009
    4 Comments

    Australia Day comes this year shortly after Obama's entry into the White House. Like the child in Australia — a film that captures something of the mixed history of our Australian footprint — Obama embodies the possibility of healing across racial and other divides.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A fair go for Gurkhas

    • Dan Read
    • 24 October 2008
    2 Comments

    The decision to allow Nepalese Gurkha war veterans to settle in Britain is to be commended. The problems that have caused Nepal's young men to leave their homeland to seek employment elsewhere remain to be solved.

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  • RELIGION

    Amplifying the 'still, small voice' of indigenous rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 April 2008
    5 Comments

    The Rudd Government is consulting and working out what to do about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The symbolism of reversing Australia's vote against the Declaration would need to be matched by more work in partnership with indigenous Australians.

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  • RELIGION

    Sir Ronald Wilson's life in compartments

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 October 2007

    At his swearing in as a High Court judge, Sir Ronald Wilson noted the significance of rich personal relationships. Early in his career he forged links with police and lawyers, becoming known as a ruthless prosecutor. Later it was with members of the Stolen Generation, who held him in high regard and with great affection.

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