Search Results: Media Inquiry

  • AUSTRALIA

    Howard mandarins capturing Labor ministers

    • Tony Kevin
    • 22 January 2008
    2 Comments

    Last week, Immigration Minister Senator Chris Evans paid a little-publicised visit to Jakarta for talks with ministerial counterparts on border control and people smuggling. The circumstances suggest Evans could be out of his depth, and at risk of policy capture by his department.

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  • RELIGION

    Lawyers' role in a democracy

    • Frank Brennan
    • 29 November 2007

    The power of the State can be exercised capriciously and unaccountably when the “Don’t ask; don’t tell” approach to government is immune from parliamentary, judicial or public scrutiny. It is the task of lawyers to make it more difficult for politicians to take this approach.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Immigration law under Labor

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 31 October 2007
    1 Comment

    ALP Immigration Policy includes both change and continuity. It gives more priority to teaching English over testing, but there's still too much reliance on ministerial discretion rather than the judicial system.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    More than enough ministerial discretion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 22 August 2007
    1 Comment

    Flawed process and flawed substance characterise the Northern Territory emergency response legislation, which has been rushed through Parliament in the past fortnight. It raises major questions about whether our parliamentary processes ensure adequate scrutiny of poposed legislation.

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  • INFORMATION

    A selection of some of the letters regarding Frank Brennan's most recent piece

    • 13 July 2007

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  • RELIGION

    Book Review: Frank Brennan answers atheist manifestos

    • Frank Brennan
    • 05 June 2007
    6 Comments

    There can be no peace unless believers and atheists share an equal place in the public square of a free and democratic society.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The psychology of climate change denial

    • Paul Collins
    • 16 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The economic tools we are using to deal with climate change are inappropriate, and the long-term consequences for local areas are largely unknown. Global warming skeptics should critique the analysis of climate change rather than just retreat into a psychology of denial.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Economic boom's new generation poor

    • Stuart Braun
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    A decade of economic growth has been good for many Australians. The property market has boomed. Wages have spiralled. Equity markets continue to ride record highs. Ordinary Australians have grown rich—but others have missed out.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Grief exploited for political purposes

    • Richard White
    • 04 September 2006

    A grief counsellor reflects on the death of an 18-year-old from meningicoccal disease, following outbursts of anger from the family, and political repercussions for the NSW Health Minister.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Opening Whitlam’s cabinet

    • Troy Bramston
    • 09 July 2006

    The annual release of the once secret cabinet papers on New Year’s Day is now a political ritual. After 30 years, the public is able to look at cabinet’s deliberations on weighty matters, which have been kept under lock and key for a generation.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Caught behind

    • Alex McDermott
    • 08 July 2006
    2 Comments

    Alex McDermott examines Brett Hutchins’ Don Bradman: Challenging the Myth.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Foundering justice

    • David Manne
    • 05 July 2006

    Stowaways’ rights to seek asylum are being denied, argues David Manne.

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