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  • AUSTRALIA

    Best of 2010: Vote 1 bus 'bludger'

    • Sarah Burnside
    • 06 January 2011
    2 Comments

    'This election', says Tony Abbott, 'is about you.' Recently, passengers on a Perth bus found themselves involved in an impromptu social experiment. 'This guy has no money and tried to give me a ticket that's two days old,' the bus driver said, 'What do you reckon? Should I let him on?'

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Levelling the disability hierarchy

    • Moira Byrne Garton
    • 03 December 2010
    15 Comments

    It can be difficult to communicate with a person who does not use speech, to interact with someone who requires high levels of assistance, or engage with someone who lacks control of their sounds or movements. Many such people are simply avoided, ignored and rejected.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The problem with prosperous Australia

    • John Falzon
    • 18 October 2010
    5 Comments

    There's something disquieting about quietness imposed from above in the heart of a democracy. Anti-Poverty Week is a good time to reflect on how, as a nation, can hear the revolutionary stories of the oppressed and abandoned in our midst.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Human stories of IVF

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 07 October 2010
    17 Comments

    In seeking to fill a mother's empty womb, Nobel Prize winning biologist Robert Edwards developed a solution. In so doing he confirmed what all innovators know: that progress doesn't occur in a neat and orderly vacuum, and nor should it be halted for fear of what it might produce.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Kids in custody

    • Graham West
    • 06 October 2010
    9 Comments

    Young people should be held accountable for their actions. But that does not explain how almost 80 per cent of those on remand in a detention centre in NSW will not end up with a custodial sentence. If custody is a last resort, how can we get the balance wrong 80 per cent of the time?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    No equal voting opportunity

    • Moira Byrne Garton
    • 02 September 2010
    9 Comments

    Many of us value our participation in the election and have been excited by the resulting hung parliament. But some adult  citizens cannot be placed on the roll at all, with a significant number of Australians with intellectual disabilities or mental illness disenfranchised.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Vote for hope

    • John Falzon
    • 20 August 2010
    20 Comments

    Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Janet Phillips says that for Aboriginal Australians there's no 'justice'; 'just us'. How can we turn this election into a building block for a more equal society? The answer involves weighing up the known policies and track-record of both sides to assess their impact on the growth of inequality.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Vote 1 bus 'bludger'

    • Sarah Burnside
    • 09 August 2010
    12 Comments

    'This election', says Tony Abbott, 'is about you.' Recently, passengers on a Perth bus found themselves involved in an impromptu social experiment. 'This guy has no money and tried to give me a ticket that's two days old,' the bus driver said, 'What do you reckon? Should I let him on?'

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hard days of not working

    • Barry Garner
    • 09 June 2010
    11 Comments

    I used to be a worker. I left school at 15 and worked till I was 45. But it now seems that I was someone else then. Am I disabled? Or just lazy? Down the street I see workers in overalls, and for some reason I can't look them in the eye.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Budget of social exclusion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 12 May 2010
    23 Comments

    If a 'fiscally responsible Budget' can increase spending on Australia's representatives in elite sports by $237 million, it is hard to imagine that there is not room somewhere for our unemployed to eat a little better.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Putting patients before premiers' egos

    • Michael Mullins
    • 19 April 2010
    6 Comments

    Premier John Brumby's boast that Victoria has the best health system came unstuck during his address to the National Press Club. Putting patients first is about understanding the social context of those with acute health challenges, not the construction of political ego.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Germaine Greer's utopia

    • Jasmine-Kim Westendorf
    • 22 March 2010
    13 Comments

    Some say that not only is The Female Enuch of little relevance today: it never was relevant. Such arguments are often based more on attacks on Greer personally, and feminism generally, than considered critiques of the value of the feminist agenda set out in the book.

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