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  • AUSTRALIA

    Royal Prank blood is on everybody's hands

    • Michael Mullins
    • 09 December 2012
    53 Comments

    Following the 2DAY FM impersonation of the Queen and Prince Charles, the behaviour of the social and mass media lynch mob was no less shocking and shameful than that of the pranksters themselves. Even the CEO of the hospital shares the blame for accepting a royal patient without giving his staff adequate media training.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pro-business governments reversing Eureka Stockade achievement

    • Michael Mullins
    • 02 December 2012
    10 Comments

    Today is the 158th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade rebellion, often seen as the source of our ‘fair go’ ethos. Wealthy landowners and businessmen controlled the government, as they do today. Governments anxious for private sector investment give free reign to James Packer and others, at cost to the common good.

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  • RELIGION

    Human rights and Christian lawyers

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 July 2011
    5 Comments

    When I appeared on Q&A with Christopher Hitchens, a young man asked whether we can 'ever hope to live in a truly secular society' while the religious continue to 'affect political discourse and decision making' on euthanasia, same-sex unions and abortion. Hitchens was simpaticao. I was dumbstruck.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    NSW and Victoria's 'tough on crime' confusion

    • Michael Mullins
    • 05 June 2011
    7 Comments

    While Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark pushes for tougher treatment of young offenders, his NSW counterpart Greg Smith is looking to Victoria's current 'enlightened' model, which favours early intervention over punishment.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    O'Farrell makes a sham of government guarantees

    • Michael Mullins
    • 29 May 2011
    13 Comments

    Earlier this month, NSW premier Barry O'Farrell announced he would dishonour the guarantee made to those who signed up to the previous Labor Government's Solar Bonus Scheme. Undermining the 'sacred' bond of a guarantee can seriously damage the spirit of public trust.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Sydney's crazy car culture

    • Greg Foyster
    • 06 April 2011
    13 Comments

    Before being elected Premier, Barry O'Farrell described Sydney's new 200km bike network as 'crazy' and an 'inconvenience' to motorists. Given cycling's overwhelming benefits to society, what's really crazy is O'Farrell's populist pledge to keep Sydney car-dependent into the future. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The NSW democracy deficit

    • Tony Smith
    • 10 March 2011
    8 Comments

    If voters are disappointed with Labor now, they could be positively angry after the election. Because the Coalition is a shoo-in to win, the public is showing little interest in policy debates and the media have brought little pressure to bear over policy details and likely costs.

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  • RELIGION

    Reconciling religion, politics and human rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 04 November 2010
    15 Comments

    Cardinal Pell, with whom I have voiced disagreement, preached superbly at the mass of thanksgiving after the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. 'She does not deter us from struggling to follow her.' As we wrestle with the common good, let's make a place for all our fellow citizens.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Asylum seeker's island hell

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 29 July 2010
    2 Comments

    As Meredith approaches, two boys appear on the cliff and call for the boat to turn back. This allegory for the asylum seeker experience is not entirely out of place: Meredith seeks asylum from personal horrors that lie in her wake. But the curdled milk of human unkindness flows readily.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sex and secrecy close doors to good policy

    • Michael Mullins
    • 07 September 2009
    2 Comments

    Last week's sex scandal provides lessons for leaders on both sides of politics. Those energised by quality 'open-source' conversation will speak to the electorate more effectively than those who derive their inspiration from behind the closed doors of either the faction meeting room or the bedroom.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    'Buy Australian' catchcry fuels arts renaissance

    • Richard Flynn
    • 16 May 2008
    1 Comment

    Between 1968 and 1981, performance spaces such as the Pram Factory in Melbourne facilitated a flourishing of the Australian theatre scene. Initially, the idea that the local product might be inferior was insufficient reason for preferring the import.

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