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  • AUSTRALIA

    Coal mining, civil disobedience and the public good

    • Michael Mullins
    • 13 January 2013
    11 Comments

    Fake ANZ media release activist Jonathan Moylan did the wrong thing in undermining public confidence in the share trading system. But he would not have seen the need to act if governments and the coal industry were acting with integrity and in the public interest.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beasts of the climate change apocalypse

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 12 September 2012

    It is often the poor who suffer most in a disaster. When the polar ice caps melt, rising seawaters flood an impoverished southern American bayou town. The survivors destroy a dam that keeps the nearby city dry and their village flooded. The indictment here of the prosperous West is hard to miss.

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  • RELIGION

    US bishops' toxic tussle with Obamacare

    • Frank Brennan
    • 09 May 2012
    61 Comments

    The bishops intend a campaign of civil disobedience against aspects of the Obama Administration's health care plan. Many have been critical of this law on the ground that it might contribute to more abortions. The toxicity of the atmosphere should make us wary of adopting a similar campaign here.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Christmas challenge for a nonviolent Australia

    • John Dear
    • 21 December 2011
    9 Comments

    The nonviolent Jesus was born into abject poverty to homeless refugees on the outskirts of a brutal empire. Two thousand years later, the world remains stuck in the same cycle. America's military presence in Australia could mark the beginning of the end for that hallowed land.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Gandhi and Richie Benaud's perfect storm

    • Brian Matthews
    • 04 August 2011
    1 Comment

    Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm makes one marvel at the way events separated by vast times and distances can conspire to produce unpredictable results. In 1959 Australian cricket great Richie Benaud found himself at the end of a chain of events set in motion by Mahatma Gandhi.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    John Howard shoe-thrower's moral miss-hit

    • Farid Farid
    • 29 October 2010
    9 Comments

    If smelly shoes are the last objects of resistance then the occupation of Iraq will never end. The culturally co-optive nature of benevolent groups to take on causes and speak on behalf of those who allegedly cannot speak for themselves is disturbing.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bikers, violence and justice

    • John Smith
    • 14 May 2009
    2 Comments

    Going to jail for the right reasons is noble. In effect Jesus called for a kind of civil disobedience. He went to jail for justice. Today, I would be prepared to be jailed for resisting consorting laws. Exclusive preview: The John Smith Quarterly Essay

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Eyewitness to Pakistan turmoil

    • Reuben Brand
    • 23 March 2009
    5 Comments

    The streets of Rawalpindi were now relatively empty, an eerie feeling in a usually bustling city. After slipping past police checkpoints I noticed the city was not completely still. Groups of men roamed the streets, patiently waiting for the call to action.

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  • RELIGION

    Totalitarian abortion law requires conscientious disobedience

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 September 2008
    25 Comments

    The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne has said Catholic Hospitals will not abide by Victorian legislation that compels health professionals to participate in abortions. Civil libertarians are well advised to support this stand, regardless of their moral views.

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  • RELIGION

    Civil disobedience a democratic safeguard

    • Frank Brennan
    • 07 March 2008
    8 Comments

    Last month, members of the Pine Gap Four 'citizens inspection team' were acquitted in a Darwin court. Parliamentary committees, juries and the citizen's right to civil disobedience are necessary safeguards for liberty when government is tempted to use the legal sledgehammer to crack the nut of political dissent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Burma's new generation political activists

    • Carol Ransley & Toe Zaw Latt
    • 17 October 2007

    A new generation of young activists was born on the streets of Rangoon last month. The war being raged by the Burmese military against its own people has faded from the international headlines, but Burmese young people from all walks of life continue to step up their non-violent resistance campaign.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Justifying civil disobedience

    • Michael Mullins
    • 13 June 2007
    3 Comments

    Rural landowners are planning a day of "civil obedience" on 1 July to assert what they believe is their right to clear native vegetation from their land. How is this different from the civil disobedience of anti-war protestors such as the Pine Gap Four?

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