Author: Moira Rayner

  • AUSTRALIA

    Getting smart, not tough, on bikies

    • Moira Rayner
    • 07 May 2009
    4 Comments

    No 'group' can be assumed to be full of criminals. Men form friendships out of common, innocuous interests. Laws introduced in NSW interfere with civil liberties and are likely to be ineffective at addressing organised crime.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    No ark in a firestorm

    • Moira Rayner
    • 11 February 2009
    3 Comments

    What can I do, I think, that first Sunday, other than being a nuisance at an emergency centre, or a gawker? I fall into something practical, fostering survivors' dogs and cats, and caring for bewildered companion animals who survived but whose owners didn't.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lipstick on America's politcal (dog) collar

    • Moira Rayner
    • 07 January 2009
    3 Comments

    There are lessons to be learned from Sarah Palin's quip that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull terrier is 'lipstick'. In Western politics, women are acceptable if they look 'youthful' and are attached to powerful men to whose authority they defer. (September 2008)

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  • MEDIA

    Newspaper's golden age

    • Moira Rayner
    • 19 December 2008
    7 Comments

    It is apparently old-fashioned to expect to be primarily informed and engaged by a newspaper, yet that is what Melburnians loved about The Age. As a one-time Age columnist, I came in — and went out — at the turning point for that once venerable organ.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Australian superwomen left holding the poison

    • Moira Rayner
    • 03 November 2008
    5 Comments

    Commentators predict the economic crisis will see firms fall back on tried-and-true experienced male managers. Women who mould themselves on men whose language and patterns of relationships were formed in the schoolyard will not last long.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lipstick on America's politcal (dog) collar

    • Moira Rayner
    • 18 September 2008
    9 Comments

    There are lessons to be learned from Sarah Palin's quip that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull terrier is 'lipstick'. In Western politics, women are acceptable if they look 'youthful' and are attached to powerful men to whose authority they defer.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    'Brilliant' Martin scuppered by party white ants

    • Moira Rayner
    • 13 August 2008
    11 Comments

    On Friday the Northern Territory lost one of too few politicians with integrity and courage. We will not see the like of Clare Martin again for a very long time.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The ethics of 'kidsploitation'

    • Moira Rayner
    • 10 July 2008
    18 Comments

    Ethics is a process, not a position taken in the 'freedom of expression' debate. The issue surrounding Bill Henson's photographs and the Art Monthly magazine cover of a nude six-year-old girl is not porn or paedophilia, but the lack of ethical integrity in exploiting children for adult purposes.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Watching the watchdogs

    • Moira Rayner
    • 18 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Bodies such as the NSW Crime Commission and Victoria's Office of Police Integrity have proven either ineffective or vulnerable to influence themselves. Ultimately, we the people are responsible for keeping these bodies accountable.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Workplace pranksters become intolerable bullies

    • Moira Rayner
    • 12 May 2008
    4 Comments

    The Troy Buswell saga has highlighted the issues of workplace bulling and sexual harassment. Employees and management need to work to undermine the look-away culture that allows such behaviour to flourish.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Smooth ethical edges give way to corruption

    • Moira Rayner
    • 16 April 2008
    2 Comments

    Having a conflict of interest is not, in itself, wrong — it is the potential for wrongdoing and corruption that must be avoided. We are not very good at this in Australia. From July-August 2003

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Watchdogs put down

    • Moira Rayner
    • 04 July 2006

    Moira Rayner traces the sorry history of Australia’s anti-corruption bodies

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