keywords: Adoption

  • RELIGION

    Human Rights Consultation and beyond

    • Frank Brennan
    • 14 October 2009
    1 Comment

    Even if all our recommendations were implemented tomorrow, there would still be vulnerable Australians missing out on essential economic and social rights. Responsibility for meeting these needs cannot rest solely with government. We need to take responsibility for each other.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Patients lost at the health care checkout

    • Frank Bowden
    • 28 May 2009
    16 Comments

    To be a patient is to place yourself in the hands of another, to give them your trust and expect it to be honoured. If you call sick people 'clients' or 'customers' you risk turning healing into a commodity to be purchased — or rationed.

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  • 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

    Say g'day to ease Muslim-Christian tensions

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 April 2009
    21 Comments

    Christians committed to interfaith dialogue were shocked that some Christian leaders have opposed the building of an Islamic school in Sydney. Rather than welcoming the newcomers, leaders' statements will bolster opposition based on fear and ignorance.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    US halts orphans from Vietnam

    • Sarah Nichols
    • 20 February 2009
    42 Comments

    Donation agreements between USA adoption service providers and Vietnamese orphanages are private and negotiable. Some orphanage directors admitted there was a strong financial incentive to maximise the number of children available for adoption.

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  • RELIGION

    Getting the balance right after the 2020 Summit

    • Frank Brennan
    • 26 May 2008
    1 Comment

    The text is from Professor Frank Brennan's 2008 Institute of Justice Studies Oration from 22 May 2008.  

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  • RELIGION

    Amplifying the 'still, small voice' of indigenous rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 April 2008
    5 Comments

    The Rudd Government is consulting and working out what to do about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The symbolism of reversing Australia's vote against the Declaration would need to be matched by more work in partnership with indigenous Australians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What a progressive economic policy looks like

    • Andrew Thackrah
    • 11 March 2008
    3 Comments

    One of our biggest challenges – tackling climate change – has resulted from the failures of free markets. But Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and other Australian policy makers remain uncertain about how, and to what extent, governments should intervene in the operations of the capitalist system.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Citizenship test is no joke

    • Tony Smith
    • 11 February 2008
    3 Comments

    The Minister for Immigration insists Labor will retain the citizenship test. Prime Minister Rudd jokes about the need to retain questions on mid-20th century cricket. The new government's credibility on issues of social inclusion is damaged.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Emissions targets must help those affected

    • Michael Mullins
    • 12 December 2007

    In working through the maze of economic and scientific dilemmas at the UN climate change meeting, looking at the faces of the world's poor is not a bad way to start. In the past, solutions to ecological problems have often been directed to needs other than those of the people most directly affected.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mark Latham's War on Everything

    • Scott Stephens
    • 14 November 2007
    2 Comments

    Perhaps the clearest indication of the underwhelming torpor that has become the defining feature of the federal election campaign, is the fact that its highlights have been provided by luminaries of Labor past — Paul Keating and Mark Latham.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Australia's approving silence on US torture

    • Vacy Vlazna
    • 14 November 2007
    4 Comments

    In July 2002, Australia voted against a proposal to strengthen the 1984 UN Convention against Torture. John Howard's friendship with George W. Bush has compromised and tainted our once reputable record on human rights advocacy.  

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