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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • AUSTRALIA

    Community needs a say on fertility procedures law

    • Maurice Rickard
    • 19 September 2007

    A far reaching social reform such as uniform fertility laws requires sustained debate. It's not up to legislators and medical practitioners to decide what constitutes a proper use of medicine. Medicine is fundamentally a social practice, one whose goals and purposes in which the entire community has a legitimate stake.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Emissions Task Group squibbed its challenge

    • Les Coleman
    • 27 June 2007
    1 Comment

    Last week the Prime Minister’s Task Group on Emissions Trading released its report. Given that even Malcom Turnbull has described climate change as “the great economic challenge of our times”, the Report’s 200-plus pages are decidedly thin on substance.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The oxygen that breathes life into peacemaking

    • Peter Garrett
    • 30 October 2006
    4 Comments

    Other than formal interaction between nations, the role of non-government organisations (NGOs) who provide the heavy lifting in aid relief and community building in war-torn regions is critical, as is the exercise of citizen's voices, and the involvement they have with the political processes of their country.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    David Hicks' rights under natural law

    • Daniel Baldino
    • 10 July 2006
    9 Comments

    Howard’s legal positivist stance limits individual rights to the confines of a particular legal system. In the ‘war against terrorism’, there is no safeguard against executive excesses or the seizure by the state of absolute power, no basis to defend the dignity of human persons.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The boy who cried wolf

    • Jack Waterford
    • 19 June 2006

    John Howard is correct in thinking that the public can discern between a grand lie and a little lie. He’s not, really, a grand liar.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Denying the Grim Reaper

    • Paul Sendziuk
    • 18 June 2006

    Australian responses to AIDS.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Goodly profits

    • Gianni ZappalĂ 
    • 15 June 2006

    Gianni Zappalà examines the relationship between public policy and corporate citizenship.

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  • RELIGION

    New (old) ways

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 June 2006

    ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’, is a cynical aphorism, done best with a French shrug. Much more interesting is its converse, ‘The more things are the same, the more they have changed’.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Ethics v. politics

    • David Ferris
    • 06 June 2006

    David Ferris reviews The Ethical State? Social Liberalism in Australia by Marian Sawer.

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