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  • In this Chris Johnston illustration, a football flies over the homeless camping in the longrass, aiming at the general public - some of who reach out to accept the message, some are uncertain, and some hide or shy away from it. The words 'do something' are written on the ball.
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    Just do something about NT homelessness

    • Mike Bowden
    • 06 December 2019
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    The stats are chilling. The rate of homelessness in the Northern Territory is 12 times the national average. Six per cent of all Territorians are experiencing homelessness. More than 16 per cent of Territorians under 16 are homeless. Twenty per cent of Aboriginal people in the NT are homeless. It's time to do something.

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  • Barclay Mcgain (right) conducts vox pops on the Gold Coast.
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    A Tuesday tsunami of whiteness

    • Celeste Liddle
    • 05 December 2019
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    Whiteness — some days it's like a light mist constantly hanging around yet going mainly unnoticed as it stealthily seeps into one's pores. Other days, it hits you like a cascade, or a tsunami of whiteness. Tuesday, observing the news, felt more like one of the latter.

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  • Daphne Caruana Galizia pictured in March 2018 in Valletta, Malta. (Photo supplied by Getty Images for the Daphne Project)
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    The killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 05 December 2019
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    In Malta, shudders are being felt through the media and political establishment. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has announced his intention to resign. Other officials are doing the same. Malta's equivalent of the accusing ghost of Banquo is that of the slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, killed by a car bomb in October 2017.

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  • Posters of Xi Jinping seen during a rally to support two imprisoned Uyghur professors and the Hong Kong anti extradition bill movement, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in September 2019. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)

    Common ground amid polarised China debate

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 03 December 2019
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    If China spies upon Australia, Australia spied on East Timor. If China detains Uighurs in harsh conditions, so has Australia detained people in brutal and demeaning conditions on Manus Island. If China lays out money to nations on our region to secure its national interests, so does Australia, most notably to Nauru and PNG.

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  • Police detain protesters and students after they tried to flee outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in the Hung Hom district on 19 November 2019. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)

    I'm not anti-China but pro democracy

    • Yen-Rong Wong
    • 27 November 2019
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    I have the luxury of laughing off jokes that make light of the power dynamic between mainland China and Taiwan and Hong Kong, but for many of my friends, it's not such a light matter. I struggle to put myself in their shoes, and I feel a sense of hopelessness that I'm not able to do more.

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  • Carolina Gottardo (right) pictured with Behrouz Boochani in Port Moresby.

    A visit among the men of Manus

    • Carolina Gottardo
    • 18 November 2019
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    I recently visited Port Moresby as part of a delegation of Catholic leaders. I have worked with refugees and migrants for more than 20 years in different countries. I have been part of many serious and confronting human rights struggles. Nonetheless, I was not expecting what I saw and heard in PNG, and it deeply touched me.

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  • Liberal MP Angus Taylor during Question Time on 25 November 2019. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

    Shaking faith: the Taylor and Westpac scandals

    • Joe Zabar
    • 04 December 2019
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    In light of the banking royal commission and the government's work in developing a plethora of transparency and integrity measures, it beggars belief how Brian Hartzer and Angus Taylor could bring upon themselves and their respective institutions so much unwanted publicity.

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  • Australia High Court (Credit: Rex_Wholster / Getty Images)

    Government tries to turn 'Aboriginal' into 'alien'

    • Kate Galloway
    • 02 December 2019
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    Two Aboriginal men are currently being held in immigration detention under threat of deportation because they are not Australian citizens. The case raises far-reaching implications concerning the status of the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and the state.

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  • Cartoon of a man with a weight labeled 'real man' dropping towards his head. Artwork from the Men's Project.

    Break the man box to halt gendered violence

    • Matt Tyler
    • 02 December 2019
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    Dominant ideals of masculinity do not materialise out of thin air. They are produced and reproduced by people, institutions, policies and other social forces, and there are places in Australia where efforts to promote or defend traditional ideals of masculinity seem particularly energetic.

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  • Section of stained glass window by Kathleen Kemarre Wallace in Alice Springs

    Altyerre-Catholicism's sacred dancing ground

    • Mike Bowden
    • 03 December 2019
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    This would not be accepted by the extremist Catholics who threw an Amazonian indigenous icon of a pregnant indigenous woman into the Tiber River. But the Pope is right to honour the prior religious practises of the Amazonians, just as the Bishop of Darwin supports a process that has seen the development of Altyerre-Catholicism.

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  • John Henry Newman

    The light in John Henry Newman's darkness

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 15 November 2019
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    Dad is out watering the garden, but all the front windows are open, so he can hear the piano and his wife and two daughters singing. He often hums along to our repertoire, which is a mixture of Anglo-Celtic songs, Australian numbers — and, memorably, 'Lead, Kindly Light', written by the recently canonised St John Henry Newman.

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  • Woman sitting on public bench with brown bag over her head (Credit: Francesco Carta fotografo)

    Light and life found in humiliation

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 November 2019
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    Might the experience of humiliation open the possibility of turning out to others instead of in on oneself? Might it seed compassion for others in their humiliation, and lead in turn to a society more sensitive to the wounds that humiliation causes both to the humiliated and the bystanders?

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  • Hands presenting a wrapped gift. (Credit: Kseniya Ovchinnikova / Getty Images)

    The power of gift-giving without the waste

    • Cristy Clark
    • 21 November 2019
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    As we pare back more and more, I have started to realise that there is a risk in taking things too far. The consumer orgy of the past may have been unsightly, but gift giving itself also serves a valuable social function, and we may be at risk of throwing out the baby with the bath water.

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  • Nuclear waste transport map (Credit: Kim Mavromatis, compiled from information in documents released by the federal government.)

    Farmers and Traditional Owners decry SA nuclear vote

    • Michele Madigan
    • 20 November 2019
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    The Minister was delighted to announce that in Kimba the long awaited vote to host a permanent facility for national low level radiactive waste and storage for intermediate level radioactive waste had concluded. The result: 61.17 per cent voted in favour. Unsurprisingly, he failed to mention that voting rights in the poll were severely restricted.

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  • Tent and car by a lake. (Photo by Francine Crimmins)

    A mystical intrusion in nature

    • Francine Crimmins
    • 20 November 2019
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    Johnson describes this encounter as one of grandeur, the same feeling some adherents of religion experience when they visit a sacred site or enter a holy place of worship. In this way, nature is a mystical experience. It's the closest feeling I get to an overwhelming presence that is all encompassing and all forgiving at the same time.

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  • Monarch butterfly

    Two elegies for a vanished farm

    • Jena Woodhouse
    • 02 December 2019

    After spirit-lamps were doused the house drew in upon itself; its clutch of dreamers moaned and tossed in stifling mosquito nets — each isolating sac of mesh a Magellanic cloud.

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  • Television presenter and writer Clive James during a 1976 television appearance. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

    Clive James' poetry of memento mori

    • Philip Harvey
    • 29 November 2019
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    Obituarists sharpened their quills in 2014 when word had it the death of Clive James was imminent. Since then we have witnessed a late flowering of poetry, reviews and articles tinged with mortality that revealed to the last his Twainian flair for journalistic self-promotion, albeit in the internet age. Now the quills are out in earnest.

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  • Gosse's Bluff, called Tnorala by the Western Arrernte. Image by Dementia via Flickr

    The theatre of distance

    • John Allison
    • 25 November 2019
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    I dreamed Thoreau told me that whenever I was lost, if only I'd remember that it was not I but simply those familiar places of the world that were lost then I would realise at last the trick of standing upright here ... Everywhere, departure opens wide its gates into the nothing that awaits us in the dusk

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