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  • Admit One ticket with scattered popcorn
    arts and culture

    The indispensable joy of time spent alone

    • Neve Mahoney
    • 24 April 2019

    It's liberating to buy a ticket for one. To not have to coordinate times with someone, but do things by my own schedule. To go see the niche movie none of my friends wants to see, or the art exhibition I forgot was in town until its last day. But alone time isn't just something I do because I like it. I need it.

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  • Pigs
    international

    Zombie pigs and ethics

    • Kate Galloway
    • 24 April 2019
    2 Comments

    Scientists recently revealed they had 'brought to life' the brain cells of slaughtered pigs, research said to have potential application in resolving brain injuries, disorders and diseases. While there need be no doubt the experiment was carried out in accordance with the relevant ethical research protocols, this rather misses the point.

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  • Tony Abbott in 2014 (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
    environment

    How Abbott still haunts climate policy

    • Greg Foyster
    • 24 April 2019
    7 Comments

    By setting the boundaries of what is considered politically acceptable, Tony Abbott has influenced the level of ambition in every party's climate policy, and has even caused environment groups to shift their positions. How has he manage to wield so much influence for so long? There are three reasons he cut through when Labor didn't.

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  • Artistic portrayal of a parade of Chinese workers with giant mango

    Mao's mango parade

    • Zhiling Gao
    • 18 April 2019
    1 Comment

    'The president of Congo gave our great leader Mao Zedong two mang guos,' announced Uncle Wang. 'His Elderly sent the two mang guos to the workers out of love for the working class.' Aunty a revolutionary from the telecommunications company, spoke to the crowd. 'It is exciting news! His Elderly's generosity is worthy of a celebration!'

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  • New Zealand soldiers walk away from abandoned guns. Cartoon by Chris Johnston

    Anzac discomfort after Christchurch

    • Daniel Kleinsman
    • 18 April 2019
    1 Comment

    As I wait to be reunited with my fiancée from Afghanistan, my discomfort is heightened by New Zealand's involvement in her country, and by an awareness of her sense of persecution, as a Muslim, after the Christchurch massacres. I do not feel able to partake in any traditional ANZAC service, as if nothing has changed.

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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    AOC speech not racist, just code switching

    • Yen-Rong Wong
    • 12 April 2019
    6 Comments

    US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was accused by some of 'verbal blackface' due to her manner in a speech last week. But she wasn't being racist — she was code switching, defined by linguists as the act of moving back and forth between two or more languages or dialects. It's something I know a lot about from experience.

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  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern greets members of the Muslim community a week after the Christchurch mosque attacks (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

    This Anzac Day embrace NZ values

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 17 April 2019
    7 Comments

    The nationalist values purported to be Australian and to have flowed like blood from Anzac Cove will not do. Australians celebrating Anzac Day this year cannot assume that New Zealanders share all the values that are deemed Australian. Indeed, this Anzac Day New Zealanders might recall Australians to its more authentic meanings.

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  • Palm Sunday Refugee Rally

    Palm Sunday Refugee Rally

    • ES Staff
    • 14 April 2019
    1 Comment

    'Let's march together for justice today, and then beyond today, until we've restored justice for refugees.' We spoke to some of the people at today’s Palm Sunday march for refugees in Melbourne. Tens of thousands turned out at events throughout Australia.

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  • Close-up image of older woman's eye. (Rhys Hayward / Getty Creative)

    Budget enshrines neglect of older women

    • Rosie Williams
    • 12 April 2019
    2 Comments

    Women's groups were initially cut out of this year's budget lockup with just two representatives admitted after fighting tooth-and-nail for the privilege. With such hostility to our cause it is hardly surprising to find the budget holds little hope for women in resolving the structural inequalities baked into our lives.

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  • Militant Grace by Philip Ziegler

    Apocalyptic need not be the end of the world

    • Kevin Hargaden
    • 17 April 2019
    2 Comments

    One of the most vibrant theological movements in the world today declares itself 'apocalyptic'. This does not refer to the end of the world because of some political conflict, or the great derangement that flows from the climate disaster. These theologians are using apocalyptic in its original Greek sense — apo kalypsis — a revealing.

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  • Leigh Sales' Any Ordinary Day

    Journalist learns the power of accompanying

    • Julie Perrin
    • 17 April 2019
    3 Comments

    At Adelaide Writer's Week, George Megalogenis asked Leigh Sales who had surprised her most in the research for her book Any Ordinary Day. She replied: 'Steve Sinn, the priest. I'm not religious and I felt like we were going to have nothing in common and his way of looking at the world wouldn't make sense to me.' How wrong she was.

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  • Autumn leaves in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

    The disruptiveness of an election year Easter

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 April 2019
    2 Comments

    This year both the public and the Christian Easter are overshadowed by the forthcoming election. In the public world election means that assured people choose their rulers. In the Christian story election means that desperate people are chosen. Each kind of election has its place.

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  • Promotional image from the movie Dominion shows a cow about to be slaughtered.

    Vegan protesters reject righteous domination

    • Cristy Clark
    • 11 April 2019
    16 Comments

    The concerns around white veganism and its blindness (and worse) to other systems of domination and oppression are completely legitimate and deserve serious attention. But they do not fundamentally undermine the central ethical arguments of veganism.

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  • Chris Johnston cartoon shows young people walking away from Baby Boomers towards 'the future'

    Climate action future is for the young

    • Greg Foyster
    • 29 March 2019
    12 Comments

    Twenty thousand students are chanting 'climate action now!' He has been shouting the same thing for decades, first in scientific papers and then in newspapers, televised debates and rallies just like this one. Now he stands with a new generation, but he can't open his mouth to join them. He is scared he will say what he knows he can't say.

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  • Hobart school students strike for climate action in 2018 (Laura Campbell via Flickr)

    Children speak truth to climate inaction

    • Cristy Clark
    • 13 March 2019
    21 Comments

    My children will be walking out of school for the School Strike 4 Climate Action. My eldest says she wants 'to protest that adults should actually do something about this planet that is dying, because we're all going to die with it'. She sees climate change action as a black and white issue.

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  • Google search screen

    The iMirror

    • Damian Balassone
    • 24 April 2019

    To google yourself is the gravest of errors / Your screen is replaced by the mirror of terrors.

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  • Red sand in outback Australia. Photo by Bernard Appassamy

    First trip to red earth

    • Bernard Appassamy
    • 18 April 2019
    2 Comments

    The isolation is familiar — like the Mauritius I grew up in, but these swans also capture a different Australia to the one I have known until now. What appears spectacular to a tourist travelling in an air conditioned car remains brutal for the locals, as evidenced by the drought and near ghost towns forced to reinvent themselves through tourism.

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  • The moon

    Militarising the Moon

    • Barry Gittins
    • 17 April 2019

    This journey outwards is threatened by demagoguery. The UN's treaty declaring 'celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes' has been challenged by sabre-rattling by Donald Trump, with his declaration that 'it is not enough to have American presence in space; we must have American dominance'.

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