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  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time. (Stefan Postles/Getty Images)
    international

    PM is trading Palestine for Wentworth

    • Na'ama Carlin
    • 16 October 2018

    While the Australian Jewish population is about 0.4 per cent, they constitute about 12.5 per cent of the Wentworth electorate, with Christianity the largest group overall (43.8 per cent). It is highly likely the LNP is counting on the embassy stunt to result in more votes in the Wentworth by-election. But the political ramifications are much broader.

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  • Made in Mexico
    arts and culture

    More lies about imaginary Mexico

    • Gabriella Munoz
    • 15 October 2018
    2 Comments

    The more than 53 million people living in poverty in Mexico are being insulted in every episode of the new Netflix reality show Made in Mexico. Nine socialites of Mexico's one per cent are the protagonists of a reality show that can only be described as a mishmash of The Real Housewives and Beverly Hills 90210, catty moments included.

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  • The Sydney Opera House is seen promoting the Everest race during the TAB Everest Barrier Draw on 9 October 2018. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images for The ATC)
    environment

    Opera House ads are not 'food for everyone'

    • Francine Crimmins
    • 12 October 2018
    4 Comments

    There are a few ways an individual can interact with a public space. The first is to sit in or walk through it while crunching an apple. The second is to inhabit it, grow an apple tree and share it with others. The third is to grow the tree, pick the apples behind your neighbours' backs and sell them to Woolworths for a profit.

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  • Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as 114th Supreme Court Justice by a smiling US President Donald Trump. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Men need to be stronger for each other

    • Devana Senanayake
    • 12 October 2018
    5 Comments

    Men need to understand that other men in their close circles are capable of behaving in a manner that they have not seen first-hand. They need to retrain themselves to exercise doubt and then act on it to encourage a fairer, more thoroughly investigated outcome. It is a question of morality and duty rather than interpersonal loyalty.

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  • Italy's Deputy PM Matteo Salvini attends the swearing in ceremony of the new government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at Palazzo del Quirinale on 1 June 2018 in Rome. (Ernesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images)

    The EU's refugee double standard

    • Ramona Wadi
    • 02 October 2018
    7 Comments

    The EU is facing the consequences of its own actions. It will not link political violence to migration, and wishes to maintain its humanitarian façade, so there is little opposition to what Salvini and his ilk are perpetrating against human rights. The web is now so tangled it is no longer a mere issue of racism.

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  • Chris Johnston cartoon has Pope Francis up a ladder erecting a small cross beneath a large Chinese flag

    China needs more than Vatican diplomacy

    • Jeremy Clarke
    • 28 September 2018
    4 Comments

    In light of the self-serving and at times criminal behavior of bishops around the world as revealed by the sexual abuse crisis, it might seem strange that the appointment of bishops is such a neuralgic issue for Vatican-China relations. But in China, the appointment of bishops has become the litmus test of a so-called orthodoxy in much the same way right-to-life issues are in the USA.

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  • The Uluru Statement from the Heart

    A parliamentary route through Uluru impasse

    • Frank Brennan
    • 16 October 2018
    1 Comment

    Despite what Turnbull and Morrison have said, I reject the classification of the First Nations Voice as a third chamber. Still, given that the proposal has been rejected by three Coalition prime ministers over the last three years, the question now is: what is the best way to proceed?

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  • Former Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock, who oversaw the Religious Freedom Review (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

    The confused politics of freedom of religion

    • John Warhurst
    • 12 October 2018
    17 Comments

    The discussion is widely framed as a conflict between secular and religious Australia, as if such entities existed, with secular Australia defending the rights of the LGBTIQ community and religious Australia wanting to shore up its right to discriminate against others on the basis of their sexuality. But it's not that cut and dried.

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  • The regional city of Albury.

    The incoherence of MPs' migration mentality

    • Fatima Measham
    • 11 October 2018
    6 Comments

    New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian's call to halve the state's migrant intake, and Federal minister for cities Alan Tudge's proposed a mandatory five-year regional settlement scheme for migrants, have both left policy observers scratching their heads. And with good reason.

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  • Pope Francis speaks to cardinals and bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Italy in Vatican City on 21 May 2018 (CNA)

    Towards credibility and a clean conclave

    • Gail Grossman Freyne
    • 05 October 2018
    24 Comments

    The numbers show this is not a witch hunt, merely the tip of a conclave. Any man who becomes a seminarian, then a deacon, then a priest, then a bishop, then a cardinal, will almost certainly have bumped into, bounced off or blindfolded himself to the endemic problem within the Church of the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable persons.

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  • A Chinese Catholic woman takes communion at the Palm Sunday Mass during the Easter Holy Week at an 'underground' or 'unofficial' church on 9 April 2017. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

    Has Pope Francis sold out Chinese Catholics?

    • Erin Cook
    • 27 September 2018
    5 Comments

    On a pure numbers basis, China is one of the top 25 most Catholic countries on Earth. But like so much of China, large raw numbers don't equal power for minorities. A freshly inked and still secretive Provisional Agreement between the Chinese government and the Vatican promises to improve that. Believers aren't so sure.

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  • Jesus and the Pharisees

    Sexual hypocrisy and the western church

    • Vicki Buchanan
    • 25 September 2018
    61 Comments

    Just as prayers and sacrifices did not measure the true holiness of the Pharisees, so too has sexual propriety provided a false measure of closeness to God in the West. If someone has multiple sex partners but is helpful to strangers, are they better or worse than someone who has only slept with their spouse but is racist or unkind?

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  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House on September 13, 2018 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

    Ideology and idiocy in national energy policy

    • Cristy Clark
    • 27 September 2018
    7 Comments

    In light of the evidence, a national energy policy prioritising renewables should be uncontroversial. But is seems ideology is impermeable to evidence. Instead, we have the government continuing to try to pressure AGL into keeping the Liddell coal-fired power plant open despite clear-cut economic and environmental reasons for its closure.

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  • Cartoon by Chris Johnston

    Drivers, not phones, are pedestrians' main threat

    • Amelia Paxman
    • 07 September 2018
    5 Comments

    Older people are among the most vulnerable pedestrian groups, and people over 85 are eight times more likely to be hit by a car in a car park, on a footpath or in a driveway than people aged 13-64. This is likely because they are less agile in terms of moving out of the path of a car — not because they're addicted to Pokemon Go.

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  • Scott Morrison

    Christian PM should have a heart for climate

    • Cristy Clark
    • 30 August 2018
    12 Comments

    When Parliament resumes on 10 September, I hope Morrison leaves his lump of coal at home and takes his Christian values to work. He could start by adopting a 2030 emissions reduction target of at least 50 per cent below 2005 levels and ensuring that environmental considerations are central to all future development approvals.

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  • John the Baptist

    Prior to Christ

    • Aaron Lembo
    • 15 October 2018
    2 Comments

    He wandered through wilderness, dined on locust thorax and cuticle, slurped from jugs of honey and preached; to his following he said, 'The end is nigh.' He dunked their heads in rivers. At broods of vipers he screamed. He sang of another man ...

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  • Bowerbirds

    Scenes from Tamborine Mountain

    • Jena Woodhouse
    • 08 October 2018
    1 Comment

    Here on pristine Tamborine, the rainforest became the haunt of avian ventriloquists, birds more often heard than seen, whose raised tail plumes would simulate the contours of an ancient lyre, companion to the poet's voice when Sappho lent words to desire in lyrics of such eloquence that hearts of listeners caught fire.

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  • Australian soldiers in Vietnam war run for helicopter

    Birthday ballot

    • David Atkinson
    • 01 October 2018

    I am transported to the sappers. In a pitch-dark deluge like this, gun turrets and slush banish daydreams of beaches and cobalt rockpools. Recollections of the birthday ballot, tremble of black and white TV in the corner. My fingers drag a crested envelope from the letterbox, the breeze brings ironic coo of peaceful doves.

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