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  • Scott Morrison delivers national apology to survivors of child sexual abuse
    religion

    A new story for child abuse survivors

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 23 October 2018

    Survivors and their families have been at the centre of this story, and now it's theirs to carry. For years, the people who maintained they were victims of abuse were told that they were trapped in a story about something that had happened to them when they were children. But that wasn't the story they were in at all.

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  • Drought in Australia (Gerald Simmons/Flickr)
    environment

    A crash course in climate literacy

    • Brian Matthews
    • 23 October 2018

    Drought creeps, infiltrates, sometimes seems little changed day after day, then tightens its grip on this or that paddock, unveils the slowly splitting bottom of a never-before-empty dam ... Even still, according to many of the experienced, crisis-hardened men and women on the land to whom I've spoken, this drought is different.

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  • Homeless people in sleeping bags patterned with Australian, UK and Greek flags. Cartoon by Chris Johnston
    international

    Waking up to homelessness

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 19 October 2018
    7 Comments

    In London of the 1990s, I observed people sleeping under bridges, on doorsteps, in cardboard boxes. How they survived the winters, I never knew, and I suppose many didn't. Since the beginning of Greece's financial crisis in 2008 and the influx of refugees from the Middle East, similar scenes can now be seen in Athens.

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  • Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as 114th US Supreme Court Justice (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Challenges to respect in the Kavanaugh case

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 17 October 2018
    4 Comments

    The charge brought against Kavanaugh invites reflection on what past actions and allegations should disqualify a person from holding public office. And in a society where increasingly traces of our past actions will be indelibly recorded, what scope should there be for remission and wiping the slate clean of past offences?

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

    PM is trading Palestine for Wentworth

    • Na'ama Carlin
    • 16 October 2018
    11 Comments

    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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  • 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
    6 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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  • Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex applaud during the medal ceremony during the JLR Drive Day at Cockatoo Island on 20 October 2018. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation)

    Harry and Meghan's Circus Oz

    • Megan Graham
    • 22 October 2018
    15 Comments

    I must admit, the royal family and all news related to them goes straight to the 'irrelevant' folder in my brain. A friend's Facebook post last week sums up my feelings about it. It was about people saying to her 'The royals are doing a wonderful job' and her rather perfect response: 'At what?!'

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  • A conceptual hug of porcelain with variety of colours (Karl Tapales, Getty Images)

    Religious freedom is not a zero-sum game

    • Joshua Badge
    • 18 October 2018
    12 Comments

    Religious freedoms extend only so far as they do not contradict the fundamental rights and freedoms of others. While all Australians should enjoy religious freedom, they also bear the right to non-discrimination and to the highest attainable standard of health. It is also unclear how positive discrimination is related to practising a religion.

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  • The Uluru Statement from the Heart

    A parliamentary route through Uluru impasse

    • Frank Brennan
    • 16 October 2018
    10 Comments

    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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  • Scott Morrison delivers national apology to survivors of sexual abuse

    Compassion and justice after abuse apology

    • Frank Brennan
    • 21 October 2018
    8 Comments

    May the Lord have mercy on us all. May the day come when church officials and victims will be comfortable in each other's presence in our Parliament even if not in our Church. But let's dare to pray that all might belong both in the galleries of our Parliament and in the pews of our Church seeing the light in fullness of days.

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  • Light rays through a cross-shaped stained glass window

    The religious freedom of LGBTIQ Christians

    • Sean Slavin
    • 17 October 2018
    6 Comments

    Both secularists and religious implicitly endorse the premise that homosexuality and Christianity are incompatible. This indicates to LGBT Christians that they are anomalous, tolerated at best, and to same sex attracted young people raised in faith traditions that they must choose between their sexual orientation and their faith.

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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
    25 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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  • 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)

    Opera House ads are not 'food for everyone'

    • Francine Crimmins
    • 12 October 2018
    5 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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  • 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
    8 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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  • Despondent person on beach

    Resignation syndrome

    • Colleen Keating
    • 22 October 2018
    3 Comments

    The concurrent symptoms for this poem: vague staring into mid air; take to their bed; not eating or drinking regularly; not toileting; not responding. Imagine a child without light in their eyes. It is not a flash back. It is now. It is the Australian people.

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  • John the Baptist

    Prior to Christ

    • Aaron Lembo
    • 15 October 2018
    3 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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  • Made in Mexico

    More lies about imaginary Mexico

    • Gabriella Munoz
    • 15 October 2018
    3 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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