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  • US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promotes speaks at a rally at Howard University in Washington, DC as part of the 'Road to a Green New Deal'. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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    Big solutions to climate despair

    • Greg Foyster
    • 19 June 2019
    4 Comments

    People are lacking inspiration and courage. So right now, what we need is a solution as big as the problem we're trying to solve, and the best idea on the table is a 'Green New Deal' that combines action on climate change with tackling inequality.

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  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison shakes hands with Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt at Government House in Canberra on 29 May 2019. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)
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    Aboriginal Ministers maintain the status quo

    • Celeste Liddle
    • 19 June 2019
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    It's long fascinated me that it tends to be the conservative side of politics that has delivered many of our Indigenous political firsts. Perhaps it's simply because Indigenous conservatives are, by virtue of their politics, no real threat to the status quo. Our Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt is a case in point.

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  • Frederic Martel's book In the Closet of the Vatican
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    Flaws, fancy in Vatican homosexuality book

    • Michael Furtado
    • 14 June 2019
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    Martel's work cannot be ignored because it is published at a time when the Church is engulfed by several sexual scandals of global magnitude. Reviewing Martel's book provides an opportunity to critically examine the narratives of accusation and defence that surround such accounts, so that onlookers can make sense of them.

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  • Jose Ramos Horta, his face half in shadow. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

    Timor-Leste's missing oil millions

    • Sophie Raynor
    • 05 June 2019
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    For years, we've positioned ourselves as an international champion of moral righteousness, of sovereignty and of self-determination, and as Timor-Leste's liberator. But we can't have it both ways. Taking unearned Timor Sea wealth is another in a long line of Australia's failure to do the right thing by Timor-Leste.

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  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with Muslim community representatives in Christchurch on 16 March 2019. (Photo by the Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand via Getty Images)

    The radical implications of 'they are us'

    • Genevieve Lloyd
    • 04 June 2019
    8 Comments

    When Jacinda Ardern uttered the words 'They are Us' in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, a powerful vision hovered over the impending debates on the meaning of what had happened. Something hitherto invisible came into view and was repudiated: a conceptual structure underlying the operations of social power.

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  • Boris Johnson wearing a beanie and facing a TV camera in March 2019. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

    Boris, Brexit and taking it up to political bull

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 03 June 2019
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    An enduring memory of the 2016 Brexit campaign was the claim by pro-leavers that the EU was extracting some £350 million a week. The claim, ignoring EU subsidies, returns and contributions to Britain, was so outrageously proud and inaccurate, it stuck. Which leads us to a novel citizen's experiment on the issue of lying in politics.

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  • Kelly O'Dwyer and Scott Morrison during Question Time. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

    Voters are awake to politics' game of yawns

    • Alana Schetzer
    • 14 June 2019
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    It's obvious — so clearly obvious — when politicians are avoiding being genuine and simply don't want to answer a question. It's tiresome. It's boring. And people are tired of politicians assuming they can't tell the difference between an honest answer and a slogan or 'blame game'.

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  • Share a Meal, Share a Story: 2019 Refugee Week logo

    Local solutions to global refugee malaise

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 June 2019
    4 Comments

    This year many people will celebrate Refugee Week as a wake. During the recent election the hopes of many people seeking protection and supporting them in different ways were raised by the prospect of a change of government. For those of us who share their pain it is time to reflect more broadly on the situation we now face.

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  • Father holding baby (Wavebreakmedia / Getty)

    Support men as equal parenting partners

    • Nicola Heath
    • 12 June 2019
    9 Comments

    Employer-led change is happening. But if we want men to take on a greater role in caregiving, what we need is structural change: universal, use-it-or-lose-it parental leave offered to both parents instead of the old primary/secondary caregiver model that entrenches existing gender roles.

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  • Melburnians gather for a vigil following the murder of Courtney Herron (Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

    The thick and thin of Courtney Herron's death

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 June 2019
    7 Comments

    Courtney should not be treated as a cipher in arguments made about these issues, but be seen as a person, both acting and acted on in the thick network of her personal and social relationships. Her death matters because she is a person of unique value who commands respect, not for the circumstances of her death, but for who she is.

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  • Filipino-Australians celebrate Feast of Black Nazarene at St Mary Star of the Sea Church in West Melbourne. (Philtimes)

    Reflections of a church tourist

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 05 June 2019
    12 Comments

    Architecture is not my strong suit, but I admire the beauty of walls and ceilings, the decorations, and the idiosyncrasies such as little sculptures invisible to congregations and visitors, but made in faith that God could see them. The history, the thought of generations of worshippers, the numerous associations: these are other things that fascinate.

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  • A young woman's hand rests on the hand of an old woman who is lying sick in a hospital bed. (Katarzyna Bialasiewicz / Getty)

    Mother Merle shows me how to die

    • Barry Gittins
    • 05 June 2019
    6 Comments

    At 4am on a cold morning, my brother phoned from the hospital. My final conversation with my mother, while harrowing, was not unexpected. My attempts to thank her for who she was and what she had given to me did not suffice. Mother Merle was in a hurry to leave this life, and the cancer that had drained her strength. She was over it.

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  • Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

    Can we share our way out of climate mess?

    • Cristy Clark
    • 05 June 2019
    4 Comments

    These projects support a shift towards a circular economy — one that encourages us to reduce our consumption of resources and our waste by re-using, swapping, and growing our own. They also bring communities together, build resilience, and develop the kind of trust and reciprocity that is fundamental to meaningful action.

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  • Young environment activists hold protest signs up in front of comedians dressed as Labor leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison as part of the anti-Adani convoy led by former Greens leader, Bob Brown. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

    New ways forward for climate action

    • Greg Foyster
    • 24 May 2019
    7 Comments

    There's a lot to say about the election, and much nonsense doing the rounds. Here's a summary of what went wrong and some ideas for communicating climate change over the next three years. The first thing to note is that the election probably wasn't won or lost on climate.

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  • Anthony Perkins, Gregory Peck and Fred Astaire in the 1959 dystopian movie On the Beach.

    Living with dystopia

    • Cristy Clark
    • 09 May 2019
    7 Comments

    Researchers have been documenting the rise of 'eco-anxiety' or 'eco-angst' for some time, and these feelings of despair and powerlessness are common. But we need to become the heroes of this dystopic film plot. Somehow, in the face of all our anxiety and despair, we need to locate our capacity for hope and our courage to take action.

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  • Doha skyline viewed across water

    Ismene in transit

    • Lisa Brockwell
    • 18 June 2019
    6 Comments

    The women are not veiled, the men don't stop to look at the golden boys kicking footballs on giant screens ... Each one I pass is a person, held here by decree, by a boulder placed across the mouth. If I walk through a temple built by slaves, sending a pittance home to countries too poor for anyone to bother waging war over ... then, who am I?

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  • Grey hair (NinaMalyna / Getty)

    Grey matters

    • Isabella Fels
    • 13 June 2019
    2 Comments

    Trying to pursue unattainable things in life can be felt in ones bones — and I'm not just talking about my early onset osteoporosis. Along the way there are many bumps and humps, and much wear and tear. I despair at my prominent varicose veins, which no longer allow me to feel vain.

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  • Lonely Man Leaning against an urban wall (tommaso79 / Getty)

    Bank your youth carefully

    • Bruce Shearer
    • 11 June 2019
    2 Comments

    Please bank your youth carefully. It needs to be banked with copies in triplicate. Just in case. For your youth is precious. I know you can't see it now, but you will.

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