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  • Hand caked with slime
    australia

    'Virtue signalling' and other slimy words

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 March 2019
    1 Comment

    The slimy words are those that convict their targets of simulating virtue. They include the old favourite 'bleeding hearts', the perennial 'political correctness' and the most recently minted 'virtue signalling'. They are slimy because they purport to be counters in rational argument but dismiss opposed arguments without engaging with them.

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  • Andrew Bolt, Fraser Anning, Scott Morrison, Pauline Hanson and Peter Dutton sow literal 'seeds of division'. Scott Morrison declares 'They reap what we sow', indicating a nearby Muslim family. Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas
    australia

    NZ shooter: The myth of Australian values

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 19 March 2019
    13 Comments

    Penny Wong dismissed Tarrant as un-Australian, a dangerous point given that Australian values have been rather flexible in their deployment. The same treatment is reserved for Anning: 'He does not represent who we are.' The painful truth is that Anning and Tarrant are representative of an aspect of Australian national identity.

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  • Yarralumla mosque
    religion

    Yarralumla Mosque, the day after Christchurch

    • Daniel Sleiman
    • 18 March 2019
    3 Comments

    A lady with tears in her eyes asked if I was Muslim. I told her that I am. She asked it if would it be okay if she came in and said a prayer. 'Of course,' I replied. She knelt, quietly sobbing, and said a few words. I also knelt and recited a few verses from the Quran. We were complete strangers sharing a unique and emotional moment.

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  • Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest, near Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas. Photo by Neil Palmer (CIAT) via Flickr

    Land rights and climate change in Chile, Brazil

    • Ramona Wadi
    • 19 March 2019
    1 Comment

    As climate change continues to take centre stage, stepping away from the drivel spouted by leaders and instead highlighting the legitimacy of anti-colonial struggle as the foundation from which to combat all forms of detrimental land exploitation is not just preferable. It is an obligation.

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  • Adil Ahmed Dar

    Ending the cycle of violence in Kashmir

    • Tim Robertson
    • 15 March 2019
    1 Comment

    The world leaders who rushed to condemn the Valentine's Day attack have long remained silent on state-sanctioned oppression in Kashmir. That's no longer a surprise; nor is the fact that the attack was covered by every major western media organisation, while the daily injustices perpetrated against ordinary Kashmiris go unreported.

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  • The National Capitol Building in Havana (photo by Antonio Castillo)

    Cuba's constitutional reforms bring hope

    • Antonio Castillo
    • 15 March 2019
    5 Comments

    Cuba's constitutional referendum in February displayed overwhelming support for the government. More than six million voted yes, while around 706,000 voted no. The new constitution represents a step forward for the democratic, economic and social development of the country.

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  • Locals lay flowers in tribute to those killed and injured in the Christchurch attack. Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

    'People as things': a new story after Christchurch

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 19 March 2019
    4 Comments

    In the wake of the Christchurch attacks, I’m not interested in learning how the person who killed those people was radicalised. It’s the oldest story in the world. It’s what happens when you decide the humanity of a group of people no longer matters. I’m tired of that story. I need a new one.

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  • A young pill testing supporter holds a sign during a rally outside Sydney Town Hall on 19 January 2019 in Sydney, calling on the government to support pill testing at music festivals and raves. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

    Do drug users deserve to die?

    • Tim Hutton
    • 18 March 2019
    6 Comments

    Maybe I'm just a bleeding-heart lefty, but I hope that most people would answer this question with a 'no'. Unfortunately, if you read the comment section of any news story on the recent spate of drug-related deaths at music festivals you will find a mixed response.

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  • Rachael Leahcar on International Guide Dog Day in 2018 in Adelaide's Rundle Mall (Instagram: Rachael Leahcar)

    People with disabilities confront travel injustice

    • Jane Britt
    • 14 March 2019
    2 Comments

    Several incidents in Australia this week highlight the inherent challenges of undertaking travel which people in the Australian disabled community have long understood. Travel is neither completely accessible nor inclusive, even in 2019. I know this from experience. I have low vision and I'm profoundly deaf in one ear.

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  • George Pell arrives at Melbourne County Court on 27 February 27 2019. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

    Australian Catholics take stock as Pell falls

    • John Warhurst
    • 06 March 2019
    37 Comments

    A conservative within a conservative church he was a divisive figure, not just because of his orthodox views but because of the unbending and assertive style with which he promulgated them. Something died in Australian Catholicism with this verdict and Australian Catholics will have to live with that whatever the future turns out to be.

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  • The Vatican

    Can the Church survive its terminal self harm?

    • Stephanie Dowrick
    • 06 March 2019
    80 Comments

    My relationship to Catholicism can be summed up as: I am on the outskirts, yet close and invested enough to care how the Church evolves. Because, it seems to me, how it evolves and the speed at which those urgent and essential changes take place will significantly determine whether it will survive — and whether it deserves to survive.

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  • Chris Johnston cartoon

    Prayers of connection and disconnection

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 06 March 2019
    11 Comments

    I've recently been reading about people who disconnect in radical ways, or else manage a balancing act between connection with society and disconnection. The recently deceased Sister Wendy Beckett was one such. So too is Brother Harold Palmer who, like Sister Wendy, began his seclusion in a caravan.

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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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  • Some of the fish found dead near Broken Hill

    The great Murray-Darling swindle

    • Greg Foyster
    • 01 March 2019
    10 Comments

    A million dead fish, floating on putrid green water. Images of this ecological catastrophe on the Darling River over summer shocked the nation. Was it the result of drought? Blue-green algae poisoning? After at least four published reports, we know the answers. It's time to state plainly what has been going on, and who is to blame.

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  • A recent photo taken on a site visit to the Gloucester mine.

    Is the legal tide turning on climate change?

    • Cristy Clark
    • 14 February 2019
    7 Comments

    While in many ways this decision was uncontroversial — in that it merely upheld an earlier ministerial decision — Chief Justice Preston's judgment was significant in the Australian context both for its extensive reference to climate change and for his honour's clear acceptance of the science.

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  • Empty hospital bed lit by sunlight (Roberto Pangiarella / EyeEm)

    Your last day

    • Maureen O'Brien
    • 20 March 2019

    On the morning of your last day there are eight people, including me and my daughter, who is a music therapist and has played music for people as they die as part of her clinical practice. After discussions during the week, first with you and then with your neurologist, it was decided that she will sing for you and the people with you today.

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  • Artist's impression of the man in the pork-pie hat, by Chris Johnston

    The man in the pork-pie hat

    • Julie Perrin
    • 19 March 2019
    4 Comments

    A small commotion at the doorway of the store catches my attention. A man in a pork-pie hat marches across the threshold. He carries a small back pack and steps with an uneven gait. He has a sure message, calling out a gamely, 'Good morning! Good morning everyone!' He looks about with purpose. Initially no one replies.

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  • clasped hands

    Our hands

    • Clare Locke and Colleen Keating
    • 18 March 2019
    2 Comments

    The church is an old man with heavy robes. Heavy lidded, head bowed. Stooped. We are twisting, clutching, writhing. Pointing fingers, fists stamping tables or shaking in fury. But the old man is deaf and blind and besides, his head is low, and he sits within a prison cell.

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