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  • Main image: Demonstration in black and white (Getty Images)
    international

    Fragile fraternity a hundred years on from Black Friday

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 April 2021
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    The parallels with our own times of the events of Black Friday in 1921, with its movement from a time of heavy social spending and the flowering of social capital to a time of recovery, and the fateful choices that are made at such times, are evident. We await the results of the economic choices being made by government and their effects on community and solidarity.

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  • Main image: Pope Francis (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk/Flickr)
    environment

    Climate crisis, displacement and solidarity

    • Stephen Minas
    • 13 April 2021

    On 30 March, the Holy See engaged with an important aspect of displacement with the publication of its ‘Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People’. The intersection between climate change and human displacement is a still emerging area of concern. Nevertheless, we know that climate change is already a factor in various forms of human mobility.

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  •  Main image: Paul Keating (Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
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    When economic policy transcends political division

    • David James
    • 08 April 2021
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    It is one of the ironies of Australian political history that a policy that has profoundly benefited this country’s version of capitalism came, not from the right, but from the Labor party and unions. The mandating of superannuation payments in 1992 under the Keating government has profoundly changed Australia’s financial system.

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  • Main image: Rohingya refugees watch ICJ proceedings at a restaurant in a refugee camp (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

    Adani imperils human rights, as well as the environment

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 13 April 2021
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    In May 2019, Adani Ports entered into an agreement to construct, operate and transfer land held by the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) military conglomerate for 50 years in an investment valued at US$290 million. Such corporate conduct has broader implications. Investing in Adani is not only environmentally unsound but imperilling of human rights.

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  • Main image: A street in Kalamata, Greece (Stelios Kontoulis/Unsplash)

    Remembering revolution

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 25 March 2021
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    In normal times this month would be one of great celebration in Greece and throughout the diaspora, for 25 March marks 200 years since the Greeks rose in revolt against the Ottoman Turks. But not this year: student parades have been banned, while military ones will go ahead with strict safety measures in place.

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  • Main image: Two people receiving the vaccine (Illustration Chris Johnston)

    Vaccine equity and the intellectual property wars

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 23 March 2021
    4 Comments

    The COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility) scheme, touted as a levelling measure against inequalities in vaccine access, is looking increasingly faulty. But one suggested mechanism to assist in achieving vaccine equity lies in the field of intellectual property rights.

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  • Main image: New flow in the Barka Darling river (Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

    Are we finally seeing action on Aboriginal water justice?

    • Cristy Clark
    • 15 April 2021
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    Recent research has documented some of the historical causes of the ongoing absence of water justice. When the land rights agenda emerged towards the end of the 20th century, deliberate decisions were made to restrict access mostly to land without water rights.

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  • Main image: Karen Andrews speaks to media during a doorstop in the Press Gallery at Parliament House (Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

    New Home Affairs Minister has opportunities for compassion

    • Claire Victory
    • 08 April 2021
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    The treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum calls for a determined response on the back of years of poor public policy that has led to the misery of thousands and cost Australian taxpayers billions. I stand to support the Minister in the early days of her new role to make compassionate and sensible decisions, to find a different path for the resolution of the challenges she faces.

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  • Main image: Turning off the emissions tap (Illustration Chris Johnston)

    Why reef interventions are not enough

    • Yolanda Waters
    • 06 April 2021
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    The health of the Great Barrier Reef is now in critical status. And with current efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees far from sufficient, suffice it to say, things are not looking so great for the Great Barrier Reef. Restoration efforts are designed to help guide the Reef through the next few decades of locked-in warming but, they will only be effective if we combine them with a serious reduction in global emissions.

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  • Priest blessing the faithful (Lucas Ninna/Getty Images)

    Faith and reason, same-sex relationships and blessings

    • Ross Jones
    • 06 April 2021
    71 Comments

    The opening line of John Paul’s encyclical is memorable: ‘Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.’ The recent pronouncement by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on the blessing of same-sex unions certainly had people assessing its reasonableness as a so-called ‘deposit of faith’.

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  • Main image: Good Friday Procession In Jerusalem's Old City (David Silverman/Getty Images)

    The grounded hope of Good Friday

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 01 April 2021
    18 Comments

    In its Christian context, Easter Sunday celebrates the rising of Jesus to life. It follows his brutal execution on Good Friday after rigged trials. Good Friday this year occurs at the beginning of April, a month which Pope Francis dedicated to prayer for ‘those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis’.

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  • Main image: The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Mother of God in Sydney (Getty Images/kldlife)

    A skeleton for the Plenary Council agenda

    • John Warhurst
    • 25 March 2021
    36 Comments

    Continuing the Journey, the working document (or instrumentum laboris), is another stepping stone towards the Plenary Council (PC). How you view this document, provided explicitly both to those few hundred called to be PC participants and to the whole Catholic community, depends very much on your expectations.

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  • Main image: His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (Centre for American Progress/Flickr)

    Halki Summit highlights care for creation amid pandemic

    • Stephen Minas
    • 18 February 2021
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    The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked difficult questions about the links between the simultaneous health and ecological crises. These questions were examined in late January at the virtual Halki Summit, the latest in a long series of environment-focused events convened by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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  • Main image:  A man wearing the traditional dress of the Solomon Islands march on September 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

    Not just climate adaptation, but genuine transformation

    • Cristy Clark
    • 10 February 2021
    4 Comments

    On a superficial level, it makes no sense to commit so strongly to managing the impacts of climate change (adaptation) on the one hand while refusing to significantly reduce emissions (mitigation) on the other. On the other hand, when you start to unpack the logic of so much adaptation policy, this contradiction fades away.

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  • Toni Scott, Sue Woolford, Kellie Hunt - No Radioactive Waste On Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA, Jason Bilney - Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson, Dawn Taylor, BDAC Board Member with One Nation Advisor Jennifer Game. Photo courtesy of Kellie Hunt with the permission of Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation.

    A new stage in fight against radioactive waste bill

    • Michele Madigan
    • 17 November 2020
    9 Comments

    So in the long journey of nearly five years since the Australian federal government's renewed search for a national radioactive waste facility, it seems a new stage has been reached.

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  • Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint as Terry Malloy and Edie Doyle in On the Waterfront (Film Star Vintage/Flickr)

    An incarnation of chiaroscuro

    • Ian C Smith
    • 13 April 2021
    3 Comments

    I flip his collar, air chill, damp, my quick fists burrowing into jacket pockets. I long for an angel with Edie’s face, convent-innocent, unlike mine, who might understand, even share, my boyish dream of making the big time.

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  • Anzac cove (Warren Smart/Flickr)

    Mates, spies and silence

    • Brian Matthews
    • 30 March 2021
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    The military police were waiting for us in Gallipoli and they were not happy. Approaching in darkness, when we rolled to a stop we were immediately surrounded by uniformed figures. A group of men playing cards outside a café watched this drama unfold and one shouted something which made them all laugh. The military police, however, did not laugh.

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  • Robin perched on branch (Chris/Unsplash)

    All breathless insights

    • Earl Livings
    • 30 March 2021
    1 Comment

    Bird darts every day sometimes twice to the high bath. Perches, hops around the rim. Snaps its gaze side to side, up, down, behind. Calls out, sharp, insistent.

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