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  • Adam Goodes farewelling crowd at the SCG (Matt King/Getty Images)
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    Adam Goodes, in retrospectives

    • Celeste Liddle
    • 27 February 2020
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    Last year, two documentaries regarding the Adam Goodes booing fiasco were released mere weeks apart: Shark Island Productions’ The Final Quarter and Madman Films’ The Australian Dream, anchored by Stan Grant. Given the topic and timing of both of the films, I couldn’t help but compare the two films as an Aboriginal viewer who spends a lot of time dissecting Australia’s racism in her own analysis. As I watched both of them, my reaction to each was markedly different.

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  • Richard Dawkins in Sydney promoting his book (Getty Images/Don Arnold)
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    Dawkins delusion: the legacy of New Atheism

    • Tim Robertson
    • 27 February 2020
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    Contrary to their claims, the New Atheists do have a creation myth. It goes something like this: emerging from darkness into the light, Enlightenment thinkers cast off the shackles of religion and, in so doing, ushered in an age of reason. For the likes of Richard Dawkins, a founding member of the movement, this is an article of faith, and he’s spent recent years casting himself not just as an heir of this tradition, but also as its modern day guardian.

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  • Centrelink sign (Getty Images)
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    Economic stimulus to fight poverty

    • Bree Alexander
    • 25 February 2020
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    After taking account of housing costs, it is estimated that 3.24 million people, equating to more than one in eight people, are estimated to be living below the poverty line in Australia. For children, it is estimated to be one in six.

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  • Hong Kong street during the daytime, people wearing masks (Photo by Jocelin Chan)

    Trauma revisited: Coronavirus in Hong Kong

    • Jocelin Chan
    • 11 February 2020
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    The coronavirus transfixed everyone; I couldn’t ride a lift or have New Year dinner or go hiking without hearing a conversation about the coronavirus. The demon of the past had reared its head again.

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  • President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves following a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at number 10 Downing Street on December 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

    Conflict in Middle East continues to heat up

    • Justin Glyn
    • 05 February 2020
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    The multi-front war in the Middle East continues to heat up. After the American assassination of Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deputy leader of the Iraqi military’s Popular Mobilisation Committee at the start of the year, and the subsequent refusal of the US to heed the Iraqi Parliament’s request to end its occupation, the focus has recently moved back to the Syrian front.

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  • President Trump Meets with Israeli PM Netanyahu at The White House (Photo by Sarah Silbiger)

    Sham Palestinian peace plan is business as usual

    • Daniel Sleiman
    • 04 February 2020
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    The Palestinians, and Arabs more generally, have gotten used to this sham of semantics and pretences of peace, watching on as America continues to fund and support Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its projection of military power in the region with impunity.

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  • Independent MP Zali Steggall leaves the House of Representatives after a division at Parliament House on February 11, 2020 in Canberra. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

    The problem with taking politics out of climate change

    • Jeff Sparrow
    • 21 February 2020
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    The common-sense enthusiasm for depoliticising environmentalism — voiced most recently in relation to the bill proposed by the conservative independent Zali Steggall — pushes in entirely the wrong direction.

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  • Victorian newspapers in the Right to Know coalition blacked out their front pages (Getty Images/Quinn Rooney)

    ABC raid legitimised by Federal Court

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 20 February 2020
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    The Australian Federal Police raid on the 5th of June last year shook the Fourth Estate and, according to managing director David Anderson, ‘was seen for exactly what it was: an attempt to intimidate journalists for doing their jobs.’ It saw an unprecedented closing of ranks between journalists across the political spectrum, pursuing a campaign that came to be known as The Right to Know. Convincing the courts about this principle would prove to be something else.

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  • An Aboriginal flag waving against a stormy sky (Getty Images/ Sean Garnsworthy)

    The unfinished business of colonisation

    • Kate Galloway
    • 17 February 2020
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    Despite claims to the contrary, the decision in Love and Thoms affirms the standing of the common law, including the unassailable power of the Australian State to make and enforce law. It upholds the centuries-long common law principle of accommodation of Indigenous laws in a colonial context.

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

    Church governance needs to walk the walk

    • John Warhurst
    • 25 February 2020
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    Approaches to governance are in flux within church agencies, sectors, dioceses and at the national level, either driven by the demands of state regulations or in response to the challenging new situation the church finds itself in. There is so much change going on that it is difficult to follow.

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  • Aboriginal girl holds up a prayer candle in vigil (Getty Images/Luis Ascui)

    Embracing First Nations voices in the Church

    • John Lochowiak
    • 24 February 2020
    10 Comments

    Pope Francis’ 'Querida Amazonia' (Beloved Amazonia) has been warmly received by many members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic community. The tone of the exhortation is reflective of the position that underpins our vision for the Church in Australia — a Church that is open to the gifts of First Nations Catholics, honest to the past and embracing of a new way of thinking that utilizes the principle of subsidiarity.

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  • Stained glass windows emit a rainbow glow (Getty Images/ Chip Somodevilla)

    Religious freedom bill needs more work

    • Neve Mahoney
    • 13 February 2020
    14 Comments

    I don’t need someone to tell me at work that because I’m queer I’m going to hell. Years of church and Catholic schooling and marriage equality debate have already made the coded language very clear when I’m not welcome.

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  • Children on a train with their mother look at children in a house. Illustration by Chris Johnston

    Climate justice includes secure public housing

    • Andrew Jackson
    • 21 February 2020
    6 Comments

    As the bushfires raged and air quality worsened, we were constantly told to stay indoors, keep cool and be alert for emergency orders on our phones. But with each public service announcement, we continued to leave some of our most vulnerable behind.

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  • Quokka on Basin Beach at Rottnest Island (Getty Images/bennymarty)

    Call to revive Australian tourism

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 20 February 2020
    2 Comments

    This communal outpouring during the bushfires has an opportunity to perpetuate itself indefinitely, even though the embers have been extinguished and those not directly affected by the fires have gotten on with their workaday lives. For even as the fires burned, Tourism Australia was mounting a campaign to encourage Australians to holiday locally instead of taking their patronage abroad, and to persuade international tourists to visit, too.

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  • Comedian Celeste Barber on stage at Fire Fight concert (Getty Images/Cole Bennetts)

    A sustainable response to disaster

    • Eliza Spencer
    • 19 February 2020
    5 Comments

    In the midst of bushfire relief events and community raffles, concerns about how those in need can be best supported continue as emotions run high. While the nation grieves the loss of life and land, we need to begin the conversation of how we can respond mindfully to disaster and find sustainable solutions for disasters to come.

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  • Two toy soldiers pointing guns at each other (Getty images/Jorg Greuel)

    Stop bombarding us with military metaphors

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 26 February 2020
    17 Comments

    One of the most popular, and largely counterproductive, metaphors in public conversation is the military one. It suggests that the project commended is a war in which there is an enemy, a campaign to be begun, forces to be mobilised, a public whose support is to be won, and weapons to be used. They commit us to do whatever it takes to win the war.

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  • Ring of Brodgar standing stones in Scotland (Getty Images/lucentius)

    No stranger now

    • Earl Livings
    • 24 February 2020
    2 Comments

    I circle the huge granite standing stone sunwise three times, as my ancestors did long before the designs of cranes and coins, of theory. ‘Tell me how and what they thought.’ No answer but the wheeling murmuration of a thousand starlings. A stubble field.

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  • Shoshannah Stern on stage at NYWIFT awards ceremony (Getty Images/Lars Niki)

    The anatomy of hope

    • Fiona Murphy
    • 18 February 2020
    5 Comments

    Over a decade ago, when applying to study physiotherapy, I carefully read through the application form. It contained a brief but troubling caveat: all students must be physically able to participate in the coursework. I felt nervous, even scared. The answer seemed clear cut to me, but would the university agree?

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