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  • AUSTRALIA

    Slavery is a growing problem. How should Australia respond?

    • Melissa Halliday
    • 13 July 2023
    4 Comments

    A Global Slavery Index report found the number of people living in modern slavery in Australia had more than doubled in the past four years. As incidents rise, so too does the nation's response, evidenced by an increase in reported cases and government funding. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Who pays the price? Australia's inflation challenge

    • Joe Zabar
    • 28 June 2023
    3 Comments

    As Australian households grapple with soaring living costs and rising inflation, many are questioning the efficacy of the RBA's interest rate strategy, making the case for comprehensive government intervention to right the economic course.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Existential church-state hospital crisis

    • John Warhurst
    • 01 June 2023
    25 Comments

    Amidst escalating tensions, the ACT government's move to acquire Calvary Public Hospital is facing strong backlash from the church. With claims of hasty decision-making and allegations of anti-religion bias dominating the discourse, this crisis highlights the societal shift towards secularism and questions the role of religious entities in managing public services.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Budget leaves low-income earners in poverty

    • Tom Barnes
    • 18 May 2023
    1 Comment

    The Albanese Government's second federal budget falls short in addressing Australia's cost-of-living crisis, with proposed measures deemed inadequate for those most vulnerable. This lacklustre response raises questions about the government's commitment to uplift those affected by the crisis.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Labor takes ownership: What to expect from Chalmers' second budget

    • James Massola
    • 04 May 2023
    2 Comments

    Jim Chalmers’ second budget marks the moment the federal Labor government takes full ownership of the national economy. This budget shapes as a more ambitious document and a more authentically Labor one, too. Chalmers is seeking to look after those who are less well-off, while balancing that against the need to avoid overspending. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gratitude needs ambivalence on the costs of war

    • Jim Curtain
    • 24 April 2023
    4 Comments

    Amidst gratitude and remembrance to those who have served, we would do well to look with ambivalence on the toll beyond the battlefield; on families, soldiers' mental health, and questions about government transparency. Anzac day serves as a poignant reminder to acknowledge sacrifices and damages of war.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    How to pay for things we want

    • Joe Zabar
    • 19 April 2023
    2 Comments

    The upcoming federal budget in May presents a crucial moment for the Albanese Government to address pressing challenges while restoring trust in political institutions. Transparency, integrity, and meaningful relief for households will be key to defining the government's path forward. 

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The complicated path to saving the world

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 11 April 2023

    The government’s Powering Australia Plan promises renewable energy and net-zero emissions by 2050. However, analysts warn that there is little change in the economic and bureaucratic structures that support the fossil fuel industry. Unless Australia finds a way to prosper sustainably, the country will continue to benefit from emissions while the rest of the world suffers.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Why Singapore needs to shift the conversation around drugs

    • Kirsten Han
    • 29 March 2023
    1 Comment

    Singapore's notoriously strict drug laws mean that people caught with over a certain amount of drugs face the death penalty. While the Singaporean government claims its policy deters drug trafficking, critics say there is no evidence that the death penalty is effective, arguing that these policies do not address the root causes of drug use and addiction.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    It's time we ended politically induced poverty

    • John Falzon
    • 23 March 2023
    11 Comments

    As jobseeker payments are indexed for inflation, increased payments are still well below the minimum wage and age pension. With successive neoliberal governments dismantling social infrastructure, people living in poverty have little means of escape. Poverty is not a personal choice but a political one.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Nuclear waste controversy continues in Federal Court

    • Michele Madigan
    • 16 March 2023
    14 Comments

    Barngarla traditional owners continue to resist the plan for a nuclear waste facility in Kimba, despite millions spent by successive federal governments, and ongoing unanswered questions about the project's necessity and the risks involved.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    When Robodebt came knocking was anyone home?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 February 2023
    8 Comments

    The Robodebt Scheme's Royal Commission revealed ethical insensitivity and a disregard for the rule of law by administrators. Suicides of vulnerable people were ignored in the quest for revenue, which may indicate a more extensive corruption of government and administration.

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