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  • AUSTRALIA

    Australia's mining menace

    • Steven Littlewood
    • 17 June 2011
    14 Comments

    To view the mining sector as central to the welfare of the economy is a furphy. The mining industry is not supporting other sectors of the economy, it's holding them back. Even in the states where mining dominates, the positive effects of the industry boom on the wider economy are questionable.

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  • EDUCATION

    Why private schools need more money

    • Chris Middleton
    • 08 February 2011
    48 Comments

    A recent poll shows 70 per cent of people think the Federal Government gives too much money to private schools. Catholic schools have contributed enormously to the Australian community, and thus make a claim for some funding on the basis of the common good.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Social inclusion in ailing Ireland

    • Gerry O'Hanlon
    • 02 December 2010
    7 Comments

    A hopeful sign has been the emergence of commentators, mainly secular, advocating the transformation of the economy to a model based on values like the common good, solidarity, environmental concern, equality, active and inclusive citizenship.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    South Africa shows compassion to Zimbabwean refugees

    • David Holdcroft
    • 05 November 2010
    9 Comments

    Zimbabweans have been coming to South Africa for reasons such as political violence, displacement due to land reform, and the collapse of the economy. After initially turning them back at the border, South Africa moved towards a pragmatic 'special dispensation' that was more compassionate, even if the future of the country's refugee rules now remains uncertain.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Beating poverty is up to the Government

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 07 May 2010
    1 Comment

    'Poverty alleviation is a national goal that should be financed by the national government,' argues the Henry report. This sentence cuts through years of evasion and obfuscation. Poverty is back on the agenda, and it's the Federal Government's responsibility.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rescuing altruism from the Barnaby rubble

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 February 2010
    12 Comments

    That Senator Joyce's arguments for reducing foreign aid make little sense does not stop them from winning popular support. Many voters decide on the basis of emotion rather than rationality. And tapping voter greed is likely to be more successful than appealing to altruism.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Corruption fuels crisis in water-poor Yemen

    • James Dorsey
    • 02 February 2010

    Like much of the Gulf, Yemen faces a reduced water supply compounded by climate change and poor management. The crisis plays into the hands of the Al Qa'ida offshoot that claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day bombing of a USA airliner.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Imagination spent on global financial solutions

    • Colin Long
    • 27 November 2008
    20 Comments

    The outcomes of the G20 meeting this month demonstrate the limited vision of many of the world's politicians in confronting the global financial crisis. If our leaders can't imagine a different future, it is up to us to do so.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    New Zealand's dim new world

    • Cecily McNeill
    • 09 November 2008
    8 Comments

    Kiwi voters opted at the weekend for political newcomer John Key, over the steady management style of longtime leader Helen Clark. They may look back on the Clark days with nostalgia when they discover the new administration is most concerned with pleasing blue-chip investors.

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  • ECONOMICS

    When sharemarkets and the real world collide

    • Robin Bowerman
    • 19 September 2008

    The problems besetting Wall Street investment banks seem a long way from life in downtown Australia. The need to know the context of the economic crisis, and to keep a clear head, has never been more important.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Zimbabwe youth survive jungle of doubt

    • Peter Hodge
    • 03 September 2008
    4 Comments

    Zimbabwean names often reflect the mood of a family to the arrival of the new member. At a rural mission school I taught Blessing, Charity and Unique Faith. Penniless Ngwenya was the best and brightest of my students.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Consumer confidence can't be bought

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Rising petrol prices and interest rates mean Australians' confidence in the economy has declined to the lowest level for 16 years. There is a need for a deeper source of confidence beyond economic good times.

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