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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan rebuts 'authoritarian' abortion allegations

    • Frank Brennan
    • 30 September 2008
    24 Comments

    Frank Brennan responds to Greg Barns' Crikey article which accused him of issuing an authoritarian edict regarding the Victorian abortion bill.

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  • RELIGION

    Totalitarian abortion law requires conscientious disobedience

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 September 2008
    25 Comments

    The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne has said Catholic Hospitals will not abide by Victorian legislation that compels health professionals to participate in abortions. Civil libertarians are well advised to support this stand, regardless of their moral views.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Euthanasia drug bill's dignified demise

    • John Chesterman
    • 22 September 2008
    6 Comments

    As Victoria's Legislative Council made its wise choice to reject the Medical Treatment (Physician Assisted Dying) Bill, we witnessed the indomitability of the human spirit in the Paralympics.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    When life begins in an ICU

    • Jen Vuk
    • 15 September 2008
    12 Comments

    Photos of my son taken just after birth show an unconscious newborn fighting for his life. Last week, as the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Bill was passed in the lower house, I caught myself siding with Peter Costello.

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  • RELIGION

    The right not to kill

    • Frank Brennan
    • 08 September 2008
    22 Comments

    Victoria's 'groundbreaking' Abortion Law Reform Bill dispenses with informed consent provisions that protect vulnerable women, and neglects the right of health professionals to conscientious objection. Surely the right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief should count for something.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Watching the watchdogs

    • Moira Rayner
    • 18 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Bodies such as the NSW Crime Commission and Victoria's Office of Police Integrity have proven either ineffective or vulnerable to influence themselves. Ultimately, we the people are responsible for keeping these bodies accountable.

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  • RELIGION

    Top cop confronts underbelly of corruption

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 20 March 2008
    6 Comments

    It seems Victoria Police's Chief Commissioner, Christine Nixon, was fast-tracked to unpopularity by trying to be a thoughtful, discerning leader. The bitterness displayed by those she's locked horns with is testament to the danger of reforming a powerful institution.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Trust comes at a price, but it's money well spent

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 July 2007
    2 Comments

    Federal Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull must expect to spend big in winning the trust of the recalcitrant Victorian irrigators. WIthout their hearts and minds, the Federal Government's $10.5 billion Murray-Darling rescue strategy is doomed to failure.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Evangelical Christianity enters the dreaming

    • Joanna Cruickshank
    • 25 July 2007
    1 Comment

    At a German mission in Victoria's Wimmera, a young Wotjobaluk man converted to Christianity in 1860. After a vision of Jesus sweating blood in Gethsemane, he began evangelising his people in their own language.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Further challenge to historical record on Aboriginal massacres

    • Tony Smith
    • 11 July 2007
    2 Comments

    A 19th century dispute over rights to whale on Victoria’s western coast saw a massacre of local Aboriginal people. The image of uniformed, white officers appearing in Aboriginal communities, supposedly to restore order and protect children, gives eerie timeliness to an uncompromising new account by Bruce Pascoe.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Daniel Donahoo

    • Daniel Donahoo
    • 17 May 2007

    Daniel Donahoo is the author of "Idolising Children" and a fellow with public policy think tank OzProspect. He consults on child and family policy and his work and ideas appear regularly in the Australian media. He lives with his wife and two boys in Central Victoria.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    James Montgomery

    • James Montgomery
    • 17 May 2007

    James Montgomery is a Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar. He has been a criminal barrister for 30 years, and has specialised in murder trials for the  last five. Among many cases, his most noted recent win was the acquittal of Claire McDonald in 2006.

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