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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Voice referendum: Bringing the country with us

    • Frank Brennan
    • 01 September 2023
    14 Comments

    As Australia approaches a pivotal referendum, voters face a critical choice: endorse a new chapter in the Constitution providing a 'First Nations Voice' or leave it untouched. Whichever way the vote goes, we will be left with a Constitution not fit for purpose in the 21st century.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Father down the road

    • Barry Gittins
    • 31 August 2023
    2 Comments

    Father's Day: a symbolic marker in Australia's calendar, often evoking mixed emotions. From fond memories of childhood to the challenges of modern fatherhood, the journey is both beautiful and complex as the role of fathers continues to evolve.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    All apologies

    • Tony Thompson
    • 31 August 2023

    In an era where victories are celebrated and mistakes are concealed, the power of the simple phrase 'I am sorry' seems to be vanishing. From personal slights to public gaffes, our society seems increasingly averse to accepting responsibility and offering genuine apologies. But why has this sentiment become so rare, and what does its absence say about the values we hold?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Listen – just listen!

    • Brian McCoy
    • 30 August 2023
    16 Comments

    The Kimberley region stands as a testament to both the enduring spirit of Australia's Aboriginal communities and the shadows of colonisation. As the Referendum looms, the potential for a united Voice beckons, inviting Australia towards a harmonious future.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Outside looking in

    • Julian Butler
    • 28 August 2023

    In public discourse, personal experiences can become overshadowed by generalised media narratives. Pope Francis' 'off-script' moments at World Youth Day became illustrative of the disparity between media portrayals and a closer, more participatory view. Can we become open to a tension in perspectives?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A cogent argument for voting Yes

    • John Honner
    • 24 August 2023
    13 Comments

    You might think that, if anyone could pull off the establishment of a treaty, a great poet and a great policy maker, working in harmony, would surely have the best chance. But this was not the case: when Judith Wright and H.C. Coombes advocated for a treaty throughout their lifetimes, they were unsuccessful. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The great AI misdirection

    • David James
    • 17 August 2023
    8 Comments

    In a world where words wield power, 'Artificial Intelligence' is a semantic contradiction. As tech leaders sound alarms about AI's potential threats, the reality remains: AI scans data but can't replicate human thought or emotion. Are we, through misleading language, surrendering our humanity to machines?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Taking the nation's pulse

    • Barry Gittins
    • 16 August 2023
    1 Comment

    Australia's wellbeing report reveals a nation under strain. The report, aligning with Treasurer Jim Chalmers' vision of aligning economic and social goals in Australia, evaluates mental health, income equality, and connection as communities still feel the aftershocks of the pandemic.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    No vote, no voice

    • Daniel Gregory
    • 10 August 2023
    6 Comments

    The upcoming Voice referendum in Australia will be a defining moment for the nation. However, Australians living overseas indefinitely are unable to participate, raising questions about the true boundaries of democratic participation.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    No place like home – no home at all

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 August 2023
    7 Comments

    The crisis of homelessness is no longer distant; it's a grim reality affecting friends, families, and even white-collar workers. As housing costs soar, a report paints a bleak picture with the demand for accommodation skyrocketing. This Homelessness Week, the question is not just how we define homelessness, but how we respond to its profound impact.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Win battles or win people

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 03 August 2023
    5 Comments

    As our teams struggle for victory on the playing field, is there a deeper meaning to winning that transcends mere conquest? Could our obsession with triumph be being challenged by a more nuanced understanding of success, encompassing not just the game, but politics, relationships, and the very essence of human connection?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What can we expect of a progressive government?

    • Anthony N Castle
    • 02 August 2023
    6 Comments

    Despite a decisive electoral shift and promises to solve generational crises in housing, climate, and the cost-of-living, the change many longed for seems slow under Labor. What can be realistically expected from a government with a mandate for change, yet wrestling with complex problems that defy simple solutions?

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