Section: Australia

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Best of 2010: Don't wimp out at the ballot box

    • Edwina Byrne
    • 07 January 2011
    5 Comments

    It would be easy to cast a donkey vote or a vote for a minor party and to thus wash your hands of the responsibility for our governance for the next three or so years. In a representative democracy, a vacuous election represents a lazy polity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Best of 2010: Vote 1 bus 'bludger'

    • Sarah Burnside
    • 07 January 2011
    2 Comments

    'This election', says Tony Abbott, 'is about you.' Recently, passengers on a Perth bus found themselves involved in an impromptu social experiment. 'This guy has no money and tried to give me a ticket that's two days old,' the bus driver said, 'What do you reckon? Should I let him on?'

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why we lost the Ashes: it’s politics, stupid

    • John Honner
    • 07 January 2011
    3 Comments

    The fortunes of the English and Australian cricket teams follow the fortunes of their nations' conservative governments.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Best of 2010: The crucifixion of Christine Nixon

    • Moira Rayner
    • 05 January 2011
    15 Comments

    No firestorm of blame would be raging in the media were Christine Nixon not a woman, a decent and strong woman, a prominent woman and an ethically sound woman of an age and with the experience to possess a raging integrity of her own and, by her very being, to offer ruthless men a soft target.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Best of 2010: Misdiagnosing Benjamin

    • Barry Gittins
    • 05 January 2011
    9 Comments

    The next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders may merge Asperger's into the broader 'autism spectrum disorder'. The father of a misdiagnosed two-year-old boy reveals the emotional and social implications of mental illness pigeonholing.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A Muslim's view of Jesus the refugee

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 22 December 2010
    17 Comments

    Jesus was born into a family of internal refugees. His mother had to seek refuge, fleeing Herod's nasty dictatorship. It's uncertain whether she used the services of satanic people smugglers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Oprah and Australia's 'socialist' health care

    • Susan Biggar
    • 16 December 2010
    18 Comments

    Were she to suffer a broken leg or burst appendix and find herself a customer on the doorstep of our excellent and equitable healthcare system, America's best-known mouth might go home peddling a message that could change her society.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    WikiLeaks and artistic freedom in China

    • Tony Smith
    • 14 December 2010
    6 Comments

    While WikiLeaks' exposures of US government secrets have created a media storm, the case of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei, which reveals much about the authorities in China, has attracted little comment. China has moved towards capitalism but not democracy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Don't make smokers pay to quit

    • Michael Mullins
    • 13 December 2010
    3 Comments

    The Federal Government announced the inclusion of nicotine patches in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Critics argue that smokers should take responsibility for their habit and pay the full cost of giving up. They miss the point of society.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Kevin Rudd and 'harmless' WikiLeaks

    • Tony Kevin
    • 07 December 2010
    6 Comments

    Rudd's showing off to Hilary Clinton reveals Australian insecurity and diplomatic immaturity, and little of what he said would shock the Chinese. WikiLeaks' cable trawl can do no great harm and may in the long run do some good.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Don't shoot the messenger, award him the Nobel Peace Prize

    • Michael Mullins
    • 06 December 2010
    43 Comments

    The character flaws of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are being exaggerated in order to shift the burden of shame from embarrassed governments on to Assange himself. We need to be told why it's in the public interest to hide the undermining of the international cluster bombs ban by the British Foreign Office.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cronulla racism five years on

    • Sarah Ayoub
    • 06 December 2010
    7 Comments

    In a society where image and representation are everything, our perceptions of the other become blurred across boundaries, suburbs and ways of life. Then, on the off chance that we clash somewhere in the middle, we can't take the interference, and we riot.

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