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  • AUSTRALIA

    Australia's dysfunctional housing quagmire

    • Peter Mares
    • 12 April 2024

    The ABC’s recent Q+A housing special left many questions unasked and unanswered. Labor, Coalition and Green MPs all say they want more people to be able to buy their own homes. The most obvious way to achieve that would be to reduce the price of housing. Yet no politician will make that an explicit policy aim.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    40 Days: Unbounded love

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 March 2024

    Love is a much-used word, and, like domestic cutlery, it tends to lose its shine. Its boundaries then shrink to the average rather than to the inspiring. For that reason we need stories that stretch the ceiling of love beyond anything we could imagine. Not because we think that we could reach such far places, but because it enlarges the horizon of our lives.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lest we regret

    • Barry Gittins
    • 21 March 2024

    Considering how whistleblowers were punished for reporting the misdeeds of our warriors alongside the judicial exposure of war crimes, we've experienced something of a cultural about-face when it comes to celebrating the Anzac mythos. 

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  • EDUCATION

    What should anti-discrimination exemptions look like?

    • Michael Furtado
    • 20 March 2024

    As challenges to anti-discrimination exemptions are likely to persist within Catholic education, how can the government and religious institutions collaborate effectively to balance the freedom of expressing religious beliefs with safeguarding the rights and freedoms of everyone involved?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    40 Days: Reconciliation

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 19 March 2024

    Recognition is not simply an acceptance of facts. It involves also entering the experience of the people affected. Reconciliation must begin with truth telling, flow into empathy, and be followed by a conversation aimed at building decent relationships. 

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  • MEDIA

    Journos as players

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 14 March 2024

    Journalists have an important place in society, and that place changes as society changes. In recent weeks, two separate legal investigations suggest that journalists understand their role to be actors in the story and not simply reporters of it.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Stepping up for St Pat's

    • Sheila Ngoc Pham
    • 14 March 2024

    Watching your child perform and be judged is a sure way to make you feel ‘all the feels’. Yet this is what happens every month throughout Australia at feis — Irish dancing competitions. Welcome to the world of competitive Irish dancing, which reaches peak visibility around this time of year because of St Patrick’s Day.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    40 Days: Commonality

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 March 2024

    In the face of developments where the commons are intruded upon for private profit and economic efficiency, we need to treasure such unfashionable concepts as the commonwealth, the common good and the houses of commons – the places for deliberation and decision where what is in the common interest is given priority over the benefit of the few.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    40 Days: Generosity

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 March 2024

    Generosity is most heartwarming when it is a habit. We see it in people whose first inclination is to give something to a beggar, to stop and listen to a hard luck story, to think first of persons affected by war and economic crises and only secondly to policy, to welcome people into their homes and to go out of their way to help.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    40 Days: Dignity

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 February 2024

    In our more routine lives, most of us have people and groups whom we ignore, we instinctively look down on and we keep away from  and people whose beliefs we scorn. We need to be attentive to the people who are commonly regarded as second-class citizens.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    40 Days: Community

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 February 2024

    In an individualistic culture, Lent could be seen as an individual practice of self-betterment. Historically, however, it was a communal activity designed to make the community more attentive and aware of those around them and of their world.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The return of the native

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 15 February 2024
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    Tolstoy once wrote that exile is a long dream of home, but the dreaming does not persist forever, so that you eventually wake to the knowledge that home exists only in your head and in your memory. Welcome home, various people have been saying, but my silent question is Where is it? 

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