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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rich list needs community sector workers

    • Michael Mullins
    • 16 November 2009
    3 Comments

    Significant portions of the Australian population have been living in a permanent recession, cut off from opportunity and prosperity. We should offer better pay to those who have stood with them. 

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    The spider-web fisherman

    • Arnold Zable
    • 04 November 2009

    Observing this unique means of fishing, I realised an alternative intelligence was at work, born of the islanders' relationship to the environment. Ironically, this island is one of a growing number facing inundation by rising waters due to climate change.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    How to ad-proof your kids

    • Tania Andrusiak
    • 16 October 2009
    5 Comments

    Every year children aged six to 13 spend around $328 billion of their own money, and influence another $2 trillion of parental spending. Children under eight are not equipped to understand an advertiser's intent. They take ads as helpful, truthful information.

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  • EDUCATION

    Stairway to international student security

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 30 September 2009
    7 Comments

    After midnight, a group of international students, on a break from their night jobs as waiters, gather in a concrete stairwell and share their stories. Victorian premier John Brumby could learn a thing or two in that shabby stairwell.

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  • RELIGION

    Patient autonomy and the doctor's conscience

    • Frank Brennan
    • 18 September 2009
    4 Comments

    In Life and Death: How do we honour the Patient's Autonomy and the Doctor's Conscience? Frank Brennan's Sandra David Oration at St Vincent's Clinic, Darlinghurst, Sydney, 17 September 2009.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Thoughtful flesh consumption hard to swallow

    • Michael Mullins
    • 14 September 2009
    19 Comments

    Eating meat is a moral issue. We understand that sexual desires need to be met in a context of moral probity, or it's likely we will cause psychological damage to ourselves or others. But food consumption is wrongly regarded as morally neutral.

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  • RELIGION

    Right to lifers miss the point

    • Frank Brennan
    • 19 August 2009
    31 Comments

    Last week a Supreme Court judge gave a sensible decision regarding the case of a quadriplegic man who wants his carers to discontinue feeding him. 'Right to life' and 'right to die' advocates have had a field day. You'd think they had not read the judgment.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Mum and dad investors cop economic tough love

    • Catherina Toh
    • 03 August 2009
    8 Comments

    An ethos of tough love balks at taxpayer subsidies for anyone foolish or unlucky enough to make the wrong investment decision. In Australia we prefer to see people as victims and expect the government to clean up the mess.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Inside the Zimbabwe blast furnace

    • Munyaradzi Makoni
    • 26 June 2009
    2 Comments

    Yesterday's political archrivals are today's strange bedfellows. The coalition government of Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara has halted Zimbabwe's hemorrhaging. Now that a veneer of progress exists, can Zimbabwe heal itself?

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    No welcome stranger in racist Australia

    • Cara Munro
    • 03 June 2009
    18 Comments

    In Melbourne, 2000 Indian students gather to protest a lack of Government response to a spate of violent attacks. I am with them because I am ashamed that a white Christian woman is safer in the military capital of Rawalpindi than these students are on a train in Melbourne.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ethical keys to a just budget

    • John Warhurst
    • 12 May 2009
    1 Comment

    Catholic Social Teaching promotes the common good, distributive justice and a preferential option for the poor as key principles to underpin any budget. If might is right then the preferences of the strong will overpower those of the vulnerable.

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  • RELIGION

    Sex and power in the church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 13 April 2009
    4 Comments

    Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's book is an invitation to put fear behind us. Given the treatment it has received by people who should have known better, it has become an icon; a call to conversation without fear.

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