keywords: Michael Kirby

  • AUSTRALIA

    The enemy is AIDS, not those who live with it

    • Michael Mullins
    • 28 July 2014
    23 Comments

    Rates of HIV infection are rising, while stigma is in decline. Some believe the only way to contain the virus is to maintain the stigma against those living with it. But the majority view is that those suffering should be empowered. If the law and the media support them, there is hope that the community will move rationally towards an end to the crisis. 

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    China’s asylum hypocrisy

    • Nik Tan
    • 28 February 2014
    1 Comment

    This week China criticised Australia's treatment of asylum seekers. The criticism, raised at a bilateral human rights dialogue, is good politics: China is using Australia's cruel and inhumane asylum policy as diplomatic leverage. Nevertheless, it is astounding hypocrisy from a country that returns refugees to danger, including to North Korea, a state infamous for its widespread violations of human rights.

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  • RELIGION

    Clobbering religious gay prejudice

    • Michael Kirby
    • 22 May 2013
    32 Comments

    The 2011 book Five Uneasy Pieces offered an alternative reading of the so-called 'clobber passages' that are at the core of religious unease about homosexuality. A follow-up volume pushes the envelope further by examining the biblical recognition of the variety of human love beyond traditional marriage.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Best of 2012: If Clive Palmer was a High Court judge

    • Patrick McCabe
    • 11 January 2013
    2 Comments

    Imagine Attorney-General Nicola Roxon appoints Palmer as the newest High Court judge. Justice Palmer sets about rewriting the law in radical ways, freeing mining companies from regulation and approving disbanding the Australian Greens. Surely such an appointment could be challenged? Actually, no. Monday 21 May 

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  • RELIGION

    Why Christians are obsessed with sex

    • Zac Alstin
    • 25 October 2012
    71 Comments

    The Hon. Michael Kirby recently said those in the churches expecting gay people to be celibate should start thinking about 'real moral questions'. If some Christians are obsessed with sex, it is because many human beings are. The ethical 'supply' exists to meet the demand, and when it comes to sexual ethics, the demand is not being met by secular society.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    If Clive Palmer was a High Court judge

    • Patrick McCabe
    • 21 May 2012
    20 Comments

    Imagine Attorney-General Nicola Roxon appoints Palmer as the newest High Court judge. Justice Palmer sets about rewriting the law in radical ways, freeing mining companies from regulation and approving disbanding the Australian Greens. Surely such an appointment could be challenged? Actually, no.

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  • RELIGION

    Parliament as conversation that gets things done

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 03 December 2009

    The job of parliaments is to pass legislation after debating its merits. They get things done. The Parliament of Religions, which begins in Melbourne today, offers religious perspectives on public issues including discrimination, poverty, indigenous welfare and care for the environment.

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  • Just Words: Australian Authors writing on Justice

    • Staff
    • 05 March 2008

    A distinguished panel will discuss: Can words make Australia a better place? Can writing help to inform a collective national consciousness?

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  • INFORMATION

    Strange times

    • Michael McKernan, Peter Pierce, Liz Curran, Peter Seidel, Frank Fisher
    • 05 July 2006

    Strange times, Cooling off in Tasmania, Where now for reconciliation?, Tides of history, Being scared of GM

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Denying the Grim Reaper

    • Paul Sendziuk
    • 18 June 2006

    Australian responses to AIDS.

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  • RELIGION

    Australia’s judicial isolation

    • Frank Brennan
    • 29 April 2006

    Over the last year a major chasm has opened between decisions of Australia’s High Court and those of the UK House of Lords and the US Supreme Court regarding issues of national security such as the long-term mandatory detention of stateless asylum seekers.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Heart cuisine

    • Robert Hefner
    • 25 April 2006

    Robert Hefner recalls a special woman and a special place in Food for Thought at Manning Clark House, edited by Sandy Forbes and Janet Reeves.

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