keywords: Senate Inquiry

  • AUSTRALIA

    Border Protection's selective rescue

    • Tony Kevin
    • 10 May 2011
    15 Comments

    Last November, a refugee boat was lost at sea en route to Christmas Island. It's presumed the 97 on board perished. Evidence suggests Australia's Border Protection Command selectively chooses to make little or no effort to find and help SIEV boats in possible distress.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cheap milk, no guilt

    • Michael Mullins
    • 14 March 2011
    31 Comments

    Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has said the 'unsustainable' $1 per litre milk price will force farmers off the land and ruin Australia's dairy industry. Economists ridicule this sentiment. Low milk prices are the market god's gift to consumers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A plan to overcome poverty

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 11 November 2010
    9 Comments

    Currently, we have national plans for such things as defence, conservation and management of sharks, national broadband, combating pollution of the sea, and recovery of the south-eastern red-tailed black cockatoo. It's time we had a national plan to overcome poverty.

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  • RELIGION

    Reconciling religion, politics and human rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 04 November 2010
    15 Comments

    Cardinal Pell, with whom I have voiced disagreement, preached superbly at the mass of thanksgiving after the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. 'She does not deter us from struggling to follow her.' As we wrestle with the common good, let's make a place for all our fellow citizens.

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  • RELIGION

    Human Rights Act door still swinging

    • Frank Brennan
    • 07 June 2010
    13 Comments

    When the Government announced that its response to the National Human Rights Consultation would not include a legislative Charter of Rights, many activists despaired. I am more sanguine. We knew from the beginning that a Human Rights Act would be a big ask.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Forcing people to do the right thing

    • Michael Mullins
    • 22 March 2010
    9 Comments

    The cost to human dignity makes compulsory income management counter-productive. It assumes that some welfare recipients are unable to make rational decisions that take into account the long-term consequences of their actions. The same might be said for some governments.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Best of 2009: Rudd faces ugly story of abused innocence

    • John Honner
    • 13 January 2010

    The Prime Minister offered his apology to those who spent their childhood in care, via a carefully crafted speech. He said it is an 'ugly story' that must be told without fear or favour. Some who worked in or were associated with these children's homes may not like this judgement. November 2009

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd faces ugly story of abused innocence

    • John Honner
    • 17 November 2009
    16 Comments

    The Prime Minister offered his apology to those who spent their childhood in care, via a carefully crafted speech. He said it is an 'ugly story' that must be told without fear or favour. Some who worked in or were associated with these children's homes may not like this judgement.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Stars point to brighter future for Forgotten Australians

    • John Honner
    • 10 November 2009
    3 Comments

    A sports hall in Berry, NSW, has won a coveted international architecture prize. This has a special significance for this month's Federal Government apology to the 'Forgotten Australians' who suffered abuse in institutional care.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    How Ted Kennedy changed the world

    • Michael Sean Winters
    • 28 August 2009
    1 Comment

    The final gift of Ted Kennedy to the nation was to pass the torch of liberalism to Barack Obama. It was breathtaking to see this Irish Catholic embrace a black man as his political heir.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    SIEV-X questions sink leadership credentials

    • Michael Mullins
    • 15 September 2008
    10 Comments

    Discussion prompted by the publication of Peter Costello's memoirs defines leadership narrowly as the ability to win elections. If the criteria were expanded to include moral fortitude, judgments about leadership would be very different.

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  • RELIGION

    Getting the balance right after the 2020 Summit

    • Frank Brennan
    • 26 May 2008
    1 Comment

    The text is from Professor Frank Brennan's 2008 Institute of Justice Studies Oration from 22 May 2008.  

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