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  • AUSTRALIA

    Coalition's new nasties for asylum seekers

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 31 May 2010
    22 Comments

    The Coalition's new asylum seeker policy returns to the policy it put into practice under Mr Howard, adding new nasties. The Government's asylum seeker policy is bad; the Coalition's is worse. It is designed to appeal to human baseness, not to human generosity.

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    In Thailand, the land of snarls

    • Simon Roughneen
    • 24 May 2010

    Standing amid the burnt-out ruins of southeast Asia's second biggest shopping mall, it becomes clear the Land of Smiles has become a land of snarls. The uncompromising quashing of the anti-government redshirt rally by the Thai army may have sown the seeds for more conflict later on.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Confronting Aker's and Australia's gay fear

    • Michael Mullins
    • 24 May 2010
    38 Comments

    When AFL legend Jason Akermanis' argument that gay footballers should stay in the closet failed to gain traction, it appeared that in Australia, widespread homophobia was a thing of the past. But the reaction to NSW Transport Minister David Campbell's visit to a gay sex club proves it remains an ugly force.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Phony Tony and the Liar's Paradox

    • Tony Smith
    • 21 May 2010
    26 Comments

    It is not Abbott's prerogative to tell people how they should react to the truth. The electorate can now never know when he is attempting to be honest. Apparently, he would happily accept electoral support even while knowing he has deceived the people.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Value lessons from Jessica Watson

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 May 2010
    13 Comments

    The arrival of Jessica Watson back in Australia was small news in cosmic terms, but provoked a great deal of discussion around the coffee pot. Most had to do with values. Some questions said more about the questioners than about the sailor.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Labor complacent as Indigenous gap widens

    • Jack Waterford
    • 18 May 2010
    5 Comments

    Seven houses — not bad for three and a half years work and hundreds of millions of dollars. At that rate the gap will be closed in about 7000 years. Minster Macklin frequently redefines what she is pretending to be doing, or uses weasel words.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd cares less for carers

    • Michael Mullins
    • 17 May 2010
    6 Comments

    Dedicated aged care workers are leaving because they can't afford to exist on such low pay. Employers have their hands tied by the Federal Government, which last week passed over the opportunity to provide for aged care workers in the Budget.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Making public transport work

    • Paul Mees
    • 14 May 2010
    6 Comments

    A new round of Sydney-Melbourne rivalry has broken out, this one over which has the most dysfunctional train system. It's time Australian cities looked to public transport models that work, such as that of Zurich.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Budget of social exclusion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 12 May 2010
    23 Comments

    If a 'fiscally responsible Budget' can increase spending on Australia's representatives in elite sports by $237 million, it is hard to imagine that there is not room somewhere for our unemployed to eat a little better.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    UK kingmaker Clegg wise to wait

    • Peter Scally
    • 11 May 2010
    5 Comments

    Gordon Brown's dignified resignation underlines the fact that Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's options in choosing a coalition partner remain open. He is wise not to rush a decision to finalise a deal. After the election that everybody lost, a coalition that works could make winners of the British people.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Communities still need the stimulus

    • Julie Edwards
    • 10 May 2010

    There are widespread calls for the stimulus measures to be wound back as the Australian economy emerges from the global economic crisis. It might be better in this year's and subsequent budgets to continue the economic stimulus, but focused on our most disadvantaged communities.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Let the mining goose sleep

    • Michael Mullins
    • 10 May 2010
    13 Comments

    Kevin Rudd has been accused of plucking the goose that laid the golden egg. Amid fears of frightening mining investors, few have queried the rush to plunder Australia's mineral wealth. Future generations could need it more than we do.

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