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  • AUSTRALIA

    Deadly tsunami and dangerous pride

    • Michael Mullins
    • 05 October 2009
    3 Comments

    The parochial Australian press reaction to last week's Samoan tsunami shows how editors play on people's sense of pride to sell newspapers. But the misuse and manipulation of information can have adverse consequences for third parties.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Empathy for paedophiles is not sympathy for the devil

    • Michael Mullins
    • 28 September 2009
    22 Comments

    A bill passed hastily by the NSW Parliament last week, specifically to force released paedophile Dennis Ferguson out of his home, effectively enshrined hate in legislation. Like drug addiction, paedophilia is a problem that requires community empathy, rather than ostracism.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Guatemala the grave

    • Colm McNaughton
    • 23 September 2009
    3 Comments

    The exhumation of mass graves in Guatemala, sites of decades-old massacres, rarely leads to convictions. The history of Guatemala's indigenous Mayan communities is marked by slavery, poverty and genocide. Not much has changed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Indigenous people power challenges mining might

    • Moira Rayner
    • 22 September 2009
    10 Comments

    The Martidja Manyjima people of the Pilbara want a WA mining registrar to hear their challenge to BHP Billiton's claim for more mining leases on 200 square kilometres of their traditional land. The outcome will affect every one of us.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Telstra's price gouging is a sin

    • Michael Mullins
    • 21 September 2009
    7 Comments

    There is nothing wrong with mums and dads buying shares as an exercise in responsible stewardship of family assets. But they need to be ready to face consequences if profiting from their investments involves exploiting other Australians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Back to the future for international students

    • Hanifa Deen
    • 17 September 2009
    6 Comments

    Visits by our senior politicians offering glib reassurances will not halt the turndown in Indian enrolments in our tertiary institutions. We need to revisit the days when we treated international students as people rather than statistics in an export industry.

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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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  • AUSTRALIA

    Immigration reform review

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 11 September 2009
    1 Comment

    On Wednesday, the Senate made two decisions which take immigration reform forward. The reforms were approved with the support of the Greens and Independents, and one Liberal Senator. Reading the Hansard gives some insight into the current debate.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Liberal Senator's immigration heroism

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 11 September 2009
    6 Comments

    Senator Judith Troeth is one of few Liberals who have spoken out against harsh features of immigration policy under Howard. In crossing the floor to vote with the Government this week, she said the Liberal Party 'has a proud story to tell on immigration, but both parties over the last 50 years have written some bleak chapters too'

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Should Australia court the Russian bear?

    • Luke Fraser
    • 09 September 2009
    2 Comments

    Throughout the 19th century, Russians developed a keen interest in Australia, describing it as a 'working man's paradise' and a 'key trading partner for the future'. This forgotten relationship has potential for building a shared future.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Renewed acquaintances: Australia and Russia

    • Luke Fraser
    • 09 September 2009

    The relationship between Australia and Russia is over 200 years old. It began with great promise, but relations cooled following the Russian Revolution. The financial crisis presents an opportunity for both countries to look to each other with optimism once again.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Nelson, Turnbull and other political sprinters

    • John Warhurst
    • 08 September 2009
    1 Comment

    With Nelson's departure the Liberals have lost yet another experienced but relatively youthful member of its leadership team. Even if the Party loses the next election they should urge Turnbull to stay on in a lesser role, possibly to serve with distinction in a future Liberal Government.

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