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    • environment

      Dump opponents meet on 'country in between'

      • Michele Madigan
      • 02 May 2019

      'We are the joy, the sadness, the anger and the peace.' With these moving words, Elders Aunty Enice Marsh and Geraldine Anderson opened a significant gathering in Port Augusta, as people from the Flinders Ranges and the Kimba, still threatened by the federal government's plans to deposit the nation's radioactive waste, met again.

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    • faith doing justice

      Parsing the Catholic bishops' election advice

      • Andrew Hamilton
      • 02 May 2019

      The Australian bishops' statement on the federal election is significant as much for the fact it was made as for its argument. Given the polarisation of public debate, they might well have thought it wiser to remain silent. For them the greatest success of the statement may be that, when they spoke of public issues, the sky did not fall in.

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    • australia

      Tech obsession leaves elderly on the sidelines

      • Michele Frankeni
      • 30 April 2019
      3 Comments

      It's not just government departments that are making life difficult for those without internet access. Many elderly people have the time and inclination to volunteer for different organisations and causes, but come up against a number of rules that block their ability to give their time.

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    • Assange and Ecuador's 'traitor' president

      • Antonio Castillo
      • 29 April 2019
      2 Comments

      Ecuadoreans have a popular expression, hacer la casita — roughly, 'they deceived us by promising something that was not going to be fulfilled'. This is what most Ecuadoreans are feeling now about president Lenín Moreno following his economic shift to the right, and the withdrawal of the asylum granted to Julian Assange by his predecessor.

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    • A new narrative after Christchurch & Colombo

      • Justin Glyn
      • 26 April 2019
      10 Comments

      No security measures will ever be able to suppress inclinations to hatred or violence which grow in the depths of the human heart. And yet there is a difference between Colombo and Christchurch which might be worth exploring. Paradoxically, the most useful things that governments can do are those which are least often tried.

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    • Zombie pigs and ethics

      • Kate Galloway
      • 24 April 2019
      8 Comments

      Scientists recently revealed they had 'brought to life' the brain cells of slaughtered pigs, research said to have potential application in resolving brain injuries, disorders and diseases. While there need be no doubt the experiment was carried out in accordance with the relevant ethical research protocols, this rather misses the point.

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    • Sudanese Lost Boy's long walk comes to life

      • Andrew Hamilton
      • 30 April 2019
      2 Comments

      When refugees write accounts of their lives they usually express gratitude to the nation that has received them. A Child Escapes, in which Francis Deng describes his life from Lost Boy of Sudan to refugee in Kenya to bank employee in Australia, is no exception. Left unsaid, but equally important, is the gift he and other immigrants are to Australia.

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    • My Newstart conundrum

      • Andrew McAlister
      • 26 April 2019
      9 Comments

      My JAP informed me I was required to do 21 hours per week of Mutual Obligation activity, in addition to looking for work. They assured me the 21 hours would help me remain focused on the task of finding work. I replied I would now have to stop doing the things that were keeping me motivated to satisfy my Mutual Obligation requirements.

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    • This Anzac Day embrace NZ values

      • Andrew Hamilton
      • 17 April 2019
      10 Comments

      The nationalist values purported to be Australian and to have flowed like blood from Anzac Cove will not do. Australians celebrating Anzac Day this year cannot assume that New Zealanders share all the values that are deemed Australian. Indeed, this Anzac Day New Zealanders might recall Australians to its more authentic meanings.

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    • Church reform must increase transparency

      • John Warhurst
      • 02 May 2019

      Those holding church authority should show the Catholic community that they have learnt the lessons offered by the royal commission by undertaking reforms as soon as possible and by telling us all about them in a spirit of transparency.

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    • Apocalyptic need not be the end of the world

      • Kevin Hargaden
      • 17 April 2019
      4 Comments

      One of the most vibrant theological movements in the world today declares itself 'apocalyptic'. This does not refer to the end of the world because of some political conflict, or the great derangement that flows from the climate disaster. These theologians are using apocalyptic in its original Greek sense — apo kalypsis — a revealing.

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    • Journalist learns the power of accompanying

      • Julie Perrin
      • 17 April 2019
      8 Comments

      At Adelaide Writer's Week, George Megalogenis asked Leigh Sales who had surprised her most in the research for her book Any Ordinary Day. She replied: 'Steve Sinn, the priest. I'm not religious and I felt like we were going to have nothing in common and his way of looking at the world wouldn't make sense to me.' How wrong she was.

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    • How Abbott still haunts climate policy

      • Greg Foyster
      • 24 April 2019
      10 Comments

      By setting the boundaries of what is considered politically acceptable, Tony Abbott has influenced the level of ambition in every party's climate policy, and has even caused environment groups to shift their positions. How has he manage to wield so much influence for so long? There are three reasons he cut through when Labor didn't.

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    • Vegan protesters reject righteous domination

      • Cristy Clark
      • 11 April 2019
      16 Comments

      The concerns around white veganism and its blindness (and worse) to other systems of domination and oppression are completely legitimate and deserve serious attention. But they do not fundamentally undermine the central ethical arguments of veganism.

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    • Climate action future is for the young

      • Greg Foyster
      • 29 March 2019
      12 Comments

      Twenty thousand students are chanting 'climate action now!' He has been shouting the same thing for decades, first in scientific papers and then in newspapers, televised debates and rallies just like this one. Now he stands with a new generation, but he can't open his mouth to join them. He is scared he will say what he knows he can't say.

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    • Spirit wit: Five sonnets for Les Murray

      • Philip Harvey
      • 02 May 2019
      1 Comment

      You could contrive a meandering sonnet, broach the third level of meaning with ease — Once main lines are coursing and images breeze. You were in it, around, beyond, upon it.

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    • My moments with catholic Les Murray

      • Tracey Edstein
      • 02 May 2019
      2 Comments

      I asked Les then what he anticipated at the end of what was for him a very earthed life. Les was phlegmatic — he imagined a reunion with his parents (his mother died when he was 12) but was content to 'wait and see ... we are on certain post-mortem promises after all'.

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    • St Augustine's parable of the deer

      • Ted Witham and Eric D. Nelson
      • 29 April 2019
      2 Comments

      'Another thing you should note about the deer,' Augustine gestures to the crowd. 'They cross a stream in single file. One deer lays its head on the back of its forerunner, and the leader changes place often. In these ways they carry one another's load and show us how to bear burdens of our sisters and brothers.'

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