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Liberty Victoria welcomes removal of religious instruction from classrooms

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Liberty Victoria has welcomed the Victorian government’s decision to remove Special Religious Instruction (‘SRI’) from scheduled class time at government schools. The government has announced instead that SRI will only be available before or after school or at lunchtime. The government’s move comes just weeks after Liberty Victoria released a detailed report on the SRI programme, available at, on ... Read More »

Literary Magazines for Socialists Funded by the CIA, Ranked

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In May of 1967, a former CIA officer named Tom Braden published a confession in the Saturday Evening Post under the headline, “I’m glad the CIA is ‘immoral.’” Braden confirmed what journalists had begun to uncover over the previous year or so: The CIA had been responsible for secretly financing a large number of “civil society” groups, such as the ... Read More »

Melbourne’s ‘secret’ symphony supports Royal Children’s Hospital Gatehouse project

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The Melbourne Sinfonia’s musical director Joannes Roose says the group has been “one of the best secrets in town” for 25 years. The Sydney Morning Herald – Michael Dwyer, Music writer The voluntary symphony was established in 1990 to support the music therapy division of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Since last year, proceeds from its four annual concerts have gone to the new ... Read More »

Some German universities will educate refugees for free

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Migrant crisis: full coverage From Syria to Turkey: a migrant’s story While affordable tuition for undocumented immigrants is a remote prospect in some parts of the world, about 60 German universities are employing a radical strategy. The Sydney Morning Herald – Rick Noack They are offering refugees the chance to attend courses as guest students, without charging tuition fees. In ... Read More »

Religious groups warn students will leave state schools after SRI is dumped

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Axing religious instruction from the Victorian curriculum could drive students away from state schools and into the non-government system, religious providers have warned. The Age – Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks The state government’s announcement on Friday that special religious instruction would be moved out of regular class times from 2016 was warmly welcomed by the Australian Education Union and many ... Read More »

Ibn Khaldun, life and times

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‘Ibn Khaldun, Life and Times’ by Allen James Fromherz (Edinburgh University Press, 208 pages, £20) Hurriyet Ibn Khaldun has plenty of modern fans. The 14th century Muslim polymath is constantly invoked by writers both academic and popular, who describe him as a “man ahead of his time” or a unique “modern mind” orphaned in medieval North Africa. Ernest Gellner, one ... Read More »