My generation fought for equality and security. But that spirit seems lost now

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Brexit Britain is stumbling blindly into separation from a stable community – and social injustice is on the rise. Franklin Medhurst The Guardian We need to rediscover what’s important to us There are alive… My generation fought… Read More »

Hamid Kehazaei was metres from care unit that could have saved him, inquest told

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Doctor who treated Manus asylum seeker said a cascading litany of mistakes led to the Iranian’s death, and if he had been moved just 10 metres away, he could’ve… Ben Doherty The Guardian If asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei had been moved to a better-equipped intensive care unit just 10 metres away from his hospital bed he would have been likely… Hamid Kehazaei was… Read More »

When a doctor’s right to choose trumps a woman’s right to choose

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In Italy, conscientious objectors make it difficult to have an abortion. Giulia Paravicini Politico On the books, abortion in Italy is legal. In practice, it is out of reach for many women. An unprecedented wave… When a doctor’s… Read More »

Pregnancy’s complex truth remains taboo as glamour replaces confinement

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There is a certain image of pregnancy visible in the advertisements around us that depicts soon-to-be mothers as clean, pastel-coloured and happy. Olivia Humphreys ABC It all seems very far from what I imagine, which is a bit more along the lines of the famous scene from Aliens with John Hurt, where an alien comes ripping out of his stomach. I’ve always thought… Pregnancy’s complex truth… Read More »

UK’s cash-starved parks at tipping point of decline, MPs warn

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Slashed budgets risk the nation’s 27,000 parks becoming no-go areas, with negative effects on park-goers’ health and the… Damian Carrington The Guardian The UK’s cash-starved parks are at a tipping point of decline, MPs have warned, with severe impacts expected for park-goers’ health, community cohesion and the… UK’s cash-starved… Read More »

Bill Frist: The Case for Keeping America’s AIDS Relief Plan

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Among global public health advocates, there is a growing concern that President Trump may cut back, or even eliminate, programs that have played a critical role in fighting diseases… Bill Frist The New York Times While every administration should strongly review our nation’s overseas commitments, and… Bill Frist: The… Read More »

Prepare for the worst: this inequality rift will tear our society apart

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The biggest rise in inequality since Thatcher is on its way, bringing economic instability, poverty, poor health, increased violence and fear among neighbours Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett The Guardian Homelessness and child poverty have risen, the NHS is in dire financial straits, understaffed prisons have record suicide rates, the elderly lack social care – yet the rich continue to get richer, and continue to avoid taxes. This is an expression… Prepare for the worst… Read More »

Hugh Mackay: the state of the nation starts in your street

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I wonder what Gandhi would have made of Australia in 2017 – a place that many people who live here regard as the best country in the world. Hugh Mackay The Conversation It’s true that we have a robust parliamentary democracy, even if we’re replacing prime ministers at an unsustainable rate. Paramedics no longer… Hugh Mackay: the state… Read More »

America, land of the (not-so) free, home of the (very) brave


In 2011, I made the decision to cut short my brief stint working in America and return to Australia. Freya Petersen ABC The catalyst was the birth of my first son, and my desire that he experience the same safe, sedate and relatively remote Australian childhood I enjoyed. The decision to… America, land of the… Read More »

Recess Gets A Makeover

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What’s the best time for students to have recess? Sophia Boyd npr Before lunch, or after? What happens if… Recess Gets A… Read More »

Obama Proclaims He “Saved the U.S. Economy.” That’s Demonstrably Untrue.

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In search of any plausible, positive legacy item, even if they have to manufacture it, Democrats have advanced the false narrative that Obama “saved the economy.” Ron Hart The Daily Caller It would  be a neat thing if it were true. Let me parse out… Obama Proclaims He… Read More »

How Australia is stubbing out smoking

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Australia was the first country in the world to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products – and the UK will have followed suit by May this… Sarah McDermott  BBC But will any country copy Australia’s plan to keep increasing taxes until a… It’s not easy being a smoker in… How Australia is… Read More »

Why Abortion Kills A Person Even If You Don’t Think The Unborn Are People Yet

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When I was 21, someone stole my coat. George Fields The Federalist At that moment, I became an ardent supporter of the pro-life movement. You might say that I have… Why Abortion Kills A… Read More »

Court Rules Against Monsanto, Allows California To Put Cancer Warning On Roundup

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled… The Associated Press CBS Sacramento California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the… Court Rules Against… Read More »

Can you be feminist and pro-life? The question misses the point

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The Women’s March on Washington, attended by a crowd estimated to be about three times the size of Donald Trump’s inauguration, carried with it a powerful, global message for women’s equality and human rights. Rachel Hirsch ABC The spirit of women’s solidarity, however, was soon marred with controversy, on account of the reported exclusion from the march of pro-life women’s groups and pro-life women in general. The politics of the March… Can you be feminist and… Read More »

First human-pig embryos open route to growing transplant organs in chimeras

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Scientists have grown the first human-pig hybrid embryos and taken them a third of the way through pregnancy inside a… Marcus Strom The Age Geneticists at the Salk Institute in California hope this research will pave the way to grow fully-functioning human transplant organs inside hybrid… First human-pig… Read More »