Atul Gawande: The Smiling Angel of a Happy Death


It is said that victorious Roman generals, on city parades following battlefield triumphs, would be followed by a servant. “Memento Mori,” the servant would say over and over. “Remember that you have to die.” Later, still-life paintings were punctuated by symbols of the finite – rotting fruit, wilting flowers, bubbles – as reminders of life’s transience. Early self-help books, with ... Read More »

Today Melbourne Is Kicking Off The Global Campaign In 20 Cities Across The Globe Calling On Their Governments To End Child Detention

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Free The Children – Action calling for the immediate release of all children in Australian funded Immigration detention centres – on shore and offshore. Media launch – Thursday 20 November 2014 at 11am corner Swanston Street & Flinders Lane, outside St. Paul’s Cathedral The Refugee Advocacy Network together with Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children, Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and ... Read More »

Indigenous disadvantage report is a wake-up call for Australia

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Analysis Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday became the first foreign leader to begin an address to the Australian Parliament by paying his respects to the traditional owners of the land on which he stood, and their elders past and present. Landmark report reveals scale of indigenous disadvantage If this was a modest, but welcome, sign of  progress, the landmark Overcoming Indigenous ... Read More »

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young slams government’s Cambodia refugee plan as ‘madness’

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The Abbott government has found its “partner in crime” in Phnom Penh, outspoken senator says of “secretive” refugee resettling program. Australian Greens senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, says she has hardened her opposition to the Abbott government’s resettlement of refugees in Cambodia after touring slums in the riverside capital Phnom Penh, declaring the plan “madness, absolute madness”. Shunned by Cambodia’s leaders during ... Read More »

A new indigenous Stolen Generation

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Don’t ever sit comfortably in your armchair and describe the stolen generation as a thing of the past. Don’t do that. At this moment, there are 14,000 Aboriginal babies and children in foster care, out-of-home care, or residential care. The attempted annihilation of the First Peoples continues. Karen, a Kuku Yalanji woman, was the proud grandmother to a new baby. ... Read More »

WA plan to close 100 remote and Indigenous communities ‘devastating’

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Traditional owners savage Colin Barnett’s government, saying ‘we are deeply fearful about the potential impact’ Jump to comments Plans by the West Australian government to close more than 100 remote and primarily Indigenous communities is the “biggest threat to our people since the shocking events of the 1960s”, traditional owners and native title holders of the Fitzroy Valley have said ... Read More »

Pope denounces euthanasia as ‘sin against God and creation’

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has denounced the right to die movement, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when it’s a sin against God and creation. Pope Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on Saturday. Earlier this month, the Vatican’s top bioethics official condemned as “reprehensible” ... Read More »