Opinion

If You Thought Sorry Was The Hardest Word, Try Mentioning Compensation

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Today is National Sorry Day. And as we continue to dodge justice and repeat the mistakes of our past, we still have plenty to be sorry for, writes Amy McQuire. New Matilda – By Amy McQuire It’s been 18 long years since the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in Parliament. To commemorate this, Aboriginal communities and organisations across the country ... Read More »

Politicians and media to blame for ‘dumbing down’ news

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As intensified personal ambition has heightened competition among between the parties, unwritten rules that certain subjects were off limits to the political contest have gone by the board. The Sydney Morning Herald - Ross Gittins, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor The obvious example is immigration, Asian immigration in particular, and boat people. For many years, both sides knew there was an ... Read More »

The right to discriminate is just a cover for prejudice

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The most significant thing to come so far from George Brandis’ inquiry into freedoms is a reminder that the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) still exists. The Age - Tim Dick *, Columnist Almost a century on from the revolution, after the fall of the Soviet Union and conversion of China to one-party capitalism, its central committee reminded the inquiry that true freedom ... Read More »

Obama Cares Too Much About Israel

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After President Barack Obama delivered a pre-Sabbath address Friday about his deep admiration for Israel and the Jewish people, I had many questions. But the biggest one was whether Obama knew anything about Israel’s first female prime minister, Golda Meir. Bloomberg View - By Eli Lake She came up in a passage of Obama’s speech devoted to the shared values of Israel and ... Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi is a bust

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There was so much hope for her as a moral leader in Myanmar, but power (or politics) has changed her The New York Times - By Zafar Sobhan * In the face of scathing criticism from international human rights groups, supporters of the sainted Aung San Suu Kyi are left with only one way to spin her inaction and silence on ... Read More »

The man who couldn’t stop giving

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What a Brazilian man’s pathological generosity says about the biological roots of philanthropy. SBS – By Sam Kean / Source: The Atlantic In the early 1990s, a quiet man named João quit his job running the human-resources department of an insurance company in Rio de Janeiro and began selling french fries from a street cart. The fries quickly proved popular, in part because they ... Read More »

Aid cuts fail economic and moral policy tests

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey hold themselves out to be economic hard men, self-proclaimed fiscal grown-ups prepared, indeed determined, to take difficult decisions for the good of the nation. The Age – Editorial  But in at least one important area, their second budget undermines their narrative of selfless leadership, and suggests they are more interested in their ... Read More »

Citizenship: An opportunity for self-reflection

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I was scared. Perhaps it was because I read it within a few seconds of waking up, but the article I read on Sunday morning instilled a deep seated feeling of fear and anxiety within me. For a brief moment, I felt myself quivering instinctively. Brisbane Times – Fahim Khondaker It related to the Federal Government’s announcement that it is ‘considering ... Read More »