Opinion

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want the option of an assisted death

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Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have spent my time working for dignity for the living. By Desmond Tutu I have campaigned passionately for people in my country and the world over to have their… Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want… Read More »

Standoff between Brandis and solicitor-general threatens the rule of law

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On Wednesday, a Senate committee took evidence in an inquiry investigating the issue of a direction from Attorney-General George Brandis to the solicitor-general, Justin Gleeson. Gabrielle Appleby By the end of the day, the shadow attorney-general, Mark Dreyfus, was… Standoff between Brandis and… Read More »

Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with ‘butcher of Kabul’

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For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability. by Najib Sharifi Last week, the Afghan government signed a peace deal with the notorious warlord and… Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with… Read More »

Can Women Be Trusted on Abortion? Two Men Weigh In

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Well, that was painful. What with the cross talk, interruptions, insults, sneers and overly rehearsed zingers, the vice-presidential debate on Tuesday surely bewildered more voters than it enlightened. By KATHA POLLITT There was one area, though, in which both Senator Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence were crystal-clear and decidedly different: abortion… Can Women Be Trusted on… Read More »

Alan Shatter: Difficulties of Brexit for Ireland can’t be underestimated

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Many unanticipated and unintended consequences will shortly become visible Alan Shatter We now know that the British government will trigger its article 50 notification of its intention to exit the EU before the end of… Alan Shatter: Difficulties of Brexit for Ireland can’t… Read More »

Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our democracy

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People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws George Monbiot People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws… Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our… Read More »

How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture

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A reading of Pauline Hanson: The Truth reveals the extent to which Hansonist positions have been co-opted by conservatives in politics and media Jason Wilson It’s 2016, and yet somehow ponderous Paul Kelly has still not been put out to pasture. Only in the Australian – a newspaper made by and… How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture… Read More »

Una Mullally: If we can cut road deaths, we can tackle suicide

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Political will and ‘joined-up thinking’ saved lives before, and could do so again Una Mullally Back in the early 2000s, reducing fatalities on Irish roads seemed to be an insurmountable task… Una Mullally: If we can cut road deaths, we can tackle suicide… Read More »

Agrichemicals and ever more intensive farming will not feed the world

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Our food production system is broken, with steep losses in biodiversity. The answer is not more chemicals from a few increasingly dominant companies Felicity Lawrence British farmers growing wheat typically treat each crop over its growing cycle with four fungicides, three herbicides, one insecticide and… Agrichemicals and ever more intensive farming will not feed the world… Read More »

Abortion on demand the legal outcome of repeal of Eighth Amendment

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Simply removing protection for the unborn opens the way to unlimited abortion Gerry White Just as one cannot step into the same river twice, a simple repeal of the Eighth Amendment will not take us back to the constitutional position… Source: Abortion on demand the legal outcome of repeal of Eighth Amendment Read More »

Current emissions could already warm world to dangerous levels: study

Current greenhouse gas concentrations could warm the world 3-7℃ (and on average 5℃) over coming millennia. Andrew Glikson  That’s the finding of a paper published in Nature today. The research, by Carolyn Snyder, reconstructed temperatures over the past 2 million years. By investigating the… Source: Current emissions could already warm world to dangerous levels: study Read More »

We can’t build a progressive political agenda without tackling bigotry

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Much has been written on how to combat racist rhetoric and attitudes. Yes, we need a different kind of politics but that depends on defeating racism Jeff Sparrow The fringe becomes mainstream not by slow increments but by sharp lurches – or, more exactly, gradual acceptance manifests itself through dramatic… Source: We can’t build a progressive political agenda without tackling bigotry | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Some services can’t be measured by accounting firms. Prison education is one of them

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Qualified prison educators are being replaced by outsourced trainers in NSW prisons, following a KPMG report. But the move could end up being a false saving Catharine Lumby Some days I think it’s KPMG’s world and we are only allowed to live in it. Not… Source: Some services can’t be measured by accounting firms. Prison education is one of them | Catharine Lumby | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Breda O’Brien: Zappone has got it wrong on childcare

Incentivising people to send children to a crèche ignores many other options Breda O’Brien According to a recent ICTU (Irish Congress of Trade Unions) study of its members, just under 30 per cent of parents rely on relatives for childcare, about 30 per cent on childminders in their own or the… Source: Breda O’Brien: Zappone has got it wrong on childcare Read More »

Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself

Irish politicians who led us out of financial crisis are not getting the credit for it Stephen Collins Why is it that former Greek minister for finance Yanis Varoufakis, who was such an abject failure in office, is lionised by the Irish media while his counterparts here… Source: Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself Read More »

Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty

TTIP and CETA trade deals with US and Canada have huge implications yet lack coverage Farrel Corcoran Today, less than nine months after the joint committee of inquiry into the banking crisis published its report – including a section on the… Source: Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty Read More »