Society

Australia is no longer the home of the ‘fair go’, says report

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Country is less fair, less safe and has more people in prison than comparable nations, says Community Council of Australia Calla Wahlquist A report by the Community Council of Australia has shattered perceptions that Australia is a country of the “fair go”, finding it is less fair, less safe, and with a… Australia is no… Read More »

The fetishisation of work is making us miserable. Let’s learn to live again

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Long hours and poor pay are wreaking havoc on our lives. Rather than fixating on growth, if we restructured the working week it would allow people to flourish Anna Coote Mounting pressures at work are taking a heavy toll on life at home. Employees say their bosses want them to put job before family, and… The fetishisation of… Read More »

Robert Manne: How we came to be so cruel to asylum seekers

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­ If you had been told 30 years ago that Australia would create the least asylum seeker friendly institutional arrangements in the world, you would not have been believed. Robert Manne In 1992 we introduced a system of indefinite mandatory detention for asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Since that time, we have accepted the… Robert Manne: How… Read More »

On the Unbearable Lightness of Whiteness

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To be white and from money is to live a life of largely unrecognized privilege, bequeathed as it is from one’s first wet, howling breath. by ANTHONY TARRANT  In the affluent socio-economically partitioned town of Saratoga Springs, NY where I’m from there was actually a railroad track serving as the… On the Unbearable… Read More »

The Goldman Sachs tape shows May is not leading on Brexit, but following

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In private comments pre-referendum the prime minister warned companies would relocate if the UK left the EU. So why is she pursuing hard Brexit? Anne Perkins The road on which Theresa May currently finds herself is well travelled. Most successful politicians rely on a… The Goldman Sachs… Read More »

Rottnest Island: Black prison to white playground

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Today Rottnest Island, off Fremantle, is a popular holiday spot, but few realise the island’s dark past as a prison for Indigenous men. RN, By Kirsti Melville for Earshot Glen Stasiuk, a lecturer and Indigenous researcher at Murdoch University, was just a teenager when he first went camping with his mates on Rottnest Island — Wadjemup — in the… Rottnest Island: Black… Read More »

Why the rich can’t be trusted with money

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The members of the investor class are programmed to destroy. by Larry Beinhart Every time the rich get too much money – as marked by a sharp rise in income inequality – the same things always happen. A bubble! A grand, exuberant, investing, spending, paper profits spree. It… Why the rich… Read More »

Enough is enough: we’ve reached a tipping point on sexual assault

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In the words of Elizabeth Warren, “women have had it” with guys like Trump, and the others who grab, insult and harass us. There’s a new defiance in the air Jessica Valenti Most times, it’s easier to say nothing. When a man gropes you on a subway. If a stranger tells you to smile as you walk down the… Enough is enough… Read More »

Doctor studying sexual abuse says we need to change our social response to perpetrators

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THE thought of giving a sex offender a second chance is a hard pill to swallow. Why should they be given the opportunity to move on in life, after taking the innocence away from another person; particularly a child. But Andrew Frost, who has been working alongside both offenders and victims for the… Doctor studying sexual… Read More »

Role of Solicitor-General has been damaged and the government must work to fix it

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­ On Monday night, over 250 people gathered to celebrate 100 years since the appointment of the first Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Sir Robert Garran. Gabrielle Appleby The event marked a century of an office that is widely accepted as being integral to government under the… Role of Solicitor… Read More »

After 3 Years Of Drought, A Starving Madagascar Teeters On The Brink Of ‘Catastrophe’

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Nearly 850,000 people on the island nation are facing “alarming” levels of hunger, according to U.N. agencies. Dominique Mosbergen Even in good years, hunger is rife in Madagascar. More than 90 percent of its population lives below the poverty line, and nearly half of the… After 3 Years… Read More »

Sweden places ban on drone filming without surveillance permit

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If you were thinking of using a drone to document your travel to cities like Stockholm or Gothenburg, you will be disappointed to learn Sweden has now stopped your thumbs in their figurative tracks. The country’s Supreme Administrative Court has effectively banned personal drone filming, unless deemed to be for the purpose of… Sweden places ban… Read More »

Murder of Brazil official marks new low in war on Amazon environmentalists

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Luiz Alberto Araújo, a local government official in Pará state, was gunned down in front of his family: ‘It sends a message that no one is untouchable’ Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro It was just after sunset in Altamira, a small town nestled on a curve of the Xingu river in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, when Luiz Alberto Araújo, the… Murder of Brazil… Read More »

Letter signed by gun control advocates calls for ‘unbiased’ review of laws

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Open letter to Australian justice minister Michael Keenan asks for opportunity to put forward their case in the same direct way as the firearms lobby • Michael Keenan criticised over ‘one-sided’ meetings with gun lobby Dear Minister Keenan, Australia’s gun control laws are the envy of the world. Since the landmark 1996 national firearms agreement (NFA) our state, territory and… Letter signed by… Read More »

Calais migrants: France begins to clear ‘Jungle’ camp

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More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais. The camp has been housing at least 7,000 people in squalid conditions. Migrants queued peacefully to be processed, and the… Calais migrants: France… Read More »

Humanizing Our Militarized Border

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The recent Encuentro (or Encounter) At the Border in the middle of Ambos Nogales — the term used to consider Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, as one community — was a wonderful distraction from the Donald and Hillary Show, which may be the most tiresome and preposterous encuentro in American political history. by JOHN GRANT For two days, from north and south, people trekked to the two Nogaleses to participate in the gatherings and… Humanizing Our Militarized… Read More »