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Myopic compassion What makes people driven by compassion support harsh refugee policies? André Dao
Tuesday, 9th December 2014
“Coming to a decision on this bill has been, without a doubt, one of the hardest decisions I have had to face – a choice between a bad option and a worse...
 
 
Gathering storm The assault on self-determination in the West Russell Marks
Thursday, 4th December 2014
Aboriginal people began to move back into remote communities, or outstations, on their traditional lands in the early 1970s. It was a conscious movement, a...
 
 
Australia under surveillance Liberty vs safety – the dark conundrum Frank Moorhouse
Wednesday, 3rd December 2014
There is a fundamental paradox confronting a democracy: is a secret agency needed for its safety as a democracy? If so, is the secret agency once established...
 
 
Pushing the button On Tony Abbott's pledge to keep the faith with the Australian people Mungo MacCallum
Wednesday, 3rd December 2014
Tony Abbott has, we are told, hit the reset button: he will be more open, more consultative and more, well, honest. ...
 
 
Boundless plains to share? The government's assault on citizenship Alex Reilly
Tuesday, 2nd December 2014
When the Abbott government changed the “Department of Immigration and Citizenship” to “the Department of Immigration and Border Protection” immediately after...
 
 
Editor’s Note December 2014 – January 2015 Nick Feik
Monday, 1st December 2014
Summer is upon us, and for many it heralds a hard-earnt break. ...
 
 
Solidarity forever Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's 'Two Days, One Night' and Matthew Warchus's 'Pride', reviewed Anwen Crawford
Friday, 28th November 2014
“The only way to stop crying is to fight for your job,” says Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) to his wife Sandra (Marion Cottilard) in the Belgian film Two Days, One...
 
 
Team sports Has Tony Abbott lost his cheer squad? Michaela McGuire
Thursday, 27th November 2014
How better to make sense of the state of the nation than through a sporting analogy? ...
 
 
There is no Left A figment of the Right's imagination Russell Marks
Thursday, 27th November 2014
In July, incoming senator James McGrath became the latest Liberal Party politician to accuse the ABC of bias. “While it continues to represent only...
 
 
Clivosaurus The politics of Clive Palmer Guy Rundle
Wednesday, 26th November 2014
Saturday, 3 July 2014, and outside Coolum, along David Low Way on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, the cars were backed up for a stretch, heading into the...
 
 

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