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Two worlds less Killing the Bali Two has nothing to do with stopping the drug trade Liam Pieper
Wednesday, 18th March 2015
In 1931, George Orwell published an account of an execution he witnessed as a member of the British Imperial Police in Burma. It recounts the moment when he...
 
 
Will the real “free press” please stand up? Mat Keneally
Wednesday, 18th March 2015
The “free press” is under attack. The government has passed a law that makes it a crime punishable by up to ten years in prison to disclose details of ...
 
 
My big fat Greek calamity – Part one: Theatre No one has clean hands when it comes to the Eurozone debt crisis Satyajit Das
Tuesday, 17th March 2015
The Greek crisis has riveted audiences with provocative dialogue (“immoral beggar”; “fiscal water boarding”), tested themes (a Greek David versus a German...
 
 
Fragments An extract from ‘Dear Life: on caring for the elderly’ Karen Hitchcock
Tuesday, 17th March 2015
A hospital is a place where a sick individual and their loved ones are taken in and shoved up against a group of strangers – clinicians – with whom they...
 
 
Fleeting parties Welcome to the political graveyard, PUP Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 16th March 2015
So the Palmer United Party (PUP) has exploded into its constituent fragments, leaving its founder and one apparently reluctant acolyte in the Senate to act...
 
 
Taking victims seriously An extract from ‘Crime and Punishment: Offenders and victims in a broken justice system’ Russell Marks
Saturday, 14th March 2015
“How would you like it if you were the victim of the crime you committed?” is a question magistrates often ask offenders during the sentencing process....
 
 
The untouchables The AMA operates without competition or counterpoint. So why does it get a free pass from both government and the media? Elle Hardy
Friday, 13th March 2015
The prime minister was solemn in parliament last week after the announcement that his government’s Medicare reform had been killed off. “What I well and...
 
 
Toughen up, princess Why is Mark Latham so obsessed with mental illness? Richard Cooke
Friday, 13th March 2015
Mark Latham is a man of rare abilities. Not many of those abilities are positive, but that doesn’t stop them from being impressive. Few people, for...
 
 
Low rate addictions How low interest rates became a panacea for the world’s economic problems Satyajit Das
Thursday, 12th March 2015
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut official rates in February 2015 by 0.25% to 2.25%, a record low. Current expectations are that Australian rates will...
 
 
Euphoria Tony Abbott has been buoyed by the polls, but celebrations might be premature Mungo MacCallum
Tuesday, 10th March 2015
Tony Abbott, we are told, has last week been holding intimate soirees with his colleagues, and his previously implacable chief of staff, Peta Credlin, has...
 
 

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