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Australia can't rely on 'deterrence' to excuse its immoral refugee policies

The only argument offered for Australia's torturous refugee policies is that it stops others ...  
The ethics of Manus Island

What is happening on Manus Island isn’t morally justifiable and neither is the behaviour of the ...  
Kevin Donnelly, the IPA, discredited studies and the Right's 'universal truth'

Kevin Donnelly uses a discredited IPA study as a benchmark for university education content and ...  
Moral Panic 101: Safe Schools and the new folk devils

Many social scientists of an older generation will have felt a warm glow at the appearance of ...  
Voluntary assisted dying: Solving the impossible trolley problem

Bills introduced to both NSW and Victorian state parliaments argue that voluntary assisted dying ...  
Mathias Cormann warns of Labor's 'reds under the beds'

Mathias Cormann warns of Labor's "shift to the left", but is socialism on the cards for Australia ...  
Artificial Intelligence: Will it really terminate the labour force?

It's almost scary to think that the world as we know it may well be run by Artificial Intelligence ...  
The Ali Fahour incident and sport's unseen violence

The tolerance of violence in sport is a symptom of a far greater malaise involving a largely ...  
Raiding superannuation: Housing, the debt trap and parasitic capitalism

Allowing people to raid their superannuation to buy overpriced homes is more evidence the system ...  
Grenfell Tower fire disaster: Engineering responsibility

In the aftermath of Grenfell Tower fire, people are asking how: how can this happen?  
The 'lucky country', the 'fair go' and getting what we deserve

We celebrate our good luck in Australia. But when things don’t always go our way we’d be glad ...  
Might monogamy be the real sexual revolution?

Many of us assumed free-love promiscuity was radical — but is it? Dr Mark Manolopoulos discus ...  
In case you missed it — abortion is still illegal in NSW and QLD in 2017

The debate over abortion is alive and well but there might be a flaw in the pro-life position, one ...  
Rare gems like Mark Colvin and the future of the fourth and fifth estates

The future of journalism and democracy lies in news and analysis that reflects the interests of ...  
Nimbin MardiGrass, cannabis law reform and political malaise

As the smoke clears from Nimbin MardiGrass, Dr Samuel Douglas examines the politics behind cann ...  
Power in Australia: The rich rule and the poor can help themselves

The wealthy and well-connected always have much more scope to exert influence in our society.  
Fourteen reasons why: The system's role in suicide

Shouldn’t the system take at least some of the responsibility for suicide?  
Politicians and their 'Australian values'

Our politicians may say they hold ‘"Aussie values", but their actions tell a different story.  

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