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  • Emboldened Netanyahu maintains hard line against US-Iran deal

    Emboldened Netanyahu maintains hard line against US-Iran deal

    19/03/2015

    In coming days, a major US-Iran negotiation will conclude in success or failure. As long as the US and Iran remain opposed, the US is much less effective in working for peace and inter-communal harmony in Iraq and Syria. Israel is indifferent to these wider concerns and, fresh from this week's convincing election vistory, a newly invigorated Benjamin Netanyahu will continue to stress that the Iranian nuclear issue is 'existential' for Israel.

  • Confessions of a grumpy old man

    Confessions of a grumpy old man

    18/03/2015

    It is becoming common to describe people who offer political, economic and cultural comment in the mainstream media as Grumpy Old Men. It is a nice insult that warms the hearts of those of us whose commentary is confined to the fringe media. 'But, wait a moment', my inner self interrupts, 'Are you really so very different?' To blot out the sound of silent scepticism, I rush on, 'There is Grumpy and grumpy. There is surely a difference ...'.

  • Ode to the death of hippie idealism

    Ode to the death of hippie idealism

    18/03/2015

    In 1993 Joaquin Phoenix's brother, River, died of a drug overdose, in front of a club owned by Johnny Depp. Depp later starred in an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's drug-addled Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, prompting one film critic to wonder how Depp could see much humour in the material. One might now be tempted to ask the same question of Phoenix, who was present during his brother's fatal overdose.

  • In love with Sooty

    In love with Sooty

    17/03/2015

    She waits for me to get home at night. She meows at the door, and when I return gets under my feet. Sooty has been one of the best things to come into my life. I get entranced by her eyes, and I'm in love with her softness. Now I don't talk to myself, I talk to her. One week, when I was so poor, I spent the last of my money on her, on cat toys and a can of cat food and chicken drumsticks.

  • Political roadblock stalls remote kidney disease treatment

    Political roadblock stalls remote kidney disease treatment

    17/03/2015

    In 2011 the Commonwealth set aside $10 million for the NT Government to provide for dialysis patients from remote communities in Central Australia. But the funds remain in the Commonwealth's bank account, while the need is acute. Community organisations and others including Vinnies and Caritas are helping, but it's shameful that the needs of one of Australia's most vulnerable groups are still unmet long after funding has been allocated.  

  • Blessed are the taxpayers in Abbotts Australia

    Blessed are the taxpayers in Abbott's Australia

    15/03/2015

    In relation to the future of remote Aboriginal communities in WA, the Prime Minister said: 'It is not the job of the taxpayer to subsidise particular lifestyle choices.'  The statement raises this question: on whose behalf does the government govern? The logical response is: the taxpayer. We must then ask whether it works on a sliding scale - the more tax you pay, the more the government attends to your needs.  

  • Remote lifestyle choices need careful consideration

    Remote 'lifestyle choices' need careful consideration

    12/03/2015

    The PM's cavalier use of the term 'lifestyle choice' is totally inappropriate when referring to the people who will be affected by the proposed closures of remote Aboriginal communities. Undeniably it is expensive to sustain remote living, and effective schooling and health services are unfeasible. But we must avoid arbitrary decision-making, and implicit disparagement of people in remote communities.

  • Gods bikie trashes New Age feelgoodism

    God's bikie trashes New Age feelgoodism

    12/03/2015

    A new book by counter-cultural warrior and Christian God Squad motorbike club founder Rev John Smith says that feeling good about yourself may not actually be that good for you in the long run. It's not that he wants you to be depressed, but rather let your discomfort prompt self-reflection.

  • Medicare co-payment failed to understand illness as a relationship

    Medicare co-payment failed to understand illness as a relationship

    12/03/2015

    The Medicare co-payment was not accepted because it was seen as an altogether naked attempt by the Government to control health expenditure without concern for people and their relationships. Chronically ill people move from ordinary human society into the impersonal world of medical science and health bureaucracy, and their condition involves testing changes in relationships, both at a personal level and with institutions.  

  • A larrikin look at sinful sugar

    A larrikin look at sinful sugar

    11/03/2015

    Gameau's quest takes him to the Northern Territory, where the prevalence of high-sugar beverages has taken a dire toll upon Indigenous communities, whose access to nutritious foods has been stymied by government policy. Also to America, where he yarns with food industry spin doctors and witnesses the excruciating dental procedure a Kentucky teenager endures to reverse the effects of 'Mountain Dew Mouth'.

  • Nuclear weapons the biggest threat to our security

    Nuclear weapons the biggest threat to our security

    11/03/2015

    Competing for attention with the Gallipoli landing centenary is this year's 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. New evidence suggests that even a nuclear war involving a very small fraction of the world's arsenals would result in the atmospheric accumulation of so much particulate matter from burning cities that there would be reduced sunlight, agricultural decline and famine affecting possibly two billion people.   

  • How to be a gym junkie and a food junkie at the same time

    How to be a gym junkie and a food junkie at the same time

    10/03/2015

    How I love sweating in the gym. I frantically try to keep going on the treadmill to burn off as many of the naughty calories as I can. I can really feel myself spinning, almost like a spiritual awakening. My personal trainer is my motivator, and in many ways I feel like I have already won the battle of the bulge just by turning up.

  • Who to blame for Aboriginal homelessness

    Who to blame for Aboriginal homelessness

    08/03/2015

    Recently Cyclone Lam devastated large areas of Arnhem Land, resulting in much battered infrastructure in need of restoration. We can't blame the cyclone itself. Instead, the fragmented way we approach the problem of addressing the needs of the locals is more the issue.

  • Why Indonesians joke about our Chan and Sukumaran clemency pleas

    Why Indonesians joke about our Chan and Sukumaran clemency pleas

    08/03/2015

    President Joko Widodo has appeared consistently unmoved by Australia's pleas on behalf of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. Many Indonesians look upon Australian protests - especially those of our PM - as a joke. They would take us more seriously if we gave a thought to the nationals of other countries who are also on death row, and made it clear that we are not disingenuous when we talk about the moral abhorrence of the death penalty.

  • Images that empower women

    Images that empower women

    05/03/2015

    Studies confirm that sexualised images of slim young women used in advertising and popular culture lead to body dissatisfaction, psychological impairment and eating disorders. A new initiative from the non-profit LeanIn.org is fighting this entrenched culture through a partnership with Getty Images. It has created a photo library depicting females in many sizes, cultures and styles of appearance, but all strong and determined and in-charge.  

  • Intergenerational fairness goes beyond economic competition

    Intergenerational fairness goes beyond economic competition

    04/03/2015

    'Intergenerational' goings on are stirring public consciousness. On Thursday, Federal Treasury publishes its five-yearly Intergenerational Report. It provides a framework within which legitimate questions about winners and losers can be addressed, by including action on climate and narrowing wealth and international cooperation, rather than viewing society as merely the playground of competing individuals.

  • The dark side of a migrants American Dream

    The dark side of a migrant's American Dream

    04/03/2015

    Abel's life is pointedly contrasted with Peter's, a young truck driver who has been the victim of several violent assaults on the job. Peter idolises Abel, for whom the Dream has apparently come true - if Abel can make it, so too can Peter. The problem is that Abel's Dream stands on the backs of ordinary workers like Peter. Peter is a tragic antihero coming to learn that for many, the Dream will remain just that.

  • An ode to WOMAD

    An ode to WOMAD

    03/03/2015

    WOMAD - World of Music, Arts & Dance - and Adelaide go together in a portmanteau. Amidst the dirt, dust and crowds are moments of connection, transcendence and bliss. The magic happens for all of us in the park: the hippies and the yuppies, the artists and the vollies, the babies and the bats, in different ways and at unexpected times. This four day glimpse of the world as it could be sustains my own soul for a year.

  • State elections the biggest opinion poll of all

    State elections the biggest opinion poll of all

    03/03/2015

    The Victorian state election that ushered out the Napthine Coalition government last November was a wake-up call for the Federal government. The amazing Queensland state defeat for Campbell Newman in late January brought on on the Spill against Tony Abbott. But the NSW election at the end of this month is an ambiguous marker.

  • McClure Report a challenge for the new Scott Morrison

    McClure Report a challenge for the new Scott Morrison

    01/03/2015

    As the freshly minted Social Services Minister, Scott Morrison has moved quickly to soften the tough stance he took in the Immigration portfolio. But it won't necessarily be easy. Patrick McClure has presented him with a massively controversial report on welfare reform which, if acted upon, would significantly reduce the incomes of a million marginalised Australians.    

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