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News September 15, 2018
Changing the discourse on suicide
Reflecting on the limits of language around suicide, the author writes of his own experience of depression and the call for a more open discussion of mental health.
News September 01, 2018
Pope Francis accused
Amid fresh claims of abuse and cover-ups in the Catholic Church – this time targeting the Pope himself – dwindling numbers of Irish faithful reflect a growing disquiet.
News September 08, 2018
Nauru’s fraught Pacific relations exposed
As host of this week’s Pacific Islands Forum, Nauru faced uncomfortable questions about its compromised relationship with Australia and censure of its stance towards China.
News August 25, 2018
Failing children held on Nauru
The lives of children detained on Nauru are hanging in the balance due to traumatic withdrawal syndrome, while the government fights in court to prevent them receiving medical care.
News August 18, 2018
White nationalists and the ’Sky King’
The man who stole a commercial aeroplane in Seattle, and took his life by crashing it, has become a folk hero to neo-Nazi groups and incels, drafted into a poisonous delusion that is becoming mainstream.
News July 21, 2018
Donald Trump’s unexpected critic
Following Donald Trump’s extraordinary capitulation to Russia, a Perth father whose three children were killed on MH17 becomes his clearest critic.
News July 14, 2018
Rescuing the Wild Boars
Miraculous good fortune came into play to locate the missing members of a Thai soccer team, trapped with their coach deep underground. Then, as the world held its breath, it took extraordinary expertise and cooperation to extricate them.
News July 07, 2018
Asylum seekers left to fend for themselves
The Turnbull government’s policy of reducing support for asylum seekers living in Australia has left refugee advocates fearing political ideology will leave people homeless.
News June 30, 2018
Exclusive: How our crisis hotline failed Sadif Karimi
In the weeks before her death, Sadif Karimi made repeated calls to a domestic violence hotline. She was told she was no longer a client.
News June 23, 2018
Death and dying in offshore detention
As the death toll on Manus and Nauru climbs to 12, the government maintains its merciless policy – now refusing a terminally ill man the right to die in Australia.
News June 16, 2018
Dorothy Hewett, Bob Ellis, art and exploitation
The sexual abuse of Dorothy Hewett’s two teenage daughters in the 1970s reveals a culture subservient to a myth of artistic freedom.
News June 09, 2018
Nauru’s new contempt laws
New contempt laws introduced by the Nauruan government threaten the judiciary, political opponents and freedom of speech – and are unlikely to meet with criticism from Australia.