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News December 24, 2016
2016: the year in review
In a year of extraordinary upsets, an unlikely candidate triumphed, detention remained a scourge and the world lost a wealth of talents.
News December 10, 2016
Sexual harassment in the media
The departure of The Age’s editor-in-chief due to workplace impropriety highlights the ongoing hypocrisy of the media as moral arbiter.
News December 17, 2016
Dylan Voller: ‘The problem is the justice system itself’
As Australia sees Dylan Voller’s face for the first time, the deeper questions of the royal commission are only beginning.
News December 03, 2016
Dennis Nona and moral questions about criminal artists
The sentencing of artist Dennis Nona for child abuse, and fresh reports of Donald Friend’s paedophilia, raises deeper questions about what we do with the art of fallen heroes.
News November 26, 2016
The Hazelwood closure and the future of the Latrobe Valley
While Hazelwood’s closure raises questions about the future of Latrobe Valley – and of energy markets – an insider says Engie got off lightly after the mine fire inquiry.
News November 19, 2016
‘Our hope is destroyed after every good news’
With details unresolved, refugees on Manus and Nauru are bringing cautious optimism to talk of US resettlement.
News November 12, 2016
The blank face of a new America
Donald Trump’s election to the presidency is a symptom of the decline of America and the numbness of its new reality.
News November 05, 2016
George Pell evidence rejected in royal commission counsel submissions
Newly published counsel to the child abuse royal commission rejects Cardinal George Pell’s evidence regarding known church abusers.
News October 29, 2016
What is going on with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange?
WikiLeaks’ publishing of emails hacked by Russia to embarrass Hillary Clinton shows that its founder has not changed, the world has.
News October 22, 2016
Culture war in offshore detention
The response to Four Corners’ Nauru report underscores a shift in the immigration debate from human lives to media bias.
News October 15, 2016
Donald Trump, a dangerous thug emblematic of America’s decline
From his vulgarity to his misogyny to his love of Putin, Donald Trump is running to destroy the great American experiment.
News October 08, 2016
Leaked UNHCR report: Manus Island world’s worst
As the government prepares to meet with the UNHCR, urgent action is being demanded on mental decay.