March 16, 2019
As Chief Judge Peter Kidd steadily reads his sentencing of George Pell, the author sits among those assembled in court, watching the cardinal, and considering the nature of power in the justice system.
March 1, 2019
George Pell’s conviction
The lifelong damage George Pell caused to his victims is now well known. In the wake of the cardinal’s conviction, his work and his prominent supporters are cast in a new and horrific light.
December 8, 2018
Captain’s call back
Amid a chaotic final sitting week of parliament, conservative Coalition MPs are furious at the prime minister for what they perceive as his betrayal over religious freedoms in schools.
December 15, 2018
Ruddock religious freedom report backfires
Established ahead of last year’s marriage-equality vote to quell conservative fears, Philip Ruddock’s long-awaited report has called for religious exemptions from discrimination laws to be scrapped.
October 27, 2018
The national apology and what comes next
After years of struggle, Chrissie Foster this week watched the prime minister apologise to victims and survivors of institutional child abuse. Now a new fight begins for redress.
September 15, 2018
The Liberals’ religious right
With the ascendancy of a Pentecostal Christian leader, the Liberal Party slides further to the religious right. But can it find salvation without the coffers of Malcolm Turnbull?
September 1, 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.
August 4, 2018
The politics of racism
The government’s rhetoric on race takes it into territory that is uglier and more targeted than even John Howard’s campaigns.
May 26, 2018
One billboard outside Gosford, amusing
Following the storming of his church by far-right activists, Father Rod Bower vows to continue his liberal preachings.
south and central asia
April 7, 2018
The plight of Rohingya women
As the minority Rohingya people flee persecution in Myanmar, none face greater hardship and suffering than Rohingya women.
south and central asia
March 24, 2018
Same-sex marriage in India
In India, homosexual sex remains illegal and deeply taboo, but the Arranged Gay Marriage Bureau and a highly ranked royal are working hard to change that.
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