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.
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.
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?
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 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 26, 2017
How the religious right stall climate action
While most religious leaders accept climate change, the Christian right in Australia and the US make scepticism a tenet of their politics.
August 5, 2017
The assisted dying campaign in Victoria
As the Victorian government makes the case for assisted dying legislation, a strategic campaign from social conservatives and religious groups hopes to torpedo the proposed amendments.
July 29, 2017
In court with Cardinal George Pell
As Cardinal George Pell faces the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on historic sexual abuse charges, he confronts a system unmoved by his status.
July 22, 2017
How the church is splitting the Liberal Party
Just as BA Santamaria’s forces once split the Labor Party, hardline Catholics are again threatening to divide politics – this time on the conservative side.
July 8, 2017
The people defending Cardinal George Pell
The criminal charges brought against George Pell have seen his defenders come to the fore.
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May 13, 2017
Deradicalising Indonesian terrorists
Amir Abdillah helped kill and maim dozens of people but the now-free convicted terrorist says he’s done waging holy war. With many fellow jihadists being released from jail, the spotlight is on efforts to deradicalise them.
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