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indigenous affairs February 17, 2018


The failures of Closing the Gap

On February 13, 2008, the First Nations people of Australia received something for which we had waited decades. Kevin Rudd, having been prime minister for a little over two months, followed through on an election promise and apologised to the Stolen...

religion February 17, 2018


Representation and diversity

The city of Santa Fe sits 2200 metres above sea level, my new friend – an older, established writer who has lived here for decades – tells me as we drive along the highway, the Rio Grande a flashing blue knife on one side, ragged sloping bush on the...

law & crime February 3, 2018


#MeToo, corroboration and rape law

Dylan Farrow has been waiting an awfully long time for support. She first made her allegations of a 1992 sexual assault by her adoptive father, Woody Allen, in 2014. She has been shunned, disbelieved, her mother accused of coaxing her into the story...

indigenous affairs February 10, 2018


The case for treaty

Indigenous people are viewed as a problem in this country. We are a problem that is met by the powerful with “solutions” brandished like weapons to beat us down – from historical solutions such as murder, massacre, sexualised violence and slavery,...

indigenous affairs January 29, 2018


Dated politics of January 26

Writing this is hard. That is because Australia Day is hard. It’s been hard for me ever since I can remember. I’ve marched every year since I was a child. I’ve worn my Aboriginal flag shirt with pride and been sneered at. I’ve written about it for...

education December 23, 2017


Religious school discrimination

We have been a little bewildered by recent lamentations of many of the churches about threats to their lack of religious freedom and their fear of persecution. Particularly as we heard almost nothing from them about such discrimination before the...

education December 23, 2017


Religious school discrimination

We have been a little bewildered by recent lamentations of many of the churches about threats to their lack of religious freedom and their fear of persecution. Particularly as we heard almost nothing from them about such discrimination before the...

immigration December 16, 2017


False Labor and the birth of Manus

Only voters can create accountability for the bipartisan disaster on Manus Island. But that will mean penalising politicians who are popular. For once, on Monday, Peter Dutton was telling the truth. He had started off lying, in fact lying about...

rural December 9, 2017


Fighting the Santos pipeline

Last week I was working with my son Andrew on our farm 25 kilometres north of Coonamble when he received a message that there were trespassers on the neighbouring farm. A digital alert system had been put in place for such an event. Within minutes,...

indigenous affairs December 2, 2017


Date with enmity

The difference this year is that debate didn’t fizzle out in the weeks after January 26. The Change the Date campaign was vocal and successful for the entirety of 2017, which tends to suggest there has been a shift in community attitudes with...

law & crime November 25, 2017


The state and the right to die

Wednesday was a momentous day for Victoria. It was a momentous day for Australia. November 22, 2017, will be remembered as the day the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passed through the Legislative Council. It will return to the Legislative Assembly...