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Australia’s social harmony comes from its diversity

February 7, 2018 - 13:05 -- Admin

Sensible discussion about immigration levels is hard to have without it degenerating into xenophobic rants from people looking for someone to blame for their own circumstances, inadequate government, or people who just don’t like others who look, speak, dress or worship differently. But it is a discussion we should have. In the year from 30…

An Affectation of Intellectualism

February 6, 2018 - 15:00 -- Admin

You know, it had to come to this … this point in our conversations over the past year or so. We had to work our way here like trekkers toward the once avoidable peak … knowing at some point there had to be a confrontation between the “tribal” and the “sophisticate” as to which of…

A religious right to hire and fire?

February 6, 2018 - 12:45 -- Admin

Collectively, religion is one of the largest private employers in the nation, with unique exemptions from anti-discrimination laws. Will Ruddock’s Review recommend more? By Brian Morris Quite remarkably, a public majority will be unaware of the likely impact of Prime Minister Turnbull’s decision to empower the Religious Freedom Review. Few will grasp its social implications.…

Victim Mentality

February 6, 2018 - 12:00 -- Admin

By Cally Jetta The concept of ‘victim mentality’ is a tricky one. It’s an insult many of us Aboriginal mob have heard too many times in discussions about our history and activism. I have been accused more than once of ‘being stuck in the past’ and having a ‘victim mentality’ by frustrated people who disagree…

The new invasion of the Northern Territory (Part 1)

February 5, 2018 - 14:00 -- Admin

Part Six of a history of European occupation, rule, and brutal imperialism of Indigenous Australia, by Dr George Venturini. Turning ‘protection’ into ‘assimilation’ In 1928 the Australian Government asked J. W. Bleakley, Queensland Protector of Aborigines, to report on policy, including ‘half-caste’ policy, in the Northern Territory. His report proposed “blood quotas” as a guiding…