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Crime waves

November 13, 2017 - 09:54 -- Admin

There’s no sign of the crime rate dropping on TV, where the best efforts of leading production teams are dedicated to keeping it buoyant. On its Crime Time play-on-demand site, SBS provides a well-curated selection of no fewer than thirty-nine series from Canada, Britain, Romania, Argentina, France, Iceland and, of course, Scandinavia. You’d have to play some pretty serious catch-up to get across this lot.

How to avoid a violent end to the Manus Island stand-off

November 12, 2017 - 17:18 -- Admin

Back in October 2005, Australia confronted a looming humanitarian emergency not too different from the one the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says is unfolding on Manus Island now. A group of asylum seekers had been held for roughly the same four-year-plus period on Nauru as those now on Manus, and the Coalition government was being implored to act.

The hesitators

November 12, 2017 - 13:49 -- Admin

It’s been just over a fortnight since the High Court opted for what it admitted was a “harsh” reading of section 44(i) of the Constitution, because the nicer alternatives “would be inimical to the stability of representative government.” Since then, potentially ineligible MPs have emerged at a rate of over one per weekday, and stabilit

Duterte opens up a new front

November 10, 2017 - 15:14 -- Admin

Politics makes a very loud noise in the Philippines. Elections are fiercely contested, public debate is endless, and newspapers, radio and television — not to mention ubiquitous social media — carry news, opinion and the inevitable rumours non-stop.

Is a universal basic income “challenging but possible”?

November 10, 2017 - 10:23 -- Admin

If you want to understand how transformative a universal basic income, or UBI, might be, it’s hard to beat the story told by Guy Standing during the lecture he gave in Melbourne in 2015. He was talking about a UBI trial he had supervised in India in 2013 on behalf of UNICEF. The trial involved giving everyone in a particular village a guaranteed income — a UBI — for a year.

Farewell, Sylvia

November 9, 2017 - 16:28 -- Admin

Some writers find their voice early. Reading back through the film reviews Sylvia Lawson wrote in the early 1960s for the fortnightly magazine Nation feels much like reading her reviews for Inside Story, published between early 2009 and September last year. They’re lively, vivid, often acerbic, and the insights are conveyed with verve and conviction. Semicolons suited her particularly well; they allowed ideas to be juxtaposed in provoking ways.

Six propositions for Gonski 2.0

November 9, 2017 - 12:20 -- Admin

The issues paper released in September by the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools began with an undertaking to “focus on practical measures that work,” but continued to pose much broader questions. What should success for schools and students look like? How can funding be better used at the school or classroom level? How can we support ongoing improvement?

Trouble in paradise

November 7, 2017 - 11:39 -- Admin

At around 5 am Sydney time yesterday, a coordinated news story began to roll out across major media outlets around the globe. By the time most Australians were starting their day, the hashtag #ParadisePapers was running hot, with links to a plethora of news outlets.

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