Inequality is not sacred

It’s sometimes difficult, looking from a male perspective, to immediately notice all of the ways that women are treated less equally than men in so many aspects of their lives.  There are the obvious ones:  the gender pay gap and lower levels of representation in public life, that no-one could miss, but sometimes we just don’t see inequality for what it is.

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Turnbull cherrypicks 'umpire's' decisions

Malcolm Turnbull’s lukewarm reaction to the report handed down last week by the bipartisan Parliamentary Joint Commission on Human Rights has contrasted sharply with his support for the ‘umpire’s decision’ of the Fair Work Commission to cut penalty rates.

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Australians think they understand ‘freedom of speech’, but few truly know the boundaries

Many Australians think we know what “freedom of speech” means but few truly understand where the boundaries are in our laws.

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What happened to the Rule of Law?

Last year many countries commemorated 800 years of the Magna Carta.  A deed that enshrined the Rule of Law’s protection of individuals against the power and resources of the state.  Less than 12 months later our television screens show horrific images of Australian children in a Northern Territory detention facility.

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Bullies not welcome

At Eid Down Under recently I had some halal lamb and cevapi and they tasted exactly like Australia. Despite being raised a Catholic in country Queensland I felt right at home at a Muslim celebration on Brisbane’s southside. It wasn’t a tradition from my childhood or my culture or my religion, but it was still enjoyable – and the food was delicious!

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The Government has shown complete contempt for the democratically elected Senate

The Abbott/Turnbull Government has shown complete contempt for the democratically elected Senate. The Government has repeatedly ridden roughshod over motions carried by Senate majority whenever it hasn't suited the LNP's political agenda.

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Worries of Season Hit Home

Christmas trees sparkle, carols play their familiar tunes and children tear wrappings from gifts.  This is the image so often seen in Christmas movies, on cards and, if we are very lucky, in our own lounge rooms.

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