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Liberal soul searching needs future focus

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A political eon ago, in 2013, Tony Abbott promised to end the soap opera. But the show goes on, viewers both entranced and appalled, into its umpteenth season.

Thank God the Churches have found their voices at the right time

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Last week, churches and church leaders around Australia intervened in the issue of sending asylum seekers, including children, to Nauru, following the High Court decision upholding the government’s legal power to do so.

Too much of a good thing? Let’s talk about it

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Do we have too many charities, attempting to do too much of the same thing? Are Australian charities creating unnecessary duplication as we compete for public donations and a shrinking pool of government grants?

Global Goals prove we’re all ‘aspirational now’

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Our new PM is right to say there's never been a better time to be Australian but this also means that there's never been a better time for Australia to get on with the job of building a better shared future with our neighbours. Published Huffington Post, 29 September 2015

Chance For a Change Of Heart On Refugees

Thursday, September 17, 2015

After 15 years of a deeply divisive and toxic debate over refugees, ordinary Australians have finally and decisively rejected the politics of fear. It is my hope that in doing so they will have also led our political leadership to a new and fairer place.

It's Time To Trust The Young

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Increasingly I find my country's past easier to explain than its present. Today's Australia confusingly lacks a coherent narrative or explanation for how we are doing things, and to what purpose.

Reconciling faith with political power

Monday, January 5, 2015

Julian Burnside is puzzled by Scott Morrison's faith. Burnside examines Morrison's maiden speech to Parliament, in which he stated that his values come from his faith in Jesus, and concludes that Morrison is a hypocrite (Comment, 23/12). Others, including myself, are puzzled that the most Catholic Coalition Cabinet in Australia's history can be so cruel in slashing our aid program – the lowest in our history.

Australia retreats from global challenges in hour of need

Thursday, December 11, 2014

There are some things we as a nation want to stop from happening. The continued spread of Ebola, which is delivering a dividend of misery across West Africa, and may eventually reach our shores, is one of them. The suffering of millions of people in Syria and neighbouring countries is another.

G20 Leaders Summit needs to look to balanced, inclusive growth as the answer to the economic (and investment) confidence question

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The world of today is doing its best to give the impression that it is falling apart. We are witnessing outbreaks of fundamentalism in many destructive forms. Some nations are retreating in fear from the Ebola epidemic instead of contributing to prevention and treatment efforts. And more and more ordinary citizens are loudly demanding that policy-makers incorporate the notion of fairness into their deliberations on global economic reform.

Childhood is the forgotten casualty of relentless war

Friday, August 1, 2014

On Thursday July 10 I was watching our local news in Gaza and heard there had been a missile attack which resulted in several deaths in the El Halabi family. Seven of my family members had been killed. In that moment the day’s news instantly shocked me to the core.