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Looking The Other Way Is No Longer An Option

Monday, September 19, 2016

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know." -- William Wilberforce, to the English parliament, 1789. Wilberforce was speaking of slavery in his dogged pursuit of abolition, but more than two centuries later, we are no strangers to looking the other way when it suits us, as it often does.

Suffer the little Syrian children: One year after the death of Alan Kurdi

Thursday, September 1, 2016

One year ago, September 2, 2015, the image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body lying face down on a Turkish beach flashed around the world. It smashed our hearts and, for a while, it seemed the world cared just a little more about the millions of refugees, half of them children, who have fled the war in Syria.

This is no time for wreckers

Friday, July 8, 2016

Australia is emerging from this federal election not so much divided as ambivalent. The parliament is almost evenly split, the Senate chaotic, Labor triumphant in defeat, Malcolm Turnbull much weakened after a political near-death experience.

The huddled masses have never been in greater need. What we will do about it?

Friday, July 1, 2016

No matter how Australia votes this weekend, there is an issue that must be resolved; the fate of the 1300 plus souls we have chosen to warehouse on Nauru and Manus Island, places that have become outposts of detention and despair.

Profit makers not the prophets that have the ear of our pollies

Monday, June 6, 2016

If the money to buy influence lies in corporate hands, who fuels the debate on the issues that affect us all?

If Your House Was Being Bombed, Would You Run?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Right now, more than 60 million people across the globe have found themselves making this awful choice.

A Budget Is Not Just A Financial Document, It's A Moral One

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

How you judge today's federal budget depends what you think a budget is for. Conventional wisdom has it that the best budgets stimulate the most growth. Conventional cynicism says the winner budgets are the ones that give enough prizes to the right voters to lock in a majority come polling day.

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.