Australia


Australia’s Greenslide

Michael Cook | 24 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, Greens
Same-sex marriage is back on the agenda now that social radicals have the balance of power.


Women on the work-life tightrope

Misty de Vries | 05 May 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, women, work-life balance
Even in laid-back Australia women are losing the struggle to balance a place in the workforce with their place in the home.


‘Equal parenting rights after separation’ law under threat from Australian government

Warwick Marsh | 08 February 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Australia, divorce, parenting
It appears that the Australian government has embraced a campaign to roll back moderate changes to family law made in 2006 giving children equal access to both their mother and father in the event of separation. At the time these changes were endorsed by both Government and the Opposition.


Sorry, but we are still abusing children

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 November 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Australia, child abuse
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to former orphans and child migrants who suffered a lack of love and care -- if not outright abuse -- highlights another chapter in the heartrending story of children treated as chattels by enlightened and progressive nations last century. Sadly, it is a story that is still being written.


At least in Oz, universal cover is good sense, not socialism

Angela Shanahan | 19 November 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, Obamacare
An Australian journalist explains why her country’s health insurance system leaves Obamacare in the dust.


Getting Real

Pauline Cooper-Ioelu | 20 October 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, sexualisation of children
Australian academics and activists collaborate in a new book to challenge the sexualisation of girls.


Australia’s population booms

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Australia, birth rates, immigration
Last week, as the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced a 2 per cent leap (439,000 people) in the country’s population in the year to March, a huge dust storm blew in from the arid interior to blanket much of Eastern Australia. Are the two things connected?


Marriage movement makes waves in New Zealand

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Australia, marriage, New Zealand

The marriage movement is making itself felt in Australia and New Zealand with the publication of a report, 21 Reasons Why Marriage Matters, this week. A coalition of marriage and family advocacy groups is backing the report, which is based on local and international research showing the benefits of marriage over alternative arrangements for family life.



Girls, unprotected

Melinda Tankard Reist | 08 May 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: Aboriginal Australia, Australia, contraception
The insertion of long-acting contraceptives into the bodies of young girls does not protect them from sexual abuse. It sets them up for greater exploitation.


Sincerely sorry

Michael Cook | 24 February 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: Aboriginal Australia, Australia
The thing Australians should really feel sorry about is trashing the Aboriginal family.


Australia’s Outback shame

Michael Cook | 30 June 2007 | FEATURES |  
tags: Aboriginal Australia, Australia, incest, pornography
Sexual abuse is so rampant amongst Aborigines in remote communities that the Army has been sent in to clean up the mess. Whose fault is it?


Remembering a poet of commitment

Michael Cook | 15 October 2006 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, commitment, poetry
Thirty years after James McAuley's death, his verse has lost none of its brilliance.


Lawful but not just

Joseph Azize | 01 February 2006 | FEATURES |  
tags: Aboriginal Australia, Australia, euthanasia
A few years ago Australian Aboriginal communities were asked what they thought of euthanasia. Their response was thoughtful, deep and negative.


POSTCARDS: A bush holiday

Greg Morgan | 26 November 2004 | FEATURES |  
tags: Aboriginal Australia, Australia
CENTRAL AUSTRALIA: 850km northwest of the town of Alice Springs, 12 bumpy, hot and dusty hours away, is an Aboriginal community called Balgo. About 450 of the Kutajanka people live there. Most do not work and rely on government benefits, though some have jobs at a local mine.


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