Remembering Gough Whitlam

As much of Australia mourns the passing of former prime minister Gough Whitlam, we bring you a few of the memories and lasting legacies from his ground-breaking reform towards social democracy. Continue Reading →

Australia goes backward on climate change

When the government was finally successful in repealing the carbon tax in July, it cemented our place in history: the first developed country in the world to remove a price on greenhouse gas emissions. Continue Reading →

CLCNSW launches Reconciliation Action Plan

Community Legal Centres NSW (CLCNSW) recently launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in an effort to address the significant barriers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face in accessing justice. Continue Reading →

A system of cruelty

They are the most vulnerable members of society, yet they are trapped behind bars for indefinite periods with little hope of a future. Camille Howard explores Australia’s practice of placing asylum seeker children in detention, an issue fast becoming a national disgrace. Continue Reading →

Restoring hope — if only

This week is Refugee Week, where Australians are encouraged to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees, while celebrating the positive contributions refugees make to Australian society. Continue Reading →

Winners and losers: Budget 2014

Well, the Budget has been handed down, and as expected, families, low income earners, health and education were the big losers. Mining, infrastructure, defence and medical research is sitting pretty, though. Here’s the verdict from the Twitterverse…   Continue Reading →

Inquiry into children in detention

The Australian Human Rights Commission is currently holding an inquiry into children in immigration detention, looking at the short- and long-term impact detention has on children. Continue Reading →

Commission of Audit report: Australians weigh in

Twitter nearly broke today when the much-anticipated Commissioner of Audit report was released. Unfortunately there’s not much to celebrate for families, pensioners, the disadvantaged, students and the sick. Big business has more reason to smile, though.  Continue Reading →

A question of numbers

These next few weeks are all about numbers. And with the biggest number cruncher, the May Budget, only a fortnight away, there has been plenty of speculation about what Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s cost-cutting government is going to deliver.  Continue Reading →

Meaning of memes

They are clever, concise and have a popularity that enables them to spread like a virus (some even involve felines), and memes offer a great way to make a statement. Continue Reading →