November 2006

September 2006

Death becomes an excuse to savage ‘elites’ – now that’s nasty

by Clive Hamilton in The Sydney Morning Herald

Steve Irwin created a new genre of documentary called “nature nasty” which rejects attempts to portray animals in their natural environment going about their usual activities. Instead, it goes in search of the most dangerous, poisonous and bizarre and provokes animals into extreme behaviour. Irwin’s death provided a trigger for a gratuitous outpouring of hatred

August 2006

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May 2006

Minority groups target of vilification

by Andrew Macintosh in The Canberra Times

The Howard Government’s vilification of indigenous communities and their culture is another in a long line of morally repugnant diversionary tactics employed by a Government devoid of ideas and scrambling to retain the interest of the electorate. When the history of this Government is written, the events in recent times should be placed side-by-side with

Equality of Opportunity: Levelling the Playing Field

by Fred Argy in New Matilda

We drew out the broad elements of an active social strategy targeted at the major barriers to social mobility ”” children’s early development, public infrastructure deficiencies and inequalities of access to employment, health, education, training and housing. If it is to gain public acceptance, such a strategy would need to be preceded by a campaign

April 2006

Has the government been selling out Australia’s children?

by Emma Rush in On Line Opinion

Corporate chains – which now own around a quarter of centres in Australia – offer the lowest quality of care on all indicators surveyed, in some cases markedly lower than that provided by community-based centres. Beyond tightening up the centre accreditation processes, as announced recently, the government should consider offering capital grants to new community-based

March 2006

Why we should give a FCUK about advertising standards

by Clive Hamilton in The Age

Our state and local governments have also been cowed by the cultural and economic momentum of the marketing industry and their squadrons of boosters and lickspittles in the media. In the relentless drive to attract advertisers’ dollars into supporting public facilities and events, the guardians of public morals have lost their way, blinded by the

Tougher drug laws only scratch the surface of the problem

A recent Australia Institute report found that drug strategies should be treatment-orientated so that to ease the punitive burden on users we need to discourage people from using drugs and provide those who do with effective treatment. It also found that drug law enforcement is incapable of putting a significant dent in illicit drug markets,

October 2004

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