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baghdadi’s death is a huge blow to islamic state, but history suggests it won’t guarantee a safer world

Baghdadi’s death is a huge blow to Islamic State, but history suggests it won’t...

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may not be irreplaceable, but in many respects he was uniquely suited to the times in which he led.  AAP/EPA/ al Furqan ISIS media wing handout “A very bad man” has been...
why the government’s proposed facial recognition database is causing such alarm

Why the government’s proposed facial recognition database is causing such alarm

Andrew Hastie said the broad objectives of the identity-matching system were sound, but key changes were needed to ensure privacy and transparency.  Lukas Coch/AAP Since before the 2019 election, the Morrison government has been keen...
australian governments have long been hostile to media freedom. that’s unlikely to change any time soon

Australian governments have long been hostile to media freedom. That’s unlikely to change any...

The “blackout” campaign by media outlets attracted much attention, but the government’s mindset appears to be fixed. Kelly Barnes/AAP The unprecedented blackout of front pages by Australia’s newspaper publishers this week is a highly significant...
who’s responsible for the slaughtered ex-racehorses, and what can be done?

Who’s responsible for the slaughtered ex-racehorses, and what can be done?

Animal activists stage a protest during Caulfield Cup day at Caulfield Race Course in Melbourne, following shocking hidden-camera footage revealing the slaughtering of former racehorses. AAP Image/James Ross Last weekend saw protests at Caulfield racecourse,...
the biggest hurdle for the coalition’s religious discrimination bill: how to define ‘religion’

The biggest hurdle for the Coalition’s religious discrimination bill: how to define ‘religion’

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils says the bill doesn’t go far enough to protect religious minorities in an increasingly intolerant society. Dan Himbrechts/AAP The Coalition government’s proposed religious discrimination bill has been criticised for the potential...
cattle prods and welfare cuts: mounting threats to extinction rebellion show demands are being heard, but ignored

Cattle prods and welfare cuts: mounting threats to Extinction Rebellion show demands are being...

As the movement grows stronger, so does the government’s attempt to stop it. AAP/Erik Anderson Scores of arrests have been made across Australia as the Extinction Rebellion entered its fifth day of protests. The activists are...
coal miners and urban greenies have one thing in common, and labor must use it

Coal miners and urban greenies have one thing in common, and Labor must use...

Coal stockpiled before being loaded on to ships at a terminal in Gladstone. researchers say Labor should not “cozy up” to the coal industry.  Dave Hunt/AAP Months after Labor’s shock election loss, it is still...
when mothers are killed by their partners, children often become ‘forgotten’ victims. it’s time they were given a voice

When mothers are killed by their partners, children often become ‘forgotten’ victims. It’s time...

Ethical safeguards mean the effect of domestic homicide on children is rarely researched. Shutterstock Last month, eight women died as the result of male violence in Australia. Five were within one week. In six of...
explainer: what is extradition between countries and how does it work?

Explainer: what is extradition between countries and how does it work?

Malka Leifer’s extradition process has been in train since Australia lodged its request with Israel in 2013. AAP/supplied Extradition cases are relatively rare but often controversial. Many in Australia are following the case of former...
with 15 other children, greta thunberg has filed a un complaint against 5 countries. here’s what it’ll achieve

With 15 other children, Greta Thunberg has filed a UN complaint against 5 countries....

Whether or not the petitioners are successful, the mere act of filing the complaint has already brought the matter into the public eye. Justin Lane/EPA On Wednesday, climate activist Greta Thunberg joined 15 other children...