Bigotry In The Name Of God: The Case Against Religious Exemptions – New Matilda

Religion and its representatives and adherents remains predominantly regarded as respectable individuals of good character, compassionate in attitude, peaceful in mood and caring and non-judgmental about others who are less fortunate in their lives. We all know that this picture is extremely flawed. It may certainly apply to some of the religious and adherents of many religions do indeed thrive on doing good works and helping those that are disadvantaged….

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The sugar conspiracy | Ian Leslie | Society | The Guardian

For many years, as a library manager, when questioning practices or introducing change I have been met with, in so many words, the proposition that: “but that’s not the way. We’ve always done it like this. Everyone else does it like this. Check with them. Why should we change” Such an attitude, at various times, created conflict between myself and my staff and between myself and my colleagues – not…

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ABBOTT & CO. ON THE ATTACK – Paramilitary Border force to have thousands of weapons-ready officers

FORCE Tony Abbott & his wealth backed LNP Government have made yet another move against democracy and civil liberties with the formation of the new “Border Force.” A stealthily conceived amalgamation of Customs and Immigration departments, this new paramilitary force will introduce around 5000 to 6000 armed officers with widely increased powers. This is a continuation of what has been a steadily continuing campaign of the Abbott government to restrict…

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THE METADATA MINE-FIELD: How your phone tracks your every move

FEAR. Tony Abbott has used this beast well to push through draconian legislative changes that have severely eroded civil libertie in this country. The legislative changes that give unprecedented powers to even low-level security personnel, that allow extensive surveillance on citizens without any reason other than the purported suspicion of someone, and the power to arrest and hold without charge for lengthy periods are just some of the perfidies that…

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My Outrage Is Better Than Your Outrage

It is easy to mock the feelings of others but not particularly clever. However, although I feel the tone of this article is somewhat patronising and derogatory of those who care, it also highlights a valid issue about which all of us may usefully think. Would love to hear your feelings about this topic Even when a dentist kills an adored lion and everyone is furious, there‚Äôs loftier righteousness to…

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Breaking Democracy’s Promise In Tony Abbott’s Team Australia

Democracy is as good as dead in Australia or certainly will be if Tony Abbott and Company are allowed to continue along their neo-liberal ideological campaign of effectively neutralising the wishes of other than its own supporters and carrying forward an agenda which ensures the rape of the continent and the continued and accelerating transfer of wealth from the poor to the wealthy. Abbott is either a very nasty man…

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