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On my agenda – the importance of investing in health

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Doctors from across the globe came together at the H20 International Health Summit late last year. Grace Davies, one of the keynote speakers, explains the influence of climate change on existing health and development issues and what she and fellow Australian medical students are doing to address this.

Children in immigration detention: Worse than Guantanamo Bay?

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There is mounting evidence that children in immigration detention are subject to appalling physical and mental maltreatment. Angela Beresford speculates about the political motives of the Australian Government.

Celebrate Women

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International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on 8 March. It’s a day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. ActionAid is one of the organisations placing women's rights at the heart of what they do.

Overpopulation drives boats

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The debate around asylum seeker policy has become increasingly divisive this election year. William Bourke and Dr Jane O'Sullivan from the Stable Population Party say there are larger issues at play.

Harshness before sense? The PNG solution

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat will be processed in Papua New Guinea and resettled there, if found to be refugees. Binoy Kampmark explains why he doesn't agree with this hardline approach.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a United Nations initiative that is celebrated on 25th November. It is a global campaign, which reinforces the need to actively stop violence against anyone, particularly women.

International Day of Peace

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The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

It is designed to remind people around the world, regardless of their race, colour, nationality or social class, that peace is the ultimate goal of human society. Anyone is able to make a contribution by simply lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organisation, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense.

International Day for Tolerance

16/11/2012 00:00
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The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Tolerance is annually observed on November 16 to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative effects of intolerance.

International Volunteer Day

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International Volunteer Day (IVD) was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. IVD is now celebrated worldwide with thousands of volunteers involved in a range of IVD initiatives including clean-up campaigns, conferences, exhibitions, morning teas and many other activities all aimed to highlight the role of volunteers in their communities.

Volunteering Australia supports IVD and encourages all volunteer based organisations to be involved and celebrate volunteering.

Evil triumphant or a revolt at the PNG palace?

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The battle between Papua New Guinea's government and its judiciary has triggered a parliamentary move for a state of emergency in Port Moresby. Jon Ritchie says it's important that PNG doesn't stage its own brutal Arab Spring.