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How not to make a bed – synthetic drugs in Australia

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Sophisticated synthetic drugs are flooding the Australian market, and for every drug banned there are five others lurking in the wings. Emergency consultant and illicit drug expert Dr. David Caldicott says a temporary ban on these products is just a starting point to buy us some time.

The political outlook for 2014

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The Government and the Opposition are preparing for the year ahead. Dominic O’Sullivan predicts that the budget is going to be a major talking point in 2014.

Integrity and Transparency of the Ballot crucial in WA Senate Elections

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The Australian Electoral Commission was forced to apologise after they lost ballot papers in the West Australian Senate recount. Associate professor in political science Dominic O’Sullivan considers the prospects of new elections.

The Mess of Marriage Equality: The ACT and the Constitution

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The High Court will hear a challenge to the ACT’s same-sex marriage laws early next month. Binoy Kampmark describes the constitutional mess the marriage equality legislation in the ACT has become.

Multiculturalism in Australia the road to success

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Significant advancements in the multicultural landscape as well as some of the most divisive debates have been seen in recent years. Pino Migliorino from FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia) raises some of the key issues being addressed at their multicultural conference.

ESCAS proves to be a toothless tiger, again

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Recent graphic footage has put Australia’s live export trade back into the spotlight. Emmanuel Giuffre, Legal Counsel of animal protection institute Voiceless, argues that the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS) fails to protect Australian animals exported live.

Can a state provide marriage equality?

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Key law-makers in NSW and Tasmania have rejected same-sex marriage bills, while the ACT’s bid is said to be doomed to fail in the High Court. Rodney Croome urges our leaders to ensure that same-sex couples have the choice to legally marry, regardless of the legislative backstory.

End anti-competitive discounting of national supermarket chains

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The two national supermarket chains are locking shoppers in with cross-subsidised fuel and grocery deals, argues Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association. He urges both Government and Opposition to stand up for the consumers in Australia.

Paid parental leave and the possibility of structural change

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Tony Abbott’s proposed paid parental leave scheme has been widely debated. Kate Galloway analyses the arguments that are being made for and against it and argues that the scheme is only one part of a much bigger project.

Children in detention: child rights not refugee fight

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The new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has set the issue of asylum seekers high on his political agenda. Leila Druery, a refugee advocate for activist group GetUp!, describes the plight of children in mandatory detention and argues that their rights should come before political considerations.