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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.

Is a referendum on local government needed?

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The need for a referendum to reference local government in the Australian Constitution is debatable according to Dr Bede Harris. The senior lecturer in Law at Charles Sturt University asks why more important constitutional issues are not being addressed.

Are senior Australians being squeezed by the cost of living?

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The cost of living remains a major political and social issue for older Australians. The rising cost of health care in particular is a concern for an ageing population, says Dr Tim Adair from the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre.

Still a long way to go for Australia’s gun laws

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After the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania 17 years ago, Australia’s gun laws were significantly tightened. With Firearm Consultative Committees full of pro gun lobby groups, there is still a lot to be done, says Samantha Lee from Gun Control Australia.

The NDIS levy – a new era for tax, trust and open government?

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After the government announcement to increase the Medicare levy to help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Craig Wallace, President of People with Disability Australia, focusses on what this means for broader debates around taxation and accountability.