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Open letter to Parliamentarians: Dying without pain and with dignity

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Voluntary assisted dying is a sensitive topic that affects the whole of society. Hany Montan asks all members of states and federal Parlilaments to reveal how they stand on this issue.

Same sex marriage – the right to choose for everyone

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Same-sex couples are not allowed to marry in Australia yet. Gina Worldon argues that same-sex marriage should not affect anyone but the couples directly involved.

Student protests are, unfortunately, ‘un-Australian’

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Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne described student protests to higher education cuts as 'un-Australian'. Political ethicist Dr Piero Moraro says protest is just not part of the Australian culture yet and that's not necessarily something to be proud of.

Australia to amend parts of the Racial Discrimination Act

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The Abbott government has announced plans to amend sections of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), in particular Section 18C. Ben Mapuranga argues that this is not the time to change one of the pillars of Australia’s multicultural society.

Good intentions – unintended outcomes

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Designing public policy in a multi-disciplinary world is difficult. Peter Fritz gives examples of policies with good intentions and unintended outcomes.

Acting versus reacting - planning your financial future

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We don’t have much control over the recent federal budget. Michal Bodi explains which steps we can take to plan our financial future with a family budget.

Budget 2014 and the politics of ‘class warfare’

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The national budget presented this week has been met with resistance and has become a serious electoral gamble. Dominic O’Sulllivan says that some of the budget’s more far reaching measures won’t pass the Senate.

Raising the pension age will hit most vulnerable

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The federal government is considering to raise the retirement age incrementally. Robin Harvey, Charles Sturt University lecturer in Gerontology, believes any move to increase the pension age would hit the most vulnerable older Australians hardest.

Boost adoption rate through national target

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Tony Abbott has ordered a committee to report on adoption in Australia in May. Jeremy Sammut urges the government to take action and boost the number of local adoptions from care.

WA Senate re-elections – what does it mean for voters?

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The Senate re-election in Western Australia has come and gone almost unnoticed by a seemingly disengaged public. Dominic O’Sullivan argues that to enhance the democratic credentials of our system we need to make sure that the act of voting is sufficiently clear for a vote to mean what the voter intends it to mean.