We cannot attribute a particular characteristic, whether positive or negative, to religion as religion does not have the ability to act.
When public policy is being shaped, it is incumbent upon public figures to be better versed in discussions surrounding religion.
The royal commission is committed to hearing from children and young people directly.
Only when adults and institutions hear from children and young people directly, take their views and ideas seriously and act on what they say will institutions will become safer places.
Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adaweya Square before and after the August 14 massacre of more than 800 peaceful protesters in 2013.
Two years ago, on August 14, more than 800 protesters against a coup were massacred in Cairo. A court recently upheld the death sentence for Egypt's ousted elected leader.
In a marriage, a man and a woman beget children who are ‘flesh of their flesh’.
The reality, for all intents and purposes in areas like the law, superannuation and dealing with financial matters, is that same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples.
‘Goddesses of Democracy’ in the 21st century: Thomas Marsh sculpted a replica (left) in Washington DC of the statue destroyed in Tiananmen Square in 1989; on the 21st anniversary of the massacre, Hong Kong students erected a statue on campus (centre) after police had seized a plastic replica.
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Democracy – despite being considered by many as the only legitimate form of government – has no laureates to call its own.
For awareness campaigns to succeed, people need to relate to the message.
Many public awareness campaigns fail to change attitudes and behaviours because they start from the flawed premise that just telling someone something is bad will make them stop doing it.
Reclaim Australia supporters at the April rallies displayed a mix of liberal and anti-Muslim slogans.
If Reclaim Australia were rallying Muslims, the liberal media would examine its religious inspirations. Yet the media treat its supporters as disgruntled individuals rather than Christian representatives.
Wolf Hall is based on historical events – but its producers don’t claim to be telling a true story.
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Historical representation is far more complex than merely providing the facts – which is why debate continues to rage about the authenticity of popular televised historical dramas such as Game of Thrones and Banished.
Our current focus on the drug ice takes the spotlight away from the harms of excessive alcohol use, which is actually a bigger problem in Australia.
Alcohol-related violence is a much bigger problem in Australia than the harms of illicit drugs but we tend to overlook the former because the latter gets more headlines.
The papal encyclical Lautado Sii will likely place climate change within an economic system that promotes overconsumption.
The long-awaited papal encyclical on the environment could have a significant influence on conservative politics around the world.
Many low-scoring students think they’ve done better than they actually have, meaning they’re more likely to take risks in testing situations.
Confidence is a strong correlate to test scores, but many low-scoring students are over-confident and should be more realistic about their abilities.
Different questions for low and high achievers is actually beneficial for judging how students at each end of the spectrum are going.
Tailored testing where the test gets easier or harder depending on how the student is faring actually gives us a better idea of how students are going.
Are the best parts of unis – students collaborating and sharing ideas – going to be lost in a mass university system?
When universities began expanding, they became more inclusive. While this is a good thing, scholars often look at their large class sizes and lament that half of the students won't set foot in the lecture theatres or libraries thanks to technology.
We need to determine if there is any point in maintaining the concept of ‘race’ in the Constitution.
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Will completing the Constitution without making any substantive changes satisfy Indigenous Australians or make any real difference to their lives? Ahead of the proposed referendum on Indigenous recognition, such questions are vital.
The story of Johnny Depp’s dogs and their potential fate attracted global media attention.
Behind the uproar over Johnny Depp's dogs lies a serious and evolving idea: our animal companions have an important place in our lives that entitles them to rights akin to a sort of citizenship.
Religion can be a force for peace, the goal of these Australian religious leaders, or conflict – the believer and not the religion itself bears the responsibility.
There are religious and non-religious extremists and we should not confuse violent believers with religion itself, which has a long history of peacemaking.
Is it too commonly assumed that racism is a major contributor to the problems of Indigenous Australia?
Can we trace modern-day racism against Indigenous Australians to the country's British invaders? Often when trying to extinguish a fire, it is more important to know what sustains it rather than what started it.
How will they feel if they find their parents are monitoring their every online movement?
Teenagers need to trust their parents and learn about trusting others. Apps like Teensafe might undermine both.
Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel marched in record numbers at the 2015 Mardi Gras, led by senior Defence officers – a stark contrast to the way gay veterans were treated in the past.
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On Anzac Day 1982, five gay veterans tried to lay a wreath at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, but were turned away by the Shrine Guard and the state RSL president. This year, that won't happen.
A second teaser for The Force Awakens has been released – a gift for the truly devoted.
Star Wars is not a complete picture of human life, but is a way of pointing us to contemplate and live life more authentically.