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Whitlam didn’t really end our old honours system. We’re still handing Orders of Australia to the wrong people

Whitlam didn’t really end our old honours system. We’re still handing Orders of Australia to the wrong people

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We think of Gough Whitlam’s Government as the most radical in our post-war history, dedicated to its leader’s ‘crash through or crash’ style. (In the end, it crashed.) But Whitlam’s approach to Australian Honours was bold only on the surface. Imperial Honours were scrapped. So today it’s rare for Australia’s worthies to run round town […]

Mark Crosweller ran the National Resilience Taskforce and Emergency Management Australia. He wants a compassionate narrative as well as accountability
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Mark Crosweller ran the National Resilience Taskforce and Emergency Management Australia. He wants a compassionate narrative as well as accountability

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As grief turns to anger, blame quickly follows. Australia's community spirit has shone through this summer’s disastrous fires, but there is also tension in the air, mixing with the toxic smoke. Fingers are being pointed left, right and centre and the recriminations have gone well beyond the usual cut and thrust of politics, activism and legitimate demands for public accountability. 

Can we thrive economically but save the earth at the same time? A review of ‘How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources―and What Happens Next’
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Can we thrive economically but save the earth at the same time? A review of ‘How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources―and What Happens Next’

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Andrew McAfee's new book, More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources — and What Happens Next, offers a thoroughly analytical, brightly optimistic take on technology’s impact on humanity — and a hopeful vision for what lies ahead, writes Vanessa Bates Ramirez.

Maranguka: how local leadership and social innovation are helping Bourke cut crime and improve lives
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Maranguka: how local leadership and social innovation are helping Bourke cut crime and improve lives

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Having been dubbed through mainstream media one of the most dangerous communities in the world, a collaborative community effort led by Alistair Ferguson has made remarkable progress in reducing Bourke's crime and incarceration rates, creating better-coordinated support for its vulnerable families and children, and reducing the number of its Aboriginal families experiencing high levels of social disadvantage.

The ‘sports rorts’ affair shows the government misunderstands the role of the public service

The ‘sports rorts’ affair shows the government misunderstands the role of the public service

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The government’s defence of Bridget McKenzie and the prime minister’s call for advice from the head of his department reveal a remarkable misunderstanding (or, less surprisingly, a remarkable misrepresentation) of the respective roles of ministers and administrators. In defending the actions of his deputy, Bridget McKenzie, National Party leader Michael McCormack said: if we only […]