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COVER STORY Online census fiasco a cautionary tale

CANBERRA OBSERVED Tony Abbott: regrets, he's had a few, and those few he mentions

VICTORIA Volunteers put head on CFA, Cash pursues federal remedy

RURAL AFFAIRS Crisis in dairy industry escalates to new level

SOCIETY AND POLITICS Gays and lesbians can have happy marriages

SOCIETY AND RELIGION The science is in: God is good (for our children)

LAW AND SOCIETY Messing with marriage will hit constitutional bump

GENDER POLITICS Croome's blackmail gamble

TAIWANESE POLITICS Tsai remains in control after her first 100 days

MUSIC An industry that serves everyone bar the maker

CINEMA Villains under coercion: Suicide Squad

BOOK REVIEW A lose-lose country

BOOK REVIEW Grown in the 'burbs: a self-sufficiency plot

U.S. POLITICS The Good Ship Lollypop must be on the slipway

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COVER STORY Online census fiasco a cautionary tale
The chaos following repeated denial-of-service attacks on the Federal Government’s online census has important messages for Australian governments that have been toying with the idea of electronic voting.
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CANBERRA OBSERVED Tony Abbott: regrets, he's had a few, and those few he mentions
Much to the chagrin of his numerous vocal detractors, Tony Abbott has been a disciplined and constructive ex-leader of the Liberal Party through the election period and beyond.
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VICTORIA Volunteers put head on CFA, Cash pursues federal remedy
The dispute between Victoria’s 60,000 volunteer firefighters and the State Labor Government over the terms of a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) which delivers operational control over volunteers to the United Firefighters Union (UFU), has gone to court as News Weekly goes to press.
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RURAL AFFAIRS Crisis in dairy industry escalates to new level
A perfect storm has hit the dairy industry – deregulation of dairy and water, falling export prices, drought, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, duopoly supermarket price wars, debt and issues of corporate governance.
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SOCIETY AND POLITICS Gays and lesbians can have happy marriages
When U.S. Christian rock star Trey Pearson announced he was coming out of the closet and separating from his wife and their two children after 7½ years of marriage, he said that his wife had been his “biggest supporter” and that “she just hugged me and cried and said how proud of me she was”.
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SOCIETY AND RELIGION The science is in: God is good (for our children)
The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.
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LAW AND SOCIETY Messing with marriage will hit constitutional bump
Australia has an express provision in its constitution granting Federal Parliament power to introduce legislation on the topic of marriage and correlating issues. In light of such provision, an amendment to the federal Marriage Act (the Defence of Marriage Act) was enacted in 2004, which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.
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U.S. POLITICS The Good Ship Lollypop must be on the slipway
Feelings that there is something very weird going on in the armed forces of the Western World have been reinforced by the news that the Obama-dominated U.S. Navy plans to name a warship after homosexual activist Harvey Milk.
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TAIWANESE POLITICS Tsai remains in control after her first 100 days
Part 2 of a two-part series
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MUSIC An industry that serves everyone bar the maker
Can there be such a thing as the music industry? We are forever being told, both by governments and commercial players, that the “industry” must be “protected”, “supported”, “funded” or whatever.
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CINEMA Villains under coercion: Suicide Squad
It doesn’t help that there are reports of studio interference, with radically different cuts being fused together in response to preview screenings.
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BOOK REVIEW A lose-lose country
Because of the repressed lifestyle of its citizens, of which Tudor and Pearson expressively speak, the DPRK has a fascination with Western culture, albeit in the form of South Korean music and entertainment. But behind these noticeable frailties and fixations is a state whose uncompromising leaders yearn for political power, social acceptance from its people, and economic stability such as its affluent southern neighbour, South Korea, enjoys – although the North is continuously at war with it.
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BOOK REVIEW Grown in the 'burbs: a self-sufficiency plot
My Grandmother lived in Gosnells, on Perth’s southeastern periphery, then a rural area. She outlived three husbands, all military men. I spent every school holidays either with my Grandmother or my Aunty Agnes, who ran a boarding house in East Perth, then a very rundown semi-industrial area.
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GENDER POLITICS Croome's blackmail gamble
There is barely any example of gender-identity politics starker, or more reckless, than Rodney Croome’s use of LGBTI youth in his campaign to redefine marriage.
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