Criminals today, neighbours tomorrow

  Is prison for punishment or rehabilitation – and what’s the alternative?   Unlike many of the theorists illuminating the complexities of crime and punishment, Peter Moskos has first-hand experience. Moskos spent several years on the midnight shift as a …
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We Weren’t Ready for a Female Prime Minister

After the week we’ve just had, even the most ardent supporters of the view that Gillard has had it no worse than her male counterparts would probably have to concede: we weren’t ready for a female Prime Minister. We’ll never …
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The case for (and against) vaccination enforcement

Last week, NSW Health Minister Jillian Sinner announced “fines of up to $4,000 for child care centres that do not check that each child has been vaccinated or formally exempted before they are enrolled” (ABC). The move follows a recent …
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Do blonde women cause more bad journalism than old men?

The Age successfully trolled the internet yesterday when it posted an opinion piece from retired journalist Geoffrey Barker about why young pretty blonde females aren’t good journalists. Unsurprisingly, the piece has drawn significant disagreement. Former (attractive) commercial television news reporter …
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