It is this success and all the hard work that preceded it that we are now jeopardising by pursuing not only a selective immigration policy but also a deliberately repressive one.
Opposition to a plebiscite basically assumes that the public will vote against gay marriage, so a plebiscite shouldn't be held because the public have no rights in this matter.
The reformist leader of the post-Mao revolution understood that if the Chinese state was seen to capitulate to the Tianmen Square demonstrators the Communist Party of China’s (CCP) monopoly on power would inevitably be undermined.
The persistent, gruesome alibi in this awful mess has been the good Samaritan nonsense of preventing asylum seekers and refugees from drowning on route to Australia.
For Australia, we need to acknowledge we have a problem in the way we are treating asylum-seekers.
As a result my adversaries are more than ready to deviate from the laws of discourse, veering off into
ad hominem, red herring or appeal to emotion fallacies.
But if we wish to reform and walk beyond mere sanctimony, we cannot do so by simply exclaiming racism.
Human sensibility has been given another sound beating with the leak of 2,116 incident reports from Australia's remorseless detention camp on Nauru.
According to this traditional understanding of the human being, homosexuality does not define the essential dimension – which is the soul or conscience – of any person.
The Turnbull government has come down rather heavily in its response to a spate of attacks in France and Germany, deciding that it is time that something be done in the face of this supposed global madness.
Australia, of all nations, could be the first to show the world that people of many creeds and beliefs can live together in peace.
A quiet word; an attitude; a suggestion; an expectation; a sense of burden; an assumption that life with disability is not a worthy life.