Olga Havnen Examines a narrowing of the gap in life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada, New Zealand and the USA to between four and ten years – compared with a gap of about twenty-five years in Australia.
‘The old fashioned notion of setting out to discover what is really going on in the lives of such families and their communities has ceased to be the primary purpose of journalism. The circularity of the management of ideas and… more
Tracy Reibel looks at how medicalised childbirth has largely replaced the low tech, low intervention approach to a normal physiological event that has indeed been constant over time and across cultures and asks if this situation is actually in the… more
Daniel Donahoo Suggests that some serious decisions have to made if we accept that in fifty or a hundred years time we will not have the energy reserves to run the petrol driven vehicles we have.
Gillian Bouras ‘I learned too late about the signs of her intention: she seemed light-hearted, friends said, for the first time in ages, and she was giving people presents. Of course it turned out that they were her own possessions… more
Richard Harris Looks at an instance identified by Media Watch where a filmmaker was denied access to footage. Many documentaries seem likely to come within the ‘advocacy or cause’ definition, which suggests a real prospect of similar refusals in the… more
Most citizens remain outside the political system. Lyn Carson looks at our unrepresentative democratic system.
Tony Moore Suggests that the ABC should build on its best traditions to meet the needs of our diverse society in the digital age.
Sally Young takes a critical look at the election debate.