Escape Routes


Sometimes, we all need to get away...

From mermaids and space matriarchs to fresh starts and flights of fancy, Escape Routes explores what it means to break out and break free.

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Five things to care about

Five things to care about


Power without values or purpose makes Australians vulnerable to the nihilism of populists and renders our institutions and deliberative processes incapable of the reform and change needed to secure future prosperity.

In the third instalment of her online series, political scientist Anne Tiernan considers the power and potential of collaboration.

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Through the window: Who are 'we'?

Through the window: Who are 'we'?


Would speaking the Statement aloud make its words an embodied part of me, singing through my cells and my blood? And if so, would that be disrespectful? Was voicing that ‘we’ yet another appropriation?

In our latest Through the Window, Ailsa Piper reflects on the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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Through the window: The final choice

Through the window: The final choice


The passage of VAD laws in Queensland on the afternoon of 16 September was emphatic. With both major parties allowed a conscience vote, the legislation passed 61–30. From the ruling Labor Party, who hold a five-seat majority, only three voted against.

In our latest Through the Window, journalist and author Andrew Stafford examines what Queensland's new voluntary assisted dying legislation means for dementia sufferers.

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