Stephen Hall

March 30, 2016

Standing on the Outside: the Challenge of Radical Islam to West and the Christian Church

Cold Chisel’s classic Australian anthem ‘Standing on the Outside’ always made me think about how outsiders – or those seen as the other – perceive Australia’s good life. The anti-West polemic which is attracting countless people […]
March 30, 2016
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Sorry Day: remembering and unfinished business

During the twentieth century Australia removed tens of thousands of Indigenous children from their parents, families and communities. In 1997 a 600-page report titled “Bringing Them Home” was tabled in […]
March 29, 2016

The Purpose of Politics is the Common Good

A headline in this morning’s Sydney Morning Herald boldly states Demagogues are sucking the air out of genuine public debate. Which leads nicely into something I have been drafting over the […]
March 24, 2016
Dissent Protects Democracy

Continuing attack on voices of dissent in what was once a civil society

After cutting funding to community legal centres (CLCs) in 2014 the Australian Attorney-General, George Brandis,  then claimed that with the limited resources available, funding for legal assistance through CLCs must […]