Issue 1 December 2018

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COVER STORY Will Morrison and Shorten remove freedoms from faith-based schools?

It used to be that a disruptive boy could face discipline or be expelled from school for repeatedly putting girls at risk by entering the girls change rooms or toilets.

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Immigrants caught in English-language nether world

The International English Language Tests (IELTS) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) – a computer-generated English testing system – need to be closely scrutinised, as inconsistencies are becoming all too apparent in test results, affecting the lives of hardworking migrants who wish to continue to contribute to Australia.

CANBERRA OBSERVED China’s pushiness provokes pushback among neighbours

Increasing friction between the two superpowers of the 21st century, the United States and its nascent rival China, is coincidentally occurring in Australia’s backyard, so it was no surprise that deep divisions between the two countries came to the fore at the recent APEC meeting in Port Moresby.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS U.S. midterm elections leave Trump in charge

The midterm elections held in the United States on November 6 led to the Democrats winning a majority in the House of Representatives, but losing seats in the Senate, where the Republicans now have a clear majority.