Issue 21 April 2018

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In this issue:

The deeper causes of Australia’s social malaise

The recent controversy over Australian cricketers’ ball tampering in South Africa, the increasing incidence of road rage, “one-punch” attacks, home invasions, online bullying and public vandalism reflect a deepening malaise in Australian culture.

Queensland proposes transgender birth certificates

The Queensland Government of Annastacia Palaszczuk is proposing to change birth certificates to allow people to register as Male, Female, Indeterminate, Unspecified or Intersex.

Malcolm at 30 (polls): the cloud on Turnbull’s horizon

It is a sorry scenario that Australia’s political agenda and conversation is dominated by a fortnightly survey of 1,500 voters, whose views dictate political reporting to a degree that is totally out of proportion to their number or relevance.

Cardinal Pell firmly denies sex abuse allegations

As the four-week committal hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court concluded, Cardinal George Pell’s barrister, Robert Richter QC, stated that there was no evidence to support charges of historical sexual abuse against his client, after the examination of accusers and witnesses ended.

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