Private security companies - the fat cats of war

2007 - Volume 10 Number 9

The use of private military contractors needs to be re-evaluated, especially when used in armed roles. The reevaluation needs to determine what roles are appropriate for private companies and what is necessary in public service, especially armed roles within counterinsurgency and contingency operations. More and more roles are being outsourced which has consequences for the overall mission.

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Human Trafficking in Australia

2007 - Volume 10 Number 8

Human trafficking is a complex crime that transcends national boundaries and impacts on many different countries, including Australia. The purpose of trafficking is sexual or labour based exploitation where the victim is usually deceived about the type and conditions of work they are being recruited for. Australia’s effort to tackle this crime has come from both the government and the community, however combating this phenomenon is no easy task – especially since there is widespread disagreement as to the types of conduct that amount to trafficking.

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Con Jobs: Why WorkChoices and Welfare to Work fail the vulnerable

2007 - Volume 10 Number 7

Recent changes to Australia’s industrial relations and welfare systems are carrying a very real human cost – and it is our most vulnerable citizens who are forced to pay the price.

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Home Truths: The Housing Crisis in Australia

2007 - Volume 10 Number 6

Our homes offer shelter, a refuge from the world and a financial asset. Indeed access to safe and secure housing is a human right. However, in light of soaring housing prices and the cramped and competitive Australian housing market, home ownership is becoming a struggle, housing stress is on the rise, and the amount and quality of social housing available for vulnerable Australians is undermined.

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Rights for Gay Australians

2007 - Volume 10 Number 5

Rights for all people, including those who are gay, are guaranteed in various United Nations human rights conventions. As the Universal Declaration states, “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind” Discrimination against gays and lesbians can only serve to cause them and their families’ pain and suffering. It would be difficult to find a comparable group in society today for which we could justify such ill-treatment within general social situations; or legislated discrimination. 

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