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What Good Did the Apology Do?

2/13/2018
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The historic Apology to the Stolen Generations was a potentially transformative step towards the righting of egregious wrongs. But were there dynamics at play that conspired to undermine its moral force?

Duration:00:40:19

Can Politics Be Freed from the Banality of Mass Culture?

2/6/2018
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In our current media-saturated age, content has become incidental to the real story, which is the entertainment-value of the political spectacle itself. Have politics and mass culture become too inextricably entwined to imagine one without the other?

Duration:00:40:06

Are Private Schools Morally Justified?

1/30/2018
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What is the purpose of education? What goods are schools supposed to serve? On what grounds could a parent, justifiably, opt out of the public schooling system?

Duration:00:39:55

Is There a Morally Credible Case for Not Changing the Date of Australia Day?

1/23/2018
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As the intensity of the Australia Day protests has grown, so too has the push-back from those who want to keep 26 January as a day of particular patriotic sentiment. But can such counter-arguments be morally justified?

Duration:00:40:24

Housing (un)affordability: Is social housing a moral imperative?

1/16/2018
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In a time of gross unaffordability, is the presumption of home ownership a thing of the past?

Duration:00:41:21

Is Speed Worth the Moral Cost?

1/9/2018
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In a time of speed, the integrity and intelligibility of our moral lives may well hinge on our capacity to remember that slower is most often best.

Duration:00:40:25

Can We Do Without Trust?

1/2/2018
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Unless we cultivate the capacity to trust, are we condemning ourselves to morally emaciated existences defined by fear, envy and mutual disdain?

Duration:00:35:34

Who Bears Responsibility for Vast Inequality?

12/26/2017
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Inequality is the defining social and economic reality of our time. But who should bear responsibility when poverty itself becomes moralised?

Duration:00:36:54

Is it possible to take an ethical holiday?

12/19/2017
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What are holidays for? What ethical considerations ought to constrain trips to remote and overseas communities? Is tourism just the latest manifestation of the colonial impulse?

Duration:00:40:09

2017: The Year That Politics Died?

12/12/2017
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Given the seismic events that shook Western politics in 2016 – most notably, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump – what is most remarkable about 2017 has been its tedium. Politics has become decidedly petty, unambitious and self-referential.

Duration:00:51:26

Unspeakable Harm: Can Pornography be Understood as a Form of Hate Speech?

12/5/2017
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Should pornography be considered an expression of hate speech rather than free speech?

Duration:00:34:44

The ‘Weinstein Effect’: What Dangers Are Lurking Within This Cultural Moment?

11/28/2017
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What has come to be known as the ‘Weinstein effect’ may well prove the defining moment of 2017. But the fact that it took allegations of this severity to achieve such a cultural groundswell says something about our broader culture of complicity.

Duration:00:37:43

Do Hospitals Have A Duty To Provide Treatment At Any Cost?

11/21/2017
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It is becoming increasingly difficult for public hospitals to balance the health and wellbeing of the patient with the stark reality of limited public funds.

Duration:00:32:15

The Same-Sex Marriage Debate: Are We Better For It?

11/14/2017
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Has the same-sex marriage debate made the disagreement between both sides more intractable than it was before?

Duration:00:47:17

From Uluru to Manus: Has Australia Lost its Moral Legitimacy?

11/7/2017
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The Federal Government’s response to asylum seekers on Manus Island and to the claims of the First Nations are underwritten by contradictory political logics, but is there a deeper malaise that drives both?

Duration:00:40:26

Can There be a Place for Robots within the Human Community?

10/31/2017
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made the rather startling move of conferring citizenship onto a robot named Sophia. Is our faith in artificial intelligence misplaced?

Duration:00:41:00

The Politics of Gender: Can We Resolve the Tension between Identity, Biology and Power?

10/24/2017
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Does the moral claim for recognition on the part of trans women challenge what it now means to be a ‘woman’? Does it redefine our understanding of the relationship between gender and biology?

Duration:00:36:42

Wrong to be ‘White’: Is Racism a Moral Problem?

10/17/2017
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Is ‘Whiteness’ best understood as a political-historical category, or is there a dimension to the experience of being ‘White’ that can only be registered in moral terms?

Duration:00:52:26

Is Hollywood’s fashionable politics just a screen for its lack of moral substance?

10/10/2017
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Can Hollywood films really provide occasions for genuine moral reflection and philosophical insight?

Duration:00:39:27

Bleeding Las Vegas: Why are tighter U.S. gun laws beyond reach?

10/3/2017
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Las Vegas joins a long and growing list of American cities to have been ravaged by mass gun violence. There is, it seems, a national mythos that puts gun possession beyond the reach of critical scrutiny for many Americans.

Duration:00:39:56

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