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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


The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat: Why Does Sport Matter So Much to Us?

9/26/2017
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Why should something so seemingly trivial, whose consequences are fleeting if not nugatory, command the passions the way sporting contests do?

Duration: 00:40:21


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

9/19/2017
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In a time of gross unaffordability, is the presumption of home ownership a thing of the past?

Duration: 00:39:48


Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar: Was the world’s faith in Aung San Suu Kyi misplaced?

9/12/2017
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The violence in Myanmar is an urgent reminder of problem of political idol-worship, a warning of the inherent dangers of democratic reform, and a spur to reflect on what is needed to effect thoroughgoing political change.

Duration: 00:39:31


Disasters and the media: Why must emotion trump understanding?

9/5/2017
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Is the only time we can discuss the truly ‘big issues’ when no one is paying attention?

Duration: 00:29:31


The ethics of presidential pardons

8/29/2017
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Is legalism the right response to abuses of executive power, or are mercy and discretion vital for the proper functioning of justice?

Duration: 00:40:10


What are the limits of religious freedom in liberal democracies?

8/22/2017
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Does Australia need a positive statement of religious freedom as a basic right?

Duration: 00:38:58


No Success Like Failure: Why Politicians are Bound to Disappoint Us

8/15/2017
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Why are political idealism and unprincipled opportunism equally dangers to the wellbeing of the body politic?

Duration: 00:39:34


Addressing Homelessness: When Did Our Social Sensitivities Take Precedence Over Our Sense of Justice?

8/8/2017
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There’s no minimising how complex the problem of homelessness is. But perhaps the place to begin is by addressing our own sense of disdain and distaste.

Duration: 00:39:49


Dual Citizenship: What is Gained? What is Lost?

8/1/2017
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Is dual citizenship now a kind of way-station between nationalism and cosmopolitanism?

Duration: 00:39:20


Who Bears Responsibility for Vast Inequality?

7/25/2017
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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: 00:37:48


Organ and Blood Donation: Can We Overcome our Reticence to Give of Our ‘Selves’?

7/18/2017
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How do we overcome the gap between our attitude and behaviour towards organ and blood donation?

Duration: 00:35:00


Bonus - The Politics of Superheroes: Comics and the Real World

7/12/2017
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The world of superheroes has long been intertwined with the political and social realities of our world.

Duration: 00:55:06

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