It helped thousands, but has been scratched with little or no consultation outside.
Toni Hassan is a Canberra writer and Adjunct Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University.
The latest grenade has been lobbed under the cover of foreign donations reform, bizarrely egged on by the largely foreign-owned mining industry.
Rest and work don't take away from each other: they sustain and improve each other.
You don't need the scars of dispossession and poverty to see the case for a change of date.
The virtual world eliminates the common ground that draws real communities together.
They create stress for many, but do they actually tell parents anything useful?
Our children's rites of passage don't need to involve alcohol.
Politicians who send empathetic letters to voters, but do nothing in their party room, are complicit.
Our greatest tragedy is the absence of a sense of the tragedy.
The emergence of extremism among the displaced populations is a real possibility.