The furphies behind Pyne's class war

by Dr. David Zyngier The recommendations of the recent Commission of Audit in relation to education fly in the face of and totally reject the most extensive and significant review of school funding for 40 years – the Gonski Review and the Gonski-lite Better Schools...

Religious instruction has no place in our public schools

by Dr. David Zyngier The policy of Special Religious Instruction (SRI) or Special Religious Education (SRE) currently enacted through differing state education statutes across Australia, is an outdated and flawed model of segregated, unaccountable and unprofessional...

Australia trafficks and abuses asylum seeker children

by Linda Briskman and Chris Goddard Illustration: Andrew Dyson In the heated debates about asylum seekers, including the tragic death of Reza Berati on Manus Island, there is one group that is always forgotten: children. Ten years ago we lamented the fact that there...
Responses to the Sodastream controversy

Responses to the Sodastream controversy

In response to the attacks on Oxfam from leading Australian Jewish organisations for parting ways with Scarlett Johannson over her conflict of interest (promoting Sodastream while being an Oxfam Ambassador) ,  two letters were published in the Australian Jewish News...
Shulamit Aloni: "Like The Germans We Don't Want To Know"

Shulamit Aloni: "Like The Germans We Don't Want To Know"

Shulimat Aloni, The Grand Dame of the Israeli Left, has died at the age of 86.  For decades, she was an important voice for civil rights and peace in Israel, involved with left parties in the Knesset for 30 years and in civil society.   She was truly a woman of...
In Memoriam – Bob Kamener

In Memoriam – Bob Kamener

By Sol Salbe Bob Kamener who was a mainstayer of the AJDS for quite a few years, died in his sleep on the 3rd of December, 2014. He never pushed himself to the forefront but his generosity and wisdom played a key role in the many activities which the AJDS partook or...