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Jon Eastgate
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Social policy professional, religious person, singer, writer.
Social policy professional, religious person, singer, writer.

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The People Smuggler
People smugglers are the comic book villains of Australian asylum seeker policy.  When he was Prime Minister in 2009, Kevin Rudd described them this way in the wake of a tragic event on an asylum seeker boat. People smugglers are engaged in the world's most...
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Good Cop, Bad War
A few years ago my daughter and I developed an addiction to the American crime drama Bones.  The story centres around a group of forensic scientists, the most brilliant of whom is forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.  This team of impossibly good loo...
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What is 'Christian Marriage'?
So, over the next couple of months we are going to be talking a lot about same sex marriage thanks to the governments decision to hold a 'national survey' on this question in place of the promised plebiscite.  Debate is hotting up already.  The level of vit...
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Game of Mates
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.  We all know that.  The question is, how do they do it? A couple of years ago I reviewed French economist Thomas Piketty's opus,  Capital in the 21st Century .   Piketty shows, using an impressive dataset and som...
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Fighting Hislam
The hounding of Yassmin Abdel-Magied is one of the more shameful incidents in the catalogue of Australian media misbehaviour.  Abdel-Magied is a young Sudanese/Australian woman who is proudly Islamic, wearing flamboyant bright-coloured headgear and speaking...
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The (Universalist) Lord's Prayer
Often discussions about universal salvation get bogged down in things like the meanings of particular words and the correct interpretation of certain Bible verses. Duelling lexicons, clash of the commentaries.  If universalism is just an alternative intelle...
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The Four Days of Easter
Easter stretches over four days, with the day measured from sundown to sundown - for us it begins on Thursday evening and stretches through to the close of the day on Monday.  It is an emotionally harrowing time for those who take it seriously and hence req...
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Everybody Loves Me, Baby
Lately I've found myself singing this little gem to my self as I go about my business. Unless you've been under a rock for the whole of the last 46 years you would surely have heard Don McLean's 'American Pie', his cryptic song about late 60s rock music and...
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Who Is My Neighbour?
By way of crafting a response to the wasps of mistrust , it's worth taking a close look at the Parable of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:25-37. The story arises out a a question asked of Jesus by one of the Jewish teachers of the law. ‘Teacher,’ he sa...
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Opening Pandora's Box
I'm sure you all know the story of Pandora's Box. It's an ancient Greek tale, found in Hesiod's Works and Days.   Pandora was the first woman on earth, wife of Prometheus' brother Epimetheus.  Zeus, who was angry about Prometheus stealing fire from the gods...
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