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how the Islamic State honours its fallen soldiers – and how Australians do the same

  • Written by Mark Alfano, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Delft University of Technology
how the Islamic State honours its fallen soldiers – and how Australians do the sameThe obituary of Jihadi John in Dabiq magazineClarion Project

The belief that we must not let our soldiers “die in vain” dates back to ancient Athens. During the Peloponnesian War, Pericles delivered a funeral oration in which he urged his compatriots to see themselves in the heroism of recently deceased fighters. Honouring these heroes,...

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To keep patients safe in hospitals, the accreditation system needs an overhaul

  • Written by Stephen Duckett, Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute
To keep patients safe in hospitals, the accreditation system needs an overhaulRates of infection vary between hospitals, but these differences aren't picked up in the accreditation process.Shutterstock

Once a year, inspectors visit hospitals across the country to assess their performance on a range of measures, from medication safety to consumer engagement. But it’s not a secret shopper-type scenario. Hospital staff...

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Can Australian streaming survive a fresh onslaught from overseas?

  • Written by Marc C-Scott, Lecturer in Screen Media, Victoria University
Can Australian streaming survive a fresh onslaught from overseas?shutterstock

Australia’s already punch-drunk streaming sector is set for even more upheaval, as CBS will launch its streaming service in Australia as early as October.

Disney is also set to launch its streaming service in 2019. Based on recent history, Australia will likely be first up when it goes global.

The question is whether Australian...

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View from The Hill – It's time for Turnbull to put his authority on the line

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
View from The Hill – It's time for Turnbull to put his authority on the lineMalcolm Turnbull is faced with a highly volatile situation. But he may need to manage it by taking a risk.AAP/Lukas Coch

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull struggles with the National Energy Guarantee, the Liberals are in an existential moment – no less dramatic because in recent history, they’ve made a habit of such moments.

Are they...

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