In this issue:

‘Alarmed But Not Alert’ – Australia’s Counter Terrorism Laws Ten Years On

For Kids’ Sake

Are We Really That Kind of Nation?

Changing Australia’s Drinking Culture

‘Alarmed But Not Alert’ – Australia’s Counter Terrorism Laws Ten Years On

Expansive new laws have emerged as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 2001. But in their desire to protect, have these laws introduced new dangers and threats? And do we, in any case, need them? Simon Bronitt reflects on the last ten years of legal development.

For Kids’ Sake

A long-term deterioration in the social and cultural habitat of young people lies behind worrying statistics about the wellbeing of children. So argues Patrick Parkinson, who believes there is an urgent need for action by the government and, above all, by the community.

Are We Really That Kind of Nation?

Engagement, reflection and debate are the key resources a democracy mobilizes for enriching social relationships and improving public policy. Democracies can lose those resources over time if they aren’t cultivated and cared for. Karyn Brinkley fears for the future of our polity.

Changing Australia’s Drinking Culture

Alcohol consumption and its many destructive consequences appear to be an acceptable part of Australian society and culture. People who question the value of alcohol in their lives, and in the lives of those around them, can now explore the issues in an innovative online forum. Chris Raine talks about how he came up with Hello Sunday Morning and the impact it is having.