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Articles by Jane Caro

Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: screw you all edition

Let’s tackle the real bludgers in our society — pensioners, young people trying to get an education and asylum seekers. Screw ‘em!

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: light at the end of the tunnel edition

Julia Gillard reviews Game of Thrones, Arthur Sinodinos can’t recall much of anything, and the Greens are OK in WA.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: the privileged and the bigoted

Abbott’s brought back knighthoods, which is apt given he has a very mediaeval attitude towards the climate, asylum seekers and education.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: bigots, boats and bullies edition

It’s bigots, bigots, everywhere, and plenty of free speech. Plus: do teachers actually do any work?

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: missing MH370 … pollie pride … March in March …

Remember Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech? Here is a version set to music that will bring tears to your eyes. Plus: are things ever going to get better?

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: cock-pit? … advertising truth … screw the rich …

On International Women’s Day, two steps forward and one step back. A passenger takes exception to a woman flying a plane, a man creates a cheaper sanitary pad, and what mining companies are really thinking.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: Our Cate … failing vulnerable … stop the planes …

This year’s Academy Awards was a triumph for Australians, with Cate Blanchett and Catherine Martin taking home gongs. Plus our treatment of asylum seekers, girls’ homes and other shameful moral failings.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: on asylum seekers and intolerable cruelty

Our appalling treatment of asylum seekers is not only bad for them — but it is bad for us. When asylum seekers die in detention centres, we need to take a hard look at what kind of democracy we want to be.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: doom, gloom and stupidity edition

It turns out that those on the Left side of politics are smarter than those on the Right … plenty of people claim to have god on their side … climate change could end us all in 20 years …

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: Rorschach tests Schapelle, Woody and the ABC

The Schapelle Corby media frenzy … Dylan Farrow vs Woody Allen … royal commissions and more…

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: school spirit … wages stoush … TA takedown …

The federal government has some funny ideas about education, as it wants to give $70 million to schools to … er … do exactly what they are doing now. Plus Tony Abbott’s YouTube smackdown, celebrity tragedies and Margie Abbott’s musings.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: violence, masculinity and class struggle edition

How can we stop the problem of street violence? Lock up all them men … what it means to be Australian … and why the hell do Liberal premiers seem to hate the environment so much?

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: border idiots … think of the ‘burbs … Palin v MLK …

Are those in charge of “border” protection really that stupid? We are not only bullying East Timor but have “mistakenly” sent our navy into Indonesian waters. Who is in charge here, and what on earth are they thinking?

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: spite and payback edition

It’s payback time, as Australia’s politicians and commentators set about being mean-spirited and spiteful. In response, our writer decides to come over all Marxist.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: vale EJ Howard … 2013 or 1913? … Bernardi busted …

Columnists give thanks for Cory Bernardi — at least he can always be counted upon to say something offensive.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: cancel Xmas … #PiersvPeppa … TA smackdown …

In a week with another school shooting, the American gun lobby is turning its sights on Australia. Plus: smacking children, cancelling Christmas and farewelling Peter O’Toole.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: vale Mandela … the real Sydney … invisible girl …

The death of Nelson Mandela this week reminded us of how far we have come. But there is still much work to be done. Our proudly Sydney-based writer reviews the week …

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Caro’s Flotsam & Jetsam: Gonski … income equality … spy tales …

The LOLs and reality of education … Remember income concentration? … Feminism, flappers and Clive Palmer … Spy tales: the best reading …

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Caro on emus, Twitter, and frankness in reporting tough issues

In her first weekly column, Jane Caro shares her thoughts on wild animals, the magnificent George Monbiot — and the need to speak more frankly on child sex abuse.

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Breaking the silence on abortion and unplanned pregnancy

Despite being unlawful in most states and territories, abortions are common and a fact of life for many women, writes Jane Caro.

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Promotion on — ahem — merit? It’s hard to see how …

Until men are actually promoted on merit, there’s no reason why women should have to be. True equality is as many mediocre women in positions of power like federal cabinet.

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Don’t blame Abbott — the Left loves to lose

Progressives need to be aware that this is a long game, and while the conservatives have won the battle, it’s progressives who always win the war.

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Religion v feminism: which has done more for humanity?

Religion may bring eternal happiness — but has feminism done more good for humankind than all the gods put together? In this book excerpt, a comparison of the two and why feminism is more derided than religion.

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Is the media coverage of Jill Meagher over the top?

When a beautiful young woman is murdered, it reminds of us the dark side of being human. But is the media’s salacious coverage of such tragic events justified?

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After shaky start, 2012 a triumph for feminism

Despite all the claims that feminism is dead, 2012 proved a landmark year for women around the world — from Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech to Hillary Clinton. Is social media facilitating a new wave of feminism?

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