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    Seeking restitution for Nazi art theft

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    Tim Kroenert |  Maria's aunt was the subject of one of Austria's most famous artworks, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, by the painter Gustav Klimt, which was stolen from Maria's family by the Nazis during the Second World War. Maria's story raises questions about the means and consequences of individuals and nations coming to terms with difficult histories, and of what constitutes 'ownership' of cultural artefacts with a high level of national significance.
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    Education with higher expectations

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    Andrew Hamilton |  Tony Abbott's evocation of 'the tyranny of low expectations' invites more general reflection on education and public life. I believe that the Australian approach to education does indeed impose a tyranny of low expectations in the sense that the expectations are defined by economic achievement and its attendant wealth and status, and the goal for schools is success in enabling students to participate economically.
  • Feature Article

    Painful memories of my schooldays

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    Isabella Fels |  It was a place of torture, with great physical and mental pain. I remember being hit at with a hockey stick. I was forced to stoop, in all sorts of ways. All my efforts came to nothing, even when I gave the girls money to buy lollies, and lent them my Sweet Dreams teenage romance novels.
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    Irish Church accepts its teaching jars with the faithful

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    Gerry O'Hanlon |  Archbishop Martin voted no in the gay marriage referendum. But after the result, he says the Church needs ‘a reality check across the board’, and that means more than a new language. When Church teaching is invoked to bar women from office, to forbid contraception and condemn homosexual relations as intrinsically disordered in a way that conflicts with the ‘sense of the faithful’ of so many of the baptised, then the Church, despite the many wise things it has to say, loses credibility.
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    Labor for and against refugees

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    Fiona Katauskas |  View this week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.
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    Captain Australia (not) to the rescue

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    Fiona Katauskas |  View this week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.

Education with higher expectations

Andrew Hamilton | 28 May 2015

Australian Indigenous Education Foundation Tertiary Experience Days 2015Tony Abbott's evocation of 'the tyranny of low expectations' invites more general reflection on education and public life. I believe that the Australian approach to education does indeed impose a tyranny of low expectations in the sense that the expectations are defined by economic achievement and its attendant wealth and status, and the goal for schools is success in enabling students to participate economically.

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  • Seeking restitution for Nazi art theft

    1 Comment
    Tim Kroenert | 28 May 2015

    Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann in Woman in GoldMaria's aunt was the subject of one of Austria's most famous artworks, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, by the painter Gustav Klimt, which was stolen from Maria's family by the Nazis during the Second World War. Maria's story raises questions about the means and consequences of individuals and nations coming to terms with difficult histories, and of what constitutes 'ownership' of cultural artefacts with a high level of national significance.

  • The path to a successful referendum

    Frank Brennan | 28 May 2015

    Cropped image from 'No Small Change' book coverWe gather on the 48th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. All major political parties to an agreed referendum question when going into the next federal election, with the understanding that the new government and the new parliament would proceed to put a referendum to the people, perhaps on Saturday 27 May 2017, the fiftieth anniversary of the successful 1967 referendum.

  • Irish Church accepts its teaching jars with the faithful

    21 Comments
    Gerry O'Hanlon | 27 May 2015

    'Vote Yes' busArchbishop Martin voted no in the gay marriage referendum. But after the result, he says the Church needs ‘a reality check across the board’, and that means more than a new language. When Church teaching is invoked to bar women from office, to forbid contraception and condemn homosexual relations as intrinsically disordered in  a way that conflicts with the ‘sense of the faithful’ of so many of the baptised, then the Church, despite the many wise things it has to say, loses credibility.

  • Painful memories of my schooldays

    5 Comments
    Isabella Fels | 27 May 2015

    Sweet Dreams booksIt was a place of torture, with great physical and mental pain. I remember being hit at with a hockey stick. I was forced to stoop, in all sorts of ways. All my efforts came to nothing, even when I gave the girls money to buy lollies, and lent them my Sweet Dreams teenage romance novels.

  • Submarine Catholic

    2 Comments
    Various | 26 May 2015

    SubmarineFifty years ago well after my baptism my first holy communion & my confirmation I would have likely said – practising Catholic. Most friday nights back then I’d find myself with Father kneeling before him on the carpeted step of the confessional box my little red face pressed upwards to the grille.

  • My personal climate change bind

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    Fatima Measham | 26 May 2015

    Coal ShipMost people think that the effects of climate change as dire but far off. I don't have that comfort. My seafarer father plays a role in generating wealth for miners who then use it as a means to influence politicians - coal, industrial salt, iron ore. I am deeply aware that my government is committed to doing as little as possible to address climate change and its lack of a coherent, internationalist policy in Australia costs countries that are climate change-vulnerable, including where my family lives back in the Philippines.

  • Labor's Operation Sovereign Borders dilemma

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    Tony Kevin | 25 May 2015

    The week’s dreadful Rohingya asylum seeker tragedy prompted an eventual softened response from our neighbours, but not Australia. The current government’s record of stopping boat arrivals and deaths at sea stands in stark contrast to that of Labor during its period of office, when at least 1100 asylum seekers died at sea.

  • PM's super pitch needs solid policy foundation

    1 Comment
    Michael Mullins | 25 May 2015

    Piggy bankTony Abbott has warned voters that Bill Shorten has his eye on their retirement savings. He once praised the Nationals' Barnaby Joyce as a 'uniquely gifted retail politician'. But more attention to wholesaling - i.e. policy resources - would help to get both pensions and super concessions on to a more sustainable footing.


  • The tyranny of career

    3 Comments
    Ellena Savage | 22 May 2015

    Walking FingersThe expectation to enjoy the labouring part of your life, or find it 'rewarding', is a relatively new one. Australia's boon in tertiary education in the latter half of the twentieth century, and the post-industrial nature of postmodern work means that for many, labour is immaterial, and jobs are not necessarily protected or stable. 'Career management' is therefore a key concept that rules life decisions.

  • Neoliberal economics can't care for the disadvantaged

    9 Comments
    Paul Jensen | 22 May 2015

    Sandel bookNeoliberal economics underlies the recent Federal Budget and the major parties’ welfare policies. It proclaims the end of the age of entitlement and speaks of small government, as it embraces the privatisation of 'service delivery'. Faith based organisations are involved as agencies of the government, often forced to impose punitive measures rather than the promise of the 'carrot' that is their purpose. 

  • Boston bomber sentence shows death penalty is always political

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    Frank Brennan | 19 May 2015

    Dzhokhar TsarnaevThe lesson from the trials of Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the Bali nine is that the death penalty is always political and macabre. In the US, Justice Scalia was not at all minded to consider the merits of the argument about the effects of the drug Midazolam because he thought the case was all part of a long term political campaign to delegitimise the death penalty. 

  • Australia's 'stop the boats' policy as iconic

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    Andrew Hamilton | 21 May 2015

    The Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ as a child, a Byzantine mosaic in the interior of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul.The world is gazing with astonishment at our single-minded way of dealing with people who come to us for protection. It is iconic, now that nations in the region have adopted it. The modern understanding of icons as embodying qualities people desire differs from the Byzantine approach in which traditional religious icons do not impress us with their dominance over their environment, but draw us to their eyes.

  • Rollicking ruminations on rage and revenge

    1 Comment
    Tim Kroenert | 21 May 2015

    Érica Rivas in Wild TalesA man sets in motion an elaborate scheme to get back at everyone who has ever done him wrong. This maniacal anthology of short cinematic stories earned an Oscar nomination this year along with a bundle of other accolades in its native Argentina and beyond. The darkly comic 'Little Bomb' shows a man's life and mind unravel as he rages against the perceived injustice of a parking infringement penalty.


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Labor for and against refugees

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Fiona Katauskas' cartoon depicts Labor's various positions for and against refugees

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