Volume 16 No.11

22 August 2006


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Explorer's physical and emotional torture

    • Ben Russell
    • 21 August 2006
    1 Comment

    John Bailey’s new book, Mr Stuart’s Track, both shatters and affirms the myths of our history, and brings the harsh realities of the exploration of Australia to life.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Drilling into Eureka Street

    • Morag Fraser
    • 21 August 2006
    2 Comments

    Our former editor writes that her dentist always asks curly questions when she is defenceless with a mouthful of wadding. 'I don’t think it’s a power thing because he is a gentleman in every sense.'  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Four butchers and a writer

    • Brian Matthews
    • 21 August 2006
    1 Comment

    "With collar up round my ears against the nip of the morning, I enter by the side door. It is a historic moment. I am the first writer-in-residence at a butchers shop."  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Heartfelt account of life in Mutijulu

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 August 2006

    Aided by stirring imagery of the Central Australian outback, Uncle Bob’s melodic vocal tones draw the viewer deeply into his description of the indigenous concept, “Kanyini”—a holistic sense of “connectedness” that encompasses family, belief system, spirituality and relationship with the land.

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  • RELIGION

    Is asylum seeker dumping usury?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 August 2006
    3 Comments

    The new Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has described IMF and World Bank conditional loans to Third World countries as usury.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why change Aborigines into images of ourselves?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 21 August 2006
    12 Comments

    It was one thing for some of our politicians to reveal that they clearly misunderstand Aboriginal people and their culture. It is quite another thing when a reporter goes to live in a community for ten days and thinks she got the measure of 'the cultural and social issues at play'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Shake, rattle and roll with John Howard

    • Brendan Long
    • 21 August 2006

    Unnerved in the knowledge that the Government is hurting over the pain to families from record petrol prices, the Prime Minister grabs the lectern at the dispatch box a bit too tightly and strives to make eye contact with the cameras as his staff have instructed.

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  • RELIGION

    Lessons for Church in the new Ireland

    • Piaras Jackson
    • 21 August 2006

    History shows how Irish people have relied on the Church in coping with adversity. The 'official' church may now choose to follow where the people have led, into an Ireland that is more diverse, urban and secular than before.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Victory eludes both Israel and Hezbollah

    • Mihal Greener
    • 21 August 2006
    4 Comments

    Lebanon and its people have suffered incomprehensible devastation, and Israel has shown its enemies that it could not effectively combat an enemy as elusive as Hezbollah. The group has nevertheless been weakened, albeit to an uncertain extent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    There's always something to learn about leadership

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 21 August 2006

    When he was installed last week, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra-Goulburn said that it can't be left to the leader to have all the bright ideas and to make all the best suggestions.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    From the Welcome Mat

    • Meg McNena
    • 21 August 2006

    A mother and son cram the threshold morning / Drone of peak hour tails off four blocks away from kindergarten, a world in miniature.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Teaching history of our region is also important

    • Jack Waterford
    • 21 August 2006

    If the Federal Government is serious about history, it should be devoting as much time to having us understand the history of our neighbours, and having our neighbours understand our sense of our own. It's mostly virgin territory.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Deep truths revealed with deceptive simplicity

    • Tony Smith
    • 21 August 2006
    1 Comment

    Powerful prose from a young indigenous woman that makes you remember the feelings of your home, your family, your losses and regrets, and yet makes you determined to continue.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Immigration amendments rejection a win for human rights

    • Phil Glendenning
    • 21 August 2006

    The Parliament has shown it is no longer willing to play politics with the lives of asylum seekers. But this latest victory simply maintains the status quo, and eight more people have been sent to Nauru in the past week.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Jesuit premise fails but resilience of humanity proved

    • Richard Leonard
    • 21 August 2006
    2 Comments

    As the fascinating Seven Up documentary series develops, the supposed principle of St Ignatius—'give me a boy until he is seven, and I will give you the man'—is found to be increasingly untrue.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Social message from knight in shiny overalls

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 21 August 2006
    2 Comments

    While sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, the new Australian film hero Kenny Smyth also provides a strong social critique. The movie is dedicated to those who do menial jobs and are often overlooked, and even sometimes scorned by their fellow Australians.

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  • MEDIA

    Shifting sands in the online music marketplace

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 21 August 2006

    The physical music store is in serious decline as people buy and download online. Internet social networking points such as YouTube and MySpace are also providing music distribution outlets, and also vehicles for many young wannabe and established artists to promote their songs.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Primary Colours

    • Tim Edwards
    • 21 August 2006

    Gold crayons for Christ's hair / red for the fires of Hell—so Father O'Malley told us.

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