Vol 19 No 10

25 May 2009


 

  • RELIGION

    The 'bad eggs' of Ireland's abuse scandal

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 05 June 2009
    24 Comments

    After a lifetime in schools run by religious orders, I am appalled to think abuse against children in institutions in Ireland was 'endemic'. I try to persuade myself that 'Brendan', the saintliest man I ever knew, cancels out the bad eggs.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Surviving institutional abuse

    • Andrena Jamieson
    • 05 June 2009
    4 Comments

    The policy of assimilation made an inhumane idea more important than human beings. Redfern Pastor Bill Simon recovered from his own oppression under Government policies. It's shameful that a miracle was required.

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  • RELIGION

    Dialogue with Rowan Williams

    • James McEvoy
    • 04 June 2009
    7 Comments

    The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams offers a view of dialogue that transcends merely passing information on to a passive listener. True dialogue changes the speaker as much as it does the hearer, and poses a model for better understanding God.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Intimacy in same-sex friendships

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 June 2009

    Peter's a sweetie with the ladies, but never got his head around the whole male bonding thing. So he sets out on a series of man-dates, with the aim of finding a friend. His first attempts are spectacular failures. And then he meets Sydney.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Make sport, not war

    • Brian Doyle
    • 03 June 2009
    1 Comment

    Jimmy was a high school basketball superstar, who went to war after graduating and had both his hands blown off by a mine. Imagine a world where instead of violence, international disputes were decided via epic sports tournaments.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    No welcome stranger in racist Australia

    • Cara Munro
    • 03 June 2009
    18 Comments

    In Melbourne, 2000 Indian students gather to protest a lack of Government response to a spate of violent attacks. I am with them because I am ashamed that a white Christian woman is safer in the military capital of Rawalpindi than these students are on a train in Melbourne.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Two poems about women

    • Medbh McGuckian
    • 02 June 2009

    It is as impossible .. To dive into the heart of a woman as to run .. Your head, body and all into her fundament.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Football, sex and poetry

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 02 June 2009
    7 Comments

    Sex scandals can make celebrities out of the most unlikely figures. But just how similar is the case of the Oxford poetry professorship candidate accused of sexually harrassing his students, and Australian Rugby League's group sex scandal?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why ethnic jokes are not funny

    • Michael Mullins
    • 01 June 2009
    24 Comments

    Because we lived so long with a policy of assimilation, our ingrained racism takes time to shake. We need public policy that reasserts the principles of multiculturalism. Instead our Prime Minister is caught out making an ethnic jibe.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aged care in purgatory

    • Scott Stephens
    • 01 June 2009
    10 Comments

    Our failure to care for and honour our elderly is one of the great causes of moral impoverishment in our culture. Lives tempered by age and hard-earned virtue are gifts from God. It is to our detriment that we ignore them.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Toxic economies in history

    • Thomas Sullivan
    • 29 May 2009
    8 Comments

    In the 16th century, following its conquest of Latin America, Spain drained the area of its gold and silver. One might suspect that this windfall turned Spain into an economic powerhouse. But some funny things happened when the easy money arrived.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beginners guide to Middle East politics

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 29 May 2009
    4 Comments

    An old joke goes that if you understand Middle East politics, it has not been explained properly. This book places events in their historical context, and illustrates why the conflict, with its religious and political dimensions, is so difficult to resolve.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Predicting Black Saturday

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 28 May 2009
    1 Comment

    It's frightening how precisely experts predicted the weather and its impact on the seemingly inevitable Black Saturday fires. A new documentary questions the adequacy of the response, given the veracity of these warning signs.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Patients lost at the health care checkout

    • Frank Bowden
    • 28 May 2009
    16 Comments

    To be a patient is to place yourself in the hands of another, to give them your trust and expect it to be honoured. If you call sick people 'clients' or 'customers' you risk turning healing into a commodity to be purchased — or rationed.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Exploding pig flu

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 27 May 2009
    8 Comments

    As Australia deals with its own incursion of H1N1, a strange event on a Geneva-bound train reminds us that this virus is in human hands. Meanwhile the manufacture of a vaccine for the virus raises doubts about medical ethics and equity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Machiavelli and the jam-makers

    • Anna Griffiths
    • 27 May 2009

    Machiavelli would surely have loved the complex political environment of the community garden. We would have welcomed him on the evening we turned up to strip the apricot tree and conduct a community jam session.

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  • MEDIA

    Sri Lanka's war of propaganda

    • Paul Farrell
    • 26 May 2009
    6 Comments

    The Sri Lankan Government has been accused of endangering and killing civilians. The Tamil Tigers have been accused of using civilians as human shields. While the fog of war may be dissipating, media on the ground continue to be stifled.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Neither God nor good

    • Anne Elvey
    • 26 May 2009
    1 Comment

    copper bands for arthritis .. your child's latest lego .. a pile of ashes at the turn of a lane .. some small thing .. given back at last

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lessons from Ireland's sex abuse shock

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 May 2009
    15 Comments

    News of the Irish child abuse report prompted a call for scrutiny of Irish priests now based in Australia. A more far-reaching implication is the need to look at the state of regulations governing care in our entire not-for-profit sector.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Pope vs Holocaust deniers

    • Nigel Mitchell
    • 25 May 2009
    7 Comments

    The Pope visited the Middle East in an attempt to address the controversy regarding 'Holocaust denier' Bishop Richard Williamson. In the same week, in Australia, 'revisionist' historian Frederick Toben was sentenced to three months in jail.

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