Volume 16 No.12

05 September 2006


 

  • AUSTRALIA

    Spain's hard line makes illegal immigration more dangerous

    • Anthony Ham
    • 04 September 2006

    Europe and Africa lie just 14km apart across the Straits of Gibraltar which separate Spain from Morocco, but when it comes to living standards, there is no wider gulf between neighbours anywhere in the world.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Honk if Pluto is still a planet

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 04 September 2006
    4 Comments

    The outcry with which people greeted ex-planet Pluto’s change in status surprised many. Even the language used was astonishing. Pluto had been “demoted”, “banished” and “stripped of its status”. The Times of India reported people buying bumper stickers asking fellow drivers to “Honk if Pluto is still a planet”.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Corruption and prosperity don't go together in the Solomons

    • Kaylea Fearn
    • 04 September 2006
    6 Comments

    While the absence of basic services and reliable business practice is a visible concern, the heart of the issue provoking the continuing unrest in the Solomons is more of a moral one. Solomon Islanders are aware of corruption in government, and they are keen to change the culture.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No ordinary coming-of-age drama

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 September 2006

    At Midnight Mass and blissed-out on the music playing on his Walkman, the newly atheist Zac daydreams that he’s floating up to the rafters, taking flight as the congregation below 'ooh-oohs' to the refrain of the Stones’ 'Sympathy For the Devil'. More than escapism, the scene reflects Zac’s unconscious desire to transcend the natural order of his world.

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  • RELIGION

    What makes a site sacred?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 September 2006
    17 Comments

    Recently a group broke into the Redfern Catholic Church, and defied their parish priest by painting a large and splendidly executed mural that enshrined the words of Pope John Paul II in Alice Springs 20 years ago. The priest was left with an unpalatable dilemma—leave the mural there, or whitewash Pope John Paul II.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Is there room for 'idealists' on the ABC Board?

    • Veronica Brady
    • 04 September 2006

    It was 1983, the year the Australian Broadcasting Commission became the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The first volume of Ken Inglis' history of the ABC had just been published, and new Board member Sister Veronica Brady read every word of it.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Satellites (for David)

    • Maria Takolander
    • 04 September 2006

    Close your eyes and / let me photograph you.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pakistani tribal areas key to the War on Terror

    • Suzanna Koster
    • 04 September 2006
    1 Comment

    Most analysts agree that fighting terrorism is not just a matter of using military force. Pakistan has to combine military, political and socio-economic development, to counter terrorism in the long-run. But this is easier said then done.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Letter: No white conspiracy in TV report on Wadeye youth gangs

    • Sarah Ferguson
    • 04 September 2006
    4 Comments

    The journalist who took Channel 9's Sunday to Wadeye says Brian McCoy's critique missed one of the essential questions of the program, posed by the locals themselves—how to enable the next generation to take part more fully in Australian society.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Changed climate will cook the elderly

    • Kate Mannix
    • 04 September 2006
    4 Comments

    When the human body gets to 42°C, it starts to cook. Death is inevitable, and it is the most vulnerable who will go first. While the CSIRO has projections on the likely effects of climate change in Australia, there has been little work on what that will actually mean for human health outcomes in specific regions.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Grief exploited for political purposes

    • Richard White
    • 04 September 2006

    A grief counsellor reflects on the death of an 18-year-old from meningicoccal disease, following outbursts of anger from the family, and political repercussions for the NSW Health Minister.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Giving Anangu women a say on child protection

    • Joan Healy
    • 04 September 2006

    Four Josephite sisters and a child protection expert visit the western desert of South Australia. They hear that when parents cannot care for their children properly due to petrol sniffing and other factors, the 'Anangu way' is for grandmothers and aunties to step in. But they need financial support.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The place of empathy in moral judgment of Israel's war

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 September 2006
    2 Comments

    The judgment about what is proportionate is not a mathematical judgement, but a human one. Perhaps part of the widespread criticism of the actions of Israel, as of the United States, does not come out of disrespect for these nations, but from high expectations.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Monster-making mutes purposeful alarm

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 04 September 2006
    1 Comment

    Last week, 'Jihad' Jack Thomas was recalled from a beach holiday with his family after he had a control order placed on him. Our capacity to respond to alarm is diminished by the media's manufacturing of monsters to sell papers and compete for ratings and website hits.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Letter: 1965 genocide of Indonesian Chinese did not occur

    • Charles Coppel
    • 04 September 2006

    Charles Coppel argues that there was no empirical evidence to support Jack Waterford's view in the last Eureka Street, that there was a kind of Chinese Holocaust in Indonesia in 1965. The victims of the 1965 anti-communist massacre were overwhelmingly Javanese and Balinese, and the slaughter was politicide rather than genocide.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Everything you do has long been done before

    • Debbie Lustig
    • 04 September 2006
    2 Comments

    Everything you do has long been done before / But you and this obsession are joined at the hip / You do it anyway and you still want more  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    drencflod

    • Kevin Gillam
    • 04 September 2006

    loitering in 'wanna' land, / like the spider with / too much caffeine, / web crazed, one leg for walking, / seven for addiction

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