Volume 16 No.14

03 October 2006


 

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Renewed esteem for a former marine enemy

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 16 October 2006

    Grey nurse sharks were cast as villains who preyed on unsuspecting swimmers. It's now regarded as an endangered species, whose potential disappearance from the marine ecosystem could lead to nasty imbalances further down the food chain.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sermon on the Institution

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 16 October 2006

    I came to bring you church / and church in abundance. /  Come to me all who are / heavy laden and I will give you church.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    9/11 movie more glossy heroism than gritty realism

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 16 October 2006
    1 Comment

    Among recent documentaries commemorating the fifth anniversary of September 11, one stood out as particularly harrowing. 9/11—The Falling Man makes a fascinating counterpoint to World Trade Center, the first mainstream feature film to turn its eye to that fateful day.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    PNG needs Channel 7 publicity machine

    • Michael Mullins
    • 16 October 2006

    The bizarre mission of TV host Naomi Robson to West Papua, to "rescue" a young boy from cannibalism, achieved nothing but publicity for Channel 7. If the station really cared about the plight of young people in the region, it would have given priority to coverage of Papua New Guinea's AIDS crisis.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Simple pleasures in Melbourne's North African heart

    • James Massola
    • 16 October 2006
    2 Comments

    It’s the fourth night of Ramadan. As the days begin to get longer, there are further challenges for Australian Muslims. Many young men, low on energy during the day, but emboldened by full bellies in the evening, find themselves at a loose end.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Shelters protect childhood of Ugandan children

    • Matthew Smeal
    • 16 October 2006
    3 Comments

    Government-run shelters have become much more than a safe refuge for the children, but somewhere where they can actually be children. Nobody knows whether the recent ceasefire between the Government and the LRA rebels will hold.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Deft turns pepper Napoleon's final lap

    • Clive O'Connell
    • 16 October 2006

    Belgian-born Australian, Simon Leys, follows an elliptical path, allowing his readers enough latitude to bring their own experience to bear on the novella. He maintains his ironic position both amused by his hero’s progress and sympathetic to him.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Catastrophe on Australia's doorstep (photo essay)

    • Peter Cronau
    • 16 October 2006
    16 Comments

    Barely reported by Australia's media, Papua New Guinea's AIDS crisis is on track to cause the collapse of the country's economy, with AusAID forcasting a 37.5% decline in the labour force by 2020.

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  • RELIGION

    Culture warriors have no place in Catholic life

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 October 2006
    1 Comment

    The concept of Catholic Culture Wars is destructive, because it makes truth the slave of power. Its logic can be seen in a recent Quadrant review, which projects onto an art exhibition a preoccupation with the occult and sexually ambiguous.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sentencing laws will further alienate indigenous Australians

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 16 October 2006
    3 Comments

    Just last week, the coroner’s report into the death in custody of Palm Island man Mulrunji, called for a major overhaul of how the justice system deals with indigenous Australians. Yet in the same week, a Senate Committee began looking into a Bill that will increase the potential for injustice in sentencing decisions affecting indigenous people, and other cultural minorities.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Models for a good life and an honest death

    • Clive O'Connell
    • 16 October 2006

    Historian Inga Clendinnen's reviews, childhood recollections, multi-coloured reminiscences of her working career, and informed discourse on simple events or complex ideas, are collected in a way that reveals a tempered tolerance seemingly inherited from her favourite essayist, Montaigne.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Boys need not be boys forever

    • Tim Martyn
    • 16 October 2006
    2 Comments

    Adolescent boys of Western Kenya's Bukusu tribe are ushered to the threshold of manhood by participating in rituals in which they must endure all without exhibiting pain. Western society lacks procedures in which boys can transform and emotionally re-emerge, ready to carry the burden of male responsibility.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    As other people see us...

    • Morag Fraser
    • 16 October 2006
    1 Comment

    In the Providence Journal, chief political columnist M. Charles Bakst notes that in the Democratic state of Rhode Island, "Bush" is just short of a swear word. The New York Times condemns the Detainee legislation in an editorial headed “Rushing Off a Cliff”. It doesn’t spare the Democrats either.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Onus now on those who supported Thai coup

    • Minh Nguyen
    • 16 October 2006
    1 Comment

    A former army commander who once declared "the army should never be involved in politics", Surayud Chulanont, was appointed Thailand's interim prime minister at the weekend. But the irony of this appointment matters little in a coup marked by paradoxes.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Not a religion, poem. Key?

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 16 October 2006

    This is consciously a poem and so must try / to outstare itself. It knows itself by its / line breaks.

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  • RELIGION

    Culture warriors have no place in Catholic life (full version)

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 October 2006
    4 Comments

    The concept of Catholic Culture Wars is destructive, because it makes truth the slave of power. Its logic can be seen in a recent Quadrant review, which projects onto an art exhibition a preoccupation with the occult and sexually ambiguous.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Catastrophe on Australia's doorstep (essay)

    • Peter Cronau
    • 16 October 2006
    2 Comments

    Barely reported by Australia's media, Papua New Guinea's AIDS crisis is on track to cause the collapse of the country's economy, with AusAID forcasting a 37.5% decline in the labour force by 2020.

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