Volume 16 No.15

17 October 2006


 

  • AUSTRALIA

    A vision for 20 million careful owners

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 October 2006

    We can choose to make more mistakes, or fix those that have been made. Fixing mistakes involves a changed mindset. New Zealand's "4 million careful owners" water use campaign reflects a stewardship mentality, rather than the "steady as she goes" approach that has allowed our environmental degradation.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Three card trick keeps media oligopoly firmly in place

    • Jack Waterford
    • 30 October 2006

    John Howard seems to have pulled off the three-card trick, on both the National Party and the public, with changes to the media laws. His spin was that the small concessions were worth it in its efforts to "free up'' Australia's media.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    ANZAC tradition now beyond satire

    • Brian Matthews
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    In an age of continuous and ambiguously justified war, the ANZAC commemoration has become highly politicised, infiltrated by party politics and populist bravura.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The elusive ideal of a "normal" family

    • Sebastien de Robillard
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    Although the characters in Little Miss Sunshine are extreme in many ways, it is this very quality that allows us to most relate to them. They are a very sympathetic group, and the message of the film is that few families are truly "normal".

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Unknown Terrorist

    • Michael Ashby
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    The author of The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Gould’s Book of Fish has come up with a veritable novel "for our times". Here is a gripping tale of Australia (well, Sydney at least) in the midst of a terror campaign.

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  • RELIGION

    Politics and religion are not warring states

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 30 October 2006
    7 Comments

    It could be argued that that there is no place in public life for people who are not religious. Such an argument might apply if "religious people" work out of considered views of what constitutes a good society and a good human life, and "non-religious people" see public life and politics instrumentally.

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  • MEDIA

    Google pays the price to capture online video zeitgeist

    • James Massola
    • 30 October 2006
    2 Comments

    The battle for the living rooms of 21st century consumers has begun, and all the big players know it. Google, with its stockpile of $A13.5 billion, has gambled on YouTube delivering market supremacy in the online video arena.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Economic boom's new generation poor

    • Stuart Braun
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    A decade of economic growth has been good for many Australians. The property market has boomed. Wages have spiralled. Equity markets continue to ride record highs. Ordinary Australians have grown rich—but others have missed out.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The union official as pastoral carer

    • Brendan Byrne
    • 30 October 2006
    3 Comments

    Union officials and ministers of religion have much in common. No-one rings a union to tell them that they’re being treated well and paid decently. People only ring the union when they’re in trouble, and usually, by the time they get around to doing so, they’re in lots of trouble.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Middle East nuclear abolition dreaming

    • Bill Williams
    • 30 October 2006
    6 Comments

    Western nations are tightening the noose around Iran’s neck for its nuclear recalcitrance. Meanwhile, Israel lashes out at guerrilla forces embedded in civilian populations in Lebanon, electing not to use its unacknowledged nuclear weaponry, on this occasion.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Slow progress with North Korea is better than no progress

    • Joseph Camilleri
    • 30 October 2006
    8 Comments

    The North Korean regime is more likely to be loosened from its present grip on power by the slow but persistent attempts to change the economic and psychological landscape inside North Korea, than by the external application of brute force.

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  • RELIGION

    Bishop's vision for an Israel-Palestine confederation

    • Andrew West
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    The Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Riah H. Abu El-Assal, says Israel and Palestine should work towards the establishment of a confederation, with a common currency, open borders and even a shared head of state.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    "Australian values" learned in Budapest uprising

    • Michael Danby
    • 30 October 2006
    5 Comments

    Today, Hungary is a country as free as Australia. But 50 years ago—on 23 October 1956—Hungarian students rebelled and issued a manifesto demanding free elections. The Soviets reacted ruthlessly.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Catholics learning to love themselves (humbly)

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 October 2006

    A new history of the North Sydney Jesuit parish describes the turbulent '60s, during which there was a shift in the disposition of Catholics from a feeling of it being "easier than one thinks to hate oneself", towards "learning to love oneself humbly".

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Ten short poems

    • ten poets
    • 30 October 2006
    16 Comments

    They say after the storm / you should check the tide pools / for fallen stars.

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