Vol 20 No 1

18 January 2010


 

  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Anwar invokes true meaning of sharia law

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 29 January 2010
    6 Comments

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Tony Abbott and the price of virginity

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 29 January 2010
    50 Comments

    Tony Abbott and I have something in common: we've both been having the sex talk with our teenage daughters. The bizarre glorification of virginity and the latent distaste of our daughters' sexuality removes the very power with which we strive to arm them.

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  • RELIGION

    Churches confused on Human Rights Act

    • Frank Brennan
    • 28 January 2010
    22 Comments

    Cardinal Pell thinks Church positions on contested moral issues have a better chance of being reflected in law and policy if parliaments are not constrained by a Human Rights Act. I would beg to differ. Gone are the days when church leaders can do deals with politicians behind closed doors.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Selling short Nelson Mandela and rugby

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 28 January 2010

    Are we to accept that the inspiration of sporting victory is alone sufficient to solve conflict and soothe the way to redemption and rebirth for a divided nation? If so, it must be said that Eastwood's film is history rendered as a fairytale.

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  • MEDIA

    China turns tables on Australia's Indian racism

    • Peter Hodge
    • 27 January 2010
    14 Comments

    When western campaigners used the Beijing Olympics to promote the Tibet issue, the Chinese felt the attention was sensationalist and unfair. So it's no surprise the Chinese media took notice when  violence against foreign students in Australia came to prominence.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The climate change vanishing act

    • Brian Matthews
    • 27 January 2010
    3 Comments

    Senator Steve Fielding attempted to debunk climate change theories using graphs based on Channel 9's Snicko. The debate petered out when Tony Abbott incautiously declared it was all 'crap'. Re-thinking, he amended crap to tax — it was just a big tax.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    'Hysterical' Indian media speak the truth

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 January 2010
    13 Comments

    Before Australia's racism can be dealt with, political leaders must follow General Peter Cosgrove in acknowledging its existence. Their reluctance to support his remarks could reflect their fear of speaking hard truths in a year of multiple elections.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Prince William vs the Republic of Australia

    • John Warhurst
    • 25 January 2010
    18 Comments

    William's visit laid bare the weaknesses of members of the Royal Family as candidates for our head of state. The package represented by William should be anathema to modern Australia's constitutional future, whatever he might have to offer as a person.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Google in China should have known better

    • Thomas Bartlett
    • 22 January 2010
    7 Comments

    Did Google really think their entering China could exert a force for China's 'opening up'? If so, they have deceived themselves. First and foremost, Chinese government is about control, and the more it changes, the more it stays the same.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Aussie pin-up girls' war on inequality

    • Ellena Savage
    • 22 January 2010
    7 Comments

    When we think of pin-up girls from the '40s and '50s, we might assume they were desperate women who unwittingly participated in an industry that exploited them. In her new book, Madeleine Hamilton argues they were in fact 'trailblazers of the sexual revolution'.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Celebrating Aboriginality on the road from Freo to Broome

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 January 2010
    6 Comments

    From a patronising priest to a pair of impressionable hippies, the white characters are all doofuses. Bran Nue Dae provides a means for introducing young people to the ongoing impacts of white settlement upon Indigenous Australians.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Legacy of a Catholic social thinker

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 January 2010
    8 Comments

    Jesuit Fr Jean-Yves Calvez's 1957 work La pensée de Karl Marx was as much studied in Communist cells as in Catholic circles. Fr Calvez systematically studied Catholic Social Teaching, and his impact on Catholic attitudes was enormous but diffuse.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    More than one way to cool a baked couch potato

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 20 January 2010
    4 Comments

    Air conditioners are necessary when the weather gets very hot, not leastof all for the wellbeing of babies, the sick, elderly and frail. But sometimes it seems that we Australians can't tell a cool change from climate change.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Haiti faces the best and worst of Christianity

    • Beth Doherty
    • 20 January 2010
    4 Comments

    Pat Robertson's comments about Haiti's 'pact with the devil' are unhelpful, when deeply religious Haitians are themselves wondering about God's role in the earthquake. A more welcome image of Christianity is visible in the aid agencies that are assisting in the relief efforts.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The big gift of small problems

    • Brian Doyle
    • 19 January 2010
    3 Comments

    The blizzards of bills, the surly son, the dismissive daughter, the shabby house, the battered car, the shivering pains, the dark thread of fear that I might not have been a good dad, the feeling sometimes that maybe there was a better husband for my wife ...

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Australian Open's soul is in its tail

    • Michael Visontay
    • 19 January 2010
    6 Comments

    Everyone from Roger Federer to Kim Clijsters would know that when you're in the top 100, tennis is a mental contest. It's when you walk around the outside courts at the Australian Open that you discover the players who really set tennis apart from other sports.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    How to be wealthy and virtuous

    • Michael Mullins
    • 18 January 2010
    4 Comments

    Wealth can enable a person to flourish if it is used to nourish the soul. But if people use their money for ugly, ignorant, unimaginative or banal purposes, then they lack a moral title to their wealth.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Empathy for the Haiti I know

    • Kent Rosenthal
    • 18 January 2010
    9 Comments

    In 2006 while living in Haiti I wrote about the plight of human trafficking victims. But the same issue of justice doesn't enter the picture when talking about an earthquake. What light could I shed on the enormity of suffering and destruction with my slight contribution?

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