Volume 17 No.4

08 March 2007


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No more pumping petrol and stories at Lutton Motors

    • Matt Lamb
    • 08 March 2007
    4 Comments

    The big Mobil was built in town, then Woolworths started selling discount petrol. Customers who had been coming in for years either grew to old to drive, or passed away, with few new customers taking their place.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The domestic space of gay men and lesbians

    • Deborah Singerman
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    The popularity of Waz and Gav, the gay couple in the first series of Channel 9’s The Block, helped them launch their own design company. It also highlighted the boundaries of acceptable mainstream images of gay men.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mahathir Mohamad embraces human rights?

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    Malaysia's colourful former Prime Minister is setting up a war crimes tribunal, to "assuage the pain that has been suffered by so many people in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and elsewhere". Mahathir, it seems, hopes to reinvent the wheel, and a rickety one at that.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Notable absence as a political tool

    • Chloe Wilson
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    The Prime Minister attended the funeral of Jake Kovco, the first Australian casualty in Iraq. However, he did not attend that of Mark Bingley, a Blackhawk captain who died whilst on duty in Fiji. Absences are not simple events. They often make political statements.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Knowledge that eludes the search engine

    • Philip Harvey
    • 08 March 2007
    2 Comments

    The poetry of Peter Steele is well-tempered, even when the subject is not. His themes are often modesty, doubt and brokenness, but his uses his grand style to produce measured tones and educated observations.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Children must be raised, not idolised

    • Daniel Donahoo
    • 08 March 2007
    6 Comments

    Our idolising of childhood and youth means we treat them like demi-gods, and in doing so fail to honour their humanity. UNICEF research shows that the overall health and well-being of Australian children is poor compared with those in most other developed countries.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mexican wave ban reflects sponsor tyranny

    • Colin Long
    • 08 March 2007
    4 Comments

    The construction of new stadiums has been accompanied by increased surveillance and control over the spectator space. Entertainment organised by the stadium managers, which they and their sponsors can make money from, is OK – but spontaneous entertainment is forbidden.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Crowded depiction of 1960s America

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 08 March 2007

    Director Emilio Estevez has squeezed many big-name actors, and signifcant social and cultural events of 1960s USA, into his film about the assassination of popular presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    To make call on Iraq war requires more than machismo

    • David Corlett
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    Pacifist and radical Christian Ammon Hennessy said that courage without love and wisdom is foolhardiness. The longer the war in Iraq continues, the more the decision to invade looks to have been made on the basis of this sort of courage.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    World Youth Day's ecological conversion opportunity

    • Stefan Gigacz
    • 08 March 2007
    9 Comments

    More than 100,000 international visitors are also expected at next year's World Youth Day event hosted by the Catholic Church in Sydney. A large number of these will arrive on flights close to 25 hours duration, putting 7-8 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Howard's blowtorch applied to Rudd's belly

    • Jack Waterford
    • 08 March 2007
    2 Comments

    Much of the little the public know about Kevin Rudd is about his mind, and that they seem to like. But so far they have little feeling for his heart, his instincts, his character, and how he responds to pressure.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Guilt by association no way to judge politicians

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    Jesus Christ was put to death, ostensibly because he ate with sinners and tax collectors. We can have good meetings with bad people, and bad meetings with good people. Being able to tell the difference is what reflects our moral substance.

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  • RELIGION

    Do freedom and spontaneity undermine liturgy?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 March 2007
    4 Comments

    According to Cardinal Ratzinger, we do not shape the liturgy, but liturgy shapes us. But it is less helpful to ask whether spontaneity and creativity are appropriate, than to ask what kinds of spontaneity and creativity are appropriate.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Reading the stars while the place goes to seed

    • Various
    • 08 March 2007

    thoughts crawl in to a packing case nailed up a tree  ... nothing happens in between the years broken up ... the password hidden within you, never coming down

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