Vol 20 No 7

12 April 2010


EUREKA STREET TV

Meditation guru's monastery without walls

4 Comments
23 April 2010 | Peter Kirkwood


RELIGION

Human rights framework only a start

19 Comments
23 April 2010 | Frank Brennan

There is no getting away from the public's interest in a human rights act. But the Labor Government has baulked at the recommendation for such an act. While many Australians enjoy adequate human rights, we can do better.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Anzacs underground

22 April 2010 | Tim Kroenert Brendan Cowell, Beneath Hill 60War films tread a fine line if they are to respect the experiences of soldiers without glorifying war. Beneath Hill 60 is the true story of Australian miner-soldiers tasked with tunnelling beneath the front lines during World War I. It is not unkind to the Anzac myths.


Possibility springs in Russian winter

5 Comments
22 April 2010 | Ben Coleridge

Winter in the Russian industrial city of Yaroslavl has been hard since the Global Financial Crisis. The 'contract' between Russia's elite and ordinary Russians, whereby the latter sacrifice their civil and political rights for economic wellbeing, is not delivering.


When Harry Hogan went to war

14 Comments
21 April 2010 | Brian Matthews

Harry was 18, a knockabout bush larrikin ready to give anything a try. He joined the Second Machine Gun Battalion on 10 February 1915 and landed at Gallipoli on 16 August. For the next four months he, like so many of his fellow soldiers, had an undistinguished, brutalising time, memories of which would stay with him forever.


MEDIA

The dignity of Carl Williams

43 Comments
21 April 2010 | Andrew Hamilton

Carl WilliamsWhen celebrities who have treated people violently suffer themselves from violence, their suffering is approved because it is an expected part of the plot. The death of Carl Williams has been covered as if it were an episode of Underbelly. Williams deserves better than this.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Learning how to die

3 Comments
20 April 2010 | Tony London Death LessonsThe old people in the mortuary silence of the doctor’s waiting room, rehearse the look, the patois, become familiar with the creeping symptoms, the medicines of resistance, the gentle small steps on the way.


AUSTRALIA

Abbott and the new Catholic Conservatism

30 Comments
20 April 2010 | Michael Furtado There is much to salvage from Howard's policies, misconstrued as universally liberal and bereft of state intervention in the interests of the underprivileged. More could be done to link such a policy frame with several aspects of Catholic Social Teaching.


Palestine's heavy metal revolution

5 Comments
19 April 2010 | James M. Dorsey Boosted by technologies that facilitate mass distribution without government control, the heavy metal and hip-hop music scene in the Middle East recalls the role music played in the velvet revolution that toppled regimes in Eastern Europe and Indonesia.


Putting patients before premiers' egos

6 Comments
19 April 2010 | Michael Mullins

Premier John Brumby's boast that Victoria has the best health system came unstuck during his address to the National Press Club. Putting patients first is about understanding the social context of those with acute health challenges, not the construction of political ego.


EDUCATION

The trouble with school ethics classes

22 Comments
16 April 2010 | Neil Ormerod

The Sydney Anglican diocese is concerned that proposed ethics classes in schools might attract students away from existing scripture classes. This looks more like a matter of turf wars, of seeking to maintain numbers and so justify their continuance.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Black Saturday gibe mars Murray's might

6 Comments
16 April 2010 | Philip Harvey In one poem Les Murray would reduce the causes of the Black Saturday fires to differences in forest management between 'hippies' and 'rednecks'. Utilising poetry to play the blame game demeans our understanding of the complexity of that disaster.


Imelda Marcos the Musical

15 April 2010 | Tim Kroenert

Here Lies Love, David Byrney and Fatboy Slim, Imelda Marcos'Like most politicians, she was driven by psychological angels and demons', writes musician David Byrne of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady ofthe Philippines. Byrne has written a 'musical' about Marcos' life. From the outset, he risks deifying a monster.


RELIGION

Abuse cases teach Church deportment under fire

17 Comments
15 April 2010 | Andrew Hamilton

Every day brings new instructions about deportment to the Pope: he must sack bishops, resign, apologise, submit to independent investigation. Good deportment can be mere spin, but it is a first step to dispelling anxiety. And good deportment often helps to good attitudes.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Death and rebirth of a migrant

4 Comments
14 April 2010 | Gillian Bouras Judas treeWhen such melancholy descends the only thing to do is walk. I fetched up near a chapel on a hill, for the village is ringed by chapels, six of them, in a kind of protective belt. Outside I found a gum tree and a Judas tree standing side by side: my life, or my two lives in a neat symbol.


ENVIRONMENT

High-tech health in the bush

3 Comments
14 April 2010 | Ben O'Mara New technology can improve health care for geographically remote and ethnically diverse Australians. But it won't make much difference unless these people know how to use the technology and are involved in its design and implementation.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Fruit half-eaten by animals

2 Comments
13 April 2010 | Libby Hart and Belinda Rule Truth SlitherLift up a stone, find a spider, fat as a grape ... Run, and I will be tucked up in the heel of your shoe, gnawing at the lining.  


AUSTRALIA

Plane tragedy prolongs Polish-Russian curse

4 Comments
13 April 2010 | Tony Kevin The Devil himself could not have better orchestrated Sunday's air tragedy at Smolensk Airport. It was to be a symbolic moment of reconciliation between two neighbouring countries that have been separated by war.


INTERNATIONAL

Refugee backflip misses what matters

23 Comments
12 April 2010 | Andrew Hamilton The decision to suspend the processing of future asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka does not respect the dignity of asylum seekers. Now that the Government has bent to the populist winds fanned by an opportunistic Opposition, there are grounds for fearing the claims of asylum seekers will be judged in a way that unduly reflects the interests of the Australian Government.


AUSTRALIA

Yes we can beat church sex abuse

19 Comments
12 April 2010 | Michael Mullins

In his Easter message, Cardinal George Pell made an oblique reference to sexual abuse in the Church. While most Australians dismiss such utterances as too little too late, it is possible to look at them optimistically when set against actions of the recent past.