Vol 20 No 9

10 May 2010


 

  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Reconciling preachers' split identities

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 21 May 2010
    11 Comments

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Phony Tony and the Liar's Paradox

    • Tony Smith
    • 21 May 2010
    26 Comments

    It is not Abbott's prerogative to tell people how they should react to the truth. The electorate can now never know when he is attempting to be honest. Apparently, he would happily accept electoral support even while knowing he has deceived the people.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Value lessons from Jessica Watson

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 May 2010
    13 Comments

    The arrival of Jessica Watson back in Australia was small news in cosmic terms, but provoked a great deal of discussion around the coffee pot. Most had to do with values. Some questions said more about the questioners than about the sailor.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    When adults fail children

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 20 May 2010
    1 Comment

    A scene where Connor carries Mia, who pretends to sleep, to her bedroom and removes her jeans, finds a fine line between tender and predatory. His behaviour is somewhere sex-ward of fatherly. The feeling is mutual, but then again, she is only 15.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Iceland's ash cloud of the apocalypse

    • Brian Matthews
    • 19 May 2010
    9 Comments

    If Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano erruption was disruptive, its cousin Katla may have worse in store. Volcanoes, emanating a kind of preternatural, primal, patience, are landlords whose unchanging message is: you are renting; you haven't bought.

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  • MEDIA

    How Facebook changed my life

    • Cassandra Golds
    • 19 May 2010
    11 Comments

    You never read anything good about Facebook. A headline in the Sydney Morning Herald this week declared there are no rules. It has a reputation for superficiality and promiscuous over-sharing. But I haven't had so much fun in years. And I have never felt less alone.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Dog poems

    • Various
    • 18 May 2010

    as she lies there, somehow she feels time creeping — some inchoate sense, sense of the Grim Reaper reaping with his scathing scythe, or Father Time with a sieve ...

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Labor complacent as Indigenous gap widens

    • Jack Waterford
    • 18 May 2010
    5 Comments

    Seven houses — not bad for three and a half years work and hundreds of millions of dollars. At that rate the gap will be closed in about 7000 years. Minster Macklin frequently redefines what she is pretending to be doing, or uses weasel words.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd cares less for carers

    • Michael Mullins
    • 17 May 2010
    6 Comments

    Dedicated aged care workers are leaving because they can't afford to exist on such low pay. Employers have their hands tied by the Federal Government, which last week passed over the opportunity to provide for aged care workers in the Budget.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Abbott's immigration paranoia

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 17 May 2010
    25 Comments

    Abbott's 'red arrows' asulym seeker ad is reminiscent of the 'reds under the beds' hysteria of the '50s and '60s. With an election on the way, the immigration policy reform agenda has been put aside as both Government and Opposition harden their policies.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Making public transport work

    • Paul Mees
    • 14 May 2010
    6 Comments

    A new round of Sydney-Melbourne rivalry has broken out, this one over which has the most dysfunctional train system. It's time Australian cities looked to public transport models that work, such as that of Zurich.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Forgiving genocide

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 14 May 2010
    3 Comments

    During the massacre Rurangwa's grandmother was murdered mid-prayer, various family members called to god for help, while the killers, fellow parishioners of the local church, struck their machetes until faith fell with precious bodies into a pile.

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  • RELIGION

    A Christian view of budgets and burqas

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 May 2010
    15 Comments

    This week's headlines have been about elections in the UK, the economy in Greece, and justice and law in Australia regarding banning the burqa and monstering asylum seekers. The way these are played out leaves little room for love, altruism, forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation and freedom, and no space for grace.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Child abuse fable

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 May 2010
    5 Comments

    The pastor terrifies and humiliates his adolescent son with tall tales about a painful and fatal illness that can be contracted through masturbation. We are led to believe such secret acts of parental abuse lay at the core of the more public crimes that occur in the village.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Losing Ben

    • Chris Mulherin
    • 12 May 2010
    31 Comments

    The oldest of our five, Ben studied science, medicine in his sights, healthy, not wealthy and wise beyond his years. Ben died quietly. He had no choice really, we turned off the machine.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Budget of social exclusion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 12 May 2010
    23 Comments

    If a 'fiscally responsible Budget' can increase spending on Australia's representatives in elite sports by $237 million, it is hard to imagine that there is not room somewhere for our unemployed to eat a little better.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    UK kingmaker Clegg wise to wait

    • Peter Scally
    • 11 May 2010
    5 Comments

    Gordon Brown's dignified resignation underlines the fact that Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's options in choosing a coalition partner remain open. He is wise not to rush a decision to finalise a deal. After the election that everybody lost, a coalition that works could make winners of the British people.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Photographing Paris

    • Ian C. Smith
    • 11 May 2010

    mapping the cobbled Parisian dawn .. in search of juxtaposition .. stairways, upturned street vendors' carts .. unglamorous prostitutes, pedlars .. the stillness of odd, aged architecture .. angles, spaces awash with light

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Let the mining goose sleep

    • Michael Mullins
    • 10 May 2010
    13 Comments

    Kevin Rudd has been accused of plucking the goose that laid the golden egg. Amid fears of frightening mining investors, few have queried the rush to plunder Australia's mineral wealth. Future generations could need it more than we do.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Close encounters with Greek unrest

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 10 May 2010
    5 Comments

    Greek leaders condemned the outbreak of violence that has seen innocent people die on the streets of Athens. However many people fear that worse is to come. Most people are angry, particularly the young. Greece has never treated its youth well.

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