Vol 20 No 11

07 June 2010


 

  • AUSTRALIA

    Football racism evokes ugly past

    • Myrna Tonkinson
    • 18 June 2010
    14 Comments

    Timana Tahu left the NSW State of Origin team after racist comments by assistant coach Andrew Johns. AFL heavyweight Mal Brown described Aboriginal players as cannibals. Why is it an insult to call someone black?

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Hugh Mackay on spirituality vs religion

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 18 June 2010
    13 Comments

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    True memories of Bloody Sunday

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 17 June 2010
    5 Comments

    Lord Saville's report this week into a seminal moment of 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland included the admission that the killing of 14 demonstrators by the British Army was 'unjustified and unjustifiable'. True reconciliation can only ever take place with a true recounting of memory.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Permutations of motherhood

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 17 June 2010

    Adoption is shown to be a tumultuous process, as joyful and painful in its own way as pregnancy and birth. Lucy is unable to conceive, but suspects that the motherly bond is about much more than biology. Her husband Joseph, by contrast, values biology greatly.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Granny chic is fashionable exploitation

    • Jen Vuk
    • 16 June 2010
    11 Comments

    As a child of migrant parents, I was taught to respect my elders, to view each wrinkle as the mark of wisdom and a full head of silvery hair as the ultimate badge of honour. I wonder how those in their twilight years feel about young celebrities dying their hair grey in the name of fashion?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Quasimodo comes to Woolies

    • Brian Matthews
    • 16 June 2010
    1 Comment

    He was horribly contorted. His head was bent over his right shoulder as if being crushed down. The angle of the head concealed the right ear and enforced a distortion of his mouth and right eye. You don't stare at such afflicted people so I gazed elsewhere until he was on the move.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    What the aluminium can lady thinks

    • Peter Mitchell and Kathryn Hamann
    • 15 June 2010
    1 Comment

    she migrates the long, thin pole around the recycling dumpster. Beer bottles clink, aluminium cans become metal kebabs ... on the road: her set eyes read the worlds of nature — the sky as upturned colander, shaking droplets of rain.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd's great big mining myth

    • John Ralph
    • 15 June 2010
    35 Comments

    The Government's theoretical model does not stand up to scrutiny in the real world. Collecting higher taxes from the mining industry to disburse for other worthwhile purposes may be perceived as contributing to the 'common good'. In fact, the reverse could be true.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Planet Football's alternative world order

    • Michael Visontay
    • 11 June 2010
    3 Comments

    In the Olympics, the countries with the biggest populations win the most medals. Not in the World Cup. The United States' underdog status is one of the unifying pleasures of football fans around the world.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New old ways of understanding justice

    • Alexander Lewis
    • 11 June 2010
    1 Comment

    Amartya Sen suggests we might never know what perfect justice is, but we certainly know injustice when we see it. Instead of giving a tired rehash of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau, Sen uses vibrant, colourful examples from history, philosophy, and literature, in particular from the Indian tradition.

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  • RELIGION

    Am I Catholic enough?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 10 June 2010
    46 Comments

    Eureka Street carries many articles about minority groups whose dignity as human beings is not respected. Those who endorse Catholic teaching on sexuality and the value of human life should rejoice when they see this. To insist on the dignity of those most disregarded in our society is a thoroughly Catholic thing to do. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Criminals and other animals

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 10 June 2010
    4 Comments

    Nicky is curled up asleep on the couch. She is an innocent, and we feel affection for her. But as the camera pans around, we realise we have been sharing Andrew's leering perspective. The scene foreshadows Animal Kingdom's most appalling atrocity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hard days of not working

    • Barry Garner
    • 09 June 2010
    11 Comments

    I used to be a worker. I left school at 15 and worked till I was 45. But it now seems that I was someone else then. Am I disabled? Or just lazy? Down the street I see workers in overalls, and for some reason I can't look them in the eye.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Organic carrots and grocery store ethics

    • Alison Sampson
    • 09 June 2010
    11 Comments

    People in my own city are hungry, people across the world are starving, yet here I am buying local organic olive oil, ten times the price of a good oil from Crete. The first time I tasted an organic carrot, I realised that every other carrot I had ever eaten was a mere shadow. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abbott and Australia's new poor

    • Brian Lawrence
    • 08 June 2010
    9 Comments

    Tony Abbott told ABC radios's AM program that 'low and middle income families with kids are Australia's new poor'. He is half right. Yet this year's national wage review failed to address the needs of low income working families.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    After wonderland

    • P. S. Cottier and Jeff Klooger
    • 08 June 2010
    1 Comment

    Since furniture regained its proper size .. and animals ceased to speak .. since teapots evicted rodents .. and the Queen became so very nice .. I find myself looking back ... Everything now is normaler and normaler

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sympathy for Israel and Palestine

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 June 2010
    14 Comments

    Public conversation about the military actions of Israel is always noisy and combative. Large statements of principle, contradictory stories and ad hominem arguments make evaluation difficult. In reflecting on the events of the past week I found myself returning to my first visit to Israel over 30 years ago.

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  • RELIGION

    Human Rights Act door still swinging

    • Frank Brennan
    • 07 June 2010
    13 Comments

    When the Government announced that its response to the National Human Rights Consultation would not include a legislative Charter of Rights, many activists despaired. I am more sanguine. We knew from the beginning that a Human Rights Act would be a big ask.

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