Volume 17 No.7

17 April 2007


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The storycatcher charged with finding stories that matter

    • Brian Doyle
    • 15 May 2007
    5 Comments

    Brian Doyle said 'no' to an editor's request in the aftermath of September 11: "The only proper thing in your mouth at such a time is prayer." His kids had to reflect back to him: "Well, dad, you are always lecturing us about how if God gives you a talent and you don’t use that talent that’s a sin."

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The psychology of climate change denial

    • Paul Collins
    • 16 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The economic tools we are using to deal with climate change are inappropriate, and the long-term consequences for local areas are largely unknown. Global warming skeptics should critique the analysis of climate change rather than just retreat into a psychology of denial.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    South Africa no longer deserves to host 2010 World Cup

    • Peter Roebuck
    • 16 April 2007
    14 Comments

    By supporting and sustaining the holocaust unfolding in Zimbabwe, the South African Government has aligned itself with the ranks of evil. FIFA has no choice but to find a new location for football World Cup.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Election a test for East Timor's fragile democracy

    • Paul Cleary
    • 16 April 2007
    1 Comment

    Claims of irregularities in last week's presidential election speak volumes about the state of East Timor’s democracy. The elections are also a crucial test for building democracy in post-conflict countries.

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  • MEDIA

    Alan Jones and the power of one

    • Morag Fraser
    • 16 April 2007
    13 Comments

    Jones' reflexes on air are assertive and territorial. A 'power of one' he may be, but he also makes a powerful appeal to the tribal in all of us. When we retreat into the tribe we lose the chance to experience of the kindness of strangers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Troops return debate ignores our Iraq havoc complicity

    • David Corlett
    • 16 April 2007
    3 Comments

    Rather than the fate of the millions of Iraqis now living in desperate insecurity, and the destablising repercussions for the whole Middle East, the debate in Australia continues to revolve around when Australian troops should return.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Family policy grapples with modern complexities

    • John Button
    • 16 April 2007
    4 Comments

    The social policies of the Australia's past worked reasonably well in protecting people from serious poverty. But now we require new policies providing a similar sense of security and contemporary relevance.

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  • RELIGION

    Work-life balance goes beyond the family

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 16 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The conversation about work-life balance is only just skimming the surface when it talks about childcare. We need to talk about how to structure employment arrangements to allow for good citizenship, befriending the stranger, and more.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Drover's Wife echoes in computer data loss

    • Brian Matthews
    • 16 April 2007
    1 Comment

    A desperate attempt to remember often produces fragments which are deeply moving and yet, at the same time, are parodies of the larger, solemn picture we cannot reassemble.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Anzac Day celebrates humanity, not nationalism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 April 2007
    11 Comments

    The proliferation of flags, the singing of national anthems, and the desire to make Anzac Day emblematic of Australian values, all diminish the real humanity of those who have died, in order to allow another generation to inflate its image of itself.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Chávez embraces Christian socialism

    • Rodrigo Acuña
    • 16 April 2007
    3 Comments

    Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez has urged the Catholic Church to take its part in building his 'Socialism for the 21st century'. In return, the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference has called for a "style of socialism that upholds free speech, tolerates opposing views and respects religious education".

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Asylum seeker dreams

    • Mary Manning
    • 16 April 2007

    With characters at low points in their lives, Nights in the Asylum is saved from being a dark novel by moments where care and love bring positive change.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sun shapes the ordinary

    • Jill Jones
    • 16 April 2007

    Afternoon’s lateness raises light / moves day’s weight, an instant circles / near motionless, books half hidden.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    National Indigenous TV set for launch

    • Jan Forrester
    • 16 April 2007

    Indigenous programming attracts few national advertisers. Getting more Indigenous content on TV screens requires a dedicated Indigenous TV channel such as NITV, which is finally due to go to air within two months.

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