Vol 20 No 14

19 July 2010


 

  • Jesuit's vision for a pluralist Australia

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 30 July 2010

    When it comes to asylum seekers, both Labor and Liberal leaders spruik policy that taps into negative community feelings toward 'the other'. Fr Francis D'Sa offers an alternative vision embracing multiculturalism and religious pluralism.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What welfare policies?

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 30 July 2010
    7 Comments

    The current kind of content-free campaigning, appealing to popular biases and stereotypes, has real consequences for the social services sector and the people they serve.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Jesuit's vision for a pluralist Australia

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 30 July 2010
    1 Comment

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  • EDUCATION

    Will a real university please stand up

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 29 July 2010
    7 Comments

    In 2012 Australian universities will experience a radical shift in government policy, resulting in a marketplace where universities must hawk their wares in a bid to attract the best and brightest. Whether all the present universities will survive in this competitive marketplace is an open question.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Asylum seeker's island hell

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 29 July 2010
    2 Comments

    As Meredith approaches, two boys appear on the cliff and call for the boat to turn back. This allegory for the asylum seeker experience is not entirely out of place: Meredith seeks asylum from personal horrors that lie in her wake. But the curdled milk of human unkindness flows readily.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The trial and sentencing of Comrade Duch

    • Tony Kevin
    • 28 July 2010
    2 Comments

    The former head of the Khmer Rouge's main interrogation centre has just been sentenced to 30 years prison. There are important lessons internationally. If a state becomes evil, its orders must be resisted.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Defying the ebook revolution

    • Brian Doyle
    • 28 July 2010
    5 Comments

    Went to return a book the other day and it refused to go in the BOOKS ONLY slot. I tried again, thinking perhaps I had suddenly aged beyond belief and could not muster the muscle to cram it through the wall, but no, it was the book itself, adamant, recalcitrant, bristling and ruffling indignantly, that would not allow itself to be returned.

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  • CARTOON

    Gillard's momentum

    • Fiona Katauskas
    • 28 July 2010

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Ode to f***book

    • Cecilia Condon
    • 27 July 2010
    3 Comments

    Your profile .. Your pics, updated .. Your 746 Friends .. Fend off the texture of the universe. F***book will f*** You.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Nothing underhanded about Labor-Greens deal

    • John Warhurst
    • 27 July 2010
    18 Comments

    Appearing last week on ABC1's Q+A, Julie Bishop claimed that following a preference deal with the Labor Party, the Greens were now effectively a Labor faction. Preference deals areĀ as old as the preferential system itself. The impact of these deals should not be exaggerated.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gillard bombing on moral leadership

    • Michael Mullins
    • 26 July 2010
    24 Comments

    Julia Gillard appears to be in no mood to countenance the type of conviction politics that would be required to ratify the ban of cluster bombs. This is a far cry from the glory days of Kevin07 when Rudd said he would ratify Kyoto, then did exactly that.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A Shakespearean view of Australian politics

    • Adrian Phoon
    • 26 July 2010
    2 Comments

    Malcolm Turnbull recently compared Kevin Rudd to the Shakespearean character Coriolanus, a reviled control freak. Politicians sometimes invoke Shakespeare to flatter their own cause. But this is fraught with dangers: they can come off sounding pompous, or their analogies may backfire.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Elegy for a priestly life

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 July 2010
    8 Comments

    In contrast to Luther, John Molony never discovered the grace that would free him from the guilt and anxiety caused by his not meeting expectations. Nor did he reject the pattern of church relationships and theological assumptions that endorsed these expectations. He simply lost hope that he could live as a good priest.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aker sacking an example for political parties

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 July 2010
    3 Comments

    It seems appropriate that Jason Akermanis was sacked in the middle of an election campaign. The tensions between conflicting interests that led to his sacking have also been exhibited in the election campaign. But in politics they have been negotiated much more disreputably.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sympathy for the man who killed God

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 July 2010
    1 Comment

    The idea of 'killing God' causes Darwin great anguish. In one scene, after a night spent scribbling his manuscript, he is shown frantically scrubbing at the ink stains on his fingers — Lady Macbeth trying to remove mythical blood.

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  • RELIGION

    Caravaggio's profane eye for the sacred

    • Luke Walladge
    • 22 July 2010
    6 Comments

    If Caravaggio hadn't been such a drunken, violent, criminal, he may never have been human enough, disturbed enough or repentant of enough sin to produce the most arresting, influential and remarkable sacred art in the history of the Christian West.

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  • RELIGION

    Moving forward from East Timor Solution

    • Frank Brennan
    • 21 July 2010
    11 Comments

    The idea of a regional processing centre for asylum seekers requires a lot of detailed diplomatic work. If Gillard is elected Prime Minister, it could be Kevin Rudd's first test as Foreign Minister. Whoever is elected, and wherever such a centre is located, it will not be East Timor.

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  • CARTOON

    Campaign of caricatures

    • Fiona Katauskas
    • 21 July 2010
    1 Comment

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    I am every asylum seeker

    • Greg Foyster
    • 21 July 2010
    42 Comments

    I am not here to get rich, to receive charity, steal your job, or cheat the system. I am not a 'queue jumper'. I am not an 'illegal arrival'. I am not a 'political issue'. I am an asylum seeker, and this is my story.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Taking science back from the scientists

    • T. J. Martin
    • 20 July 2010
    17 Comments

    I believed it was not right to manufacture human embryos for research, but I decided to use scientific arguments against this. In fact that made the task easier. It was truly astonishing to see how regularly very bad science was presented publicly by scientists who wanted to do such work.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Charlie Darwin

    • Various
    • 20 July 2010

    Definitely simian features beneath those whiskers ... definitely a great big hairy chest .. Beneath that stiff Victorian coat.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Election year blogs stifle democracy

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 19 July 2010
    6 Comments

    The fact that we are 'discussing' more than ever before due to the internet and the blogosphere, does not prove that our democracy is in better shape. The environment precludes reasoning because reasoning requires a willingness to listen to the other and to approach questions through mutual respect.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Forget Keating-Hawke soapie, give Rudd a hug

    • Michael Mullins
    • 19 July 2010
    14 Comments

    The public stoush between Paul Keating and Bob Hawke seems little more than soap opera for political junkies. Australian Jesuit Fr Frank Brennan longs for a political morality to guide politicians at times of political upheaval, such as Kevin Rudd's emotional departure from the Labor leadership.

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