Vol 20 No 19

27 September 2010


 

  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Shedding light on Christian Australia's bleak prognosis

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 08 October 2010
    3 Comments

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Shedding light on Christian Australia's bleak prognosis

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 08 October 2010

    Renowned sociologist Gary Bouma is one of most respected observers of religion in this country. He predicts that, by 2021, less than 50 per cent of Australians will call themselves Christian.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Trade troops for refugees as Afghanistan worsens

    • Greg Foyster
    • 08 October 2010
    15 Comments

    The situation in Afghanistan isn't getting better. It is getting much, much worse. If we are thinking about sending more troops to counter the Taliban, we must also think about accepting more Afghani asylum seekers fleeing the regime. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    When kids turn evil

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 October 2010
    2 Comments

    Lacking the wisdom of experience and anything resembling a positive adult role model, Owen is guided by a yearning for companionship and a budding adolescent libido. These are very human impulses, but no substitute for wise adult guidance or a fully formed moral compass.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Human stories of IVF

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 07 October 2010
    17 Comments

    In seeking to fill a mother's empty womb, Nobel Prize winning biologist Robert Edwards developed a solution. In so doing he confirmed what all innovators know: that progress doesn't occur in a neat and orderly vacuum, and nor should it be halted for fear of what it might produce.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Kids in custody

    • Graham West
    • 06 October 2010
    9 Comments

    Young people should be held accountable for their actions. But that does not explain how almost 80 per cent of those on remand in a detention centre in NSW will not end up with a custodial sentence. If custody is a last resort, how can we get the balance wrong 80 per cent of the time?

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  • CARTOON

    Postcards from Afghanistan

    • Fiona Katauskas
    • 06 October 2010

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fanatic's football fairytale

    • Brian Matthews
    • 06 October 2010
    1 Comment

    Fiction writers have to arrange events so that they achieve the required outcome without stretching credulity. Yet real life routinely throws up sequences so bizarre that a fiction writer wouldn't dare to own them. Try this one. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Commission flats fable

    • Virginia Millen
    • 05 October 2010
    10 Comments

    He had the emaciated cheeks of an addict. She was smaller, toothless and aged beyond her years. As we closed our gate he struck her. She fell on the bitumen, lit by the headlight of a passing car. 'You touch her and I'll belt you too,' the man yelled to my partner.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Memo to corporate pigs

    • Ouyang Yu and Barry Gittins
    • 05 October 2010
    4 Comments

    No good deed goes unplagiarised; no noteworthy scheme leaves the department unharvested. Lack the intellectual capital to spend on an informed decision? Set multiple minions to work then cherry pick the outcomes, signing off with your own trotter.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lists worth being on

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 October 2010
    6 Comments

    Last week the BRW Young Rich List appeared. Judging by the profiles that go with lists, listed people are a boring lot. They tend to take seriously activities that don't contribute much to human happiness. Many of the wealthy young made nothing, except a pile of money through property and hedge funds.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Delhi's Commonwealth Games refugees

    • Cara Munro
    • 04 October 2010
    6 Comments

    The smell of hot bitumen asserted itself in the chilled winter air. A family of saried women, nimble men and children sifted gravel and carried piles of stones on their heads. The driver, seeing the direction of my gaze, nodded towards the ghostly work party and explained: 'Delhi Games.'

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The roots of American arrogance

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 01 October 2010
    9 Comments

    America has grown so used to triumphing in the conflicts of the 1990s that mere stasis is now easily viewed as retreat. But from Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama, each time America has become blind to the limitations of its power, it has been wrenched back to reality by failure.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Life and art in jail

    • Oliver Humphries
    • 01 October 2010
    11 Comments

    I am the unwilling custodian of some very fine paintings that no one will ever see. Whenever Mr N wants to discuss aesthetics, or Matisse's brush technique, or surrealism, I have to remind myself that he killed his wife and step-daughter with a fruit knife.

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  • RELIGION

    'Divided' Anglicans dodge conflict

    • Andrew McGowan
    • 30 September 2010
    1 Comment

    The Australian Anglican Church is divided on questions of women's ordination, sexuality, lay presidency and liturgical texts. But the recent assembly in Melbourne was relatively polite, although the question of the conservative, evangelical Sydney Diocese's relationship with the rest was never far from the surface.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Stockbrokers with souls

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 30 September 2010
    1 Comment

    The financial crisis threatens to engulf them. But Money Never Sleeps is less interested in financial wheeling and dealing than the ways in which the lunges and plunges of the market impact upon the characters' lives and relationships.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Gillard's climate coup

    • Tony Kevin
    • 29 September 2010
    6 Comments

    If the Gillard Government manages to serve a full term, there is a good chance that Parliament will pass a well-designed, effective national carbon pricing policy into law in 2012. This would be a major policy success that Gillard could legitimately boast of going into a 2013 full-term election.

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  • CARTOON

    Wrecking-ball Tony

    • Fiona Katauskas
    • 29 September 2010

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Protestant righteousness in 'weird' Adelaide

    • Malcolm King
    • 29 September 2010
    15 Comments

    For those born in Adelaide, there is something endearing about the place. It's like living in a country town where Big Ears, Ratty or Mole could be spotted. But the penchant for nostalgia and for by-gone days is exactly the wrong impulse now for the City of Churches.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Communities confront flood fallout

    • Ben Fraser
    • 28 September 2010
    4 Comments

    Amid the horror and gloom there have been moments of inspiration in the flood crisis that have largely gone unreported. While they warmly accept the staples of relief, they know through a history of crippling food insecurity and mass displacement that they are masters of their own destiny.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    What is forever

    • Various
    • 28 September 2010
    1 Comment

    The earth and its mortal crust .. Like our own skin .. Covers something .. Which at one point .. Was not .. And in some distant point .. Far beyond this evening .. Will no longer be

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rehabilitating Rudd and Turnbull

    • John Warhurst
    • 27 September 2010
    6 Comments

    Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull's past faults and misdemeanours have been forgotten and they have been charged with new responsibilities at the heart of Australia's domestic and international futures. The new leaders must wish their vanquished colleagues great success. But not too much.

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  • RELIGION

    On keeping a distance from governments

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 September 2010
    7 Comments

    Groups concerned for asylum seekers are now faced with bad Australian policies on asylum seekers like the regional processing centre and a harsher regime of detention. They should reject the policies but cooperate with governments to minimise the harm caused to asylum seekers by them. 

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