Volume 17 No.12

28 June 2007


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Knowing where the bodies are buried

    • Tony Smith
    • 27 June 2007

    But for its indubitable basis in reality, Shane Maloney's political thriller Sucked In would be fine therapy for those jaded Australians hoping to see an election year eruption of idealism in the affairs of state.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Anti-corruption measures eclipse human rights in Cambodia

    • Allister Hayman
    • 27 June 2007
    1 Comment

    Despite mounting criticism of the human rights record of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, foreign donors, including Australia, continue to back him financially. It seems that the economic growth and stability he has fostered is more valuable than transparency, the rule of law, and human rights.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    In search of Henry Lawson's mother's birthplace

    • Brian Matthews
    • 27 June 2007
    3 Comments

    A literary pilgrimage to rural lands near Wellington, NSW, while writing a book about Louisa Lawson. You never arrive: there is no pub, no post office, no CWA; no change in the benign parquetry of land ploughed, harvested, under crop, straggling with native scrub.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ben Cousins not alone in the wasteland of addiction

    • Barbara Chapman
    • 27 June 2007

    "John" shares the same city and roughly the same age as Ben Cousins. Uneducated and unsupported, he successfully fought his drug addiction with inner resolve, but eventually alcohol caused him more grief than the 'hard stuff’.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Near the hallowed cricket ground

    • Brian Doyle
    • 27 June 2007
    1 Comment

    A man walking his dog tells a story. / He tells me that when he was a child / There was a man living by the river / In a tiny hut made of leaf and thatch.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Emissions Task Group squibbed its challenge

    • Les Coleman
    • 27 June 2007
    1 Comment

    Last week the Prime Minister’s Task Group on Emissions Trading released its report. Given that even Malcom Turnbull has described climate change as “the great economic challenge of our times”, the Report’s 200-plus pages are decidedly thin on substance.

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  • RELIGION

    Dialogue threatened with extinction

    • James McEvoy
    • 27 June 2007

    A strong theme of 20th century philosophy and social science is humans as 'dialogical' beings. Our sense of self is defined only in relationship with others, and the other is understood on his or her own terms. But in recent years, this view of the world has been contested.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Empathetic and provocative parts of the sum

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 June 2007

    Multi-story films have a special power. They examine the lives of seemingly unrelated people whose fates become potently, albeit incidentally, connected. But sometimes a set of strong short films does not add up to a powerful feature.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Who has the fairest IR policy?

    • Keith Harvey
    • 27 June 2007
    2 Comments

    The Government’s "fairness" Bill provided that new agreements should compensate employees for loss of particular award conditions. Since individual agreements remain the cornerstone of the Government’s laws, the fundamental right of employees to bargain collectively and be represented by their union remains absent.

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  • RELIGION

    Suspect motivations behind stark Government rhetoric

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 June 2007
    45 Comments

    The Prime Minister has said, “We are dealing with children of the tenderest age who have been exposed to the most terrible abuse”. He asks, “What matters more: the constitutional niceties, or the care and protection of young children?" It is not a choice of one or the other.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Brendan Keilar points the way to a better world

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 June 2007

    See Judge Act forms the template of a strand of Catholic social activism. Brendan Keilar, the Melbourne good Samaritan who was fatally shot this month, did exactly this, in very fast motion.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Refugee policy still broken after Rau scandal fix

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 June 2007
    3 Comments

    Australia's treatment of refugees has been out of the headlines for some months, perhaps due to changes in the Department after the Cornelia Rau scandal. But despite some improvements, Australian refugee policy remains destructive.

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  • RELIGION

    'See, judge, act' more than truth by consensus

    • Stefan Gigacz
    • 27 June 2007
    5 Comments

    The See Judge Act method has been used by church and other groups for many years, as a means of putting social justice principles into practice. Conservative critics have recently described it as the manufacturing of truth by consensus, but it has more to do with a common search for truth.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Boots on the ground cannot replace faces in a community

    • Jack Waterford
    • 27 June 2007
    5 Comments

    Three decades ago, a task force was commissioned by the Commonwealth to tackle a national disaster among Aborigines. Today's is much more problematic, with cops, then with army officers, then some doctors not yet consulted or organised, and no sense of engagement with the service providers on the ground, let alone the objects of the attention.

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