Vol 21 No 2

31 January 2011


 

  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Theology coloured by clergy sex abuse

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 10 February 2011
    3 Comments

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  • MEDIA

    Women who discovered the world

    • Eleanor Massey
    • 10 February 2011
    5 Comments

    Adventure and travel writing has long been a male domain. Sports and media guru Peter FitzSimons advises young men to broaden their experience, find their voice, and 'push through the hard yakka'. He says this advice is not for young women. 

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Theology coloured by clergy sex abuse

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 10 February 2011

    Lay Catholic theologian Neil Ormerod's approach was strongly coloured in the early 1990s when he and his wife Thea became activists on behalf of survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Exploiting natural disasters

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 09 February 2011
    2 Comments

    The Tsunami is recreated in spectacular fashion, but robbed of significance, except as a catalyst for one white-skinned European tourist, who survives despite the deaths of hundreds of thousands of brown-skinned Indonesian villagers. This is exploitative in the extreme.

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  • MEDIA

    Shit doesn’t just happen

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 February 2011
    55 Comments

    While it is refreshing to hear politicians speak in unguarded colloquial language from time to time, any human misfortune is demeaned if we believe it is a sufficient explanation to say, as Tony Abbott said of the death of a soldier serving in Afghanistan, 'shit happens'.

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  • CARTOON

    Whatever happened to the Real Julia?

    • Fiona Katauskas
    • 08 February 2011
    4 Comments

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Where children used to play

    • Vin Maskell
    • 08 February 2011
    4 Comments

    After she died — her mind went first, then the rest — he moved across town, where he lived in a different type of street. A busy street with traffic and noise. No place for a street party. Once a year, though, he returns to see the next generation of neighbours. New leaves on old trees.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ending the Intervention

    • Sarah Burnside
    • 08 February 2011
    7 Comments

    There is evidence that, far from its stated aim of 'normalising' remote communities, the Intervention is in fact counter-productive. A few days out from the anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations, the question hovers: when will the Intervention end?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Our blind search for sweetness

    • Kevin Gillam
    • 08 February 2011
    1 Comment

    the tongue is bleeding, but the words come out the same. checking spelling, cursive immaculate, an orderly flight of birds across a yellowing page.

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  • EDUCATION

    Why private schools need more money

    • Chris Middleton
    • 07 February 2011
    48 Comments

    A recent poll shows 70 per cent of people think the Federal Government gives too much money to private schools. Catholic schools have contributed enormously to the Australian community, and thus make a claim for some funding on the basis of the common good.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Preparing to kill the internet

    • Michael Mullins
    • 07 February 2011
    6 Comments

    Barack Obama's calls for the protection of freedoms in Egypt failed to mention one of the Egyptian authorities' most striking violations — their switching off internet access for five days. It's likely he was treading warily due to the US Government's own plans for an internet 'kill switch'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The future shock of aged care

    • Martin Laverty
    • 07 February 2011
    8 Comments

    One of our most daunting challenges is how to look after the baby boomers, who are fast approaching old age. The cost of aged care, and the number needing it, is skyrocketing. Funding has not been committed, and there's a train wreck in sight. Doing nothing is not an option. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The westernisation of Asian beauty

    • Ellena Savage
    • 04 February 2011
    8 Comments

    In many Asian cultures paleness is an indication of class and beauty. But why would Asian women want to look like Pamela Anderson? For the same reason white women do: there's a globalised beauty standard that is gendered, racialised, and hierarchical.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Remember Sudan

    • Jack De Groot
    • 04 February 2011
    5 Comments

    Sudan's fate may appear sealed, and with tensions erupting in neighbouring Egypt it is easy to turn our gaze away. But with poverty and prosperity hanging precariously in the balance, there could not be a worse time to forget Sudan.

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  • CARTOON

    Wrecking-ball Tony returns to Parliament

    • Fiona Katauskas
    • 02 February 2011
    2 Comments

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  • RELIGION

    Pope's guide to social networking

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 February 2011
    9 Comments

    Benedict's World Day of Social Communications address shows how an elderly, intelligent man might reflect on the massive changes in social communication. He associates social networking with the young, and trusts in their freedom to use it well.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Father Brennan's jailbreak

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 February 2011

    A mess of maps and photos pinned to his wall reflects his obsession. A series of close calls and violent altercations reveal his rising desperation. His love of his family bolsters his conviction while allowing him to retain his humanity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Feathery fable

    • Fiona Douglas
    • 01 February 2011
    6 Comments

    She sits perfectly still, as if she has given up; happy for her end to come via a predator of any calibre. At the very least, she has lost the plot. The children and I spy on her from a distance. Then, as if a switch has been flicked, a sickening sinking feeling takes hold inside me.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Egyptian people's vengeance

    • Ashlea Scicluna
    • 01 February 2011
    5 Comments

    The long-time political repression of the Egyptian people is now being avenged on the streets. Any step toward democracy that arises from the protests must involve the popular Muslim Brotherhood, or else it will be a wasted opportunity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Boys will be girls will be boys

    • Stuart Barnes
    • 01 February 2011
    5 Comments

    marriage is a sacred sanatorium .. better late than pregnant .. Heaven knows no beauty like a woman divorced .. absence makes the heart grow abscesses

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  • RELIGION

    King James Bible a masterpiece but not an idol

    • Philip Harvey
    • 01 February 2011
    29 Comments

    2011 is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. It will be said that the King James is the soul of our language and that it shares pre-eminence with the Bard. But all of this talk will be at odds with the actual purpose for which it was created.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Natural disaster fund could be Gillard's easy path to glory

    • Michael Mullins
    • 31 January 2011
    5 Comments

    It is difficult for Prime Ministers to impose short term pain for long term gain if they want to be re-elected. But Gillard faces a different situation because the Independents are her masters, not the 2013 voters.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Schooling in the classroom without walls

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 31 January 2011
    13 Comments

    The furore that erupted when Chinese-American mother Amy Chua accused Westerners of being too soft on their children masks a subtle sharpening of middle class parental expectations in Australia.

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