Vol 21 No 8

24 April 2011


MEDIA

Let's talk about rape

11 Comments
05 May 2011 | Jen Vuk

Lara Logan, 60 MinutesRape takes away the victim's free will and builds around them a wall of connotation and innuendo. For 40 minutes, American journalist Lara Logan was rendered silent by the mob that sexually assaulted her in Cairo. Little wonder when finally she spoke it came out like a roar.


EUREKA STREET TV

Conversation with a gay priest

14 Comments
05 May 2011 | Peter Kirkwood


Conversation with a gay priest

05 May 2011 | Peter Kirkwood

Gay rainbow Allison argues recent scientific revelations about homosexuality are part of the unfolding natural law that challenges negative attitudes and beliefs regarding it, and the basis for official Church teaching, that being gay is 'an objective disorder'.


RELIGION

Papal power in Toowoomba

54 Comments
04 May 2011 | Andrew Hamilton

Pope BenedictModern societies rightly put much weight on transparency. Its absence is taken to discredit the institutions in which it is lacking. After the forced resignation of Bishop Morris it will be even harder for Catholics to win a hearing on issues that affect the public order.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Aboriginal mad bastards

1 Comment
04 May 2011 | Tim Kroenert

Mad BastardsDirector Brendan Fletcher calls it 'mad bastardry': a 'masculine energy' that is often either expelled through violence, numbed by alcohol, or both. Mad Bastards explores the roots and some solutions to male Aboriginal aggression.


CARTOON

America's most wanted

03 May 2011 | Fiona Katauskas

'America's Most Wanted', by Fiona Katauskas


AUSTRALIA

The murder of Osama Bin Laden

56 Comments
03 May 2011 | Moira Rayner

Osama Bin LadenBarack Obama has committed his people to a legal and ethical mistake which will be a continuing obstacle to the West's integrity in its pursuit of freedom, democracy, internationally recognised standards of justice and human rights, and lasting peace. 


RELIGION

Coming clean on cluster munitions

15 Comments
03 May 2011 | Frank Brennan

Cluster bombsWe now know that, in the name of the US alliance, our Government attempted to scuttle the significance of the UN Convention on Cluster Munitions. Thus far the Greens are the only party to take the point, and the only party in full sympathy with the Vatican on this issue.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Mothers, soldiers and other entrepreneurs

3 Comments
03 May 2011 | Brian Doyle

Thought bubbleTo attempt, to begin, is really to dream, to envision, to speculate, and then to work like a burro to implement, to create, to make real. How is it that a word like entrepreneurship, which means vast and amazing things, has become so commonplace and thin?


Birdwatcher's odyssey

3 Comments
02 May 2011 | Diane Fahey

Mating Costumethose hypnotic swerves, a mark of dominion like all else: its height, its eight-foot span, its primeval patience. The eagle turned, an archer's bow; became a bold emblem that could impress the red seal on a document of war; rip out an eye.


RELIGION

Human faces of Toowoomba conflict

69 Comments
02 May 2011 | Andrew Hamilton

Bill MorrisBishop Bill Morris' announcement that he had tendered his early retirement under Roman pressure will arouse debate in and outside the Catholic Church. In these first days of controversy, it may be helpful first to reflect on the impact that the action has on the people most affected by it.


AUSTRALIA

Justifying Bin Laden's execution

43 Comments
02 May 2011 | Tony Kevin

Osama Bin LadenObama was admirably honest that Bin Laden had been killed after, not during, the firefight. Why wasn’t Bin Laden taken alive and returned from Pakistan to face US courts? Here is a case where the cutting of the Gordian knot through an on-the-spot execution may be justified as the lesser evil.


Fast-tracking Prince William and John Paul II

17 Comments
01 May 2011 | Michael Mullins

Many argue that the holiness attributed to John Paul, who was beatified yesterday just six years after his death, is tempered by evil deeds that took place under his watch. Arguably, fast-tracking his route to sainthood is an offence against due process, as fast-tracking Prince William's route to the throne would be.


Greens' and Abbott's guilt by association

3 Comments
01 May 2011 | John Warhurst

Tony Abbott, people's revolt, Juliar is Bob Brown's BitchPolitical alliances can be strategically useful, but leaders must be careful not to appear too close to extreme groups. Tony Abbott and the NSW Greens have experienced 'guilt by association' in recent times, but the concept has a long history in Australian politics.


MEDIA

Monarchy's undemocratic war on The Chaser

47 Comments
28 April 2011 | Ellena Savage

Chaser royal wedding ban Previously, monarchists and the ambivalent masses alike could argue that the British royal family was effectively benevolent and benign. The banning of The Chaser's royal wedding commentary is a jolt back to reality.


RELIGION

Beatifying the Polish Pope

15 Comments
28 April 2011 | Andrew Hamilton

Pope John Paul II and former US President Bill ClintonJohn Paul II was as much a Polish Catholic as Mary MacKillop was Australian. His moral force eroded the legitimacy of the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe. The controversy about his beatification is not about his virtue or historical significance, but about his legacy to the Church.


AUSTRALIA

Refugee rage

26 Comments
27 April 2011 | Kerry Murphy

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship say they can't tell me anything. The Inspector General of Intelligence and Security tells me to contact DIAC. As an immigration lawyer I find this frustrating. How much worse must it be for asylum seekers kept in detention with no end in sight?


ARTS AND CULTURE

The weasel, the corpse and the manager who grew a heart

3 Comments
27 April 2011 | Tim Kroenert

Human Resources ManagerA company pay slip is found in the pocket of a migrant who was killed in a terrorist bombing. A nosy journo notes the company's apparent failure to notice their employee's absence, and threatens to run a story about indifference and neglect. The human resources manager slips into damage-control mode.


CARTOON

Unofficial royal wedding memorabilia

1 Comment
26 April 2011 | Fiona Katauskas

'Unofficial royal wedding memorabilia', by Fiona Katauskas


EDUCATION

Rethinking religious education

21 Comments
26 April 2011 | Gary Bouma

Religious educationIf the aim is to inform students about religions, this is best done within the curriculum by people trained to deliver such content in a way that engenders respect for all religions. Problems arise if the goal is to produce believers in a particular religion.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Breast sandwich

5 Comments
19 April 2011 | Mary Manning

Breast screen'I'm Shareena,' she says. 'I'm your radiographer for today. For your breast screen.' An old man looks away from the waiting room television when he hears the word breast. His eyes linger over my sensible tailored shirt and I wonder if I have left a button undone.