Vol 21 No 8

24 April 2011


 

  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Conversation with a gay priest

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 05 May 2011
    14 Comments

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  • MEDIA

    Let's talk about rape

    • Jen Vuk
    • 05 May 2011
    11 Comments

    Rape 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.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Conversation with a gay priest

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 05 May 2011

    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'.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Aboriginal mad bastards

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 May 2011
    1 Comment

    Director 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.

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  • RELIGION

    Papal power in Toowoomba

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 May 2011
    54 Comments

    Modern 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.

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  • RELIGION

    Coming clean on cluster munitions

    • Frank Brennan
    • 03 May 2011
    15 Comments

    We 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.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Mothers, soldiers and other entrepreneurs

    • Brian Doyle
    • 03 May 2011
    3 Comments

    To 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?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The murder of Osama Bin Laden

    • Moira Rayner
    • 03 May 2011
    56 Comments

    Barack 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. 

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  • CARTOON

    America's most wanted

    • Fiona Katauskas
    • 03 May 2011

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Birdwatcher's odyssey

    • Diane Fahey
    • 02 May 2011
    3 Comments

    those 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.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Justifying Bin Laden's execution

    • Tony Kevin
    • 02 May 2011
    43 Comments

    Obama 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.

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  • RELIGION

    Human faces of Toowoomba conflict

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 May 2011
    69 Comments

    Bishop 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.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Greens' and Abbott's guilt by association

    • John Warhurst
    • 01 May 2011
    3 Comments

    Political 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.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Fast-tracking Prince William and John Paul II

    • Michael Mullins
    • 01 May 2011
    17 Comments

    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.

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  • MEDIA

    Monarchy's undemocratic war on The Chaser

    • Ellena Savage
    • 28 April 2011
    47 Comments

    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.

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  • RELIGION

    Beatifying the Polish Pope

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 28 April 2011
    15 Comments

    John 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.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

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

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 April 2011
    3 Comments

    A 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.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Refugee rage

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 27 April 2011
    26 Comments

    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?

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  • CARTOON

    Unofficial royal wedding memorabilia

    • Fiona Katauskas
    • 26 April 2011
    1 Comment

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  • EDUCATION

    Rethinking religious education

    • Gary Bouma
    • 26 April 2011
    21 Comments

    If 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.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Breast sandwich

    • Mary Manning
    • 19 April 2011
    5 Comments

    '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.

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