Volume 17 No.15

09 August 2007


 

  • AUSTRALIA

    Lifelong friends at first sight

    • Chris Fotinopoulos
    • 08 August 2007

    Friendship and family are invariably mentioned in the same breath. Although most parents expect their children to trust family ahead of friends, children tend to place greater faith in friends, who are more likely to ‘allow them to breathe’.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Remembering a homeless man named Patrick

    • Daniel Donahoo
    • 08 August 2007
    1 Comment

    An obsession with an economics graduate who founded an aged care organisation provokes memories of a night on the streets in the company of a homeless man named Patrick.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Urban planning threatens Jakarta’s river dwellers

    • Ben Fraser
    • 08 August 2007

    More than 300,000 Jakarta residents were displaced following the floods in January. Preparedness for the next flood is compromised by the river dwellers' unlawful status, and the government’s desire to clear these slum areas from the riverbank.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Uncovering Nobel laureate's Nazi past

    • Gary Pearce
    • 08 August 2007

    Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s memoir became controversial last year due to revelations that he had been a member of the Waffen SS. It reveals that he feels both intimately connected with, and uncomprehending of, his younger self.

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  • RELIGION

    Hiroshima insider's imprint on Jesuit sensibility

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 August 2007
    2 Comments

    This year marks the centenary of the birth of Pedro Arrupe, the Basque Jesuit who worked in Japan and later became the Jesuits' Superior General. He was present at Hiroshima on 6 August 6 1945, the day on which the atomic bomb was dropped.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Polling whether politicians should go to heaven

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 08 August 2007
    13 Comments

    The results of the Australia's Institute's recent polling on the question reflect more than simple political judgments. While the Prime Minister seems to work hard at signalling his Christian beliefs, his moral standing appears tarnished by a widespread view that he is 'mean and tricky'. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Xenia, the first safety net

    • Jaya Savige
    • 08 August 2007

    How could they intuit the pricelessness of a warm welcome? / benign as Mugabe, market forces the not-so-new religion

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Empathy for an emotionally abusive mother

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 08 August 2007

    The director of a new Australian film on the migration experience depicts the resilience of childhood. He also aims to evoke from his audience a degree of compassion for a difficult, struggling mother.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's Asia Cup victory hides reality of ungovernable society

    • Scott Stephens
    • 08 August 2007
    5 Comments

    The press coverage of Iraq’s surprise victory in the Asian Cup final was — as Ernst Bloch might have put it — full of utopian sentiment. The win was, admittedly, a remarkable achievement, but one that hardly accounted for the sheer exuberance of the outpoured emotion that followed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Make foolish haste while the Treasurer smiles through gritted teeth

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 August 2007

    Opinion polls suggest the ALP's "me too" strategy is enhancing their electibility. But in the end, Australians may just stick with the devil they know. "It's time" may have worked for Gough Whitlam, but only time will tell whether "Kevin 07" will do the same for Kevin Rudd.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    When governments stop listening to advice

    • Jack Waterford
    • 08 August 2007
    3 Comments

    Interviewed a year ago for the biography John Winston Howard, Treasurer Peter Costello complained about the Government's binge spending. Since then, the PM has committed many billions more, and given every indication the pace of spending will increase enormously between now and the election.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Financial decisions not value-free

    • Les Coleman
    • 08 August 2007

    Investors are buyers of financial products and services and this affords them a unique opportunity to shape the nature of markets and financial institutions. They should not be shy to use their power to promote sustainability.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's overlooked political factions

    • Dan Read
    • 08 August 2007

    The Iraq situation is a lot more complex than a simple standoff between western democracy and political Islam. Until this is understood, a viable solution that takes Iraq towards genuine democracy and self government is impossible.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mersey Hospital fix sets scene for wider turmoil

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 08 August 2007

    The Prime Minister's decision to take over funding of Devonport's Mersey Hospital seems to fly in the face of rational analysis of service delivery capacity of the area. It does not set a promising precedent for the health planning prowess on the part of the Commonwealth.

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