Volume 17 No.16

23 August 2007


 

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Governments duped over GM food crops

    • Charles Rue
    • 22 August 2007
    13 Comments

    Australian governments have been caught up in a religious type rapture over biotech industry promises. They are seemingly unaware of their economic strategies, which provide for big long-term profits through monopoly control of the food industry.

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  • RELIGION

    Hip-pocket implications of real jobs in remote communities

    • Frank Brennan
    • 22 August 2007
    13 Comments

    We are now entering a new phase in Aboriginal policy. It is not just about protecting the children, and the latter phase will challenge taxpayers. Real jobs and real services don't come cheap in remote Australia, regardless of the community's racial identity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    ‘Lazarus with a triple bypass’ could well become Harry Houdini

    • John Warhurst
    • 22 August 2007
    6 Comments

    While this election is still there to be won or lost, Labor is rightfully the hot favourite. But changes of government are rare in Australian politics, and there are four reasons why Labor might still lose.

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  • ECONOMICS

    How to measure governments' economic performance

    • Les Coleman
    • 22 August 2007
    1 Comment

    Both Government and Opposition seem committed to economic reform. But the fact that the Howard Government's fiscal policy is currently being steered by a drunken sailor is cause for alarm, as is Kevin Rudd's lack of experience and seeming inability to come up with his own economic policies.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Urgent matters written about in haste

    • Peter Pierce
    • 22 August 2007
    1 Comment

    Future Perfect is ABC broadcaster Robyn Williams' sketch of much that imperils the human future. Whatever flaws and fancies there may have been in God's blueprint, Williams does surprisingly little to produce projections of his own.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Ozlit's gentle ambassador in Italy

    • Brian Matthews
    • 22 August 2007
    2 Comments

    Bernard Hickey devoted his life to the cause of Australian literature and Australian culture in Europe, often at the cost of great personal sacrifice. He was known, loved and profoundly respected wherever Australian writing and literary culture were studied.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Family bond obsession works like racism

    • Peter Fleming
    • 22 August 2007

    Lines are always drawn first around one’s own family. When babies are new-born, the number one concern is that he or she be 'normal'; but later, parents want their kids to be seen to be 'exceptional'.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Slogging through mud

    • Jan Owen
    • 22 August 2007

    Taking the long route home to night / through number and colour and form; / ghosting, becoming, the silence, / we shatter and drink the light.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd strip club story a promotion of women as sex objects

    • Michael Mullins
    • 22 August 2007
    8 Comments

    For most Australians, endearing naughtiness was the beginning an end of the Kevin Rudd sex club story. What was sadly overlooked was the de facto promotion of the sex industry, and implicit toleration of the damage it does to human dignity and the long struggle to ensure that women are not looked upon as sex objects.

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  • RELIGION

    Politicians need capacity to imagine heaven

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 22 August 2007
    2 Comments

    It is surprising how little the political parties have to offer in the lead up to the Federal Election. They do not present themselves as nation builders with visions of a prosperous and happy society, but as technicians with a bare promise that we will be better off financially.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    More than enough ministerial discretion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 22 August 2007
    1 Comment

    Flawed process and flawed substance characterise the Northern Territory emergency response legislation, which has been rushed through Parliament in the past fortnight. It raises major questions about whether our parliamentary processes ensure adequate scrutiny of poposed legislation.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A voice for victims of the sex trade

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 August 2007

    The Jammed is a frank and gritty cinematic reminder that the issue of human trafficking is not just on Australia’s doorstep—tragically, it’s part of the furniture. The most unsettling human degradation is protected by walls of silence and secrecy, and is the oxygen that keeps the sex industry alive.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    South Africa buys Mugabe's 'them and us' ruse

    • Peter Roebuck
    • 22 August 2007
    8 Comments

    South Africa is determined to resist calls to boycott its cricket tour of Zimbabwe. Mugabe's turning the slaughter and starvation over which he has so blithely presided into a " them and us" confrontation has paid dividends.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Haneef case shaping future of Australian migration law

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 22 August 2007
    5 Comments

    Previously the Government has changed the Migration Act when Courts have held that the law was not to the liking of the Government. This week's judgment in favour of Dr Haneef — and the ourcome of the appeal — could be a very significant case in Australian jurisprudence.

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