Volume 17 No.17

06 September 2007


 

  • ECONOMICS

    APEC good for business, not so good for humanity

    • Anne Lanyon
    • 05 September 2007
    5 Comments

    The APEC theme 'Strengthening our community: Building a sustainable future' is an honourable one. But look further, and you’ll get a glimpse of the priority the Australian Government has for things economic, and an acknowledgement of the role of business in shaping the agenda.

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  • RELIGION

    Hiding weakness no way to answer sex abuse charges

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 September 2007
    10 Comments

    A church that recognises its struggle to follow the way of Christ has no need to defend its reputation. 'Chaste prostitute' was one of many images the early church had to describe the tension between its high calling and broken response.

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  • MEDIA

    The fatality equation: death in Minnesota, death in Iraq

    • Kylie Baxter and Rebecca Barlow
    • 05 September 2007
    2 Comments

    Last month, 13 people died in the Mississippi River collapse. On the same day in Iraq, a suicide bomber killed 14 when he drove an explosive laden car into a line of police. Media coverage suggests a disproportionate amount of Australian grief was directed towards the US victims.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Tasmania like Soviet Siberia

    • Mario Rimini
    • 05 September 2007
    19 Comments

    A drive around Tasmania is breathtaking. And heartbreaking. 'Managed by Forestry Tasmania'. Managed. Tricky word. Like Siberia, where the land was 'managed' by two all-powerful hydro and forestry leviathans.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Kids put footballers' drug-taking into perspective

    • Tom Cranitch
    • 05 September 2007
    5 Comments

    Everyone from radio shock jocks to the Prime Minister have beaten up fallen rugby league hero Andrew Johns for being a poor role model for young people. Children will get over it. It's adults who get lost in the fog around the edges of such an issue.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Warmer seas will stress coral

    • Michele Gierck
    • 05 September 2007

    Climate change disrupts the symbiotic relationship that sustains coral. Short-term stress allows recovery. But if it is sustained, coral dies.

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  • RELIGION

    Bishop John Shelby Spong and consumer-friendly religion

    • Scott Stephens
    • 05 September 2007
    4 Comments

    Western Buddhism and Pentecostalism are sometimes criticised as self-indulgent forms of religion. Is Bishop Spong's Christian humanism any different?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Three Jesus poems

    • Various
    • 05 September 2007
    1 Comment

    If Jesus was a swimmer he'd be you, blue flippers for sandals, sinewed torso arrowing the surf

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Harry Potter star shines in December Boys

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 05 September 2007

    The character Misty's inner journey is at the heart of the film, but a subplot dealing with the sexual awakening of the boy Daniel Radcliffe plays, proves more engaging.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Laying out the Catholic response to Work Choices

    • Brian Lawrence
    • 05 September 2007

    Work plays an immensely important role in personal, family and community relations.  We can expect that the Federal Government's Work Choices legislation will have a significant impact on its election prospects.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Cousin Betty, the asylum and the EJ Holden

    • Roger Trowbridge
    • 05 September 2007
    1 Comment

    The old EJ was a last link to Betty. It was her pride and joy. She’d wash and polish it with the care most people reserved for their children. Betty had none. She was a "spinster".

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Fall from grace often no more than spin

    • Michael Mullins
    • 05 September 2007

    Almost any organisation responds to criticism by rebutting it, but the rebuttal is unnecessary if the institution is not afraid of the truth. It's children who can often see the essence of matters clearly while older generations often get lost in the fog of spin around the edge.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    'Don't be evil' a struggle for Google

    • James Massola
    • 05 September 2007
    5 Comments

    Channel 7's purchase of AFL players' medical records has highlighted privacy concerns. Most users of Google are not aware of the extent to which it compromises their privacy.

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