Vol 17 No 21

01 November 2007

  • Emotional politics


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    What Richard Dawkins believes

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 31 October 2007
    1 Comment

    For Richard Dawkins, excitement about the visible world leads only to analytical questions. The task of those who oppose this view is to describe the richness of the alternative.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Unchecked consumption will waste the planet

    • Val Yule
    • 31 October 2007
    2 Comments

    So many of the goods you see in shop windows will soon be waste, mostly landfill. Cutting waste is the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions and cope with other crises of climate change.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Chaser's Just War on celebrity worship

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 October 2007
    11 Comments

    The Chaser's 'Eulogy' was less about the celebrities whose deaths it celebrated, than it was about public perceptions of those celebrities. The desire to puncture the 'cult of celebrity' is a major plank in the Chaser's War.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cardinal Pell's views on climate change are his own

    • Michael Mullins
    • 31 October 2007
    4 Comments

    Cardinal Pell does not underscore his climate change denial with theological justification, as he does with his position on issues such as human cloning. It is unfair to him, and to the Catholic Church, to assume that his personal views on climate change represent Church teaching.

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  • RELIGION

    Keeping a safe distance from religion

    • James McEvoy
    • 31 October 2007
    7 Comments

    Our secular age is schizophrenic, or better, deeply cross-pressured. People are not conscious of a need for religion, yet they are moved to know that there are dedicated believers, like Mother Teresa.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Voting with instinct

    • Tony Smith
    • 31 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Some political professionals would like to see the state behave just like the market, operating as a heartless machine for maximising outcomes. However, truly rational electors realise that if the system is to be imbued with compassion and humanity, the heart must play a role no less important than the head.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Demonising Ben Cousins

    • Braham Dabscheck
    • 31 October 2007
    11 Comments

    Cousins has been hung out to dry. The West Coast Eagles abdicated their common law obligation of care to an employee, an employee who was in rehabilitation seeking to overcome problems with drugs.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Union officials victimised by fear campaign

    • Brendan Byrne
    • 31 October 2007
    13 Comments

    The Coalition's election campaign portrays union officials as industrial thugs. But far too often, they are the only support mechanism standing between stressed Australian workers and human tragedy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Immigration law under Labor

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 31 October 2007
    1 Comment

    ALP Immigration Policy includes both change and continuity. It gives more priority to teaching English over testing, but there's still too much reliance on ministerial discretion rather than the judicial system.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Biopic avoids venerating troubled artist antihero

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 October 2007
    6 Comments

    The 'troubled artist', creative but self-destructive, looms large in pop culture. The film Control offers sympathy for the artist's love ones, who are left bruised and bleeding.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    In search of sanctuary

    • various
    • 31 October 2007

    Their lives are anchored at the verge of loss, | Like a flipped coin assurance is unlikely.| Refugees endure a prolonged journey of conflict

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Polish election result mandates further modernisation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 31 October 2007

    In the early 1990s, a young politician Donald Tusk seemed so Westernised that his chances of ever becoming Polish prime minister were nearly non-existent. Now his moment has arrived.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Selective blindness about torture

    • Peter Hodge
    • 31 October 2007

    There is extensive evidence of US intelligence gathering techniques, much of it derived from declassified documents. It points to a clearly navigable path from the paranoia of the anti-communist post-WWII era to Abu Ghraib.

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