Vol 18 No 10

12 May 2008


 

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Kangaroo cull echoes colonial shame

    • Tony Smith
    • 23 May 2008
    13 Comments

    One of the most devastating effects of European settlement upon Aboriginal people was caused by fencing. Fences have also disrupted normal behaviour of kangaroos, which have come to be regarded as enemies by landowners.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Taming the dishevelled beast of visual literacy

    • Margaret Woodward
    • 23 May 2008

    University education is predominantly text-based. The issue of whether there should be a stronger emphasis on the visual can be challenging, perhaps even threatening.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    French war drama's slack grip on story

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 May 2008
    2 Comments

    Hannah's tragic choices are underscored by her desire to neither deny nor conceal her Jewish roots. The questions regarding cultural identity, matrimonial propriety and parental instincts that pervade Un Secret are interesting, but are not articulated concisely.

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  • RELIGION

    AFL Demons hope last really will be first

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 22 May 2008
    2 Comments

    The Melbourne Demons might have something to say about Jesus' claim 'the first will be last and the last will be first'. He wasn't talking about some new magic-bullet draft system, but a way of looking past social ladders to human equality.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Gardening while Burma generals fiddle

    • Brian Matthews
    • 21 May 2008
    2 Comments

    The ordered natural world of the garden is a place where disturbing thoughts can be annihilated, but only temporarily. Half a world away, brutal generals are using natural disaster to repress the weak and powerless.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Remembering Hassan

    • Bernard Appassamy
    • 21 May 2008
    6 Comments

    Before the advent of imported ready-to-wear in the late '70s, Mauritians had all their clothes and furnishings custom-made. Hassan's was the oldest fabric shop on the island and, in its heyday, the biggest. Hassan was a mountain-like figure, always on my horizon

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Living in a poem is rent free

    • Heidi Ross and Margaret McCarthy
    • 20 May 2008
    8 Comments

    It's hard to make things rhyme.. When you're running short of time.. But you try to relax.. Cut the TV, phone and fax.. Play your favourite instrumental, light a taper.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Terrorist fear exposes Dutch intolerance

    • Ashlea Scicluna
    • 20 May 2008
    19 Comments

    The popular perception of the Netherlands as a tolerant country is only a half-truth. Most Dutch rarely mix with the Islamic population, fearing Islam will encroach upon the traditional values of Dutch identity. The nation has failed to understand and accept its Muslim population.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Burying Australia's inhumane refugee laws

    • David Manne
    • 19 May 2008
    5 Comments

    Australia's refugee regime may represent the Western world's worst practice. The Government has abolished flawed and dehumanising temporary protection visas, but a more substantial review is required to ensure asylum seekers enjoy equal protection under Australian law.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What Kevin Rudd can learn from Gordon Brown

    • Michael Mullins
    • 19 May 2008
    1 Comment

    Last week's Federal Budget showed Kevin Rudd's determination to stare down the prevailing economic wisdom, in order to stay on track as a man of his word committed to building a fairer Australia. The humiliating fate of his UK counterpart Gordon Brown suggests what might happen if he strays.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What nuns contributed to patient care

    • Frank Bowden
    • 16 May 2008
    10 Comments

    Modern hospital management theory recognises the importance of workplace culture but doesn't know how to create one that works for the sick. Hosptials need to recapture a philosophy of practice that is lived, not written down in unread mission statements.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    'Buy Australian' catchcry fuels arts renaissance

    • Richard Flynn
    • 16 May 2008
    1 Comment

    Between 1968 and 1981, performance spaces such as the Pram Factory in Melbourne facilitated a flourishing of the Australian theatre scene. Initially, the idea that the local product might be inferior was insufficient reason for preferring the import.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Budget could mark switch to fairness

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 15 May 2008
    4 Comments

    The Rudd Government's first budget may mark a shift towards a more inclusive Australia. If we are to ensure that all Australians can live a fairer, more dignified life there is still much to be done. Time will tell whether the momentum can be sustained.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The alien landscape of a tumultuous midlife

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 15 May 2008

    Helen Hunt has entered middle age gracefully, and appears both physically and emotionally haggard in this proudly adult drama. An unashamed tearjerker, the real triumph of Then She Found Me is that it's also very funny.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd 'quiet diplomacy' could help stem Burmese cyclone crisis

    • Tony Kevin
    • 14 May 2008
    3 Comments

    The Burmese Government continues to hinder efforts by foreign aid agencies to assist the thousands of people at risk following Cyclone Nargis. Diplomatic intervention is required to stem further humanitarian crises in the region.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The human face of Burma's death toll

    • Anonymous
    • 14 May 2008
    3 Comments

    Today I returned from one of the areas most affected by the cyclone. I have seen the suffering of the graceful people who live in these parts. Burma is in deep mourning, but we are doing what we can to help.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The sweet, potent scent of bacon

    • Thom Sullivan
    • 13 May 2008
    3 Comments

    Cattle and kangaroos graze icy grass.. and a grey sky winces.. And in a further window.. a light snaps on to the slow sounds.. of life stirring within.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Tips for a more discerning budget night

    • John Warhurst
    • 13 May 2008
    1 Comment

    This evening's Budget may be the most significant political event of the year. A budget is a particular challenge for a Labor government, given popular skepticism about the party's economic credentials. If Labor wins general acclaim it will have cemented its hold on government.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Small symbols of hope amid Myanmar cyclone devastation

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 May 2008
    1 Comment

    As the scale of death and destruction becomes clearer, the most common response is one of helplessness, or rage, at the callousness of the military rulers. The challenge is to keep hope alive, which is a spiritual rather than a logistical challenge.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Workplace pranksters become intolerable bullies

    • Moira Rayner
    • 12 May 2008
    4 Comments

    The Troy Buswell saga has highlighted the issues of workplace bulling and sexual harassment. Employees and management need to work to undermine the look-away culture that allows such behaviour to flourish.

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