Volume 16 No.4

16 May 2006


 

  • AUSTRALIA

    First give West Papuans a human welcome

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 May 2006
    2 Comments

    The arrival of West Papuan refugees raises complex questions. Discussion must begin by honouring the humanity of the West Papuans involved.

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  • RELIGION

    Da Vinci's conspiracy of cryptography

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 18 May 2006
    3 Comments

    The Da Vinci Code would be a far more liberating experience for the reader if it was about asking questions, rather than unlocking answers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Refugee Legislation proves Government's reform desire a sham

    • David Manne
    • 18 May 2006
    3 Comments

    Refugee lawyer David Manne sets new refugee legislation in its historical context, and exposes its radical and brutal character.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A sickle moon

    • Chris Wallace-Crabbe
    • 18 May 2006

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  • RELIGION

    Theologians adrift in the sea of art

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Christian thinkers have said little about art. They have affirmed its importance, but rarely grasped how it is made.    

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The real task for John Howard in Washington

    • Jack Waterford
    • 18 May 2006

    Jack Waterford examines the widening range of problems facing John Howard as jets over to visit George W. Bush for the seventh time in six years.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Living in the online comfort zone?

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 18 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Margaret Cassidy considers how the blogs of two young women reflect their very different world views.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Costs and benefits of protest camp

    • Marisa Pintado
    • 18 May 2006
    4 Comments

    The fire at the Camp Sovereignty Aboriginal protest action staged to coincide with the Melbourne Commonwealth Games was finally extinguished last week. Some believe it has thrust indigenous rights back onto the political agenda, while others believe the action has inadvertently reversed years of hard work.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The Australian wound

    • Mark Byrne
    • 18 May 2006

    Mark Byrne looks at the particular characteristics that make an Australian 'hero', and asks what it is about the interior of this country that moulds the interior of our collective suconscious in such a unique way.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Towards an Australian "voice"

    • Tony Smith
    • 18 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Terri Janke's Butterfly Song and Hsu-Ming Teo's Behind the Moon are two novels that examine the "Australian condition."

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Confessions of a land rights advocate

    • Frank Brennan
    • 18 May 2006

    It could be time to think of abandoning the present system of native land title, which mainly benefits lawyers. A better system may be an arbitral system that declares what the rights of the parties ought to be according to the justice and circumstances of the individual case.

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  • RELIGION

    Condoms discussion returns to traditional moral norms

    • Bill Uren
    • 18 May 2006
    6 Comments

    Benedict XVI will need all his theological sophistication as he negotiates the different moral arguments offered for the use of condoms in AIDS.  

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  • MEDIA

    Digital Radio set for 2009 stillbirth?

    • Michael Mullins
    • 18 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Last month, Communications Minister Helen Coonan put industry interests ahead of those of listeners when she announced a comparatively distant launch date for digital radio, and said it is highly likely current analogue services will never be switched off.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Simple pleasures in the concrete heart of Melbourne

    • Paul Daffey
    • 18 May 2006
    3 Comments

    Paul Daffey looks at community gardens in Melbourne which provide the plot-holders with much more than vegetables...  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Going online

    • Michael Mullins
    • 18 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Mother Teresa devoted her energies to providing urgent care for those who present as poor. The Jesuits attempt to build on this, using tools of social analysis to work out who is actually poor and why.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Don't run out on modern sport

    • Tom Cranitch
    • 18 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Contemporary cricketers think little of dropping the ball at their feet and setting off for a run. Graeme Wood, a pioneer in this practice, was misunderstood by team mates and a cricket loving nation.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iran plays the justice card

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 18 May 2006
    5 Comments

    Dr Shahram Akbarzadeh considers the historical context of the current nuclear impasse, and its relevance for relations between East and West.  

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