Vol 18 No 24

24 November 2008


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Secret life of a bullied writer

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 December 2008
    4 Comments

    If Manning Clark was oversensitive to criticism, he was also strongly, sometimes brutally, criticised by his peers and by journalists. Matthews' biography presents the relationship between Clark's writing and his dramatic inner world.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Australia shamed as climate reaches turning point

    • Tony Kevin
    • 05 December 2008
    8 Comments

    Barack Obama has deflected heat off the US at the current climate change conference in Poland. But in true Howardian style, Australia, by sitting on the sidelines, is sabotaging the conference's prospects of real-time progress.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Thai airport protesters' victory short-lived

    • Nicholas Farrelly and Andrew Walker
    • 04 December 2008

    The protesters who occupied Bangkok's airports are claiming victory in their political battle, following the Constitutional Court's dissolution of the ruling party. But this is far from the end. The government is down, but not out.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Good Aussie films a thing of the past

    • Ruby Hamad
    • 04 December 2008
    4 Comments

    'New Wave' Australian  films of the '70s and '80s, such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Breaker Morant, wooed audiences and critics. This weekend, four films that few Australians have seen will vie for top honours at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Workers' solution for fallen childcare empire

    • Cameron Durnsford
    • 03 December 2008
    4 Comments

    After the 2001 Argentine economic disaster, workers' collectives organised to autonomously run their enterprises. The collapse of the ABC Learning empire should not be seen as a total calamity, despite the obvious potential for fallout.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The sinking of WA Inc.

    • Mark Skulley
    • 03 December 2008
    1 Comment

    The hand-in-glove nature of Perth business politics was hard to detect when money was cheap. Australia had a credit boom between 1983–1985, but the days of easy money faded. Then came the king wave: the sharemarket crash. (April 1991)

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The nun and the burqa

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 02 December 2008
    20 Comments

    When Germaine Greer savaged Michelle Obama's dress, I sighed. The 'beauty' market is a challenge to feminism. In France, two extremes of fashion ideology — burqas and plastic-surgery 'mannequins' — line up to buy bread.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Big rat poems

    • Christopher Kelen
    • 02 December 2008
    1 Comment

    this poor house where ... as in the book of songs ... a famous rat eats the seedlings ... as they rise

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Neoliberal termites unbalance Fair Work Bill

    • Tim Battin
    • 01 December 2008
    6 Comments

    The Rudd Government is attempting to sell its Fair Work Bill on the basis of 'balance', as compared with the Howard Government's WorkChoices Bill. This is like trying to strike a balance between Margaret Thatcher and Genghis Khan.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Fashion fix won't mend failed states

    • Michael Mullins
    • 01 December 2008
    1 Comment

    A fashion magazine proposed that 'blowing the budget on something outrageously extravagant will let you know you're still alive'. There is a place for fantasy during financial hard times, but there are also good reasons to act decisively.

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  • RELIGION

    Poor man's pioneer

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 28 November 2008
    21 Comments

    For many young Catholics in the 1960s the defining issue was poverty. An idealistic social activism was part the contemporary culture. Brian Stoney, who died last week, was a significant figure in shaping ways of accompanying the poor.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Chipping away at Australia's frozen heart

    • Cassandra Golds
    • 28 November 2008

    Much of classic Australian literature concerns itself with deepest frustration — the still birth of hopes and dreams, the futility of aspirations, a yawning emptiness at the heart of things. Louis Nowra’s new novel joins this tradition.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Truth the first casualty of war film

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 November 2008
    3 Comments

    Brian De Palma's Redacted took as its grim inspiration the true account of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Iraqi girl, and the murder of her family, by a wayward group of US troops in 2006. It plays pretty fast and loose with the facts.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Imagination spent on global financial solutions

    • Colin Long
    • 27 November 2008
    20 Comments

    The outcomes of the G20 meeting this month demonstrate the limited vision of many of the world's politicians in confronting the global financial crisis. If our leaders can't imagine a different future, it is up to us to do so.

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  • EDUCATION

    Theological colleges on shaky ground

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 26 November 2008
    6 Comments

    Theological colleges increasingly need to turn to churches for underwriting, yet church congregations are dwindling, which affects them financially as well. Something has to give ... and in Brisbane, it already has.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Train story

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 26 November 2008
    6 Comments

    We know it's a suffering world. Many of us plod through a vale of tears, often forgetting to count our blessings. Yet once in a while we are stopped dead in our tracks. By the human, which occasionally turns out to be the miraculous as well.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cheap retail at the cost of culture

    • Kirsty Ruddock
    • 25 November 2008
    16 Comments

    Local Moree sportspeople and indigenous community members have a fight on their hands if they're to prevent the construction of a Big W retail store on a culturally significant site. It seems history and culture have no place in the pursuit of economic growth.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Godiva exposed

    • Liam Guilar
    • 25 November 2008

    I mounted up and rode ...  into a dream of silent shuttered houses ... I waited for an outraged God to strike me down ... for flaunting breasts and pubic hair

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Pol Pot and the repentant Swede

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 24 November 2008
    1 Comment

    Gunnar Bergstrom returned to Cambodia last week hoping to atone for his one-time approval of the Khmer Rouge's Year Zero. In 1978 he and his comrades from the Sweden-Kampuchea Friendship Association were hosted by a gracious and grateful Pol Pot.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cowboys and censors hijack child porn debate

    • Michael Mullins
    • 24 November 2008
    5 Comments

    Clive Hamilton has characterised critics of the Federal Government's proposed internet filter as 'extremist' libertarians. Like the much-lampooned 'war on terror', the protection of children is cast in emotive terms that cut across rational debate.

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