Volume 16 No.5

30 May 2006


 

  • INTERNATIONAL

    Arbitrarily to the gallows

    • Sandie Cornish
    • 29 May 2006

    Why did Australians rally behind Van Nguyen yet appear to care little about the Bali Nine? The differing responses of the community to particular cases appears to be driven more by emotion and social identification than principles, or practical reason.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    John Howard rewards excellence: what kind?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Before the Budget, Mr Howard defended tax cuts for wealthy Australians. He said that excellence should be rewarded. Where does excellence begin, and what kind should be rewarded.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hidden

    • Donald Russell
    • 29 May 2006

    Donald Russell reviews Hidden, a harrowing film from acclaimed French director Michael Haneke that examines racism, voyeurism and a too-comfortable middle-class family.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Basil Hume: Spiritual celebrity in secular Britain

    • Michael Ashby
    • 29 May 2006

    Basil Hume died as one of the most respected religious figures of the twentieth century.  He was able to balance London and Rome without losing local liberals, or incurring curial and papal ire.   

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Healing a fractured culture

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 29 May 2006

    Xenophobia lives on in Australian society. In this edition of Eureka Street we focus on the representation of indigenous Australians, Muslims, and Chinese immigrants.

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  • RELIGION

    Testing Australian values

    • Richard Treloar
    • 29 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Morag Fraser, former editor of this journal, expressed a residual unease with the very notion of ‘Australian values’, belonging as she saw it to a ‘vocabulary of expediency’ rather than of conviction. What are 'Australian' values, asks Richard Treloar.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Three icon poems

    • John Kinsella
    • 29 May 2006

    Occasionally, the mountain / glows at the summit / an event horizon, / its outcropping and granite folds

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Nuclear Expansion: politics and deeper issues

    • Paul Osborne
    • 29 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Paul Osborne asks:  Should we export uranium at all? Should we lock up the reserves and declare Australia nuclear free - setting an example to the rest of the world? What is Australia's moral responsibility when a country suddenly turns around and wants to use material from nuclear processes, fuelled by Australian uranium, for weapons?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Teacher Man

    • Ralph Carolan
    • 29 May 2006

    Ralph Carolan reviews Frank McCourt's Teacher Man, and finds that the life of a teacher can be a sometimes solitary, sometimes Sisyphean, and sometimes satisfying job.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    George Orwell's homage to a fellow underdog

    • Brian Matthews
    • 29 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Almost exactly 60 years ago George Orwell published a wonderful essay called, Some Thoughts on the Common Toad... The point of the essay was to insist ‘that the pleasures of spring are available to everybody, and cost nothing’.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Fuelling the fire over Dili

    • Paul Cleary
    • 29 May 2006

    Seven years after the optimism born of independence, East Timor burns. Rival gangs fight in the streets, Australian soldiers try to keep the peace, and the people of Dili wait to see whether calm can be restored.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Easing tensions in Sydney's Little Shanghai

    • Deborah Singerman
    • 29 May 2006
    3 Comments

    With a predominantly working class Anglo-Celtic population, pre-World War II Ashfield was a green escape from inner-city Sydney. But now Chinese have settled in large numbers, and some blame them for what they see as Ashfield’s disrepair and unwelcoming atmosphere.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aboriginal Communities: Who may speak?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 29 May 2006
    19 Comments

    Brian McCoy has worked with Aboriginal communities for thirty years. He says that male indigenous leaders should be consulted and supported in their efforts to deal with violence.

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  • RELIGION

    Dan Brown’s favour to Christianity

    • Richard Leonard
    • 29 May 2006
    1 Comment

    A good read, a tedious film, a historical mess, and great publicity for the Catholic Church. Richard Leonard looks at The Da Vinci Code.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A slow look at food

    • David Sutherland
    • 29 May 2006
    1 Comment

    David Sutherland tracks the rise and rise of the Slow Food movement. It tries to educate us all to the advantages of organic produce and traditional cooking.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Is the Australian media Islamophobic?

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 29 May 2006

    Journalists may be fully aware of the issues that affect our multicultural society and may even be sympathetic to the Muslim community. But such efforts take place within the framework of media competition and an unrelenting drive for more readers and a greater market share.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Indonesia: Earthquake and good relations

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 May 2006

    It is a pity we need disasters to respond honorably to our world.  The earthquake around Yogyakarta put into the right perspective Australian relationships with Indonesia. It put human beings first.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What's heroism got to do with climbing mountains?

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 29 May 2006
    2 Comments

    There’s something profoundly disturbing about the idea of a man dying, freezing, alone in a cave, 800 metres below the peak of Mount Everest. Michael McVeigh looks at the moral dilemma that faced climbers who left a man to die, and pushed on, in order to reach their own personal goal.

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