Vol 19 No 4
How G-G weakened monarchists' case
Governors-General are appointed under a system that
freezes out the Parliament, the Opposition and the people. The controversy over Quentin Bryce's trip to Africa has again revealed the office's vulnerability to partisan politics.
Adelaide's 'pivotal' bishop
The decades spanning the 1920s–1970s were times of intense change for Australia and the Church. Post war immigration, the Labor split, the Vietnam War and Vatican II all occurred during 'Matty' Beovich's time as Archbishop of Adelaide.
Non-believer drawn by the sacred
Irish poet Seamus Heaney's spiritual journey could be seen as a casualty of the so-called secularising effect of the '60s and '70s. Heaney describes a shift from faith as external and ritualistic, to something more personal.
The trouble with free speech
A French satirical paper was sued for portraying Muslims as terrorists and labelling them 'jerks'. The editors would have us believe it's a case of free speech versus censorship. But there's more to it than that.
ICC's dubious Darfur justice
Omar al-Bashir stands accused of two counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity. But prosecuting him will not deliver justice to the people of Darfur. What seems like the beginning of the end of the tragedy may be the end of the beginning.
BY THE WAY
How to survive committee meetings
Some rules of thumb: always say 'prior to' instead of
'before', 'in excess of' instead of 'more than' and 'in the approximate
vicinity of' instead of 'about'. It's good to say things like, 'We'll have to real-time this to impact on the offshore numbers'.
What price our sporting soul
Members Equity Stadium, ACER Arena, Suncorp Stadium, Etihad Stadium; corporations think they own a lot of our stuff. These buildings, and the events they house, constitute our cultural and urban landscapes. They should be sources of community pride.
God of the empty image
To attain God everything must go:
will, self, knowledge, word, God Himself ... Their faith is words.
Gain from pain
The Victorian bushfires occurred during a time of financial uncertainty, but Australians gave their money generously. It was as if they were consciously and calculatingly investing their funds in the solidarity of the community.
East Timor's digger friend
When East Timor was struggling to get a fair deal in negotiations over Timor Sea oil, Kenneally rallied his mates to fight. Appearing on national television, he told Prime Minister Howard: 'I'd rather you did not come to my ANZAC Day parade.'
Religion lives on in the ABC's shallow pool
This week Compass celebrates its 21st birthday. In the fickle, faddish world of television that's quite an achievement. It's ironic that serious coverage of religion is being celebrated on ABC TV, while being purged from radio.
Why humans rule the world
Science journalist Hannah Holmes turns a cool, scientific eye back on us, reminding us of our mammalian origins and bringing us down to size. 'Knobby', pink-skinned and ludicrously top heavy, our peculiarity is also the
key to our success.
Loving George W. Bush
Those who expect a portrait of a monster will be disappointed. Stone's Bush is not
exactly sympathetic. But he is human. He is even
How to 'green' your church
Catholic and Anglican Churches are relatively recent converts to religious environmentalism. The rhetoric of the Catholic Church on Creation-care remains
largely an optional extra for its organisations; economic and
institutional gains take precedence.
The logic of the Bali death machine
In Kafka's 'The Penal Colony', a brutal, archaic killing device is valued more highly than the law it enforces. As members of the Bali 9 continue to languish, we ask whether 'because the law says so' is sufficient reason for them to die.
The human face of a 'metaphorical' poet
In 1972 Auden abandoned New York to live at Christ Church College, Oxford. He was given a cottage in the grounds, and was expected to give occasional talks and be available to
students. It turned out not to be the success everyone had hoped for.
Miscellaneous notes on Rwanda
Poor Armadu .. His sixth son is crying .. his wife is pregnant with his seventh ..
Armadu's belly must be full of a poor man's joy.
How to teach 'vampire' students
The student teacher is doing his best, trying to teach abstract ideas in a difficult play about a postmodern world. A girl in the front row is discussing her new 'vampire' boyfriend. 'He's in 12B,' she says. 'I can't take my eyes off him.'
Burger buggers' price hike spin
McDonald's is increasing prices for those in lower socio-economic areas, and claiming the moral high ground at the same time. But it's rising star food chain Aldi that is showing the way with its uniform pricing policy.
Art and the Piss Christ umbrella
Paintings that once would have once sparked controversy now adorn biscuit tins, umbrellas, notebooks and a range of
other merchandise. We have killed the controversy and challenges faced in the past by branding it to death.