Author: Michael Ashby

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Michael Ashby

    • Michael Ashby
    • 17 May 2007

    Michael Ashby is Professor and Director of the Centre for Palliative Care at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    An alternative to the crude barometer of public opinion

    • Michael Ashby
    • 11 December 2006

    Most political studies are poll-driven. Because qualitative data are far less likely to be available, little is known about the the political experience and imaginings of "ordinary" Australians.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Unknown Terrorist

    • Michael Ashby
    • 30 October 2006
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    The author of The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Gould’s Book of Fish has come up with a veritable novel "for our times". Here is a gripping tale of Australia (well, Sydney at least) in the midst of a terror campaign.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beyond the clich├ęs of US colonisation of Australia

    • Michael Ashby
    • 07 August 2006

    Denis Altman's 51st State aims to undermine the clichés associated with Australian-US Relatons, without underestimating the remorseless destruction of Australian identity, and political and business life, as well as many local norms and icons.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Saint Sophie of the German resistance movement

    • Michael Ashby
    • 07 August 2006

    For anybody who thinks that Germans were all willing or silent co-conspirators during the dreadful years of World War II, The Last Days of Sophie Scholl is a powerful and apparently accurate narrative of youthful martyrdom, a story that is redemptive for Germans.

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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

    Denying but not defying

    • Michael Ashby
    • 14 May 2006

    Michael  Ashby looks at our attitudes towards dying and palliative care.  

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