Search Results: Class Wars

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Playwrights finger reality missed by politicians

    • Richard Flynn
    • 17 October 2007

    As Australians wait for a Federal election, Hilary Glow’s book is timely evidence that what is wrong with the world is what politicians would have us believe. Contemporary playwrights are wrestling with the issues seen as crucial to the notion of who we really are as Australians in the twenty-first century.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Family bond obsession works like racism

    • Peter Fleming
    • 22 August 2007

    Lines are always drawn first around one’s own family. When babies are new-born, the number one concern is that he or she be 'normal'; but later, parents want their kids to be seen to be 'exceptional'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The virtue of having a go

    • Michael Mullins
    • 15 May 2007
    2 Comments

    Martin Flanagan of The Age links the sometimes defiant spirit of having a go with “common goodness”. He says this is found in the midst of wars and despair and, most importantly, “the blindness that flows from political and religious ideology”.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Anzac Day celebrates humanity, not nationalism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 April 2007
    11 Comments

    The proliferation of flags, the singing of national anthems, and the desire to make Anzac Day emblematic of Australian values, all diminish the real humanity of those who have died, in order to allow another generation to inflate its image of itself.

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  • RELIGION

    'Hate the sin, love the sinner' more sentimental than moral?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    19 Comments

    It sounds nice. Until we begin to name names. Adolf Hitler, Jozef Stalin, Pol Pot, Osama Bin Laden. These are monsters. To suggest that God loves them is to sentimentalise God, and to remove any firm basis for morality.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Finding God in the Dark: Spirituality and the Cinema

    • Richard Leonard
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    This is the full text of a speech given by Richard Leonard SJ in Queensland on spirituality and cinema, on the occasion of the opening of a new spirituality centre.

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Canberra Launch Speech - Kevin Rudd MP

    • 27 February 2007

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  • RELIGION

    Confessions of a land rights advocate

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 December 2006
    2 Comments

    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. From 16 May 2006.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Gut reaction aside, those on the ground know Iraq reality

    • Ben Coghlan
    • 30 October 2006
    4 Comments

    This month The Lancet published the findings of an Iraq war mortality survey that put the toll at more than 600,000. The US should recognise this figure because other studies in Darfur, Kosovo and Afghanistan employing identical methods are widely accepted.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Could their telly be worse than their soccer?

    • Juliette Hughes
    • 06 July 2006

    ‘Do try and get out a bit when you’re there,’ said a concerned friend. ‘You know what you’re like about British telly.’

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The frontier fallen

    • Tom Griffiths
    • 05 July 2006

    Historians are fighting a mini war over frontier history and the number of Aboriginal dead. Tom Griffiths argues for a different approach.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Juliette Hughes, Allan James Thomas, Alex McDermott, Tim Metherall, Morag Fraser
    • 04 July 2006

    Reviews of the films Talk to Her; The Pianist; Ned Kelly; Sur Mes Lèvres; and The Hours.

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