Search Results: Friends of the ABC

  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Teaching children to read the Aboriginal world

    • Nigel Pearn
    • 18 August 2010
    3 Comments

    The book was banned after parents complained about its anti-authoritarian attitude: 'Wanja [the dog] loved to chase the [police] van ... to bark at the van ... to bite at the wheel. The police van would drive away.' Like Jewish humour, Aboriginal humour is a response to a history of oppression.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Discerning Obamacare's rough beast

    • Jim McDermott
    • 24 March 2010
    6 Comments

    Unlike the night of Obama's election, there was no cheering to be heard in the streets after the bill passed, no roars of joy, no celebrations. If there were any exclamations, they were probably sighs of relief.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Best of 2009: John Safran the holy fool

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 15 January 2010
    1 Comment

    Safran's stunts — such as hoodwinking a Palestinian sperm bank into donating Palestinian sperm to the Israelis, and vice versa — are cringe-making. But they are in the context of a cogent and pithy argument that has serious intent. October 2009

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    John Safran the holy fool

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 23 October 2009
    4 Comments

    Safran's stunts — such as hoodwinking a Palestinian sperm bank into donating Palestinian sperm to the Israelis, and vice versa — are cringe-making. But they are in the context of a cogent and pithy argument that has serious intent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize

    • Tony Kevin
    • 14 October 2009
    16 Comments

    The Republican Right's claim that Obama has yet to achieve anything is a smokescreen for their rage, for Obama got this award precisely because he is 'not Bush'. To speak a credible language of moral inspiration and hope to the world is an achievement in itself.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Big broods and helicopter parenting

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 08 October 2009
    5 Comments

    Big families are no longer fashionable, but they had their benefits. Vastly outnumbered, there's no chance for adults to practice the kind of helicopter parenting common to my own generation, where we hover over our one or two, soothing and solving.

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  • RELIGION

    On reclaiming Christianity from the West

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 14 September 2009
    24 Comments

    Tony Abbott has described the New Testament as 'the core document of our civilisation'. As a South Asian Muslim, I'd like to think many Christians would be as incensed by attempts to treat Christianity as uniquely Western as I am when Islam is treated as uniquely Arab.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Young Somalis are Australians too

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 12 August 2009
    18 Comments

    If there's a problem with Somali youth integrating into the community, let's all own it. That means taking an interest and being open to friendship. It's not just the responsibility of bureaucrats who devise 'policy solutions'.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Portrait of the nun as a larrikin activist

    • Andrena Jamieson
    • 17 April 2009

    Loreto Sister Veronica Brady has taken on the Government for its treatment of Indigenous Australians, the church for its treatment of women, and Australian society for its materialism. She belongs to the long tradition of Australian stirrers.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The logic of the Bali death machine

    • Peter Hodge
    • 04 March 2009
    3 Comments

    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.

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  • MEDIA

    The language of fire

    • Philip Harvey
    • 24 February 2009
    10 Comments

    Melbourne had the strange experience of reading and listening to bushfire reports for five days while neither seeing nor smelling smoke. When the mind has no sensory leads to interpret, words become critical.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Police shootings have many victims

    • Michael Mullins
    • 22 December 2008
    7 Comments

    Just ten days after the killing of Melbourne 15-year-old Tyler Cassidy, a Sydney woman was wounded at the weekend, in yet another police shooting. It's time to question the extent to which we should be proud of the anti-authoritarianism in our culture.

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