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  • AUSTRALIA

    Anzac a 'politically pliable' legend

    • Tom Cranitch
    • 28 April 2008
    16 Comments

    With Anzac Day over, and the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign just under a decade away, it's time to re-examine, re-frame, and hopefully tame the Anzac legend. You don't need to be an expert to understand that 'Anzac' has a stranglehold over Australian public life.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Glamour returns to post-war Australia

    • Madeleine Hamilton
    • 27 March 2008
    3 Comments

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first showing of Christian Dior's New Look fashion designs in Sydney. After years of wartime material restraints the New Look offered Australian women a fresh way of expressing their individuality and sensuality through fashion.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Conscientious athletes need support, not gag

    • Tony Smith
    • 25 March 2008
    1 Comment

    The great hope for the Beijing Olympics was that it would persuade China's government that human rights protection is good diplomacy and good business. The power of persuasion would be lost if conscience-bound competitors are prevented from commenting.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Parents model responsible drinking

    • Margaret Rice
    • 17 March 2008

    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd plans to spend $53 million on the problem of binge drinking, including $19.1 million to target underage drinkers. It's hard to tell your teenager not to drink as you reach into the fridge to grab another sauv blanc.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Greed infects the gentleman's game

    • Hector Welgampola
    • 14 March 2008
    1 Comment

    While the reputation of cricket has survived match fixing, doping, secret commissions and money laundering in the past, its status as the gentleman's game appears to be relegated to history. An editorial in Sri Lanka's Daily News asked whether cricket will come to be regulated on the stock market.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    End of innings for Nine's weird world of cricket

    • Brian Matthews
    • 13 February 2008
    1 Comment

    This week we heard that the Ten Network has snared the rights to the forthcoming Indian Premier League series from Channel Nine. For three decades, broadcast cricket has been synonymous with Nine, which has delivered many advances including 'stump cam'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Nationalist zealots stealing Australia Day

    • Tom Cranitch
    • 24 January 2008
    18 Comments

    National Australia Day Council chair Lisa Curry Kenny says Australia Day "reminds us to embrace our difference and celebrate friendship". It would be nice if this were true. In fact Australian nationalists are increasingly using the day to promote the perceived certainties of a rather dubious monoculture.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Idealists don't own cricket

    • Tony Smith
    • 20 January 2008
    2 Comments

    Cricket is a microcosm of society and the furore over sportsmanship reflects the division of Australia into two classes — the venal, whose ultimate measure of success is the potential for profit, and the naïve, who believe in higher values.

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  • MEDIA

    Al-Jazeera suffers both US and Arab hostility

    • Michael Mehr
    • 13 December 2007
    3 Comments

    At al-Jazeera's Doha newsroom, employees are reminded that the channel must show 'the opinion and the opposite opinion'. Arab governments are not amused, and many have closed its bases in their territories. Yet Foxtel and other major providers in Australia and the US still decline to carry al-Jazeera.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Labor honeymoon could last

    • Tony Smith
    • 12 December 2007

    A new government enjoys public goodwill as it tackles a residue of issues, resentments and injustices. How quickly this dissipates is a measure of the sincerity with which the new government operates. Hopes are high for Rudd Labor.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Russians voting against democracy

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 12 December 2007
    1 Comment

    Russia's apathetic young people assert that even if they vote, nothing will change. They don't actually want things to change. They compare Russia with the troubled Yeltsin years. The economy and lifestyle have boomed, so why worry about free speech?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gutted kiwis eat humble pie

    • Peter Matheson
    • 17 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Following their humiliating World Cup Rugby loss to France earlier this month, New Zealanders are wondering whether the Garden of Eden really does lie on the other side of the try line.

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