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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Dark day for solar

    • Greg Foyster
    • 28 October 2009
    12 Comments

    This Friday, proponents of clean renewable energy will gather to try to rally government support for Solar Systems, Australia's world-leading developer of solar energy technology, which went into receivership in September. They face an uphill battle.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    How Indigenous wisdom can save the Murray Darling Basin

    • Margaret Simons
    • 02 October 2009
    2 Comments

    An alliance of traditional owners in the Murray Darling Basin is seeking to assert their role in decisions concerning water management. In Murray River Country, Jessica K. Weir shows how their view for a healthy river could bring economics and ecology into alignment.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Renewed acquaintances: Australia and Russia

    • Luke Fraser
    • 09 September 2009

    The relationship between Australia and Russia is over 200 years old. It began with great promise, but relations cooled following the Russian Revolution. The financial crisis presents an opportunity for both countries to look to each other with optimism once again.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Patients lost at the health care checkout

    • Frank Bowden
    • 28 May 2009
    16 Comments

    To be a patient is to place yourself in the hands of another, to give them your trust and expect it to be honoured. If you call sick people 'clients' or 'customers' you risk turning healing into a commodity to be purchased — or rationed.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Lively history of Quaker service

    • Paul Rule
    • 01 May 2009
    3 Comments

    The variety of Quaker service in Aboriginal communities and around the world is extraordinary. In light of the GFC and climate change, the Quakers' emphasis on small-scale food and water security projects will prove prescient.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Art and the Piss Christ umbrella

    • Jessica Frawley
    • 02 March 2009
    8 Comments

    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.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Against the waning of bushfire grief

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 25 February 2009
    3 Comments

    My brother, who has been working with the SES, tells me of the eerie silence in the burnt-out bush: there are no birds. He also tells me of quirks of fate: some chooks had a miraculous escape, as did their owners, who later collected 40 eggs.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Living with Australia's beauty and terror

    • Tony Smith
    • 20 February 2009

    In contrast to tabloid television coverage of fires, Lohrey's writing explains much of our relationship to the bush. Like plaques in town halls honouring fallen soldiers, the task of rebuilding devastated communities is embedded in the national psyche.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Australia shamed as climate reaches turning point

    • Tony Kevin
    • 05 December 2008
    8 Comments

    Barack Obama has deflected heat off the US at the current climate change conference in Poland. But in true Howardian style, Australia, by sitting on the sidelines, is sabotaging the conference's prospects of real-time progress.

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  • RELIGION

    Obama's Dream at the Lincoln Memorial

    • Frank Brennan
    • 11 November 2008
    10 Comments

    The great orator Obama is yet to put real shape on his message of change and hope. Should he harness the good will he has evoked across traditional boundaries and be granted a second term, he will be able to mount those steps at the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and proclaim to the world, 'Yes we can, because we have a dream'.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Suited polluters assess climate change risk

    • Les Coleman
    • 21 August 2008
    6 Comments

    This week's ABC TV Australian Story featured property magnate Bill McHarg, who walked away from his job to fight John Howard's inaction on climate change. Research suggests he is a rarity, with most white males with good education and high income downplaying the risk of climate change.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 August 2008

    What happens when a renegade architect goes head to head with the US government in an effort to gain permission to build houses out of garbage?

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