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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The nun and the burqa

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 02 December 2008
    20 Comments

    When Germaine Greer savaged Michelle Obama's dress, I sighed. The 'beauty' market is a challenge to feminism. In France, two extremes of fashion ideology — burqas and plastic-surgery 'mannequins' — line up to buy bread.

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  • RELIGION

    Educating leaders for the contemporary Australian Church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 October 2008

    'Lee and Christine Rush are your average Ozzie couple, except that their teenage son Scott is on death row in Bali having been convicted of being a hapless drug mule. It will not go down well on the streets of Jakarta if Australians are baying for the blood of the Bali bombers one month and then pleading to save our sons and daughters the next month.'

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  • RELIGION

    The right not to kill

    • Frank Brennan
    • 08 September 2008
    22 Comments

    Victoria's 'groundbreaking' Abortion Law Reform Bill dispenses with informed consent provisions that protect vulnerable women, and neglects the right of health professionals to conscientious objection. Surely the right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief should count for something.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The ethics of 'kidsploitation'

    • Moira Rayner
    • 10 July 2008
    18 Comments

    Ethics is a process, not a position taken in the 'freedom of expression' debate. The issue surrounding Bill Henson's photographs and the Art Monthly magazine cover of a nude six-year-old girl is not porn or paedophilia, but the lack of ethical integrity in exploiting children for adult purposes.

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  • MEDIA

    Henson nudes not 'revolting', but demand reflection

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 June 2008
    24 Comments

    The controversy surrounding art photographer Bill Henson's images of nude pubescent children reveals how strongly in our culture runs anxiety about child abuse. As a media event his art has been confused with the commercial exploitation of children.

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  • RELIGION

    Amplifying the 'still, small voice' of indigenous rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 April 2008
    5 Comments

    The Rudd Government is consulting and working out what to do about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The symbolism of reversing Australia's vote against the Declaration would need to be matched by more work in partnership with indigenous Australians.

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  • RELIGION

    Stolen Generations apology 'about right'

    • Frank Brennan
    • 14 February 2008
    17 Comments

    Most indigenous Australians appreciated Labor's wide consultation. Some were angered by elements of Brendan Nelson's speech. But he did well do bring the Liberal and National Parties with him, ensuring they did not rain on the national parade as they had in 1988 and 1997.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Australia's answer to the Great Firewall of China

    • Kirstyn McDermott
    • 28 January 2008

    The Government's Clean Feed initiative will allow families to surf the Net without risk of stumbling upon adult content. But there is real concern that the definition of inappropriate content could be widened.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The quality of asylum seeker processing

    • David Corlett
    • 02 April 2007
    4 Comments

    What matters is not where the 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers will be processed – Christmas Island or Nauru – but the nature of their reception and processing.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Monster-making mutes purposeful alarm

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 04 September 2006
    1 Comment

    Last week, 'Jihad' Jack Thomas was recalled from a beach holiday with his family after he had a control order placed on him. Our capacity to respond to alarm is diminished by the media's manufacturing of monsters to sell papers and compete for ratings and website hits.

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  • MEDIA

    Torch lights up conflict over injecting room

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 10 July 2006

    The Torch Project creates plays that reconcile groups in conflict. Earlier this year it staged a play that dealt with the bitter dispute about safe injecting room that six years earlier had divided Mission from Church Congregation.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    US foreign policy: Where to from here?

    • Minh Nguyen
    • 09 July 2006

    Minh Nguyen considers the challenges for the US under the influence of the neo-conservatives.

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