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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aggro Abbott vs Hockey the bear

    • John Warhurst
    • 29 July 2009
    7 Comments

    Hockey, a big friendly bear of a man, is popular in the electorate. Abbott suffers from his aggressive stance and his image as a conservative Catholic. Both are contenders for the Liberal leadership should Turnbull fall before the next federal election.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Thorpe moving mountain of Indigenous disadvantage

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 July 2009
    4 Comments

    It's not uncommon for celebrities to get involved in charity work. Ian Thorpe's monumental speech to the Beyond Sport Summit in London articulating his resolve to tackle Indigenous disadvantage suggests he is far ahead of the pack.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Joel's junkets

    • John Warhurst
    • 14 April 2009
    3 Comments

    The undeclared acceptance by Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon, while he was in Opposition, of two free trips to China, has raised eyebrows. In politics, such 'free lunches' bring dangers of bias and corruption, but also legitimate benefits.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Easter poems

    • Jeff Klooger, Rory Harris and Janette Fernando
    • 07 April 2009
    4 Comments

    In Rembrandt's painting, the risen Christ .. wears a jaunty hat ... So roguish! .. So impious! Impish, even! .. He has come to greet his girlfriend .. Mary Magdalene

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Westgate sister

    • Margaret McCarthy
    • 24 February 2009
    9 Comments

    But there are times .. as I pass through half-life .. when I want to fly up where you are .. drift as far as the geometric pattern cuttings of the docks .. where the Yarra Yarra and the Maribyrnong meet

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Between the Department of Immigration and a hard place

    • Caz Coleman
    • 06 February 2009
    1 Comment

    Justice for Sanara's family has become a point of debate. For some it demands removing them to their homeland. For others, that they be allowed to make a home in Australia. Sanara, three, just wants food in her belly and a house that is safe.

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  • ECONOMICS

    A frugal Christmas story

    • Margaret Rice
    • 16 December 2008
    3 Comments

    This time of year is marked by a fraught pre-Christmas anxiety, exacerbated this year by the economic crisis. My daughter Rachel lost her part-time job last week. Her loss is slight compared to her employer's, a young mother who works in the finance industry.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Auctioning Jane Austen's hair

    • P. S. Cottier
    • 16 September 2008

    Do they stroke it with avid fingers, this palm tree lock that once grew from the full head of quietest genius? .. Scalping would be too much, headhunting too tropical .. but buying the hair of a dead woman you can't know .. is quite the thing

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Mistakes make catchy riffs

    • Kevin Gillam
    • 19 August 2008

    I bend the truth 'til it forms a circle .. I write with singular purpose, like a snail crossing lawn .. at night, I write in think, like balloons .. released in sunlight

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  • AUSTRALIA

    US-backed Georgia pokes the Russian bear

    • Tony Kevin
    • 19 August 2008
    7 Comments

    Provocation by the US and the Saakashvili government has realigned the balance of power between Russia and the West. The Georgia conflict is the most important event in East-West relations since the fall of Soviet Communism.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Poultry parable for homeless youth

    • John Honner
    • 12 August 2008
    21 Comments

    Imagine a young person in State care trying to access the rental market with no money or employment history. Beryl the Chook was last in the pecking order, but through a 'constructive alliance' her strengths began to overcome her defecits.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    SIEV X, the boat that sank

    • Tony Kevin
    • 30 July 2008
    6 Comments

    Coming closer, one sees these are paintings of drowning people, headsor bodies suspended in metallic seawater. There are 353 images, mostly children and women, for it was mostly children and women who boarded the boat.

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