Search Results: media integrity

  • 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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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Australia's approving silence on US torture

    • Vacy Vlazna
    • 14 November 2007
    4 Comments

    In July 2002, Australia voted against a proposal to strengthen the 1984 UN Convention against Torture. John Howard's friendship with George W. Bush has compromised and tainted our once reputable record on human rights advocacy.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Good politician

    • Tony Smith
    • 14 November 2007
    1 Comment

    Occasionally individuals manage to defy the negative stereotypes and demonstrate that being a Member of Parliament need not destroy one’s personal integrity. The late Peter Andren, federal member for Calare from 1996 to 2007, was just such an exceptional representative.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mark Latham's War on Everything

    • Scott Stephens
    • 14 November 2007
    2 Comments

    Perhaps the clearest indication of the underwhelming torpor that has become the defining feature of the federal election campaign, is the fact that its highlights have been provided by luminaries of Labor past — Paul Keating and Mark Latham.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cousins story proves AFL is more than a game

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 November 2007
    2 Comments

    Ben Cousins is likely to be charged with bringing the game of AFL football into disrepute. But even though a broad group of people have an interest in football, how can their interest legitimately demand such a strong responsibility on the part of players and clubs that they can be penalised heavily if they fail to exercise it?

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan replies to Tony Abbott on religion in politics

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

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  • RELIGION

    21st century moral education leaves Simpson's donkey behind

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    Many Australians have reservations about a government poster espousing such values with a quote from an English novelist, George Eliot, proclaiming "Character is Destiny". Others wonder about Simpson's Donkey as the emblematic carrier of these values. But how do schools train their students to be moral agents in the 21st century.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Christmas Island lesser of two evils, but not good

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Compared to that on Nauru, the Christmas Island detention facility might seem to be surrounded by calm seas. But it is exposed by distance, and if a storm of government hostility to asylum seekers blows again, the processes of determining claims there appear to leave asylum seekers dangerously exposed.

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  • RELIGION

    Protecting human rights in the next Federal Parliament - Frank Brennan

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    There are times when we Australians get the balance between national interest and individual liberty wrong, especially when the individual is a member of a powerless minority. One way of improving the balance is including the judiciary in the calculus, as has now happened in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The human rights cost of intelligence activities

    • Bill Calcutt
    • 17 October 2007

    A primary objective of terrorism is to engender disproportionate fear in the community, and to act as a catalyst for negative changes. Terrorists can therefore be highly effective without having to undertake terrorism operations.

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  • RELIGION

    Sir Ronald Wilson's life in compartments

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 October 2007

    At his swearing in as a High Court judge, Sir Ronald Wilson noted the significance of rich personal relationships. Early in his career he forged links with police and lawyers, becoming known as a ruthless prosecutor. Later it was with members of the Stolen Generation, who held him in high regard and with great affection.

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  • MEDIA

    The fatality equation: death in Minnesota, death in Iraq

    • Kylie Baxter and Rebecca Barlow
    • 05 September 2007
    2 Comments

    Last month, 13 people died in the Mississippi River collapse. On the same day in Iraq, a suicide bomber killed 14 when he drove an explosive laden car into a line of police. Media coverage suggests a disproportionate amount of Australian grief was directed towards the US victims.

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