Search Results: National Apology

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The changing face of Kevin 24/7

    • John Warhurst
    • 12 March 2008
    5 Comments

    Kevin 07 ended his campaign with a wooden and self-absorbed election-night speech. Supporters took a deep breath and hoped 2008 would be better. So far it has been.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A great leap year for reconciliation

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 29 February 2008
    2 Comments

    According to the Ethiopian ecclesiastical calendar, a leap year belongs to St Luke. Having made its national apology to the Stolen Generations, for Australia this leap year has more in common with China's Great Leap Forward.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Garnaut shows climate change bigger than politics

    • Charles Rue
    • 26 February 2008
    10 Comments

    The Garnaut Report underplays Australia's position as a wealthy country that can act now to safeguard its future. This month's bipartisan apology to the Stolen Generations has laid the ground for a multi-party agreement on the climate crisis.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Beyond the picket fence

    • Clare Coburn
    • 25 February 2008
    2 Comments

    During the Howard years, a culture of fear saw us closeted within our houses, reluctant to engage with the community. Prime Minister Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generations may have collapsed a few symbolic fences so that messages can begin to pass back and forth.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mutating conflict in Kenya

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 February 2008

    This month Australia's nationhood has been bolstered by Federal Parliament's apology to the Stolen Generations. Kenya is moving in the opposite direction, with a local Jesuit analyst suggesting we could soon be speaking of 'a country that was once Kenya'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Essential ingredient for nation building

    • Various
    • 18 February 2008

    The outbreak of violence in East Timor April 2006 showed that the UN had not reached first base in its efforts to lay the foundation for a small but robust nation. Now the Rudd Government has provided a template that may be of significant use to those involved with nation building in East Timor.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The case for a people's choice Governor-General

    • John Warhurst
    • 15 February 2008
    9 Comments

    Kevin Rudd should move quickly to open up the appointment process by involving the public and the parliament, just as he is doing in the Australia 2020 exercise. There is a lot of talent to choose from, and it will enhance our democracy.

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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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  • RELIGION

    Apology a reminder that sin is social

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 February 2008
    15 Comments

    Some Australians still believe it unreasonable for anybody to expect them to take responsibility for the wrongdoing of past generations. In the Christian tradition, the prophets did not simply sheet home blame to officials responsible, but imputed it to the whole people, who would also suffer the consequences.

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  • RELIGION

    Now is the moment for political leadership

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 February 2008
    8 Comments

    Even senior traditional hard men of the Liberal Party like Bill Heffernan and Shane Stone have indicated that it is time to act. It is time for Brendan Nelson to draw the line so that we can move on, committed to reconciliation and improvement in Aboriginal health, education, and life expectancy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Teaching history of our region is also important

    • Jack Waterford
    • 21 August 2006

    If the Federal Government is serious about history, it should be devoting as much time to having us understand the history of our neighbours, and having our neighbours understand our sense of our own. It's mostly virgin territory.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The human as such

    • Peter Steele
    • 08 July 2006

    Peter Steele reviews Terry Eagleton’s Sweet Violence: the Idea of the Tragic.

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