Search Results: exploitation

  • 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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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Aussie bloke's exotic love

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 19 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Unfinished Sky succeeds as a sweetly observed, cross-cultural love story. Themes regarding human trafficking and sexual slavery are exploited, not, it seems, from genuine concern, but in a misguided attempt to lend the film social clout.

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  • RELIGION

    Rudd and the sin of overwork

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 June 2008
    15 Comments

    Since public service is often seen as a sheltered workshop for bludgers, Kevin Rudd won sympathy for demanding heroic work practices. Overwork is morally unjustifiable because it makes instrumental goals central, and fails to respect deeper human values.

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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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  • AUSTRALIA

    Citizenship test is no joke

    • Tony Smith
    • 11 February 2008
    3 Comments

    The Minister for Immigration insists Labor will retain the citizenship test. Prime Minister Rudd jokes about the need to retain questions on mid-20th century cricket. The new government's credibility on issues of social inclusion is damaged.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Young people hard-wired to please adults

    • Michael Mullins
    • 04 February 2008
    4 Comments

    Child protection is about entire adult communities connecting with young people to take on a nurturing role. In Native American communities, where every adult takes responsibility for every child, the guiding principle is that 'it takes a village to raise a child'.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Meeting the moral cost of recreational travel

    • Sophie Rudolph
    • 13 December 2007

    International travel requires ethical justification. This can be achieved through a traveller's deliberate attempt to enter into conversation with those whose land is visited.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cardinal Pell's views on climate change are his own

    • Michael Mullins
    • 31 October 2007
    4 Comments

    Cardinal Pell does not underscore his climate change denial with theological justification, as he does with his position on issues such as human cloning. It is unfair to him, and to the Catholic Church, to assume that his personal views on climate change represent Church teaching.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Nothing new in cynicism towards politicians

    • Brian Matthews
    • 17 October 2007
    1 Comment

    When reconciliation becomes a last-minute vote catcher, only the deepest, most corrosive cynicism is possible. Trampling on the rights of others for political advantage was the modus operandi of Adelaide's Nomenclature Committee in 1837.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd strip club story a promotion of women as sex objects

    • Michael Mullins
    • 22 August 2007
    8 Comments

    For most Australians, endearing naughtiness was the beginning an end of the Kevin Rudd sex club story. What was sadly overlooked was the de facto promotion of the sex industry, and implicit toleration of the damage it does to human dignity and the long struggle to ensure that women are not looked upon as sex objects.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's overlooked political factions

    • Dan Read
    • 08 August 2007

    The Iraq situation is a lot more complex than a simple standoff between western democracy and political Islam. Until this is understood, a viable solution that takes Iraq towards genuine democracy and self government is impossible.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Building blocks for a compassionate society

    • Barry Jones
    • 05 June 2007
    9 Comments

    Tackling the problem of terrorism by the application of force is unlikely to succeed. Pouring blood on the Iraqi desert produced an upsurge of terrorism where none had been before: cruelty, genocide even, but not terrorism, let alone fundamentalist terrorism.

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