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  • AUSTRALIA

    Indigenous Australians taking the next step

    • Brian McCoy
    • 05 July 2011
    4 Comments

    I have just returned from visiting friends in remote Aboriginal communities. It was a sad trip. A large number of young people have died in recent years, some close friends. They represent the trifecta of young peoples' deaths: car accidents, suicides and chronic disease.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    My morning with Frank Brennan

    • Brian Doyle
    • 21 June 2011
    12 Comments

    Fell into riveting conversation recently. We talked about Australia's and Oregon's history with assisted suicide, the plight of Indigenous Australians, and his views on the personal and public profiles of Cardinal George Pell. Here's how it happened.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beethoven's vision of God

    • Thomas Shapcott
    • 13 June 2011
    2 Comments

    He was deaf as a lamppost in the end, so that he never heard a note of it. We listen still, and we hear the sound of what it was like to be alone. We are surrounded. After all these years we have to believe that god was important.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    My refugee friend

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 07 June 2011
    9 Comments

    Tuc was an officer in the South Vietnamese army. After the war ended in 1975 he was interned by the North Vietnamese for many years, locked up in a hole in the ground. I asked him how he survived. He smiled and pointed to his picture of the Madonna.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Chris Lilley's juvenile justice role model

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 01 June 2011
    6 Comments

    'Gran' from ABC1's Angry Boys is irreverent enough to be her charges' friend, authoritative enough to demand respect, compassionate enough to earn real affection. Australian comedian Chris Lilley differs from other satirists such as The Chaser. Their humour is often nasty. His is marked by warmth.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Lives of urban Aboriginal women

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 25 May 2011

    Karen has just been released from prison and is determined to make a fresh start. This means finding an honest job and reconnecting with her toddler daughter. No easy task for an Aboriginal ex-con whose own mother can't forgive her.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Osama bin Laden's wasted life

    • Brian Doyle
    • 16 May 2011
    25 Comments

    Imagine the same man, rather than consumed by hate, alert instead to humour, to the power of mercy, apology, simplicity, conversation, common ground. Imagine what he might have done for the religion he loved, to which he instead did more damage than anyone else in history.

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  • RELIGION

    Eyeballing injustice

    • Frank Brennan
    • 01 May 2011
    1 Comment

    Jesuit Social Services recently set up a project in Alice Springs to resource the local parish and local Aborigines who want to take more control of their own lives. If we are to get our teeth into issues of acute injustice, we need to eyeball both the decision makers and those affected by those decisions.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Gospel bit players

    • Philip Harvey
    • 20 April 2011
    7 Comments

    The conventional homily on the miracle of the lame man focuses on his faith and hope. But Irish poet Seamus Heaney draws attention to the faith, hope and charity of the man's friends, who will go to any trouble to help their mate in his hour of need.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Gen Y, iPods and isolation

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 April 2011
    1 Comment

    Pavel's meanderings are soundtracked by rock music blaring through his earphones. Increasingly the iPod seems to symbolise some nonchalant skein that isolates self-centred youths from the world around them.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Joe Bageant's option for the hillbillies

    • Michael Loughnane
    • 12 April 2011
    6 Comments

    ‘I don’t like middle class people very much,’ said Joe Bageant in an interview for the documentary Deer Hunting with Jesus. Bageant championed the cause of  the ‘white redneck’, a social group he saw as being one of the most marginalised and disenfranchised in America.

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  • MEDIA

    Cyber traps for young players

    • Chris Middleton
    • 11 April 2011
    6 Comments

    The use of Skype to demean a young female trainee at the Australian Defence Force Academy once again demonstrates that the internet can damage young people’s sense of self. It also points to the need for an educational program that builds an awareness of our culture and an ability to question information and critique forms of communication.

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