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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Tasmania like Soviet Siberia

    • Mario Rimini
    • 05 September 2007
    19 Comments

    A drive around Tasmania is breathtaking. And heartbreaking. 'Managed by Forestry Tasmania'. Managed. Tricky word. Like Siberia, where the land was 'managed' by two all-powerful hydro and forestry leviathans.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Warmer seas will stress coral

    • Michele Gierck
    • 05 September 2007

    Climate change disrupts the symbiotic relationship that sustains coral. Short-term stress allows recovery. But if it is sustained, coral dies.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Urban planning threatens Jakarta’s river dwellers

    • Ben Fraser
    • 08 August 2007

    More than 300,000 Jakarta residents were displaced following the floods in January. Preparedness for the next flood is compromised by the river dwellers' unlawful status, and the government’s desire to clear these slum areas from the riverbank.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    No place for truth in citizenship training school?

    • Erasmus
    • 13 June 2007
    4 Comments

    It’s an ordinary day at the Citizenship Traditional School. Citizenship questions are about Australian values – fair go, mateship, correct use of English, etc. Take the questions home and memorise the right answers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Burmese Days and banana leaves

    • Sarah Nichols
    • 13 June 2007
    2 Comments

    Nearly twenty years ago, San San Maw was a student revolutionary fighting the Burmese Army on the Thai-Burma border. Now she lives in an outer eastern suburb of Melbourne.

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  • RELIGION

    In praise of hypocrisy

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 May 2007
    2 Comments

    Symbolic gestures, whether at personal or at national level, are effective, even though they will have a barely measurable effect on water supply or global warming. Our world becomes different, and our sense of what has priority in it also changes.

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  • MEDIA

    Alan Jones and the power of one

    • Morag Fraser
    • 16 April 2007
    13 Comments

    Jones' reflexes on air are assertive and territorial. A 'power of one' he may be, but he also makes a powerful appeal to the tribal in all of us. When we retreat into the tribe we lose the chance to experience of the kindness of strangers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Our deathly cars and trucks

    • Clare Coburn
    • 02 April 2007

    Images from the Burnley tunnel accident showed thick plumes of smoke billowing from the outlet chimney. If a shark kills a lone swimmer off a beach, we call for netting or shooting. We have a much more lenient attitude towards roads.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    2007 the year for final decisions

    • Tony Smith
    • 02 April 2007

    In 2001, science broadcaster Robyn Williams wrote a novel inspired by Orwell's 1984, but set in 2007. It suggests that change is occurring with exponential speed, and that our opportunities for altering course are dwindling numerically, shrinking in size and diluting in quality.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Long road back for Ramos Horta

    • Paul Cleary
    • 27 February 2007

    In 2006, the East Timorese government’s inept handling of a dispute in the army involving soldiers from the western region of East Timor put the young nation on the brink of civil war. Now Jose Ramos Horta has been installed as Prime Minister, but will it make a difference?

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Populate and our environment will perish

    • Paul Collins
    • 27 February 2007
    8 Comments

    Australia is not infinite; there is a limit to our productive capacity and we may well have already exceeded it. One of the unmentionable and politically incorrect questions is how many people the continent can sustain while retaining some respect for the integrity of the landscape.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Ethical alternatives to research that destroys embryos

    • Norman Ford
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    There are ethical alternatives to embryo destructive research. There are many possibilities of finding or developing stem cells of wide potentiality without involving embryo destruction. Human stem cells can be derived from umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, fetal tissue, and even from the nose’s olfactory-mucosa.

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