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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    What Richard Dawkins believes

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 31 October 2007
    1 Comment

    For Richard Dawkins, excitement about the visible world leads only to analytical questions. The task of those who oppose this view is to describe the richness of the alternative.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Voting with instinct

    • Tony Smith
    • 31 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Some political professionals would like to see the state behave just like the market, operating as a heartless machine for maximising outcomes. However, truly rational electors realise that if the system is to be imbued with compassion and humanity, the heart must play a role no less important than the head.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Australia needs distance from US Iran attack planning

    • Tony Kevin
    • 03 October 2007
    4 Comments

    The next year will be scary. There can be no guarantee that the war of words but not bombs with Iran will continue until Bush's term ends. Bush and Cheney have a propensity to recklessness, and Australia should keep a safe distance.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    What provoked Burmese people's fearless stand

    • Carol Ransley & Toe Zaw Latt
    • 03 October 2007
    4 Comments

    Two out of five children in Burma are severely malnourished, and the majority of people live in dire poverty. Then the ruling State Peace and Development Council instructed all Ministry of Energy distribution outlets to raise the prices of fuel.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Will John Howard stay the course in Iraq?

    • Jack Waterford
    • 12 September 2007

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  • ECONOMICS

    How to measure governments' economic performance

    • Les Coleman
    • 22 August 2007
    1 Comment

    Both Government and Opposition seem committed to economic reform. But the fact that the Howard Government's fiscal policy is currently being steered by a drunken sailor is cause for alarm, as is Kevin Rudd's lack of experience and seeming inability to come up with his own economic policies.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Further challenge to historical record on Aboriginal massacres

    • Tony Smith
    • 11 July 2007
    2 Comments

    A 19th century dispute over rights to whale on Victoria’s western coast saw a massacre of local Aboriginal people. The image of uniformed, white officers appearing in Aboriginal communities, supposedly to restore order and protect children, gives eerie timeliness to an uncompromising new account by Bruce Pascoe.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    JI's Al Qaeda link a myth

    • Dewi Anggraeni
    • 11 July 2007

    There may be ideological sympathy on the part of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiyah for Al Qaeda, but there has been no direct affiliation between between the two groups since 2003. Al Qaeda, it seems, has dismissed JI as ineffectual—they keep getting caught.

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  • RELIGION

    J├Ągerst├Ątter, a man who acted on conscience

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 June 2007
    17 Comments

    Franz Jägerstätter has been recognised as a martyr by the Roman Catholic Church because he did what was right, not what was easy. His choices xcan teach us something today.

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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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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The storycatcher charged with finding stories that matter

    • Brian Doyle
    • 15 May 2007
    5 Comments

    Brian Doyle said 'no' to an editor's request in the aftermath of September 11: "The only proper thing in your mouth at such a time is prayer." His kids had to reflect back to him: "Well, dad, you are always lecturing us about how if God gives you a talent and you don’t use that talent that’s a sin."

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    What motivates the aspiring creative writer?

    • Mary Manning
    • 15 May 2007
    3 Comments

    When prospective plumbing or hospitality students are quizzed about why they want to do a course, there are easy answers about improving job skills. Not so for aspiring creative writing students.

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