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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Australia underwater

    • Selma Sergent
    • 07 September 2011
    13 Comments

    A lot of people refused to leave. Sydneysiders with waterfront properties could not fathom that the mansions that had cost them millions of dollars were going to be under water. There were stories of eastern suburbs socialites loading their antiques into boats. And drownings. Lots of drownings.

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  • RELIGION

    Faith and famine: The new Irish who call Australia home

    • Frank Brennan
    • 30 August 2011
    3 Comments

    The faith of the Irish in politics, economics and religion is at a low ebb, and for the most understandable of reasons.  It is not a famine, but it is mighty grim. There are tens of thousands coming here under the  457 visa and the Irish Working Holiday Visa.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Greek crisis viewed from the corner store

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 15 June 2011
    4 Comments

    Panayiotis runs the mini-market he inherited from his father. I have known father and son for 30 years. 'How do you see things at this stage of the krisi?' I ask him, for I'm always asking people what they think of Greece's financial crisis. 'What crisis?' he grins. 'Greece has got a crisis; Greeks haven't.'

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  • RELIGION

    Islam in denial over burqas

    • Muhammad Izhar ul Haq
    • 07 June 2011
    16 Comments

    Everything Western nations do is analysed by the Muslim world in the light of 'conspiracy theories'. Fanatics present the French burqa ban as a reflection of anti Islamic sentiment. In fact millions of Muslim women in France and elsewhere do not cover their faces.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    O'Farrell makes a sham of government guarantees

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 May 2011
    13 Comments

    Earlier this month, NSW premier Barry O'Farrell announced he would dishonour the guarantee made to those who signed up to the previous Labor Government's Solar Bonus Scheme. Undermining the 'sacred' bond of a guarantee can seriously damage the spirit of public trust.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Dire Ireland

    • Peter McVerry
    • 01 March 2011
    7 Comments

    Ireland's election was all about how to repay the country's debts. One hundred and fifty predominantly well-educated and skilled young people are expected to emigrate each day over the next two years; not only because they have no jobs, but because they have no hope.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Father Brennan's jailbreak

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 February 2011

    A mess of maps and photos pinned to his wall reflects his obsession. A series of close calls and violent altercations reveal his rising desperation. His love of his family bolsters his conviction while allowing him to retain his humanity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cronulla racism five years on

    • Sarah Ayoub
    • 06 December 2010
    7 Comments

    In a society where image and representation are everything, our perceptions of the other become blurred across boundaries, suburbs and ways of life. Then, on the off chance that we clash somewhere in the middle, we can't take the interference, and we riot.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Social inclusion in ailing Ireland

    • Gerry O'Hanlon
    • 02 December 2010
    7 Comments

    A hopeful sign has been the emergence of commentators, mainly secular, advocating the transformation of the economy to a model based on values like the common good, solidarity, environmental concern, equality, active and inclusive citizenship.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The religious beliefs of Australia's prime ministers

    • John Warhurst
    • 11 November 2010
    12 Comments

    Nine prime ministers have been observant Christians. Two have been conventional Christians. Ten have been nominal Christians. Five have been articulate atheists or agnostics. One was a nominal atheist or agnostic.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Islamic values could control bank greed

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 November 2010
    10 Comments

    Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi dismissed Islamic banking as 'incompatible with Australia's Western values'. But Western values that uphold a banking system that treats its customers with disdain – as the Commonwealth Bank did last week – need to be questioned.

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  • CARTOON

    The banks' public interest deficit

    • Fiona Katauskas
    • 03 November 2010

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