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  • AUSTRALIA

    Notable absence as a political tool

    • Chloe Wilson
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    The Prime Minister attended the funeral of Jake Kovco, the first Australian casualty in Iraq. However, he did not attend that of Mark Bingley, a Blackhawk captain who died whilst on duty in Fiji. Absences are not simple events. They often make political statements.

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  • RELIGION

    The heresy of separate worlds: from Marcion to Iraq

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    8 Comments

    Recently, I have been musing on three unrelated items. On Marcion, a shadowed but seminal figure in the early Church; on unsatisfactory recantations by prominent supporters of the Iraq war; and on the claim by a local newspaper that light sentences betray babies killed by their parents.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hope for Iran in rise of moderate Rafsanjani

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 22 January 2007
    1 Comment

    The ascendancy of Hashemi Rafsanjani, who recently won the most votes in elections for the Council of Experts, is seen as a vote of no confidence in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tenure.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Zookeeper Irwin preached the wrong message

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 24 December 2006
    1 Comment

    The story of Irwin's life, already being written, will conclude that he was a good conservationist, a global ambassador for protecting 'dangerous' animals. But how can the owner of a zoo be worthy of such a title? Zoos are enclosures that imply a loss of sanctuary and celebrate the subjugation of nature. From 19 September 2006.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sentencing laws will further alienate indigenous Australians

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 16 October 2006
    3 Comments

    Just last week, the coroner’s report into the death in custody of Palm Island man Mulrunji, called for a major overhaul of how the justice system deals with indigenous Australians. Yet in the same week, a Senate Committee began looking into a Bill that will increase the potential for injustice in sentencing decisions affecting indigenous people, and other cultural minorities.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Zookeeper Irwin preached the wrong message

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 18 September 2006
    70 Comments

    The story of Irwin's life, already being written, will conclude that he was a good conservationist, a global ambassador for protecting 'dangerous' animals. But how can the owner of a zoo be worthy of such a title? Zoos are enclosures that imply a loss of sanctuary and celebrate the subjugation of nature.

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  • RELIGION

    Religious freedom and the inflammatory power of the Cross

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 September 2006

    The unrelated cases of the Melbourne schoolgirl, and the Scottish goalie, both invoke two principles that are normally kept quite separate—the right of individual self-expression, and the right of religious freedom.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beyond the clich├ęs of US colonisation of Australia

    • Michael Ashby
    • 07 August 2006

    Denis Altman's 51st State aims to undermine the clichés associated with Australian-US Relatons, without underestimating the remorseless destruction of Australian identity, and political and business life, as well as many local norms and icons.

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