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  • AUSTRALIA

    Protesters not to blame for Viet vets neglect

    • Tony Smith
    • 22 August 2008
    11 Comments

    Vietnam War supporters have been silent since creating the moral disaster faced by returning soldiers. These veterans were judged as failing mythical standards set by previous generations of warriors, and have suffered ever since.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The trouble with alcoholic Australia

    • Barbara Chapman
    • 10 June 2008
    13 Comments

    Brendan Nelson told Kevin Rudd to direct his war on binge drinking at his own backyard after Young Labor delegates hosted a drunken party in a Canberra hotel. But Australia's addiction to the bottle runs deeper than mere substance abuse.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bricks and mortar don't care for children

    • Daniel Donahoo
    • 23 April 2008
    3 Comments

    The Prime Minister's proposal for 'one-stop shop' child and parent centres is a big idea, but not a new one. All those early childhood advocates busily patting themselves on the back for getting their issues back on the front page should demand more for the youngest Australians.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Transforming victims into victors

    • Michele Gierck
    • 02 April 2008
    3 Comments

    On 28 April 1990, a letter bomb mailed to Michael Lapsley's Harare home destroyed both of his hands and one of his eyes. His life, and 'Healing of Memories' program, proves that it is possible to overcome the trauma of political persecution.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Carey's 'unusual' novel exposes politics of disability

    • Gillian Fulcher
    • 19 March 2008

    The Unsual Life of Tristan Smith is an engaging if uncomfortable tale. But a closer reading reveals author Peter Carey as social critic. While themes of colonialism, migration, and identity are explicit, disability enters more subtly.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Autism comedy strikes emotional equilibrium

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 06 March 2008

    The Black Balloon's early '90s suburban locale is a tangible and familiar environment, where intolerance and ignorance brood beneath the surface. Lead actor Rhys Wakefield embodies everything that it is to be a teenager on the brink of adulthood.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Flying with disability in Second Life

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 09 January 2008
    2 Comments

    The online virtual world Second Life has been subject to bad press focussing on examples of narcissistic and unprincipled behaviour. But paralympian Niels Schuddeboom has found an opportunity to forget his disability and experience life as a walking avatar. From 2 May 2007.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Letter from 'social inclusion' Senator

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 05 December 2007
    1 Comment

    Labor has adopted social inclusion as an organising principle of the nation's social and economic policy. Social inclusion is about recognising that economic prosperity in and of itself is not enough: it is central to the work of government to make sure that this prosperity leaves no-one behind.

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