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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Asylum seekers good for Australia's soul

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 14 August 2009
    11 Comments

    According to P. J. O'Rourke, today's asylum seekers are tomorrow's 'really good Australians'. Australia has established Uighur and Turkish communities and could easily accommodate the few remaining ex-Gitmo Uighurs.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Who hates Harry Potter

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 16 July 2009
    4 Comments

    The rule seems to be that one's attitude to Harry Potter should be either obsession, derision, or total lack of interest. If that's true, I'm in a minority: I am an equivocal fan. A few of the books are great. At least one is bloody awful. The movies are similarly hit-and-miss.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Homeless people are not toilets

    • Frank Bowden
    • 13 July 2009
    9 Comments

    What we call people can determine the way we treat them. At one hospital in the 1980s, the rank odour of urine, tobacco and grime that characterised some homeless patients led to them being referred to as 'dunnies'.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Intimacy in same-sex friendships

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 June 2009

    Peter's a sweetie with the ladies, but never got his head around the whole male bonding thing. So he sets out on a series of man-dates, with the aim of finding a friend. His first attempts are spectacular failures. And then he meets Sydney.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Two poems about women

    • Medbh McGuckian
    • 02 June 2009

    It is as impossible .. To dive into the heart of a woman as to run .. Your head, body and all into her fundament.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New York's God of rot

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 May 2009
    2 Comments

    What is a synecdoche? Work that out and you're part of the way to understanding this brilliant if convoluted opus. Suffice it to say that Caden Cotard, the bloated, self-loathing man who presides over the corrupted world at the film's heart, may in fact be God.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    What Frank did

    • Frank Brennan
    • 21 April 2009
    4 Comments

    Frank Costigan was a man of such moral authority that you would not need to speak to him, just think,  'What would Frank do?' When Frank was being wheeled in for surgery, he completed reading the morning papers, then waved to his children.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Eulogy for Francis Xavier Costigan QC

    • Frank Brennan
    • 20 April 2009
    2 Comments

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