Search Results: underbelly

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beyond the global storytelling crisis

    • Colm McNaughton
    • 29 March 2010
    10 Comments

    It is becoming clear that we are probably not going to avert cataclysmic forms of climate change. The foundational Greek and Hebraic imaginaries, the mythical narratives that frame western civilisation, can no longer contain, inform and explain what we experience. We need new stories.

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  • RELIGION

    Hitchcock's Easter drama

    • Scott Stephens
    • 06 April 2009
    2 Comments

    Manny, terrified and bewildered, clutches a crucifix and prays, while lawyers spew jargon-laden bile at one another. It might seem strange to invoke a Hitchcock film at Easter, but we can see a similar horror at work in the trial of Jesus.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Gangsters are people too

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 26 March 2009
    1 Comment

    Let's face it, caricature is easy. Rhetoric that links bikies with terrorism and organised crime makes for sensational news, but good journalism demands more than that. So does compelling storytelling.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Terror and the terrier

    • Colleen Schirmer
    • 01 October 2008
    1 Comment

    The black and tan fox terrier bared its teeth and growled. Its milk-swollen underbelly let us know it had a litter nearby. We were at the farmhouse, revisiting the place where it had happened, to strip the events of their power.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Watching the watchdogs

    • Moira Rayner
    • 18 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Bodies such as the NSW Crime Commission and Victoria's Office of Police Integrity have proven either ineffective or vulnerable to influence themselves. Ultimately, we the people are responsible for keeping these bodies accountable.

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  • RELIGION

    Top cop confronts underbelly of corruption

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 20 March 2008
    6 Comments

    It seems Victoria Police's Chief Commissioner, Christine Nixon, was fast-tracked to unpopularity by trying to be a thoughtful, discerning leader. The bitterness displayed by those she's locked horns with is testament to the danger of reforming a powerful institution.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Towards a politics of hope

    • Kiera Lindsey
    • 18 May 2007

    Kiera Lindsey reviews Craig McGregor’s Australian son: Inside Mark Latham and Brian Costar and Jennifer Curtin’s Rebels with a cause: Independents in Australian politics.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Unknown Terrorist

    • Michael Ashby
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    The author of The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Gould’s Book of Fish has come up with a veritable novel "for our times". Here is a gripping tale of Australia (well, Sydney at least) in the midst of a terror campaign.

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  • RELIGION

    The church in the world

    • James McEvoy
    • 19 June 2006

    Forty years into the journey, commentators debate whether the Council was overly optimistic about modernity. Did the heady days of the early ’60s influence the Council’s agenda to its detriment?

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  • RELIGION

    The ministry of women

    • Annette Binger
    • 31 May 2006

    Annette Binger on secret women’s business—female clerics.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Tally-ho!

    • Brian Matthews
    • 30 April 2006

    I see that the Brits are about to bite the quirt and outlaw fox hunting. Only in England would the pursuit of the common fox threaten to divide the nation.

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