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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Greenhouse mafia's scorching approach to climate change

    • John Button
    • 09 January 2008

    No wonder people hope for arguments which suggest climate change will go away. The discussion about climate change has become increasingly feverish, polemical and downright dishonest. From 13 June 2007.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Innocent happiness and heavily curtained windows

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 July 2007

    The Australian character is set against that of the European nations from which the 'new Australians' arrived after World War II. For them, Australia offered "considerably safety and little menace", but heavily curtained windows rather than dancing in the streets they were accustomed to.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A comfortable nation afraid to get off the couch

    • Scott Stephens
    • 05 June 2007
    3 Comments

    John Howard’s "relaxed and comfortable" approach to national life, then, was not simply a rejection of Paul Keating’s aggressive, deliberate reforms. It represented a vile pandering to our cultural inertia, an affirmation of our basest tendencies.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    John Button

    • John Button
    • 17 May 2007

    John Button was a minister and senator in the Hawke and Keating governments. He has written books, a Quarterly Essay, and has also written for, among many publications, the Sydney Morning Herald and Crikey.

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  • RELIGION

    What’s wrong with Voting for Jesus?

    • Scott Stephens
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    I must confess to growing bored very quickly when I hear that our real problem today is the erosion of spirituality, of belief in a deeper dimension of life, and the consequent rampant materialism. From a properly Christian perspective, the problem today is not materialism, but religion itself.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Nomads' perspective on destruction of the planet

    • Robert Hefner
    • 22 January 2007

    After many thousands of years, modernity is sweeping away nomadic existence. Cosmologies such as Aboriginal Dreaming encode irreplaceable knowledge of the natural world, and nomadic cultures emphasise qualities of tolerance, adaptability and human interconnectedness.

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  • RELIGION

    Only books for politicians at Christmas

    • Morag Fraser
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    In the ideal world, the Christmas stockings of politicians would be filled with books. No bottles of single malt. No Tom Waits triple CD (alas). Only books.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beyond the clichés 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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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book reviews

    • Godfrey Moase, Marcelle Mogg, John Carmody
    • 10 July 2006

    Reviews of Frontier Justice: Weapons of mass destruction and the bushwacking of America; Best Australian political cartoons and Quarterly Essay, ‘Made in England: Australia’s British Inheritance’.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book reviews

    • Juliette Hughes, Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 July 2006

    Reviews of Quarterly Essay, Groundswell: the Rise of the Greens; The Tournament; The Writer and the World and Wild Politics.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New beaut theatre

    • Peter Craven
    • 01 July 2006

    Peter Craven on recent star-studded Australian works.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hamlet in hard times

    • Peter Craven
    • 26 June 2006

    Peter Craven on John Bell’s Hamlet.

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