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  • AUSTRALIA

    UK kingmaker Clegg wise to wait

    • Peter Scally
    • 11 May 2010
    5 Comments

    Gordon Brown's dignified resignation underlines the fact that Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's options in choosing a coalition partner remain open. He is wise not to rush a decision to finalise a deal. After the election that everybody lost, a coalition that works could make winners of the British people.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Silent sojourner

    • Ted Witham
    • 13 November 2009
    5 Comments

    Sara Maitland feels our culture devalues silence. She travels to an island off the Scottish coast, a desert in Israel, and the mountains of the Scottish highlands. These contrasting experiences of silence open her to new ways of thought and prayer.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    How to talk to Aboriginal students

    • Myrna Tonkinson
    • 13 October 2009
    14 Comments

    Some Aboriginal languages do not distinguish the unvoiced and voiced consonants 'b' and 'p', 'd' and 't', and 'g' and 'k'. Julia Gillard's push to provide 'English as a second language' training to teachers in remote communities can address such language obstacles and help lift levels of Indigenous education.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Cannibal convict's tour of hell

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 24 September 2009
    1 Comment

    The first feature film about Australia's most notorious convict shares a potent symbiosis with Dante's Inferno. Director Jonathan auf der Heide believes there is a repressed need for violence beneath the 'veil' of human civilisation.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Shakespeare and the F word

    • Brian Matthews
    • 13 May 2009

    If Shakespeare had dabbled in cuisine, dishes such as 'eye of newt' and 'fillet of fenny snake' may have been a sensation. As the first 'foody' to emerge from the obscurity of Stratford-upon-Avon, he would have an unlikely successor: Gordon Ramsay.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What Kevin Rudd can learn from Gordon Brown

    • Michael Mullins
    • 19 May 2008
    1 Comment

    Last week's Federal Budget showed Kevin Rudd's determination to stare down the prevailing economic wisdom, in order to stay on track as a man of his word committed to building a fairer Australia. The humiliating fate of his UK counterpart Gordon Brown suggests what might happen if he strays.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Immigration law under Labor

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 31 October 2007
    1 Comment

    ALP Immigration Policy includes both change and continuity. It gives more priority to teaching English over testing, but there's still too much reliance on ministerial discretion rather than the judicial system.

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  • RELIGION

    Is New Zealand a Christian country?

    • Peter Matheson
    • 13 June 2007

    The question of whether New Zealand should see itself as a Christian country has bubbled up in an unexpected way. The word ‘Christian’, itself, has become, almost unusable, associated in the public mind with fundamentalist bookshops and the like, or with short lived political parties which tout moralistic codes.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The simple pleasure of collecting an author’s works

    • Paul Daffey
    • 18 September 2006

    Of those who collect books, some might have copies of the 12 novels written by Patrick White. Or the 50 written by Jon Cleary. Few collectors, however, could hope to match Stewart Russell’s collection of books by the late English writer John Creasey, who wrote almost 800 books.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Held captive

    • Margaret Coffey
    • 10 July 2006

    Margaret Coffey reviews Sean McConville’s weighty tome, Irish Political Prisoners, 1848–1922, Theatres of War.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Surviving Africa

    • Peter Browne
    • 04 July 2006

    A remarkably peaceful change of government in Kenya could significantly improve the lives of refugees in the country’s remote camps. But Australia and other western countries must play a part.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Denying the Grim Reaper

    • Paul Sendziuk
    • 18 June 2006

    Australian responses to AIDS.

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