Search Results: bushfires

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Pope invokes 'spirituality of the land'

    • Chris McGillion
    • 16 July 2008
    3 Comments

    Australians see themselves more as a sunburnt people than as people of a sunburnt country. The Aboriginal smoking ceremony during the Papal Mass introduced a distinctive spirituality where reflection upon the physical environment is key. (April 1995)

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Science journalism battles stereotypes

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 18 May 2007
    1 Comment

    Science coverage in the media is dominated by boffins and nerds in lab coats . It loses out to “real” stories of politics and economics in the serious broadsheets, magazines and current affairs programs, and to crime and celebrities in the tabloids and to infotainment on TV.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The psychology of climate change denial

    • Paul Collins
    • 16 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The economic tools we are using to deal with climate change are inappropriate, and the long-term consequences for local areas are largely unknown. Global warming skeptics should critique the analysis of climate change rather than just retreat into a psychology of denial.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Putting soul into climate change debate

    • Kent Rosenthal
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    When multinationals and politicians seem to be looking the other way in the face of an impending climate change crisis, it’s good to know there are people out there pushing for reform and stirring debate at the highest levels. 

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  • RELIGION

    Ash Wednesday did not begin in 1983

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 27 February 2007
    5 Comments

    For many Australians, Ash Wednesday is synonomous with the devastating bushfires of 1983. But a thousand years before the bushfires, Christians were beginning the season of Lent with Ashes, ensuring a gritty start for the road to Easter.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Triumph of the tree huggers

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 27 February 2007

    In the past six months, climate change has gone from an idea which may have some future relevance to something which is already happening around us. Each region of the world seems to have had its own epiphany over climate change.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mending lives burned and different

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 February 2007

    Those who are rejected by their peers live their lives on the edge, in much the same way as others whose lives are upturned by bushfires. In the end, they are often richer for the experience.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Questioning the limits to freedom

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 October 2006
    5 Comments

    No advocate of democratic freedoms has defended Sheik al-Hilali's right to compare immodestly dressed women to uncovered meat. The message is that promoting freedom is often—but not always—a valid means of recognising values that enhance individual and collective humanity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Deep truths revealed with deceptive simplicity

    • Tony Smith
    • 21 August 2006
    1 Comment

    Powerful prose from a young indigenous woman that makes you remember the feelings of your home, your family, your losses and regrets, and yet makes you determined to continue.  

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Being water wise

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 09 July 2006

    Summertime, and the livin’s less easy—at least in southern Australia.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Between overs

    • Morag Fraser
    • 07 July 2006

    Welcome to our Summer issue. As we prepared this holiday edition it was raining in Victoria.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Heated topics

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 05 July 2006

    The power of nature has been dominant this summer—the heat, the drought, the dust and the terrifying spectacle of the bushfires, sweeping away all in their path.

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