Search Results: Five Billion Years

  • AUSTRALIA

    National pride begets blind arrogance

    • Michael Mullins
    • 13 July 2009
    10 Comments

    Assumptions that detained businessman Stern Hu could not be guilty because he is Australian show how national pride can cloud perceptions. Something similar was at play in calls for Kevin Rudd to lobby the Pope for the canonisation of Mary MacKillop.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Budget will test Labor's Indigenous commitment

    • Myrna Tonkinson
    • 11 May 2009
    2 Comments

    Any cuts made in this dire economic climate must exclude items for improving conditions for Indigenous Australians. This Budget will test the Government's determination to 'close the gap' between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the population.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    El Salvador: rise of the left

    • Rodrigo Acu√Ďa
    • 24 March 2009
    1 Comment

    US Republicans lobbied President Obama to impose hardships on Salvadorians livingin the US should the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front win last week's election. When the left did triumph, he did the opposite and congratulated the new leader.

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  • ECONOMICS

    It's time to ditch GDP

    • John Wicks
    • 23 September 2008
    9 Comments

    The 'trickle down' of wealth proclaimed by neo-liberalism is debatable, and hardships flowing from sub-prime activities descend on the disadvantaged with the finesse of a freight train. Some economists have demanded the GDP measure be replaced by goods and services data that promote the common good.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bare-chested footballer Cousins and well-dressed thief Pratt

    • Braham Dabscheck
    • 13 December 2007
    3 Comments

    It seems the AFL has a double standard when it comes to its treatment of players and club executives. While the AFL was announcing its charge against Ben Cousins, Carlton Football Club was saying the price-fixing conviction of its executive Richard Pratt was not a relevant concern.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Opinion polls still point to a new Prime Minister

    • Jack Waterford
    • 25 October 2007
    2 Comments

    Jack Waterford writes that Australia is likely to have a new government by December 2007.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    When governments stop listening to advice

    • Jack Waterford
    • 08 August 2007
    3 Comments

    Interviewed a year ago for the biography John Winston Howard, Treasurer Peter Costello complained about the Government's binge spending. Since then, the PM has committed many billions more, and given every indication the pace of spending will increase enormously between now and the election.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Background to blocked East Timor leadership challenge

    • Paul Cleary
    • 27 February 2007

    As the Prime Minister of East Timor, Mari Alkatiri, prepared a strategy that successfully blocked Friday's leadership vote, hanging on the wall of a conference room in his office is a satellite photo of Dili on fire...

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Respect for human rights requires debt cancellation

    • Angelica Hannan
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    To address the problem of Third World debt, citizens of developed countries need to place the satisfaction of human needs at the heart of government policy. A history of poor governance, greed, and cultural imperialism are at the core of the Global North’s exploitation of the South.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Seven days in Kabul

    • Dorothy Horsfield
    • 07 July 2006

    Dorothy Horsfield reports on the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

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  • RELIGION

    The war of the willing

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 13 June 2006

    Western intelligence agencies fell down  badly over Iraq. So did our consciences, argues Bruce Duncan.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Oiling the wheels

    • Anthony Ham
    • 11 June 2006

    Africa has been watching closely while Iraq descends into conflict.

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