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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Indigenous Australia in 2031

    • Lea McInerney
    • 19 July 2011
    6 Comments

    In 2012, the settler people of Australia finally made their peace with their Indigenous brothers and sisters. With this came the discovery of what had been lost, what was missing, what needed to be restored. There was much work to be done and together they made a plan.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sketching an icon of refugee resilience

    • Vacy Vlazna
    • 05 July 2011
    11 Comments

    I first saw Handala in a painting in the wretched Bourj al Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut. In Palestine, Handala is loved and cherished as a symbol of steadfast resistance. But he transcends Palestine: he represents every suffering child.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Christian and Muslim bullets and blood

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 20 April 2011
    3 Comments

    Nawal, disgraced and exiled from her Christian village for an affair with a Muslim man, conceals her crucifix and hitches a ride on a bus laden with Muslims. Shortly, the bus is halted by a squadron of bloodthirsty Christian militants.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aboriginal students' school shock

    • Brian McCoy
    • 04 April 2011
    28 Comments

    I recently spent time with a group of students from a remote community who had been at school down south. After a fight involving other Aboriginal students, they wanted to go home. Senator Jenny Macklin has suggested punishing Aboriginal parents who do not support their children attending school.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ricky Ponting's dignity

    • Tony Smith
    • 31 March 2011

    As some recent Australian elections have shown, leaders do not always let go in time to avoid embarrassment. Retiring Australian cricket captian Ricky Ponting usually behaved with dignity. But there are moments he'd no doubt prefer to expunge from the record.

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  • RELIGION

    Questions miracles raise

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 November 2010
    12 Comments

    In the 1970s Latin American theologians began to explore the connections of faith to a public world marked by great injustice. Some of them initially criticised such popular expressions of faith such as devotions, fiestas and processions. The miracles dimension of the coverage of Mary MacKillop's recent canonisation uncovered a similar tension.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sharing the selfish illness

    • Helen Brake
    • 15 September 2010
    12 Comments

    As I grated the sandpaper across my face, the skin rubbed away but didn't bleed as I expected. Gooey plasma softened the paper's rigid surface. I picked another piece and tried again. Three weeks later I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The perils of holding the balance of power

    • John Warhurst
    • 30 August 2010
    10 Comments

    Though the Independents are raising expectations about a 'new politics', the forces behind the status quo are strong and the public is fickle. If they fail to deliver they might eventually suffer a backlash, like Kevin Rudd and the Democrats before them.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Teaching children to read the Aboriginal world

    • Nigel Pearn
    • 18 August 2010
    3 Comments

    The book was banned after parents complained about its anti-authoritarian attitude: 'Wanja [the dog] loved to chase the [police] van ... to bark at the van ... to bite at the wheel. The police van would drive away.' Like Jewish humour, Aboriginal humour is a response to a history of oppression.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A Shakespearean view of Australian politics

    • Adrian Phoon
    • 26 July 2010
    2 Comments

    Malcolm Turnbull recently compared Kevin Rudd to the Shakespearean character Coriolanus, a reviled control freak. Politicians sometimes invoke Shakespeare to flatter their own cause. But this is fraught with dangers: they can come off sounding pompous, or their analogies may backfire.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    The mingled yarn

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 21 July 2010
    2 Comments

    My granddad was a fourth generation white Australian who worked with sheep. I used to tell the story that he was a small town racist who disliked Blacks, Catholics and Jews. The punch line was that his daughter married a Fijian, his son married a Jew and my dad married a Catholic.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Morocco's queer uprising

    • James Dorsey
    • 13 July 2010
    6 Comments

    One Moroccan organisation for lesbians, transsexuals and homo- and bisexuals, estimates that some 5000 people have been jailed in Morocco or forced to emigrate because they are gay. Mithly, the Arab world's only gay magazine, hopes to steer the debate into calmer waters.

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