Search Results: drought

  • ENVIRONMENT

    The ethical cost of gardens

    • Roger Trowbridge
    • 16 April 2009
    4 Comments

    Fitfully, our quarter-acre has been transformed in ways that make us pleased across the joys and melancholies of our lives. Now, faced with the drying of the earth, we must bring new knowledges to bear. This garden must survive. It is of our soul.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Living with Australia's beauty and terror

    • Tony Smith
    • 20 February 2009

    In contrast to tabloid television coverage of fires, Lohrey's writing explains much of our relationship to the bush. Like plaques in town halls honouring fallen soldiers, the task of rebuilding devastated communities is embedded in the national psyche.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The persistence of memory

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 28 January 2009
    5 Comments

    As the bush scents drift, I remember: the aroma of fish and chips floating along the platforms at Flinders Street Station; the smell of dust that heralds a storm, as moisture hits bone-dry earth. When your life is sliced in two by migration, you do not scorn nostalgia.

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  • INFORMATION

    Life of Brian, AIDS activist

    • Brian Haill
    • 01 December 2008

    It's close on a quarter of a century ago that I first became enmeshed in the world of HIV/AIDS. I found myself labelled an 'activist', catapulted into confronting my church over its attitude to condoms. Last week saw a return to the beginning.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Economic troubles will not ease climate pain

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 17 November 2008
    4 Comments

    As individuals, we can make a difference through symbolic actions that embolden governments to take big steps. The financial crisis and the urgent needs of threatened island nations need to be factored into a calculation that ensures burdens fall most heavily on those most able to bear them.

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  • RELIGION

    WYD mass crosses cultures

    • Carmel Pilcher
    • 18 July 2008
    17 Comments

    The organisers of the WYD opening mass did not attempt to integrate Australian elements into the mass, but included them as added extras. The ritual structure of the mass requires creativity to make it connect with different audiences.

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  • RELIGION

    WYD blooms beneath the aphids

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 July 2008
    9 Comments

    While observers remark on the superficiality of connection and meaning in Australian society, events such as World Youth Day encourage participants to be reflective. This can lead young people to larger human and civic values.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Another victim of bureaucratic sludge

    • Brian Matthews
    • 18 June 2008
    1 Comment

    Things are Kafkaesque when you are caught in a labyrinth of unmanageable and inexplicable circumstances. I sprang to the phone and a pleasant, robotic female voice told me how valuable I was and that I was sixth in the queue.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Gardening while Burma generals fiddle

    • Brian Matthews
    • 21 May 2008
    2 Comments

    The ordered natural world of the garden is a place where disturbing thoughts can be annihilated, but only temporarily. Half a world away, brutal generals are using natural disaster to repress the weak and powerless.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The message reads dry bones

    • Helen Hagemann
    • 06 May 2008
    1 Comment

    You hear the river cry in the darkness.. It takes a breath over trickling stones.. over endless white cracks.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Tossed salad state of mind

    • Various
    • 29 April 2008
    4 Comments

    he was diverted.. from the impending roast.. and wiping red wine.. from his generous lips.. he mouthed sweet nothings.. in retaliation.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The truth behind our heat plague

    • Brian Matthews
    • 26 March 2008
    2 Comments

    Camus' plague was a metaphor for the Second World War German occupation of France. Our plague is no metaphor. It's the truth of the planet's advancing impatience with its reckless colonisers.

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