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  • 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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  • MEDIA

    The language of fire

    • Philip Harvey
    • 24 February 2009
    10 Comments

    Melbourne had the strange experience of reading and listening to bushfire reports for five days while neither seeing nor smelling smoke. When the mind has no sensory leads to interpret, words become critical.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    When nature is the enemy

    • Brian Matthews
    • 11 February 2009
    7 Comments

    Fires and floods, murderous cyclones, unprecedented storms — none of them confined to their time honoured places and seasons. Nature is no longer our familiar element and our inspiration. It's running amok.

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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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  • RELIGION

    Pope visit holds mirror up to 'grappling' US Catholics

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 28 April 2008
    2 Comments

    Did the Pope's first visit to the US usher in any significant changes for the Church in that country? Benedict acknowledged that child abuse was a problem that had to be confronted, but would not divorce it from the broader assault on community values.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Australia's rank river embodies land-use dilemma

    • Margaret Simons
    • 20 February 2008
    7 Comments

    The onset of blue-green algae caused the Murray's smell to change from rank to fetid. Halting the damage to the Murray-Darling basin is essential to our financial survival, yet it may be that it is impossible to stop the damage without also causing critical economic damage. — Eureka Street, March 1993

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Romantic poets and climate change

    • Brian Matthews
    • 14 November 2007

    A person unaware of and cut off from nature will be taken by surprise when nature embarks on one of its punitive cycles. The Romantic poets reckoned that there was a spirit within the natural world that you could connect with.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Wandering wombats

    • Brian Matthews
    • 18 May 2007

    Your common wombat probably wouldn’t appreciate being described as a ‘lumbering marsupial’ but truth will out.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sri Lanka's seesaw of war and cricket

    • Hector Welgampola
    • 15 May 2007
    11 Comments

    Last week, Sri Lanka's media reported Mahela Jayawardena’s Buddhist parents praying at a Hindu temple for his team’s success in the World Cup cricket. The continuing war is a legacy of the divide and rule strategy of the colonial elites.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Asylum seeker dreams

    • Mary Manning
    • 16 April 2007

    With characters at low points in their lives, Nights in the Asylum is saved from being a dark novel by moments where care and love bring positive change.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Universal Signs

    • Bryan Pipins
    • 04 April 2007

    Bryan Pipins on the universal need for food, nourishment, and traffic laws that make sense.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The domestic space of gay men and lesbians

    • Deborah Singerman
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    The popularity of Waz and Gav, the gay couple in the first series of Channel 9’s The Block, helped them launch their own design company. It also highlighted the boundaries of acceptable mainstream images of gay men.

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