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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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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    After the obscenity

    • Jo McInerney
    • 08 July 2008
    1 Comment

    It was easy to find the centre of the blast .. an eternity of razed houses, a stony desert .. dead soil, waiting for rain .. I write home often. My letters are cheerful.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Nothing smart about Rudd cluster bomb intransigence

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 30 May 2008
    6 Comments

    This week's international conference in Dublin has agreed on a draft treaty to ban cluster bombs. The Rudd Government has become the bad guy, by ensuring the 'smart bombs' purchased by the former Howard Government were excluded from the treaty.

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  • RELIGION

    Indigenous summiteers put dreams into practice

    • Frank Brennan
    • 30 April 2008
    7 Comments

    The abuse of children in remote communities has been the catalyst for revising romantic notion of land rights and self-determination. 2020 summiteers were allowed to dream and strategise about closing gaps while wondering how best to recognise the enduring rights of indigenous Australians.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    On the night of the fireworks

    • Paddy O'Reilly
    • 12 March 2008
    2 Comments

    We are part of a crowd walking slowly down to the river bank to watch the fireworks. People smile at me, because I am not one of them. I can appreciate this part of their culture, even though I am a foreigner.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Russians voting against democracy

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 12 December 2007
    1 Comment

    Russia's apathetic young people assert that even if they vote, nothing will change. They don't actually want things to change. They compare Russia with the troubled Yeltsin years. The economy and lifestyle have boomed, so why worry about free speech?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Making obligation mutual

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 14 November 2007

    For the unemployed, single parents and people with disabilities, mutual obligation is about pushing income support recipients into the labour market. It’s a combination of help and hassle — but with the emphasis increasingly on hassle.

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  • RELIGION

    Australia's ageing theological workforce

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 03 October 2007
    9 Comments

    In the past, Australia has produced a number of theologians and biblical scholars of international standing. But the future is bleak, with 37 per cent intending to retire within five years. Structural rationalisation must start now.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    It's time for Australia to reclaim sovereignty

    • Tony Kevin
    • 19 September 2007
    3 Comments

    Australia has ceased to believe in a rules-based international order. Our increasing cynicism about the UN, and participation in coalitions with powerful world players, effectively denies our sovereignty. Rudd Government foreign policy would would need to involve more than fine-tuning.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's Asia Cup victory hides reality of ungovernable society

    • Scott Stephens
    • 08 August 2007
    5 Comments

    The press coverage of Iraq’s surprise victory in the Asian Cup final was — as Ernst Bloch might have put it — full of utopian sentiment. The win was, admittedly, a remarkable achievement, but one that hardly accounted for the sheer exuberance of the outpoured emotion that followed.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Lacedonian Living | Flores Festival

    • Heather Matthew
    • 18 May 2007

    Poems by Heather Matthew.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Anzac Day celebrates humanity, not nationalism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 April 2007
    11 Comments

    The proliferation of flags, the singing of national anthems, and the desire to make Anzac Day emblematic of Australian values, all diminish the real humanity of those who have died, in order to allow another generation to inflate its image of itself.

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