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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Economists and other prophets

    • Brian Matthews
    • 12 August 2009
    3 Comments

    Economists are often, sometimes spectacularly, wrong. But like all prophets, they are unabashed by and unpunished for abject failures. They pop up from each new set of ruins, surprised yet unrepentant, princes of a plethora of evanescent predictions.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The ultrasound

    • David McCooey
    • 23 June 2009

    Your ribs cast a tent of .. light, dramatic and impossible .. your bifurcated brain .. the chambers of your heart .. your spine, your face — surprisingly familiar and haunting

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Getting smart, not tough, on bikies

    • Moira Rayner
    • 07 May 2009
    4 Comments

    No 'group' can be assumed to be full of criminals. Men form friendships out of common, innocuous interests. Laws introduced in NSW interfere with civil liberties and are likely to be ineffective at addressing organised crime.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    SIEV-X questions sink leadership credentials

    • Michael Mullins
    • 15 September 2008
    10 Comments

    Discussion prompted by the publication of Peter Costello's memoirs defines leadership narrowly as the ability to win elections. If the criteria were expanded to include moral fortitude, judgments about leadership would be very different.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Uploading the undead

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 July 2008
    1 Comment

    Cult filmmaker Romero fears that new media has, rather than democratising the news, led to increased tribalism that is divisive rather than unifying. He articulates these fears in his latest high-concept zombie film, Diary of the Dead.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    'Best' essays merit book title's reckless superlative

    • Alexandra Coghlan
    • 13 December 2007

    The recurrence of the ‘big' issues of politics, religion, and sexuality in Best Australian Essays 2007 is predictable enough. But the essays become more interesting when we see particular trends, such as surveillance and the individual's right to privacy, emerge in each.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A brief history of the car bomb

    • Gary Pearce
    • 18 May 2007

    A new book shows how the history of a technology can be used for exploring some of the key forces and events of an age. The future could have us all living in red zones, and subject to surveillance, police checks and suspended civil liberties.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film locates warmth in Stasi darkness

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The Lives of Others is part of the recent wave of acclaimed German films focusing on the country’s troubled 20th century, while simultaneously seeking out stories of hope, inspiration or simple humanity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mexican wave ban reflects sponsor tyranny

    • Colin Long
    • 08 March 2007
    4 Comments

    The construction of new stadiums has been accompanied by increased surveillance and control over the spectator space. Entertainment organised by the stadium managers, which they and their sponsors can make money from, is OK – but spontaneous entertainment is forbidden.

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  • RELIGION

    What’s wrong with Voting for Jesus?

    • Scott Stephens
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    I must confess to growing bored very quickly when I hear that our real problem today is the erosion of spirituality, of belief in a deeper dimension of life, and the consequent rampant materialism. From a properly Christian perspective, the problem today is not materialism, but religion itself.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The highs and lows of substance addiction

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 December 2006

    In a cerebral sci-fi movie, America’s war on drugs emerges as a reflection of the real-world War on Terror, where government forces rage against a demonised and largely faceless enemy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Catastrophe on Australia's doorstep (essay)

    • Peter Cronau
    • 16 October 2006
    2 Comments

    Barely reported by Australia's media, Papua New Guinea's AIDS crisis is on track to cause the collapse of the country's economy, with AusAID forcasting a 37.5% decline in the labour force by 2020.

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