Search Results: Alfred Deakin

  • RELIGION

    Seeking a true new start for all job seekers and workers

    • Frank Brennan
    • 08 November 2017

    'We need to recommit to work for all those who are able and willing. We need to recommit to social assistance for all those who are not able. We need to ensure that a life of frugal dignity is within the grasp of all citizens.' 2017 Rerum Novarum Oration by Fr Frank Brennan SJ

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rehabilitating Abbott

    • Fatima Measham
    • 12 October 2015
    18 Comments

    Australia has a long line of prime ministers whose standing has been propped up over time. Edmund Barton was a racist; Alfred Deakin spoke against 'undesirable coloured aliens'. The passage of time tends to extract the essential parts of a prime minister's stint, which is how complex figures like Whitlam, Fraser, Keating and Howard end up being rehabilitated in collective memory. It's hard to tell whether there is enough complexity in Abbott and his time as prime minister to enable such restoration.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Post-sanctions Iran will be force for stability

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 24 July 2015
    2 Comments

    Iran’s nuclear deal with the UN represents a major breakthrough that could lead to more peace and stability in the region, despite what the critics say. Its policy towards Islamic State is actually much closer to that of the US and the UK than any other country in the region. Convergence of interest against this common enemy could open other doors of dialogue with the West and start a relationship that is no longer hostage to the nuclear issue.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The religious beliefs of Australia's prime ministers

    • John Warhurst
    • 11 November 2010
    12 Comments

    Nine prime ministers have been observant Christians. Two have been conventional Christians. Ten have been nominal Christians. Five have been articulate atheists or agnostics. One was a nominal atheist or agnostic.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Australia racist? Well, der!

    • Bill Collopy
    • 25 August 2010
    11 Comments

    X people work hard. Y people are natural athletes. Z people treat the world like they own it. Q people are violent. R people are drunkards. S people mistreat women. V people are queue jumpers. Racial generalising becomes racist only if we accept its false premise.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Rudd and the art of talking in circles

    • Bill Collopy
    • 05 May 2010
    7 Comments

    Kevin Rudd has raised circumlocution to an art since coming to office. But recently his polysyllabic heart rate seems to have slowed. What's changed? Could it be the patter of Tony feet? Time to restart that 'working families' mantra: plain prose beats purple.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Welcome workers from 'bipolar' Pacific

    • Jonathan Ritchie
    • 29 August 2008
    5 Comments

    Papua New Guineans have an abiding regard for Australia, and know far more about Australia than we do about their country. The introduction of the guest worker scheme sends a message to the Pacific of trust and respect.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Family policy grapples with modern complexities

    • John Button
    • 16 April 2007
    4 Comments

    The social policies of the Australia's past worked reasonably well in protecting people from serious poverty. But now we require new policies providing a similar sense of security and contemporary relevance.

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  • INFORMATION

    Peace drums in Europe

    • Michael McKernan, Frank O’Shea, Mark Deasey, Morag Fraser, John Carmody, Brigid Hains, Pip Robertson
    • 03 July 2006

    Peace drums, Irish visitor, Travellers’ tales, Epiphanies, Deep structure, Counter-terrorism kits, Circling the square

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The shores of the past

    • Jane Mayo Carolan
    • 29 April 2006

    Jane Carolan enjoys an encounter with Barry Hill in The Enduring Rip: A History of Queenscliffe.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Positive influences

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 25 April 2006

    How do people decide when to stop clapping after a performance?  The progress of fads and fashions—in thought, opinion or consumer behaviour—can be described by one of the laws of magnetism.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No wannabes or posers

    • D.L. Lewis
    • 21 April 2006

    D. L. Lewis welcomes Robert Holden’s Crackpots, Rebels and Ratbags.

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