keywords: Disillusionment

  • AUSTRALIA

    The perils of holding the balance of power

    • John Warhurst
    • 30 August 2010
    10 Comments

    Though the Independents are raising expectations about a 'new politics', the forces behind the status quo are strong and the public is fickle. If they fail to deliver they might eventually suffer a backlash, like Kevin Rudd and the Democrats before them.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The election Rudd could have won

    • John Warhurst
    • 23 August 2010
    32 Comments

    The result suggests some fascinating questions. Prime among them is whether Labor panicked and threw away this election when it deposed Kevin Rudd and replaced him with Julia Gillard in June. Would Rudd have done better? The answer is probably yes.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Don't wimp out at the ballot box

    • Edwina Byrne
    • 20 August 2010
    22 Comments

    It would be easy to cast a donkey vote or a vote for a minor party and to thus wash your hands of the responsibility for our governance for the next three or so years. In a representative democracy, a vacuous election represents a lazy polity.

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  • RELIGION

    The decline of Christianity in Australia and America

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 12 June 2009
    8 Comments

    In the Rudd/Obama era there are new parallels and convergences with regard to religion in Australia and the US. The figures may be on the slide, but rumours of the death of Christianity are greatly exaggerated.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Love bytes and pillow fights

    • Andrena Jamieson
    • 26 September 2008
    2 Comments

    Elias' belief in freedom sees him join Che Guevara in an African campaign, and insurgent movements in Angola and Somalia. He learns that ideological commitments mask simpler human desires for riches, revenge, status and sex.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The long, hairy legs of political disillusionment

    • Roger Trowbridge
    • 11 June 2008
    1 Comment

    I knew little about Chinese politics, but it suited me to be seen as a 'leftie', and a green hat with a red star left little room for political ambiguity. What appeared at first as wisps of hair were in fact the legs of a large creature attempting to step off the peak of my cap.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Reinado a product of Timorese trauma

    • Sara Niner
    • 22 February 2008
    4 Comments

    Post-traumatic stress syndrome affects one third of the population of East Timor. Some survive as empathetic, generous and forgiving people. Others, such as late rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, do not.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hope for Iran in rise of moderate Rafsanjani

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 22 January 2007
    1 Comment

    The ascendancy of Hashemi Rafsanjani, who recently won the most votes in elections for the Council of Experts, is seen as a vote of no confidence in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tenure.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Watermark

    • Martin Flanagan
    • 12 June 2006

    Martin Flanagan on Tasmanian Aborigines, Henry Melville and the ABC.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Volatile democracy

    • Dewi Anggraeni
    • 11 May 2006

    The forthcoming presidential elections in Indonesia are certain to surprise.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New ideas

    • Troy Bramston
    • 10 May 2006

    Troy Bramston looks at new ideas in Imagining Australia: Ideas for our future.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Electoral discontent in Italy

    • Peter Hartnett
    • 25 April 2006

    The view from Palermo

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