keywords: National Press Club

  • INTERNATIONAL

    Asylum seekers good for Australia's soul

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 14 August 2009
    11 Comments

    According to P. J. O'Rourke, today's asylum seekers are tomorrow's 'really good Australians'. Australia has established Uighur and Turkish communities and could easily accommodate the few remaining ex-Gitmo Uighurs.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A brief history of Christian student activism

    • Avril Hannah-Jones
    • 07 August 2009
    1 Comment

    The Australian Student Christian Movement was ahead of the mainstream church in its rejection of fundamentalism, its activism, support for ecumenism, and encouragement of lay and female leadership. Since the 1960s it has been a movement in exile.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cousins, Chaser and the court of public morality

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 June 2009
    3 Comments

    What do footballers who give photographers the bird, comedians who make jokes about sick children, boat owners who bring asylum seekers to Australian shores, cooks who swear, and cricketers who drink have in common?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The false nationalism of Anzac Day and football

    • Ruby J. Murray
    • 24 April 2009
    31 Comments

    The hype surrounding the AFL's annual Anzac Day match has reached near-sacred heights. Asking what it means to have football played on Anzac Day is as risky as wondering why the Digger is the most powerful expression of Australian identity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Irish, prisoners of a sacred past

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 17 March 2009
    5 Comments

    St Patrick holds the Irish in a powerful emotional thrall. Parades all over the world honour the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. This week in Northern Ireland, saintly ghosts of the past have been called upon to bless murder.

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  • RELIGION

    Euthanasia: doctors' conscience vs patient rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 March 2009
    2 Comments

    The medical pledge to do no harm no matter what the cost effective benefits, and the conscience of the doctor are still key elements in any law which promotes good medicine. –Frank Brennan, addressing the Medico Legal Society of Victoria

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Olympic Torch a symbol of oppression

    • Michael Mullins
    • 05 January 2009
    2 Comments

    The modern Olympic torch relay was initiated by the Nazi leadership in 1936 to uphold the image of the Third Reich as a dynamic and expanding influence. Those who extinguished the Beijing torch in protest against human rights violations in Tibet recognise its origins and potency as a political symbol. (April 2008)

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  • AUSTRALIA

    God hates fags and bankers

    • Michael Mullins
    • 17 November 2008
    5 Comments

    Senator John McCain's gracious concession speech this month recalled an era when hate was the norm. Big bankers are now being targeted with hate the has been inflicted on gays and other marginalised Americans, but there are better ways to heal America.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Guantanamo's hero of conscience

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 October 2008
    4 Comments

    It's likely the next US president will decide the fate of five Guantanamo Bay detainees. Their charges were dropped last week following an 'act of conscience' from prosecutor Lieut-Colonel Darrel Vandeveld, assisted by Jesuit peace activist John Dear.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Paying the climate change piper

    • Tony Kevin
    • 09 September 2008
    7 Comments

    In The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a town tries to buy a cheap solution to a terrible problem, and their children pay the price. In light of Garnaut's latest, coservative climate change recommendations, it seems we may need a Class 5 tropical cyclone slamming into Brisbane to jolt us into decisive action.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The real money's on humanities

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 September 2008
    10 Comments

    Following Friday's announcement of Nathan Rees as the premier of NSW, media reports highlighted his background as a garbage collector. They neglected to mention he was doing this to fund his honours degree in English Literature at Sydney University.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Nossal's leaky GM defence

    • Charles Rue
    • 08 August 2008
    4 Comments

    During recent media appearances Sir Gustav Nossal has reiterated the same biotech message the pro-GM lobby has peddled for more than a decade. Anti-GM farmers encourage scientific research, but good science should not be equated with GM.

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