keywords: Pragmatism

  • AUSTRALIA

    Grandeur and banality as Obama ascends

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 21 January 2009
    4 Comments

    One reporter described the crowd gathered for the inauguration as a 'mass of humanity' with 'children living their history'. How Obama's leadership takes shape will be a point of curiosity and perhaps a dread. But in searching for consensus, Obama has started well.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gay 'justice' suits pragmatic pollies

    • Deborah Singerman
    • 07 October 2008
    9 Comments

    Gay equality is a touchstone by which to measure politicians' moderate credentials. Turnbull's support is not totally altruistic: the inner-Sydney seat he represents has one of Australia's largest gay and lesbian populations.

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  • RELIGION

    The terror that ended World War II

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 June 2008
    9 Comments

    Many Australians still believe US President Harry Truman made the right decision in authorising the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Philosopher Michael Walzer calls it an act of terrorism designed 'to spread fear across a nation and force the surrender of its government'.

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan's Cardinal Newman Lecture, March 2008

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 June 2008

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Terrorist fear exposes Dutch intolerance

    • Ashlea Scicluna
    • 20 May 2008
    19 Comments

    The popular perception of the Netherlands as a tolerant country is only a half-truth. Most Dutch rarely mix with the Islamic population, fearing Islam will encroach upon the traditional values of Dutch identity. The nation has failed to understand and accept its Muslim population.

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan replies to Tony Abbott on religion in politics

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Echoes of Calwell in Sudanese refugee cut

    • David Holdcroft
    • 17 October 2007
    6 Comments

    Is Australia's refugee resettlement program primarily intended to help asylum seekers, or assist Australia's economy and nation-building? We need to ask on which set of values we want to base our society.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Smart hospitals need good policy more than clever politics

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 03 October 2007

    Political leaders attribute hospital crises to administrative bungles rather than a lack of political oversight or investment. But they can't continue to put off dealing with the rising public frustration at the inadequacy of the system's capacity to meet the demand of an ageing population.

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Canberra Launch Speech - Kevin Rudd MP

    • 27 February 2007

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Spain's hard line makes illegal immigration more dangerous

    • Anthony Ham
    • 04 September 2006

    Europe and Africa lie just 14km apart across the Straits of Gibraltar which separate Spain from Morocco, but when it comes to living standards, there is no wider gulf between neighbours anywhere in the world.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Shake, rattle and roll with John Howard

    • Brendan Long
    • 21 August 2006

    Unnerved in the knowledge that the Government is hurting over the pain to families from record petrol prices, the Prime Minister grabs the lectern at the dispatch box a bit too tightly and strives to make eye contact with the cameras as his staff have instructed.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Morag Fraser, Brett Evans, Juliette Hughes, Gordon Lewis
    • 08 July 2006

    Reviews of the films The Quiet American; Tadpole; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Lovely & Amazing and The Fellowship of the Ring (extended version DVD).

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