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  • RELIGION

    Eyeballing injustice

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 May 2011
    1 Comment

    Jesuit Social Services recently set up a project in Alice Springs to resource the local parish and local Aborigines who want to take more control of their own lives. If we are to get our teeth into issues of acute injustice, we need to eyeball both the decision makers and those affected by those decisions.

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  • MEDIA

    Shit doesn’t just happen

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 February 2011
    55 Comments

    While it is refreshing to hear politicians speak in unguarded colloquial language from time to time, any human misfortune is demeaned if we believe it is a sufficient explanation to say, as Tony Abbott said of the death of a soldier serving in Afghanistan, 'shit happens'.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Damaged men, desperate deeds

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 16 September 2010
    4 Comments

    The kidnappers' scheme involves humiliating and sometimes physically bullying the young woman as she lays handcuffed to a bed. This makes for nasty, uncomfortable viewing. Surprisingly, love and betrayal emerge as key, poignant themes.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    No equal voting opportunity

    • Moira Byrne Garton
    • 02 September 2010
    9 Comments

    Many of us value our participation in the election and have been excited by the resulting hung parliament. But some adult  citizens cannot be placed on the roll at all, with a significant number of Australians with intellectual disabilities or mental illness disenfranchised.

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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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  • MEDIA

    Polanski's art not greater than his crime

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 16 July 2010
    6 Comments

    The decision by a Swiss judge not to extradite film director Roman Polanski to the US has again triggered the debate about how artists are treated by the law. The case has been running simultaneously to that of Russian musician. The parallels are striking.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Bill of Rights power struggle

    • Jonathan Campton
    • 03 July 2009
    1 Comment

    While day one of the National Human Rights Consultation hearing ended with a growing hope for the rights of the oppressed, day two, dominated by politicians and lawyers, diluted this hope in legalism, fear and falsehoods.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The most expensive bananas in Thailand

    • Harry Nicolaides
    • 09 June 2009
    7 Comments

    Harry Nicolaides was a prisoner at Bangkok Remand Prison from September 2008 to February 2009, held on charges of lèse majesté. There he met Benny Moafi, who is serving a 22-year sentence for a crime he did not commit.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The gospel according to Dostoevsky

    • Cassandra Golds
    • 24 April 2009
    1 Comment

    That Dostoevsky is said to have developed a 'theology of writing' does not mean he arrives forearmed with a set of dogmatic truths. Rather, he practises the narrative and spritual discipline of allowing each character to be heard.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The logic of the Bali death machine

    • Peter Hodge
    • 04 March 2009
    3 Comments

    In Kafka's 'The Penal Colony', a brutal, archaic killing device is valued more highly than the law it enforces. As members of the Bali 9 continue to languish, we ask whether 'because the law says so' is sufficient reason for them to die.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abbott's complex Aboriginal odyssey

    • Brian McCoy
    • 04 September 2008
    11 Comments

    The news Tony Abbott would spend three weeks in a remote Aboriginal community came as a pleasant surprise to many. He gave himself a chance to learn, and his reflections reveal a genuine interest in the lives of the people.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Asylum seeker swap a puzzling policy decision

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 June 2007
    6 Comments

    The fate of those who are found not to be refugees, and of those refugees who are not accepted by the United States, will remain one of torment.

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