keywords: Tony Smith

  • AUSTRALIA

    APEC echoes in World Youth Day idealism

    • Tony Smith
    • 18 April 2008
    2 Comments

    In both the Olympic Games and the Catholic Church's World Youth Day, young people advance ideals that could benefit the world. It should not surprise if people committed to international understanding are also committed to universal human rights.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Conscientious athletes need support, not gag

    • Tony Smith
    • 25 March 2008
    1 Comment

    The great hope for the Beijing Olympics was that it would persuade China's government that human rights protection is good diplomacy and good business. The power of persuasion would be lost if conscience-bound competitors are prevented from commenting.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Citizenship test is no joke

    • Tony Smith
    • 11 February 2008
    3 Comments

    The Minister for Immigration insists Labor will retain the citizenship test. Prime Minister Rudd jokes about the need to retain questions on mid-20th century cricket. The new government's credibility on issues of social inclusion is damaged.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Idealists don't own cricket

    • Tony Smith
    • 20 January 2008
    2 Comments

    Cricket is a microcosm of society and the furore over sportsmanship reflects the division of Australia into two classes — the venal, whose ultimate measure of success is the potential for profit, and the naïve, who believe in higher values.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Labor honeymoon could last

    • Tony Smith
    • 12 December 2007

    A new government enjoys public goodwill as it tackles a residue of issues, resentments and injustices. How quickly this dissipates is a measure of the sincerity with which the new government operates. Hopes are high for Rudd Labor.

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  • RELIGION

    Lawyers' role in a democracy

    • Frank Brennan
    • 29 November 2007

    The power of the State can be exercised capriciously and unaccountably when the “Don’t ask; don’t tell” approach to government is immune from parliamentary, judicial or public scrutiny. It is the task of lawyers to make it more difficult for politicians to take this approach.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Good politician

    • Tony Smith
    • 14 November 2007
    1 Comment

    Occasionally individuals manage to defy the negative stereotypes and demonstrate that being a Member of Parliament need not destroy one’s personal integrity. The late Peter Andren, federal member for Calare from 1996 to 2007, was just such an exceptional representative.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Voting with instinct

    • Tony Smith
    • 31 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Some political professionals would like to see the state behave just like the market, operating as a heartless machine for maximising outcomes. However, truly rational electors realise that if the system is to be imbued with compassion and humanity, the heart must play a role no less important than the head.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Value your vote: values and Election 07

    • Staff
    • 25 October 2007

    Eureka Street's ongoing analysis of the Federal Election race, helping you discern your vote at the ballot in November.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Politics is a team sport

    • John Warhurst
    • 17 October 2007
    7 Comments

    Shadow Minister for the Environment Peter Garrett has suffered substantial damage to his reputation over the Tasmanian pulp mill. What Garrett thinks personally doesn't actually matter, other than ultimately to his conscience.

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  • INFORMATION

    A selection of some of the letters regarding Frank Brennan's most recent piece

    • 13 July 2007

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Further challenge to historical record on Aboriginal massacres

    • Tony Smith
    • 11 July 2007
    2 Comments

    A 19th century dispute over rights to whale on Victoria’s western coast saw a massacre of local Aboriginal people. The image of uniformed, white officers appearing in Aboriginal communities, supposedly to restore order and protect children, gives eerie timeliness to an uncompromising new account by Bruce Pascoe.

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