Vol 27 No 15

30 July 2017

 Cartoon by Chris Johnston


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ARTS AND CULTURE

An Indian tale of parallel worlds

5 Comments
14 August 2017 | Tony Herbert

xxxxxIt’s Monday, 24 September. The equinox passed a few days ago; the last of the monsoon showers seems to have gone. After Mass on my pre-breakfast walk, I notice the difference: the air fresh without the monsoon humidity, the lush green paddy crops, the dappled green and yellow of the early morning sun on the Sal trees. Out beyond the back of the parish is an unsurfaced road, good for stretching out. I first pass the houses of some of our Catholics, pukka, brick and cement, the fruit of their hard work and years of government employment.

 


CARTOON

White is the new black

1 Comment
14 August 2017 | Fiona Katauskas

 

     This week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.


AUSTRALIA

What's a little lie between friends?

6 Comments
10 August 2017 | Barry Gittins

truth lie‘Would I lie to you? Would I lie to you honey? Now would I say something that wasn't true?’ The Eurythmics’ hit from 1985 has been played repeatedly in my head of late as I negotiate life as a Dad.


ARTS AND CULTURE

A world of majesty and cruelty

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10 August 2017 | Catherine Marshall

xxxxxWe have just taken off from Dubai for St Petersburg. My son is marvelling at the immensity of Dubai’s airport—now officially the busiest in the world. We have stood on a bus—stifling, cramped—and boarded our air-conditioned connecting flight with a deep sense of relief. We have watched the planes lining up behind ours on the shimmering tarmac, and have noted the outside temperature flashing on the screen: 44 degrees Celsius. Thank God we’re getting out of here. 


INTERNATIONAL

The empty moral calculus of Turnbull and Trump

17 Comments
09 August 2017 | Andrew Hamilton

xxxxxThe Turnbull-Trump tapes took one back. For some, it was back to the Watergate Tapes and the innocent years of Richard Nixon. For those of us of a certain age and faith, it was back to the primitive and unenlightened world of Abraham.


ARTS AND CULTURE

The inconvenience of being doomed

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09 August 2017 | Megan Graham

xxxxx'The evening news has become like a nature hike through the Book Of Revelations,' says Al Gore, the politician-cum-climate activist who made waves with his Oscar-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth.


RELIGION

The cruelty at Manus Island

4 Comments
08 August 2017 | Ann Deslandes

Dom Hélder CâmaraAs I write, staff of the Australian immigration authority and their security contractors are working hard to close the detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, where Australia has held over 900 refugees for the last four years.


ARTS AND CULTURE

What writers festivals say about culture

6 Comments
07 August 2017 | Tseen Khoo

xxxxxThe Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) starts on Friday 25 August. It’s a good time to consider what such a festival says about our local cultures, as well as being a perfect time to think about how you relate to that culture. 


CARTOON

Asylum seekers cartoon

07 August 2017 | Fiona Katauskas

 

     This week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Seamus Heaney's poetry workshop

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07 August 2017 | Peter Gebhardt

John Clarke

I found years on that my Birth Certificate

And Christening Documents spelt out a nominal fate

Of which I was totally unaware,

Dragging in English, Irish, German lines of past blood,

Like good stock,

Corriedales and merinos of good fleece.


AUSTRALIA

How much is an Aboriginal youth's life worth?

13 Comments
07 August 2017 | Sandra Norsen

Obituaries pageIn the wake of the Elijah Doughty verdict I find myself considering the implications for my own family and loved ones. I have followed for some time the extraordinary number of American citizens recklessly killed by police (over 700 so far this year and counting) and I am distraught at the disproportionate number of black people, including minors as young as 14 and 15, represented in these statistics. The prejudice and self-righteous bigotry behind these deaths in unconscionable. But until the Elijah Doughty case, I had not considered that this horrific, racially motivated violence does occur so much closer to home.


ARTS AND CULTURE

The fear conundrum

13 Comments
06 August 2017 | Michael D. Breen

Silhouette in mistHow much fear do we want? Enough of it preserves our lives. Too much of it diminishes our lives. Currently, the balance is skewed by an overload of fear. Anxiety, its clinical name, is in epidemic proportions.


INTERNATIONAL

A terrifying new arms race

4 Comments
06 August 2017 | Todor Shindarov

xxxxxToday’s highly technological era amazes us with possibilities for human growth and innovation, but in our amazement we often forget to tackle various pitfalls. Arguably, the biggest risk is the emerging military technology, about which there are many unanswered questions. We are faced with many uncertainties: security risks due to loss of competitiveness, potential control over advanced weapons by terrorists and, most importantly, reduced comprehension by the wider society—let alone any participation in the decision making process, as the frenzied pace of technological development increases.


AUSTRALIA

Time to protect vulnerable university students

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03 August 2017 | Fatima Measham

Malcolm TurnbullThis week, the Australian Human Rights Commission released Change the Course. It is a landmark report into sexual assault and harassment at universities. The undertaking was propelled by survivors, student leaders and support organisations.


The evils of the weapons industry

14 Comments
03 August 2017 | Andrew Hamilton

xxxxxDefence Minister Christopher Pyne recently called for an expansion of the Australian weapons industry. It would enable Australia to join the United States and Britain as a major exporter of weapons and further Australia’s strategic goals. The move has a logic: if you want weapons it is cheaper to make them than buy them; if you make them it is more profitable to sell them to others than to keep them all for yourself; if you sell them it is best to sell them to your friends.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Inter-racial marriages finally get some attention

3 Comments
02 August 2017 | Megan Graham

xxxxxAbout one in six newlyweds in the United States is involved in a ‘mixed marriage’, according to the Pew Research Center. At home, the percentage is higher; in 2009 approximately 42 per cent of marriages involved at least one partner who was not born in Australia.


AUSTRALIA

The future of work and what employers expect

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02 August 2017 | Kate Galloway

Michael SukkarMy research lately has focussed on the future of work. In particular, I've been interested in what's known as the graduate outlook: what employers expect of university graduates and how university graduates have fared in terms of work. I've looked more broadly than this, into expectations of how work generally is expected to change, and I've looked more narrowly too, at the future of lawyers' work.


The bi-partisanship shame of refugee policy

29 Comments
01 August 2017 | Frank Brennan

NAIDOC Week 2017 posterWhat possessed Filippo Grandi, the relatively new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to go public last week, having a go at Australia for our government’s treatment of unvisaed asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat? He repeated UNHCR’s demand that Australia terminate offshore processing of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island and that we not outsource our responsibilities to others.


ARTS AND CULTURE

In defence of hope

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01 August 2017 | John Ellison Davies

JudgeWhy do we get out of bed in the morning? Out of habit certainly, but at some level we have to believe that in the day ahead we may make some small incremental progress toward our goals, whatever they may be. A small improvement in the garden. The flourish of a job well done. We must have hope that we will find some joy in the day, some satisfaction that brings a sense of well-being.


RELIGION

It is time to stop equivocating about domestic violence

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31 July 2017 | Sean Lau

xxxxxAs the responses poured in to the ABC’s story on domestic violence in evangelical churches, I was reminded of the discomfort Saint Augustine showed, in The Confessions, towards his father beating his mother. But he still praised his mother for placating her husband to avoid beatings, and for criticising wives who were beaten. Augustine, then, while possibly opposing domestic violence, had no idea what to do about it, and endorsed behaviour that made it worse.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Awareness Campaign and Despair Stalks

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31 July 2017 | Haley Joray Arnold and Cassandra Golds

xxxxxYou used to have feet like a Russian ballerina/Arches (like ones plebeians would stand under, lose their breath for a moment)/The weight they carry remarkable for the/Tiny bones inside ... Despair stalks the house/Outside, like weather/Inside, like air/It has no form ...


RELIGION

Ordinary Catholics must help with reform

38 Comments
30 July 2017 | Kevin Liston

xxxxxThere are many reform movements active in the Catholic Church. Most seem to focus on changing the structures and systems of the church, on reshaping doctrinal positions and updating teachings. Organisational reform is necessary and long overdue but there is also need for a complementary movement among ordinary Catholics.

 


ECONOMICS

Outlawing smoking for the young is a social responsibility

7 Comments
30 July 2017 | Collince Adienge

xxxxxWhen limitations are placed on an individual’s liberty some people will call it bureaucracy or tyranny; others will say that they have been denied an opportunity to make decisions. The common sense middle position is typically that freedoms should be protected if they do not infringe on other peoples’ rights.