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  • AUSTRALIA

    Imagining peace at Christmas

    • Val Yule
    • 18 December 2007
    6 Comments

    On an anniversary of September 11, President Bush attended a church service that included the Beatitudes as one of the readings. If the preacher had continued on a few verses, he would have been telling the President and people to love their enemies and do good to those that hate them.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Letter from 'social inclusion' Senator

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 05 December 2007
    1 Comment

    Labor has adopted social inclusion as an organising principle of the nation's social and economic policy. Social inclusion is about recognising that economic prosperity in and of itself is not enough: it is central to the work of government to make sure that this prosperity leaves no-one behind.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bob Collins, larger than life Labor minister

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007
    6 Comments

    We come to bid farewell to Robert Lindsay Collins, the proud Territorian, the larger than life Leader of the Opposition and Labor Minister, the loving father of Robbie, Libby and Daniel, the faithful spouse of Rosemary, and raucous friend of many of us gathered here today in St Mary's Cathedral Darwin.

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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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  • AUSTRALIA

    Respect for politicians who represent all of us is crucial

    • Frank Brennan
    • 12 September 2007
    8 Comments

    I agree with the New South Wales bishops that persons with respect for human life should vote against stem cell legislation. However, I will continue to respect the conscience of those politicians who say that they have to legislate for all citizens including those who do not share their religious and philosophical presuppositions.

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  • RELIGION

    Hip-pocket implications of real jobs in remote communities

    • Frank Brennan
    • 22 August 2007
    13 Comments

    We are now entering a new phase in Aboriginal policy. It is not just about protecting the children, and the latter phase will challenge taxpayers. Real jobs and real services don't come cheap in remote Australia, regardless of the community's racial identity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    More than enough ministerial discretion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 22 August 2007
    1 Comment

    Flawed process and flawed substance characterise the Northern Territory emergency response legislation, which has been rushed through Parliament in the past fortnight. It raises major questions about whether our parliamentary processes ensure adequate scrutiny of poposed legislation.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Make foolish haste while the Treasurer smiles through gritted teeth

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 August 2007

    Opinion polls suggest the ALP's "me too" strategy is enhancing their electibility. But in the end, Australians may just stick with the devil they know. "It's time" may have worked for Gough Whitlam, but only time will tell whether "Kevin 07" will do the same for Kevin Rudd.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    When governments stop listening to advice

    • Jack Waterford
    • 08 August 2007
    3 Comments

    Interviewed a year ago for the biography John Winston Howard, Treasurer Peter Costello complained about the Government's binge spending. Since then, the PM has committed many billions more, and given every indication the pace of spending will increase enormously between now and the election.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mersey Hospital fix sets scene for wider turmoil

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 08 August 2007

    The Prime Minister's decision to take over funding of Devonport's Mersey Hospital seems to fly in the face of rational analysis of service delivery capacity of the area. It does not set a promising precedent for the health planning prowess on the part of the Commonwealth.

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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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  • AUSTRALIA

    Boots on the ground cannot replace faces in a community

    • Jack Waterford
    • 27 June 2007
    5 Comments

    Three decades ago, a task force was commissioned by the Commonwealth to tackle a national disaster among Aborigines. Today's is much more problematic, with cops, then with army officers, then some doctors not yet consulted or organised, and no sense of engagement with the service providers on the ground, let alone the objects of the attention.

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