Keywords: Metaphors

  • AUSTRALIA

    Politics must be more than noise

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 August 2010
    2 Comments

    The public sphere is often spoken of as debate, conversation, market place, or theatre. The dominant image this election campaign suggests have been of monologue and static. There is not much point in a public space if you can't hear yourself think there.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    My story of God

    • Various
    • 09 March 2010
    1 Comment

    it’s a god of sugar, a god of shallow forgives, it’s a god of stained truth and glass asunder.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Former politicians make incestuous lobbyists

    • John Warhurst
    • 26 August 2009
    2 Comments

    The process of making public policy shouldn't be like a school reunion. Former politicians have a right to do what they like after leaving Parliament, but those who opt to serve the community sector, rather than hanging around politics, are to be admired.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    On not beating cancer

    • Brian Doyle
    • 04 February 2009
    13 Comments

    A nun once said cancer is a dance partner you don't like, but with whom you have to dance, and either you die or the cancer fades into the darkness at the other end of the ballroom. The words we use about cancers and wars matter more than we know.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The long, hairy legs of political disillusionment

    • Roger Trowbridge
    • 11 June 2008
    1 Comment

    I knew little about Chinese politics, but it suited me to be seen as a 'leftie', and a green hat with a red star left little room for political ambiguity. What appeared at first as wisps of hair were in fact the legs of a large creature attempting to step off the peak of my cap.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    How the West was warped

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 17 April 2008

    Cartoonist Bruce Petty has crafted a film as ambitious and chaotic as its title suggests. Global Haywire pastes talking head interviews alongside outrageous animated satire to create a political cartoonist's answer to a schoolboy scrapbook.

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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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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Heave heavy individualism

    • Daniel J. P.
    • 14 November 2007

    Well-appointed prospects but ill-advised devices | And improper solutions prompting mixed sugar and spices.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Don't just do something, sit there and listen

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 July 2007
    7 Comments

    The most telling questions about the PM's plan to fix Aboriginal communities focus on the involvement of the police and military. These reveal not just the absence of any broader strategy, but they also echo of the war metaphor that has been so prevalent over the past eleven years.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Crowded depiction of 1960s America

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 08 March 2007

    Director Emilio Estevez has squeezed many big-name actors, and signifcant social and cultural events of 1960s USA, into his film about the assassination of popular presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy.

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  • RELIGION

    What’s wrong with Voting for Jesus?

    • Scott Stephens
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    I must confess to growing bored very quickly when I hear that our real problem today is the erosion of spirituality, of belief in a deeper dimension of life, and the consequent rampant materialism. From a properly Christian perspective, the problem today is not materialism, but religion itself.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Thorpie proves mortality is no vice

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 11 December 2006

    In the end, Thorpe was swimming against himself. There were rivals, but there was nothing left, other than the treadmill of performances. The admission came in his last conference: "I needed a closing point." There is reason for him to be proud.

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