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  • RELIGION

    Educating leaders for the contemporary Australian Church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 October 2008

    'Lee and Christine Rush are your average Ozzie couple, except that their teenage son Scott is on death row in Bali having been convicted of being a hapless drug mule. It will not go down well on the streets of Jakarta if Australians are baying for the blood of the Bali bombers one month and then pleading to save our sons and daughters the next month.'

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The new Indigenous affairs orthodoxy

    • Myrna Tonkinson
    • 11 September 2008
    11 Comments

    An emerging school of thought claims that substance abuse is the cause, not the symptom, of the present-day Indigenous crisis. Such myths give an inadequate account for the situation, and fail to provide prescriptions for change.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Matters of life and deaf

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 25 August 2008
    9 Comments

    Imagine the horror of a completely silent world. The deaf person requires strategies: they must make requests, or provide tactful reminders. Lip-reading is a useful skill, but beards and moustaches can provide difficulty.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abuse comments fuel sectarian prejudice

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 25 July 2008
    21 Comments

    Sheik Hilaly compared rape victims to 'uncovered meat'. Bishop Anthony Fisher stated parents of abuse victims were 'dwelling crankily on old wounds'. Unequal criticism of the remarks suggests sexual assault has been appropriated as a cultural or sectarian wedge.

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  • RELIGION

    Church abuse protocol is no joke

    • Frank Brennan
    • 22 July 2008
    27 Comments

    Pope Benedict's apology to abuse victims included a directive to the local church to extend compassion and justice. The Church's 'Towards Healing' protocol is not a cheap substitute for criminal prosecution or civil liability.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Growing up Greek

    • Dimitrios Bouras
    • 04 June 2008
    4 Comments

    In Australia I had never been taunted because of my migrant father, but after moving to Greece I was ridiculed and bullied because I was half-foreign, and because my mother was entirely so. I began to do my best to deny her existence.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Remembering Hassan

    • Bernard Appassamy
    • 21 May 2008
    6 Comments

    Before the advent of imported ready-to-wear in the late '70s, Mauritians had all their clothes and furnishings custom-made. Hassan's was the oldest fabric shop on the island and, in its heyday, the biggest. Hassan was a mountain-like figure, always on my horizon

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What nuns contributed to patient care

    • Frank Bowden
    • 16 May 2008
    10 Comments

    Modern hospital management theory recognises the importance of workplace culture but doesn't know how to create one that works for the sick. Hosptials need to recapture a philosophy of practice that is lived, not written down in unread mission statements.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Workplace pranksters become intolerable bullies

    • Moira Rayner
    • 12 May 2008
    4 Comments

    The Troy Buswell saga has highlighted the issues of workplace bulling and sexual harassment. Employees and management need to work to undermine the look-away culture that allows such behaviour to flourish.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    'Meaningless' maths gives way to compulsory multilingualism

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 24 April 2008
    31 Comments

    What Mozart and Michelangelo did with music and art, Maxwell and Euler did with numbers. But students would be better off learning a compulsory second language, rather than maths with little real-world application.

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  • RELIGION

    Amplifying the 'still, small voice' of indigenous rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 April 2008
    5 Comments

    The Rudd Government is consulting and working out what to do about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The symbolism of reversing Australia's vote against the Declaration would need to be matched by more work in partnership with indigenous Australians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A great leap year for reconciliation

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 29 February 2008
    2 Comments

    According to the Ethiopian ecclesiastical calendar, a leap year belongs to St Luke. Having made its national apology to the Stolen Generations, for Australia this leap year has more in common with China's Great Leap Forward.

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