Section: Australia

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Debate confuses national curriculum with national standards

    • Greg O'Kelly
    • 02 April 2007
    3 Comments

    Australia is ranked 29th internationally in the teaching of maths and science. To suggest that a national curriculum would raise such a ranking is a non sequitur. Curriculum is about content. It's standards that refer to performance measurement.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mahathir Mohamad embraces human rights?

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    Malaysia's colourful former Prime Minister is setting up a war crimes tribunal, to "assuage the pain that has been suffered by so many people in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and elsewhere". Mahathir, it seems, hopes to reinvent the wheel, and a rickety one at that.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Notable absence as a political tool

    • Chloe Wilson
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    The Prime Minister attended the funeral of Jake Kovco, the first Australian casualty in Iraq. However, he did not attend that of Mark Bingley, a Blackhawk captain who died whilst on duty in Fiji. Absences are not simple events. They often make political statements.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Children must be raised, not idolised

    • Daniel Donahoo
    • 08 March 2007
    6 Comments

    Our idolising of childhood and youth means we treat them like demi-gods, and in doing so fail to honour their humanity. UNICEF research shows that the overall health and well-being of Australian children is poor compared with those in most other developed countries.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mexican wave ban reflects sponsor tyranny

    • Colin Long
    • 08 March 2007
    4 Comments

    The construction of new stadiums has been accompanied by increased surveillance and control over the spectator space. Entertainment organised by the stadium managers, which they and their sponsors can make money from, is OK – but spontaneous entertainment is forbidden.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    To make call on Iraq war requires more than machismo

    • David Corlett
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    Pacifist and radical Christian Ammon Hennessy said that courage without love and wisdom is foolhardiness. The longer the war in Iraq continues, the more the decision to invade looks to have been made on the basis of this sort of courage.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Howard's blowtorch applied to Rudd's belly

    • Jack Waterford
    • 08 March 2007
    2 Comments

    Much of the little the public know about Kevin Rudd is about his mind, and that they seem to like. But so far they have little feeling for his heart, his instincts, his character, and how he responds to pressure.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Guilt by association no way to judge politicians

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    Jesus Christ was put to death, ostensibly because he ate with sinners and tax collectors. We can have good meetings with bad people, and bad meetings with good people. Being able to tell the difference is what reflects our moral substance.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Community trust the vital ingredient in refugee resettlement

    • Ben Fraser
    • 27 February 2007

    The recent 'racist firestorm' in Tamworth highlights gaps in the onshore component of the Australia's refugee resettlement program. These deficiencies have a significant bearing on the transition process for newly arrived asylum seekers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mending lives burned and different

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 February 2007

    Those who are rejected by their peers live their lives on the edge, in much the same way as others whose lives are upturned by bushfires. In the end, they are often richer for the experience.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Psychology of the PM's Obama critique

    • Gill Straker-Bryce
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Association is the mechanism used by the advertising industry to sell its products, and we are all susceptible to its influence. We need to understand the psychological processes that inform us as we come to judge not only parties and policies, but individual politicians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Catholic Social Services have a role to play in pregnancy counselling

    • Joe Caddy
    • 27 February 2007
    5 Comments

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