author: Andrew Hamilton

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  • RELIGION

    The strengths and shortcomings of Church apologies

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 July 2010
    10 Comments

    Archbishop Denis Hart's letter of apology for sexual abuse by Catholic priests drew a variety of responses. Some expressed gratitude, others found it inadequate. The letter and responses invite broader reflection on the place of letters of apology by leaders of churches.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Not the Pacific Solution

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 July 2010
    27 Comments

    Julia Gillard insists that the centre in East Timor centre would be properly 'run, auspiced and structured'. For the Australian Government to ensure that such a centre respects the human dignity of asylum seekers will be difficult. Similar arrangements with Indonesia were not satisfactory.

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  • RELIGION

    If your income was quarantined

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 24 June 2010
    6 Comments

    If we look at income quarantining as an ethical and not as a political question, it raises many questions. To answer them we would need to look beyond its effectiveness in preventing excessive expenditure on socially undesirable goods like alcohol and pornography.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Memories of refugees

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 June 2010
    5 Comments

    I remember the 250,000 Cambodians in Site Two by the Thai border, and among them Chea, the sister of a friend, who died when the camp was shelled. I remember the many who spent years in Australian detention centres, and the sadness of watching as the light went out of the eyes of those detained for more than six months.

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  • RELIGION

    Am I Catholic enough?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 10 June 2010
    46 Comments

    Eureka Street carries many articles about minority groups whose dignity as human beings is not respected. Those who endorse Catholic teaching on sexuality and the value of human life should rejoice when they see this. To insist on the dignity of those most disregarded in our society is a thoroughly Catholic thing to do. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sympathy for Israel and Palestine

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 June 2010
    14 Comments

    Public conversation about the military actions of Israel is always noisy and combative. Large statements of principle, contradictory stories and ad hominem arguments make evaluation difficult. In reflecting on the events of the past week I found myself returning to my first visit to Israel over 30 years ago.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Coalition's new nasties for asylum seekers

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 31 May 2010
    22 Comments

    The Coalition's new asylum seeker policy returns to the policy it put into practice under Mr Howard, adding new nasties. The Government's asylum seeker policy is bad; the Coalition's is worse. It is designed to appeal to human baseness, not to human generosity.

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  • RELIGION

    Funerals for criminals and abusers

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 May 2010
    23 Comments

    Many Catholics complained Carl Williams was allowed burial in a Catholic Church. Some victims of sexual abuse were angry that bishops and priests glorified the funeral of a priest who had been charged with sexual abuse. These responses reflect a changing understanding of funerals in the Church.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Value lessons from Jessica Watson

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 May 2010
    13 Comments

    The arrival of Jessica Watson back in Australia was small news in cosmic terms, but provoked a great deal of discussion around the coffee pot. Most had to do with values. Some questions said more about the questioners than about the sailor.

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  • RELIGION

    A Christian view of budgets and burqas

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 May 2010
    15 Comments

    This week's headlines have been about elections in the UK, the economy in Greece, and justice and law in Australia regarding banning the burqa and monstering asylum seekers. The way these are played out leaves little room for love, altruism, forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation and freedom, and no space for grace.

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  • MEDIA

    Sympathy for Catherine Deveny

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 May 2010
    22 Comments

    Catherine Deveny's sacking smells of hypocrisy. Some will say that those who live by the sword die by the sword. But in this case it appeared that those who provided her with the sword and encouraged her to use it liberally, stabbed her in the back with it.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Shane Howard's constancy in hard places

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 30 April 2010
    3 Comments

    Most of these could be described as love songs, even when they focus on the land, on values or on people overwhelmed by misery. Although they tap deeply into the darkness of being human, they are sweet and wistful in the hope that animates them.

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