author: Andrew Hamilton

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bad business goes beyond individuals

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 30 April 2009
    10 Comments

    Richard Pratt's death focused attention on his collusion in price fixing. Judgments against James Hardie focused on their former Chair, Meredith Hellicar. This focus on individuals risks losing sight of the social implications of the way business is conducted.

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  • RELIGION

    Kevin Rudd and the problem of evil

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 April 2009
    25 Comments

    With uncharacteristic vehemence, Mr Rudd said people smugglers could rot in hell. This kind of language echoes the tabloid characterisation of people who have done foul deeds as monsters. The Christian view of evil is more complex.

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  • RELIGION

    Greedy Easter story

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 April 2009
    4 Comments

    The Easter story suggests we should not expect a new economic order in which greed and short-term interests will yield to humane values. Easter doesn't make the mistrust go away. But it does confront cynicism and apathy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    On Roos 'Chookgate' and footy's duty of care

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 April 2009
    9 Comments

    North Melbourne's demeaning chicken sex video is just the latest of the 'boys behaving badly' stories that regularly beset footy. In professional sports, young people no longer simply play for clubs. They are entrusted to them.

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  • RELIGION

    Dissecting rebel priest's heresy

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 01 April 2009
    44 Comments

    One of the strongest accusations you can make against Christians is that they deny the divinity of Christ. This accusation was made, far too hastily, against Fr Peter Kennedy, on the basis of his appeareance on the ABC's Q&A.

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  • RELIGION

    The Pope, condoms and AIDS

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 26 March 2009
    20 Comments

    The Pope's criticism of condoms was forged in a Western context, but reflects an aspect of the African experience of AIDS. There, a value-free Western strategy has been inadequate because it does not deal with important cultural factors.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why Good Friday should not be gambled

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 19 March 2009
    12 Comments

    Arguments for preserving Good Friday are based on respect for Christians, or the benefits to society of a day free from work. Neither argument is conclusive. Perhaps it is helpful to ask, why should there be any public holidays at all?

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  • RELIGION

    Obama's challenge to the Church

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 26 February 2009
    22 Comments

    The standard by which the most vocal Catholic Bishops judged Obama was his position on abortion, same sex marriages, and on the use of embryos for research. Obama has done the churches a favour by stealing their clothing.

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  • RELIGION

    Putting the flame to blame

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 February 2009
    12 Comments

    A compulsive fire lighter sets fire to a few leaves. The fire grows and ends up causing many deaths. While it is momentarily satisfying to find someone on whom to fix blame for the fires, it is unhelpful to be fixated in blame.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Humanity endures in bushfire tragedy

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 February 2009
    9 Comments

    During the financial turmoil this summer, images of fire have abounded. The economy is 'going into meltdown'. Shareholdings 'turn to ashes'. This weekend's bushfires make us ask instinctively what really matters.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Dissident bishops and the case for church unity

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 February 2009
    19 Comments

    Pope Benedict's decision to lift the excommunication of four dissident Bishops has caused controversy. The decision raises wider questions about the unity of the Catholic Church, which bear on a current conflict within the Church in Brisbane.

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  • MEDIA

    Ethics of a hoax

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 28 January 2009
    9 Comments

    On first reading how Quadrant was deceived into publishing a spurious article, I laughed. My laughter, however, turned into sympathy, and even to apprehension. I recognised how vulnerable Eureka Street could be to such a high class sting.

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