author: Andrew Hamilton

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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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  • MEDIA

    Henson nudes not 'revolting', but demand reflection

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 January 2009
    5 Comments

    The controversy surrounding art photographer Bill Henson's images of nude pubescent children reveals how strongly in our culture runs anxiety about child abuse. As a media event his art has been confused with the commercial exploitation of children. (June 2008)

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  • RELIGION

    How to talk to students

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 December 2008
    9 Comments

    Church political pressure works against engaging young people in meaningful conversation. The value of conversation is often seen to lie less in the search for truth than in articulating positions.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hello, Newman

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 10 December 2008
    2 Comments

    Golden Years is a wonderful resource for reflecting on Catholic life over the last 60 years. The more than 70 former members who offer their memories of the Newman Society also reflect on the way in which their experience in it affected their subsequent lives.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Secret life of a bullied writer

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 December 2008
    4 Comments

    If Manning Clark was oversensitive to criticism, he was also strongly, sometimes brutally, criticised by his peers and by journalists. Matthews' biography presents the relationship between Clark's writing and his dramatic inner world.

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  • RELIGION

    Poor man's pioneer

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 28 November 2008
    21 Comments

    For many young Catholics in the 1960s the defining issue was poverty. An idealistic social activism was part the contemporary culture. Brian Stoney, who died last week, was a significant figure in shaping ways of accompanying the poor.

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  • RELIGION

    Vatican over-indulgence with incentive pay

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 November 2008
    3 Comments

    'About half' was Pope John XXIII's reply to a visitor who asked how many people worked in the Vatican. The Vatican is reportedly updating its employment practices by offering incentive payments based on performance. But these devalue work and represent it purely as a financial transaction.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Economic troubles will not ease climate pain

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 17 November 2008
    4 Comments

    As individuals, we can make a difference through symbolic actions that embolden governments to take big steps. The financial crisis and the urgent needs of threatened island nations need to be factored into a calculation that ensures burdens fall most heavily on those most able to bear them.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The fear detective

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 November 2008
    3 Comments

    The Edmund Rice Centre's Phil Glendenning is is the ordinary gruff Australian bloke abroad - a Merv Hughes or an Ian Chappell, not naturally articulate but enduring and not to be fobbed off with smooth talk. His silent listening is the moral centre of this powerful SBS TV documentary about returned asylum seekers.

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  • RELIGION

    The human cost of ideology

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 November 2008
    10 Comments

    All ideologies, including religions, can rot. They can neglect the view of the human world on which they are based and focus simply on implementing the consequences of their ideas. When this happens the costs in human misery are great.

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  • RELIGION

    Moral relativism's extreme close-up

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 October 2008
    2 Comments

    Two people embrace on a verandah. The camera pulls back to disclose a housing estate, with couples embracing on each verandah. Relativism works like the move from close-up to broad perspective in film, by seeming to deflate the significance of what we have just seen.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Monastic gaze through money myopia

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 October 2008
    11 Comments

    News last week of the death of Dom Placid Spearritt, Abbot of New Norcia Abbey, was set among the daily chronicles of financial collapse around the world. That seemed paradoxical.

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