author: Andrew Hamilton

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  • RELIGION

    Different song, but new Jesuit leader 'on message'

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 January 2008

    Recently elected Jesuit Superior General Fr Adolfo Nicolás briefed journalists earlier this week. While a comparison with a recent speech of Pope Benedict points to a difference in method, there is a singleness of purpose.

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  • RELIGION

    The 'me first' election

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 December 2007

    In the election campaign the peoples' choice and their sovereignty often seemed to be defined simply as an arbitrary power to choose, with self-interest the only motivation. In the first week of the campaign, tax cuts trumped tax cuts.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Love and politics in that order

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 December 2007

    Vinnies founder Frederic Ozanam kept a single-minded focus on the faces of the poor in 19th century France, while at the same time playing the role that churches and church organisations need to play in political life.

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  • RELIGION

    How to find God in ordinary human hope

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 December 2007
    2 Comments

    Pope Benedict's encyclical Spe Salvi assumes the fragmentation of hope in today's world will not be addressed simply by the secular world adding God to its limited hopes. Instead it involves the nurturing of a Christian imagination that overcomes the breach between divine and human.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Dorothy Day and the price of pacifism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 November 2007
    5 Comments

    There is more behind pacifism than intellectual conviction. For Dorothy Day, pacifism found a central place in a life of intellectual enquiry, hospitality to the poorest of people and protest against injustice. Her emphasis on pacifism remained constant and costly.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Silence has the last word

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 14 November 2007

    The energy of Alex Miller's novel Landscape of Farewell comes from the paradox that is often manifest when people of very different cultures come together and words fail them. Out of their silence can come words more profound than the individuals could have spoken alone.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cousins story proves AFL is more than a game

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 November 2007
    2 Comments

    Ben Cousins is likely to be charged with bringing the game of AFL football into disrepute. But even though a broad group of people have an interest in football, how can their interest legitimately demand such a strong responsibility on the part of players and clubs that they can be penalised heavily if they fail to exercise it?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    What Richard Dawkins believes

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 31 October 2007
    1 Comment

    For Richard Dawkins, excitement about the visible world leads only to analytical questions. The task of those who oppose this view is to describe the richness of the alternative.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Christmas Island lesser of two evils, but not good

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Compared to that on Nauru, the Christmas Island detention facility might seem to be surrounded by calm seas. But it is exposed by distance, and if a storm of government hostility to asylum seekers blows again, the processes of determining claims there appear to leave asylum seekers dangerously exposed.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Sudanese refugees: The year the doves got smart (includes Andrew Hamilton's reply to critics)

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 October 2007
    11 Comments

    Whether the African component of the immigration quota has been reduced too sharply is a matter of judgment. But it is part of the necessary business of government to evaluate the relative need of different groups, and also to ask which groups of refugees will best be helped by resettlement.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The urbane and inclusive vision of Edmund Rice

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 03 October 2007
    4 Comments

    In a time of perplexity about Catholicism and religion generally, the perspective of Christian Brothers' founder Edmund Rice is strongly anchored in a faith focused on the neediest groups in society. It points us towards recognising the good values and motives of those with whom we differ.

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  • RELIGION

    Reasonable security a better bet than total security

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 19 September 2007
    3 Comments

    The internal logic of total security regards the dignity of people who stand in the way, as dispensable. Once respect for some human beings is treated as optional, the human dignity of those offered security becomes equally dispensable.

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