author: Frank Brennan

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  • RELIGION

    Protecting human rights in the next Federal Parliament - Frank Brennan

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    There are times when we Australians get the balance between national interest and individual liberty wrong, especially when the individual is a member of a powerless minority. One way of improving the balance is including the judiciary in the calculus, as has now happened in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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  • RELIGION

    Sir Ronald Wilson's life in compartments

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 October 2007

    At his swearing in as a High Court judge, Sir Ronald Wilson noted the significance of rich personal relationships. Early in his career he forged links with police and lawyers, becoming known as a ruthless prosecutor. Later it was with members of the Stolen Generation, who held him in high regard and with great affection.

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  • RELIGION

    The impact of leaky asylum boats on the Federal Election

    • Frank Brennan
    • 19 September 2007
    4 Comments

    The Howard Government must be given credit for increasing the size of our migration program, including the refugee and humanitarian component. But the deliberations of civil society should provide a fair go for all refugees, including those who arrive by boat without a visa.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Respect for politicians who represent all of us is crucial

    • Frank Brennan
    • 12 September 2007
    8 Comments

    I agree with the New South Wales bishops that persons with respect for human life should vote against stem cell legislation. However, I will continue to respect the conscience of those politicians who say that they have to legislate for all citizens including those who do not share their religious and philosophical presuppositions.

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  • RELIGION

    Hip-pocket implications of real jobs in remote communities

    • Frank Brennan
    • 22 August 2007
    13 Comments

    We are now entering a new phase in Aboriginal policy. It is not just about protecting the children, and the latter phase will challenge taxpayers. Real jobs and real services don't come cheap in remote Australia, regardless of the community's racial identity.

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  • RELIGION

    Suspect motivations behind stark Government rhetoric

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 June 2007
    45 Comments

    The Prime Minister has said, “We are dealing with children of the tenderest age who have been exposed to the most terrible abuse”. He asks, “What matters more: the constitutional niceties, or the care and protection of young children?" It is not a choice of one or the other.

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  • RELIGION

    Book Review: Frank Brennan answers atheist manifestos

    • Frank Brennan
    • 05 June 2007
    6 Comments

    There can be no peace unless believers and atheists share an equal place in the public square of a free and democratic society.

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Faith-Based Conscience in a Pluralist Democracy

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2007

    Links to the full text and audio of the speech delivered by Frank Brennan SJ at the Australian Catholic University on 29 July.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Master mixer of politics and religion

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2007
    5 Comments

    One of Jesuit congressman Robert Drinan's political claims to fame was that he had moved the first motion of impeachment against Richard Nixon. He showed that the mix of politics and religion on Capitol Hill was difficult, especially concerning abortion.

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  • RELIGION

    All are one before the law

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2007
    7 Comments

    The last state authorised execution in Australia—that of Ronald Ryan—occurred 40 years ago last week. 12 year old Frank Brennan felt it was wrong. His adolescent moral sensibilities found resonance in public debate, law reform and policy change.

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  • RELIGION

    Confessions of a land rights advocate

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 December 2006
    2 Comments

    It could be time to think of abandoning the present system of native land title, which mainly benefits lawyers. A better system may be an arbitral system that declares what the rights of the parties ought to be according to the justice and circumstances of the individual case. From 16 May 2006.

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  • RELIGION

    Emotional and intellectual tensions rising in cloning debate

    • Frank Brennan
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    As senators reflected on the role of religious thinking in discussion of embryonic cloning, Senator Kay Patterson responded testily to Bishop Anthony Fisher: "Dear me, I might be excommunicated!" This week, the Australian Catholic University brings together two Catholic medical scientists, and two Catholic ethicists, with opposing views.

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