keywords: Bill Rush

  • RELIGION

    Lawyers' role in a democracy

    • Frank Brennan
    • 29 November 2007

    The power of the State can be exercised capriciously and unaccountably when the “Don’t ask; don’t tell” approach to government is immune from parliamentary, judicial or public scrutiny. It is the task of lawyers to make it more difficult for politicians to take this approach.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Writers miss out on election handouts

    • Rocky Wood
    • 14 November 2007
    1 Comment

    Elite sportspeople are often lauded by the Prime Minister. But we need to go back to the Whitlam era to find a government that has actively and significantly supported writers and other artists.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Opinion polls still point to a new Prime Minister

    • Jack Waterford
    • 25 October 2007
    2 Comments

    Jack Waterford writes that Australia is likely to have a new government by December 2007.

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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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  • 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

    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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  • AUSTRALIA

    More than enough ministerial discretion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 22 August 2007
    1 Comment

    Flawed process and flawed substance characterise the Northern Territory emergency response legislation, which has been rushed through Parliament in the past fortnight. It raises major questions about whether our parliamentary processes ensure adequate scrutiny of poposed legislation.

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  • INFORMATION

    A selection of some of the letters regarding Frank Brennan's most recent piece

    • 13 July 2007

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Apple's iPhone illustrates 'feature creep' scourge

    • James Massola
    • 11 July 2007
    4 Comments

    New features, whether we need them or not, have become the hook used to capture new customers. The past fortnight's scramble for the iPhone in the US has shown that consumers are only too willing to pay for features they will probably never need.

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  • RELIGION

    The baby Jesus and the business of welfare

    • Kate Mannix
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    The poignant story of the poor baby born in a stable is a reminder that God-with-us means God for every last one of us. Yet it is becoming apparent that God's caritas is being appropriated for the political convenience of the State.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Close cloning vote reflects complex and confronting issue

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 13 November 2006
    2 Comments

    Last week's conscience vote on human embryo cloning exposed Senators to a level of public scrutiny seldom, unparalleled in normal debates. Many felt exposed and vulnerable, weighed down by the decisions before them.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Onus now on those who supported Thai coup

    • Minh Nguyen
    • 16 October 2006
    1 Comment

    A former army commander who once declared "the army should never be involved in politics", Surayud Chulanont, was appointed Thailand's interim prime minister at the weekend. But the irony of this appointment matters little in a coup marked by paradoxes.

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