keywords: David Marr

  • INTERNATIONAL

    South Africa shows compassion to Zimbabwean refugees

    • David Holdcroft
    • 05 November 2010
    9 Comments

    Zimbabweans have been coming to South Africa for reasons such as political violence, displacement due to land reform, and the collapse of the economy. After initially turning them back at the border, South Africa moved towards a pragmatic 'special dispensation' that was more compassionate, even if the future of the country's refugee rules now remains uncertain.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Beyond the selfish election

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 August 2010
    33 Comments

    The churches, with their tradition of recognising the deeper values in human beings and society, can play an important part in generating a richer vision of Australian society. They'll need to cooperate with other groups who decry the self-interested focus in Australian politics.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Remember SIEV X before waging war on boat people

    • Tony Kevin
    • 06 July 2010
    14 Comments

    Julia Gillard has invited people to say what they feel on the issue of how Australia should manage its borders. It's worth recalling what happened when an Australian Government last instructed its defence force to vigorously repel asylum-seeker boats.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Remembering Rudd

    • Emily Millane
    • 25 June 2010
    7 Comments

    In early 2008, 89 per cent of us thought Rudd to be a 'man of vision'. Recall his essay on Bonhoeffer in The Monthly; the promise of a politics of decency and equality; the Apology; the ideas summit. After that it all goes a bit foggy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Goodbye Kevin, hello Julia

    • Tony Kevin
    • 25 June 2010
    15 Comments

    We have just experienced a Shakespearean moment. There is real excitement in the land, a sense of new beginnings, as the Elizabethan figure of Julia Gillard takes the reins as Prime Minister. Rudd, to his credit, has accepted the inevitable with grace and dignity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Cat Stevens' call to prayer

    • Anne Doyle
    • 24 June 2010
    17 Comments

    In 1975, during a near death experience, Cat Stevens called out to God. 'The moment I became a Muslim I found peace,' says the man now known as Yusuf Islam. He appears, solitary at the microphone, and begins an older man's rendition of a younger man's songs.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Football and my father's ghost

    • Adrian Phoon
    • 23 June 2010
    6 Comments

    When Switzerland scored with a crazy goal against the heavily favoured Spain, I could almost hear my father leaping from the couch and cheering. Before he died, he was a football fanatic. I have learned to love it. It's my way of communing with him.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Permutations of motherhood

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 17 June 2010

    Adoption is shown to be a tumultuous process, as joyful and painful in its own way as pregnancy and birth. Lucy is unable to conceive, but suspects that the motherly bond is about much more than biology. Her husband Joseph, by contrast, values biology greatly.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Stoning death by male ego

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 May 2010
    5 Comments

    The trial and execution of Soraya M are portrayed in agonising, visceral detail. The stoning of 'adulterous' women under the auspices of Shariah law is shown to be less about violence inherent to Islam than the egos of brutal and bullying men.

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Tenison Brennan on Julian Tenison Woods

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 May 2010

    Fr Frank Brennan SJ's address at the Commemoration of Julian Tenison Woods Park, Penola SA, 23 Mary 2010

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Confronting Aker's and Australia's gay fear

    • Michael Mullins
    • 24 May 2010
    38 Comments

    When AFL legend Jason Akermanis' argument that gay footballers should stay in the closet failed to gain traction, it appeared that in Australia, widespread homophobia was a thing of the past. But the reaction to NSW Transport Minister David Campbell's visit to a gay sex club proves it remains an ugly force.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Imelda Marcos the Musical

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 15 April 2010

    'Like most politicians, she was driven by psychological angels and demons', writes musician David Byrne of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady ofthe Philippines. Byrne has written a 'musical' about Marcos' life. From the outset, he risks deifying a monster.

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