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  • AUSTRALIA

    Fatal firestorm's distant witness

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 16 February 2009
    8 Comments

    A year ago, on the day of the National Apology, the emotion was palpable over the seas. But it was hard not being there, standing on the same dirt as your fellow countrymen. It is similarly difficult to be away from home during a time of natural disaster.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Politics stymie bushfire response

    • Paul Collins
    • 13 February 2009
    12 Comments

    Though the fires are still burning, the blaming has already begun, with environmentalists and academics pitted against rural people and firefighters. We have entered a new era of fires and will need to take a long, ecologically sensitive look at what has happend.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bushfire TV

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 12 February 2009
    3 Comments

    Kevin Rudd controversially told Channel Nine's Today show that the Victorian firebugs had committed 'mass murder'. Grief and anger compete during such times, and for armchair critics it is often all too easy to take the moral high ground.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    No ark in a firestorm

    • Moira Rayner
    • 11 February 2009
    3 Comments

    What can I do, I think, that first Sunday, other than being a nuisance at an emergency centre, or a gawker? I fall into something practical, fostering survivors' dogs and cats, and caring for bewildered companion animals who survived but whose owners didn't.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Humanity endures in bushfire tragedy

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 February 2009
    9 Comments

    During the financial turmoil this summer, images of fire have abounded. The economy is 'going into meltdown'. Shareholdings 'turn to ashes'. This weekend's bushfires make us ask instinctively what really matters.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The sinking of WA Inc.

    • Mark Skulley
    • 03 December 2008
    1 Comment

    The hand-in-glove nature of Perth business politics was hard to detect when money was cheap. Australia had a credit boom between 1983–1985, but the days of easy money faded. Then came the king wave: the sharemarket crash. (April 1991)

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  • RELIGION

    The tale of the wealthy bludger

    • Anne Schmid
    • 09 October 2008
    6 Comments

    The market crash was driven by fear as much as greed. Greed results from the gap between rich and poor, which leads everyone to feel they are holding on to their way of life by a thread. A truly just economy would be a stable economy.

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  • RELIGION

    Educating leaders for the contemporary Australian Church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 October 2008

    'Lee and Christine Rush are your average Ozzie couple, except that their teenage son Scott is on death row in Bali having been convicted of being a hapless drug mule. It will not go down well on the streets of Jakarta if Australians are baying for the blood of the Bali bombers one month and then pleading to save our sons and daughters the next month.'

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    'Jihad' evangelicals on trial

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 03 October 2008

    The Catch the Fire Ministries religious vilification case was used for political means by both Muslims and Christians. Deen's account discusses wider issues such as the global rise of Islamaphobia, John Howard's identity politics and the Cronulla Riots.

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  • ECONOMICS

    It's time to ditch GDP

    • John Wicks
    • 23 September 2008
    9 Comments

    The 'trickle down' of wealth proclaimed by neo-liberalism is debatable, and hardships flowing from sub-prime activities descend on the disadvantaged with the finesse of a freight train. Some economists have demanded the GDP measure be replaced by goods and services data that promote the common good.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Labor honeymoon could last

    • Tony Smith
    • 12 December 2007

    A new government enjoys public goodwill as it tackles a residue of issues, resentments and injustices. How quickly this dissipates is a measure of the sincerity with which the new government operates. Hopes are high for Rudd Labor.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    What provoked Burmese people's fearless stand

    • Carol Ransley & Toe Zaw Latt
    • 03 October 2007
    4 Comments

    Two out of five children in Burma are severely malnourished, and the majority of people live in dire poverty. Then the ruling State Peace and Development Council instructed all Ministry of Energy distribution outlets to raise the prices of fuel.

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