keywords: Floods

  • AUSTRALIA

    Why we're slow to help Pakistan

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 August 2010
    4 Comments

    The Australian public is being delivered a profoundly misleading subliminal message that, because the Taliban are active in the region, they are tied up in providing relief for flood victims. We need to forget politics for a while and think about the part we can play in helping Pakistanis through their crisis.

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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

    Election year blogs stifle democracy

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 19 July 2010
    6 Comments

    The fact that we are 'discussing' more than ever before due to the internet and the blogosphere, does not prove that our democracy is in better shape. The environment precludes reasoning because reasoning requires a willingness to listen to the other and to approach questions through mutual respect.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Iceland's ash cloud of the apocalypse

    • Brian Matthews
    • 19 May 2010
    9 Comments

    If Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano erruption was disruptive, its cousin Katla may have worse in store. Volcanoes, emanating a kind of preternatural, primal, patience, are landlords whose unchanging message is: you are renting; you haven't bought.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Haiti faces the best and worst of Christianity

    • Beth Doherty
    • 20 January 2010
    4 Comments

    Pat Robertson's comments about Haiti's 'pact with the devil' are unhelpful, when deeply religious Haitians are themselves wondering about God's role in the earthquake. A more welcome image of Christianity is visible in the aid agencies that are assisting in the relief efforts.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Child mortality breakthroughs

    • Matthew Smeal
    • 21 October 2009
    3 Comments

    Globally last year, 65 children out of every thousand died before the age of five. Recent figures suggest that, with the right approach, the road to ending preventable child deaths could be a short one.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Stupid men in a brutal land

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 July 2009

    Australia, 1902. One year since Federation. The nation is a sickly child, as yet unaware of its weakness. The colonisers deceive themselves into thinking they can tame the land. A century later, not much has changed.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    When nature is the enemy

    • Brian Matthews
    • 11 February 2009
    7 Comments

    Fires and floods, murderous cyclones, unprecedented storms — none of them confined to their time honoured places and seasons. Nature is no longer our familiar element and our inspiration. It's running amok.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Small symbols of hope amid Myanmar cyclone devastation

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 May 2008
    1 Comment

    As the scale of death and destruction becomes clearer, the most common response is one of helplessness, or rage, at the callousness of the military rulers. The challenge is to keep hope alive, which is a spiritual rather than a logistical challenge.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Desalination devastation

    • Margaret Simons
    • 30 April 2008
    5 Comments

    The Murray is a harnessed beast. Its flow is regulated by locks and weirs. The engineering feats to which we are wedded seem not so much a testimony to our power as to our continued foreignness. From Eureka Street, June 1991.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Heave heavy individualism

    • Daniel J. P.
    • 14 November 2007

    Well-appointed prospects but ill-advised devices | And improper solutions prompting mixed sugar and spices.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Unchecked consumption will waste the planet

    • Val Yule
    • 31 October 2007
    2 Comments

    So many of the goods you see in shop windows will soon be waste, mostly landfill. Cutting waste is the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions and cope with other crises of climate change.

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