keywords: Forced Marriage

  • RELIGION

    Human rights without God

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2009
    3 Comments

    Professor Martha Nussbaum's recent book Liberty of Conscience provides a rich textured treatment of the place of religion in the public square. If God is taken out of the picture, it may be difficult to maintain a human rights commitment to the weakest and most despised in society.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Forty and feeling fine

    • Jen Vuk
    • 29 October 2008
    3 Comments

    Turning 40 is like any age — unless you're a woman. French writer Anais Nin wrote that we 'are made up of layers, cells, constellations'. Is it any wonder that at 40 those layers and cells start to settle in places we'd rather they didn't?

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  • RELIGION

    Reliving the Church's sexual evolution

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 14 August 2008
    20 Comments

    The year 1968 is usually associated with student protests. In the Catholic Church, it is remembered for Humanae Vitae, the papal document directed against artificial contraception, and for the turmoil that followed it.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The trouble with alcoholic Australia

    • Barbara Chapman
    • 10 June 2008
    13 Comments

    Brendan Nelson told Kevin Rudd to direct his war on binge drinking at his own backyard after Young Labor delegates hosted a drunken party in a Canberra hotel. But Australia's addiction to the bottle runs deeper than mere substance abuse.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Growing up Greek

    • Dimitrios Bouras
    • 04 June 2008
    4 Comments

    In Australia I had never been taunted because of my migrant father, but after moving to Greece I was ridiculed and bullied because I was half-foreign, and because my mother was entirely so. I began to do my best to deny her existence.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mutating conflict in Kenya

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 February 2008

    This month Australia's nationhood has been bolstered by Federal Parliament's apology to the Stolen Generations. Kenya is moving in the opposite direction, with a local Jesuit analyst suggesting we could soon be speaking of 'a country that was once Kenya'.

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  • 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

    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

    Acting on Conscience Canberra Launch Speech - Kevin Rudd MP

    • 27 February 2007

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Surviving Africa

    • Peter Browne
    • 04 July 2006

    A remarkably peaceful change of government in Kenya could significantly improve the lives of refugees in the country’s remote camps. But Australia and other western countries must play a part.

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  • INFORMATION

    Peace drums in Europe

    • Michael McKernan, Frank O’Shea, Mark Deasey, Morag Fraser, John Carmody, Brigid Hains, Pip Robertson
    • 03 July 2006

    Peace drums, Irish visitor, Travellers’ tales, Epiphanies, Deep structure, Counter-terrorism kits, Circling the square

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Lucille Hughes, Allan James Thomas, Tim Metherall, Siobhan Jackson
    • 12 June 2006

    Reviews of the films Ten; Kill Bill Vol. 1; Intolerable Cruelty and In This world

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