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  • INTERNATIONAL

    What liberated women wear

    • Alison Sampson
    • 16 September 2010
    25 Comments

    One day when I was out shopping for underwear five women in burqas came into the store. Chatting and laughing, they headed straight to a selection of lacy g-strings, holding up the garments for all to see as they checked sizes and made loud comments about each pair of panties.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    When adults fail children

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 20 May 2010
    1 Comment

    A scene where Connor carries Mia, who pretends to sleep, to her bedroom and removes her jeans, finds a fine line between tender and predatory. His behaviour is somewhere sex-ward of fatherly. The feeling is mutual, but then again, she is only 15.

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  • INFORMATION

    Swine Flu: The Musical

    • Brian Haill
    • 03 June 2009
    3 Comments

    Victoria, with its spate of swine flu cases, is no longer 'The place to be'. Prudence is one thing, but absurdity also needs to be recognised. Exhibit A: Archbishop Hart's instruction to priests not to offer chalices of wine during Communion.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Exploding pig flu

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 27 May 2009
    8 Comments

    As Australia deals with its own incursion of H1N1, a strange event on a Geneva-bound train reminds us that this virus is in human hands. Meanwhile the manufacture of a vaccine for the virus raises doubts about medical ethics and equity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A farmer's life

    • Gabrielle Bridges
    • 01 April 2009
    3 Comments

    Twins were born in a country town. John lived in the male world of farms and pubs. Jane married an angry patriarch like her father, and unwittingly copied her mother with silence and sedatives. Later she would watch her brother die.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hunger, pain

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 08 January 2009
    2 Comments

    In life and art Nick Cave is drawn to the potent territory where the sacred meets the profane. Steve McQueen's brutal, beautiful portrait of Irish republican prisoners of an uncaring Thatcher government achieves a similar transcendence. (October 2008)

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The nun and the burqa

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 02 December 2008
    20 Comments

    When Germaine Greer savaged Michelle Obama's dress, I sighed. The 'beauty' market is a challenge to feminism. In France, two extremes of fashion ideology — burqas and plastic-surgery 'mannequins' — line up to buy bread.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The skeleton dance

    • Margaret Cody
    • 31 October 2008
    2 Comments

    Mexico's Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is not a gloomy celebration, it is a recognition of death as part of life. Skeletons lean precariously out of every doorway and window, smiling, bejewelled and ready for the party.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hunger, pain

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 30 October 2008
    1 Comment

    In life and art Nick Cave is drawn to the potent territory where the sacred meets the profane. Steve McQueen's brutal, beautiful portrait of Irish republican prisoners of an uncaring Thatcher government achieves a similar transcendence.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Unequal pay favours 'white-collar chums'

    • Robert Salter
    • 02 September 2008
    4 Comments

    Many low-paid workers experience stress and illness due to jobs that are dangerous, arduous or powerless. Perhaps it is they who should be compensated with higher pay, rather than those who perform interesting, high-status work.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Incivility trumps the empty dance of manners

    • Brian Doyle
    • 25 June 2008
    5 Comments

    One time we were in a meeting when a very important person proposed a very stupid idea. We knew our uncivil friend would pop a gasket, and he did, albeit in memorably incisive fashion. The silence that followed was a remarkable sound.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Abyss of abbreviated old age

    • Ian C. Smith
    • 27 May 2008

    Treachery tumult happiness hope.. Maddening fits of loneliness.. the satirist in him self-abusive.

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