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  • AUSTRALIA

    Welcome back Julia, now do it differently

    • Moira Rayner
    • 08 September 2010
    22 Comments

    Three Independents, belittled as 'The Three Amigos' but riding into the sunset nonetheless, have won the trust of their electorates and been able to exercise a little, meaningful power about how Parliament should work. This may not last, now that the decision has been announced.

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  • EDUCATION

    Will a real university please stand up

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 29 July 2010
    7 Comments

    In 2012 Australian universities will experience a radical shift in government policy, resulting in a marketplace where universities must hawk their wares in a bid to attract the best and brightest. Whether all the present universities will survive in this competitive marketplace is an open question.

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  • RELIGION

    If your income was quarantined

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 24 June 2010
    6 Comments

    If we look at income quarantining as an ethical and not as a political question, it raises many questions. To answer them we would need to look beyond its effectiveness in preventing excessive expenditure on socially undesirable goods like alcohol and pornography.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What women don't want

    • Moira Rayner
    • 22 June 2010
    14 Comments

    David Jones acted promptly upon complaints of sexual harassment against its CEO Mark McInnes. But most women pay in blood for making sexual harassment complaints against powerful men in high places.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Politicising women's bodies

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 06 May 2010
    36 Comments

    What's the difference between wanting a thin wife and wanting an invisible wife? Which is more democratic: the western tendency to idealise the porn-star aesthetic, or the old-fashioned imperative for modesty and virtue? When the chips are down, is raunch culture really more dignifying than discretion?

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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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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hitting back at the men who hate women

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 01 April 2010

    Youthful hacker Lisbeth Sallander is capable of great violence. But often her violence is a response to that which has been inflicted upon her. Her investigation of a decades old missing person case will test her capacity for mercy.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Two men marooned in a cab

    • Peter Rose
    • 01 December 2009

    late for a volley of meetings. Not much conversation. Same haircut, suits, even boots ... The older man is lethal. 'I can make things hard for you, much harder than you can for me.'

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New Moon and other dumb films for women

    • Ruby Hamad
    • 27 November 2009
    13 Comments

    It may be a box office boon, but critics have slammed the Twilight series, and feminists complain that lead character Bella is a subservient drip and the vampire she loves, Edward, is a stalking patriarch. Why are smart films for women in such short supply?

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  • RELIGION

    Where to now for Anglicans and Rome

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 22 October 2009
    2 Comments

    If the Apostolic Constitution is phrased in overly-confident 'Romanista' style it will communicate a bureaucratic message and reinforce the suspicion that 'ecumenical endeavour' means 'return to Rome', rather than the vision of every Christian tradition being converted to unity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Debate points to refreshed post-Bush America

    • Tony Kevin
    • 29 September 2008
    1 Comment

    Both candidates in Saturday's presidential debate came across honourably, with the right note of steel. Obama will have pleased younger Americans with his empathy with their concerns, McCain older voters for his reaffirmation of traditional values.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Remembering Hassan

    • Bernard Appassamy
    • 21 May 2008
    6 Comments

    Before the advent of imported ready-to-wear in the late '70s, Mauritians had all their clothes and furnishings custom-made. Hassan's was the oldest fabric shop on the island and, in its heyday, the biggest. Hassan was a mountain-like figure, always on my horizon

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