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  • AUSTRALIA

    Burying Australia's inhumane refugee laws

    • David Manne
    • 19 May 2008
    5 Comments

    Australia's refugee regime may represent the Western world's worst practice. The Government has abolished flawed and dehumanising temporary protection visas, but a more substantial review is required to ensure asylum seekers enjoy equal protection under Australian law.

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  • RELIGION

    Church's future beyond left-right divide

    • James McEvoy
    • 22 April 2008
    13 Comments

    The secular media tends to frame Church politics as a tussle between progressive and conservative. If that perspective is true, both sides of the divide rely upon a shallow analysis of the cultural change that shaped Western society since the 1960s.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Finding humanity in the book of lies

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 10 April 2008
    3 Comments

    Norma Khouri's fraudulent account of a friend's honour killing became a bestseller before her lie was exposed. Forbidden Lies also considers the way media spin facts into versions of the truth, and how artists use licence to carry their cause.

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  • RELIGION

    How to find God in ordinary human hope

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 December 2007
    2 Comments

    Pope Benedict's encyclical Spe Salvi assumes the fragmentation of hope in today's world will not be addressed simply by the secular world adding God to its limited hopes. Instead it involves the nurturing of a Christian imagination that overcomes the breach between divine and human.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Addiction to borrowed money will hurt us

    • Michael Mullins
    • 19 September 2007

    Many accept the Federal Government's claim that we're living in an age of great economic prosperity. It they want a new car or a house, they can have it. The reality is that they've never had such unfettered access to borrowed money.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    "One true Church" lessons for John Howard

    • Michael Mullins
    • 11 July 2007
    2 Comments

    The largely Protestant World Council of Churches reacted favourably to this week's perceived "one true Church" declaration by the Roman Catholic Church, calling it an honest sharing of divergences that helps the cause of unity. There are lessons for the Federal Government, which should declare its alleged Northern Territory "land grab" to be such, and in the national interest.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    History rises amidst film's humane depth

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 11 July 2007

    Lucky Miles is an outrageous buddy comedy set in 1990 in the Western Australian wilderness, with echoes of September 11, border security, and the totalitarian Indigenous intervention. This topicality borders on prophetic, as the film was conceived seven years ago.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The Church's mission to expose climate change sceptics

    • Charles Rue
    • 18 May 2007
    3 Comments

    It came to light at the Vatican's recent Climate Change Seminar that powerful and vested interests are confusing farmers in developing countries. They are saying that technology will solve their agricultural problems, and that the increase in atmospheric CO2 is good and willed by God.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Human Rights Act would have protected Catholics in Ireland

    • Susan Ryan
    • 04 April 2007
    4 Comments

    If you look closely at the laws in Ireland 200 years ago, you will see that they denied to Irish Catholics all the civil and political, economic, social and cultural rights we aim to protect under the proposed Australian Human Rights Act.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Mark's Jesus goes beyond the Church

    • Nahum Ayliffe
    • 02 April 2007
    5 Comments

    John Carroll's The Existential Jesus affirms a view expressed by Nick Cave that the bloodless, placid Jesus offered by the Church denies Christ his potent, creative sorrow, and the boiling anger that confronts us so forcibly in the Gospel of St Mark.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Respect for human rights requires debt cancellation

    • Angelica Hannan
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    To address the problem of Third World debt, citizens of developed countries need to place the satisfaction of human needs at the heart of government policy. A history of poor governance, greed, and cultural imperialism are at the core of the Global North’s exploitation of the South.

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  • RELIGION

    Churches could hold key to salvation for the Left

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 24 December 2006
    2 Comments

    The error of post-modernism, which grew out of the broad academic left and now dominates Western society, is that it has no metaphysical foundation for a moral critique. From 31 October 2006.

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