keywords: Victorian Election

  • AUSTRALIA

    Why we forgot the Apology

    • Myrna Tonkinson
    • 19 February 2009
    9 Comments

    The muted recognition of the anniversary of the National Apology was partly due to the bushfires in Victoria, which continue, understandably, to monopolise attention and emotion. But the momentous event of February 2008 has not been followed up by significant developments in Indigenous affairs.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Comradely with Ginsberg

    • Philip Harvey
    • 21 November 2008

    Although not a beat poem, a Peter Steele poem shares Ginsberg's aesthetic of the poem as measure of breath. Breath is commanding like an original lecture, enspiriting like a true sermon, propulsive like a perfect dinner conversation.

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  • RELIGION

    Getting the balance right after the 2020 Summit

    • Frank Brennan
    • 26 May 2008
    1 Comment

    The text is from Professor Frank Brennan's 2008 Institute of Justice Studies Oration from 22 May 2008.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rough diamonds can hurt people

    • Michael Mullins
    • 05 May 2008
    4 Comments

    The WA Liberal Party has shown that it is more worried about the damage its 'rough diamond' leader might cause to its electibility than the hurt to the human beings involved in the recently-revealed inappropriate behaviour incident.

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  • RELIGION

    Now is the moment for political leadership

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 February 2008
    8 Comments

    Even senior traditional hard men of the Liberal Party like Bill Heffernan and Shane Stone have indicated that it is time to act. It is time for Brendan Nelson to draw the line so that we can move on, committed to reconciliation and improvement in Aboriginal health, education, and life expectancy.

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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

    Plastic Rudd is Labor's safe option

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 21 November 2007

    There has been much vilification of Kevin Rudd's approach. But Labor was bound to produce someone prepared to run a colourless campaign, or it would risk watching Howard from the other side of parliament for four more years.

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  • RELIGION

    Loose reasoning on death penalty - Frank Brennan

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    We think it is wrong for foreign states to impose the death penalty on Aussie drug traffickers and drug mules. But we apply different reasoning to non-Australians facing death at the hands of the state. The practical, hands on, Aussie approach often plays fast and loose with moral reasoning about what is right and wrong.

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  • RELIGION

    Protecting human rights in the next Federal Parliament - Frank Brennan

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    There are times when we Australians get the balance between national interest and individual liberty wrong, especially when the individual is a member of a powerless minority. One way of improving the balance is including the judiciary in the calculus, as has now happened in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Knowing where the bodies are buried

    • Tony Smith
    • 27 June 2007

    But for its indubitable basis in reality, Shane Maloney's political thriller Sucked In would be fine therapy for those jaded Australians hoping to see an election year eruption of idealism in the affairs of state.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    An alternative to the crude barometer of public opinion

    • Michael Ashby
    • 11 December 2006

    Most political studies are poll-driven. Because qualitative data are far less likely to be available, little is known about the the political experience and imaginings of "ordinary" Australians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    MedicarePlus or minus

    • Rod Wilson
    • 09 July 2006

    Reforming Medicare is a favoured New Year’s resolution

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