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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    How Indigenous wisdom can save the Murray Darling Basin

    • Margaret Simons
    • 02 October 2009
    2 Comments

    An alliance of traditional owners in the Murray Darling Basin is seeking to assert their role in decisions concerning water management. In Murray River Country, Jessica K. Weir shows how their view for a healthy river could bring economics and ecology into alignment.

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    Che's revolution without the hype

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 01 October 2009
    9 Comments

    It is testament to the virility of Che Guevara as a revolutionary symbol that, with the 'Che Christ', his image is used to augment the understanding of Christ as a social radical. A new biopic takes Che as far from myth and symbol as possible.

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    Love is the absence of reasons to hate

    • Michael Sariban
    • 29 September 2009
    2 Comments

    We've been fighting, you've been beating .. your fists against my intractable wall — your version, of course, flawed as mine .. It's taken us years to give up on logic .. to realise neither will bleed to death.

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    Cannibal convict's tour of hell

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 24 September 2009
    1 Comment

    The first feature film about Australia's most notorious convict shares a potent symbiosis with Dante's Inferno. Director Jonathan auf der Heide believes there is a repressed need for violence beneath the 'veil' of human civilisation.

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    How not to make a toast

    • Brian Doyle
    • 23 September 2009

    My mother-in-law stood up on the night before her daughter married me, held her glass aloft, and sighed, 'Let's just hope this one comes off'. Some of the best toasts I ever heard were from children: 'Here's to all mum's husbands past and present!' said one girl, aged 11.

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    Death by tiger

    • L.K. Holt
    • 22 September 2009
    1 Comment

    The teenage boy .. drunk, taunting, now hanging from .. your latch of jaw

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    Gloves off for climate crunch

    • John Wicks
    • 18 September 2009
    6 Comments

    Some will be concerned by the black and white treatment of climate change in Tony Kevin's book. There is common ground now to generate significant policy changes with a focus on wellbeing, even while the CO2 debate continues to rage.

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    MasterChef winner roasts the media

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 17 September 2009
    5 Comments

    Addressing members of the Australasian Catholic Press Association, MasterChef winner and Catholic Julie Goodwin decried the vicious and personal nature of some online forums, and the so-called journalists who draw upon them for articles.

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    Larrikin poet's Sentimental 'slanguage'

    • Brian Matthews
    • 16 September 2009
    3 Comments

    C. J. Dennis once wrote that, as a boy, he had 'a devout and urgent desire to become a larrikin'. The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke provides a window on part of Australian culture and the traditions, speech and images that forged it.

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    African parables

    • Grant Fraser
    • 15 September 2009
    2 Comments

    Men who stood before the gate .. trail the weight of empty hands, empty pockets .. Back to the shanties .. Where children are launching imagined craft .. Away from the stench of earth .. Into pools .. the colour of Keen's Mustard.

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    Learning from suicide

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 10 September 2009
    3 Comments

    The first known suicide document is an Egyptian New Kingdom papyrus entitled 'Dialogue of a World-Weary Man with his Ba-Soul'. In 1996 my sister Jacqui killed herself. Three years later our cousin Andrew did the same thing. Suicide has always been part of the human condition.

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    When youth violence incurs police rage

    • Ellie Savage
    • 09 September 2009
    9 Comments

    As Ibrahim waited for a taxi, he was attacked by four men who had been kicked out of a nearby club. Though severely injured, he continued to fight against his attackers. When police arrived, they sprayed capsicum foam in Ibrahim's face.

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