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  • AUSTRALIA

    Zimbabwe's disappeared

    • Oskar Wermter
    • 17 December 2008
    6 Comments

    Jestina Mukoko was a television presenter, but left to become director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, which has documented many atrocities and crimes of Mugabe's regime. Last week she was abducted by a group of armed agents.

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    Rudd's random acts of political kindness

    • Michael Mullins
    • 15 December 2008
    3 Comments

    As Kevin Rudd ends 2008 and his first year on a high, it seems he's every bit the trickster John Howard was. We're heading into one of the worst recessions in living memory, yet the government leapt to a six month high in last week's Newspoll. 

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    Freeview shackles digital TV

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 December 2008
    2 Comments

    Freeview purports to be consumers' friend, helping them make the switch to digital TV. But it is actually set up to protect the advertising revenue of the commercial networks by limiting the potential of the technology.

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    Australian republicans' Ireland envy

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 08 December 2008
    16 Comments

    Most Irish would be content with the suggestion that the push for an Australian Republic was an Irish plot. When Ireland declared itself a republic 60 years ago, it did so without the awkwardness of a referendum or political grandstanding.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Thai airport protesters' victory short-lived

    • Nicholas Farrelly and Andrew Walker
    • 04 December 2008

    The protesters who occupied Bangkok's airports are claiming victory in their political battle, following the Constitutional Court's dissolution of the ruling party. But this is far from the end. The government is down, but not out.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Neoliberal termites unbalance Fair Work Bill

    • Tim Battin
    • 01 December 2008
    6 Comments

    The Rudd Government is attempting to sell its Fair Work Bill on the basis of 'balance', as compared with the Howard Government's WorkChoices Bill. This is like trying to strike a balance between Margaret Thatcher and Genghis Khan.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Fashion fix won't mend failed states

    • Michael Mullins
    • 01 December 2008
    1 Comment

    A fashion magazine proposed that 'blowing the budget on something outrageously extravagant will let you know you're still alive'. There is a place for fantasy during financial hard times, but there are also good reasons to act decisively.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cheap retail at the cost of culture

    • Kirsty Ruddock
    • 25 November 2008
    16 Comments

    Local Moree sportspeople and indigenous community members have a fight on their hands if they're to prevent the construction of a Big W retail store on a culturally significant site. It seems history and culture have no place in the pursuit of economic growth.

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    Cowboys and censors hijack child porn debate

    • Michael Mullins
    • 24 November 2008
    5 Comments

    Clive Hamilton has characterised critics of the Federal Government's proposed internet filter as 'extremist' libertarians. Like the much-lampooned 'war on terror', the protection of children is cast in emotive terms that cut across rational debate.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    TPV holders stuck in Howard time warp

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 20 November 2008
    1 Comment

    The Rudd Government's abolition of the Temporary Protection Visa on 9 August was a source of deep hope for refugees and their supporters. However the new rule has not yet been applied to many older cases, and there is no pressure on officials to act quickly.

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    A linguist's vision for multicultural Australia

    • Michael Clyne
    • 18 November 2008
    6 Comments

    Bilingualism trains the mind and encourages more flexible problem solving. Such qualities go unnoticed in a society with a strong monolingual mindset. Social inclusion policy must also move beyond the socioeconomic dimension to prevent the exclusion of significant sections of Australian society.

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    God hates fags and bankers

    • Michael Mullins
    • 17 November 2008
    5 Comments

    Senator John McCain's gracious concession speech this month recalled an era when hate was the norm. Big bankers are now being targeted with hate the has been inflicted on gays and other marginalised Americans, but there are better ways to heal America.

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