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  • AUSTRALIA

    Budget could mark switch to fairness

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 15 May 2008
    4 Comments

    The Rudd Government's first budget may mark a shift towards a more inclusive Australia. If we are to ensure that all Australians can live a fairer, more dignified life there is still much to be done. Time will tell whether the momentum can be sustained.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd 'quiet diplomacy' could help stem Burmese cyclone crisis

    • Tony Kevin
    • 14 May 2008
    3 Comments

    The Burmese Government continues to hinder efforts by foreign aid agencies to assist the thousands of people at risk following Cyclone Nargis. Diplomatic intervention is required to stem further humanitarian crises in the region.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Tips for a more discerning budget night

    • John Warhurst
    • 13 May 2008
    1 Comment

    This evening's Budget may be the most significant political event of the year. A budget is a particular challenge for a Labor government, given popular skepticism about the party's economic credentials. If Labor wins general acclaim it will have cemented its hold on government.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Small symbols of hope amid Myanmar cyclone devastation

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 May 2008
    1 Comment

    As the scale of death and destruction becomes clearer, the most common response is one of helplessness, or rage, at the callousness of the military rulers. The challenge is to keep hope alive, which is a spiritual rather than a logistical challenge.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Workplace pranksters become intolerable bullies

    • Moira Rayner
    • 12 May 2008
    4 Comments

    The Troy Buswell saga has highlighted the issues of workplace bulling and sexual harassment. Employees and management need to work to undermine the look-away culture that allows such behaviour to flourish.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Conflicting narratives converge on Israel anniversary

    • Philip Mendes
    • 09 May 2008
    25 Comments

    Israel's 60th anniversary next week will be an occasion for celebration by Jews throughout the world. The formation of Israel in 1948 gave Jews renewed hope, but Palestinians remember it as a time of mourning. These conflicting narratives are reflected within the Australian context.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Trade partnerships no ticket out of poverty

    • Dan Read
    • 07 May 2008

    Economic Partnership Agreements aim to remove barriers of trade, create sustainable development and contribute to poverty eradication in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. However, many fear they will lead to the devastation of their respective markets.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mining the heartache of lead contamination

    • Margaret Rice
    • 06 May 2008
    3 Comments

    Mt Isa in Queensland is currently experiencing 'lead-alert'. Lead absorption in mining towns affects children the most. Inevitably, the families who are better off will move, leaving the most vulnerable to stay and live with the problem.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Waking up from the housing nightmare

    • Colin Long
    • 05 May 2008
    5 Comments

    It is not just Joe and Jo Suburbia that have a lot riding on real estate. Taking the heat out of house price inflation is extremely difficult, because the whole system is based on the expansion of credit and consumption that house price inflation allows.

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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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  • AUSTRALIA

    Arab disunity on road from Damascus

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 02 May 2008
    1 Comment

    Saudi Arabia and Egypt snubbed the Damascus Summit. They left it in no position to deal with either the political stalemate in Lebanon, or ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq. Aside from political demarcations, the Arab world is suffering from a growing rift between the ruling regimes and the people.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Maintaining the rage against WorkChoices

    • Tim Battin
    • 01 May 2008
    11 Comments

    There are worrying signs that the Labor Government will interpret the grass-roots campaign against WorkChoices in the most conservative light possible. Catholic social thought defies any policy that results in a shift of power to the already powerful.

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