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  • AUSTRALIA

    A great leap year for reconciliation

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 29 February 2008
    2 Comments

    According to the Ethiopian ecclesiastical calendar, a leap year belongs to St Luke. Having made its national apology to the Stolen Generations, for Australia this leap year has more in common with China's Great Leap Forward.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    After apology, it's back to the future

    • Brian McCoy
    • 27 February 2008
    17 Comments

    The missionaries thought the removal of children 'for education' was both the good and only thing to do. Modern attitudes reflect old ones, especially when people enter Aboriginal communities with a set of ready-made answers around employment, health and education.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Beyond the picket fence

    • Clare Coburn
    • 25 February 2008
    2 Comments

    During the Howard years, a culture of fear saw us closeted within our houses, reluctant to engage with the community. Prime Minister Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generations may have collapsed a few symbolic fences so that messages can begin to pass back and forth.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mutating conflict in Kenya

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 February 2008

    This month Australia's nationhood has been bolstered by Federal Parliament's apology to the Stolen Generations. Kenya is moving in the opposite direction, with a local Jesuit analyst suggesting we could soon be speaking of 'a country that was once Kenya'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Reinado a product of Timorese trauma

    • Sara Niner
    • 22 February 2008
    4 Comments

    Post-traumatic stress syndrome affects one third of the population of East Timor. Some survive as empathetic, generous and forgiving people. Others, such as late rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, do not.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Refugee refusual echoes 'Tampa election' rhetoric

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 19 February 2008
    10 Comments

    Senator Chris Evans refused a protection visa to convicted people smuggler 'Mr A', even though he was assessed by Immigration as a refugee. Senator Evans had an opportunity to improve upon the previous government's treatment of asylum seekers, but instead reverted to the same hostile rhetoric.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pulling back from the nuclear precipice

    • John Langmore
    • 18 February 2008
    3 Comments

    Most Australians no longer think about the nuclear threat. Yet the editors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said in January 2007 that the minute hand of the 'Doomsday Clock' had moved from seven to five minutes to midnight. Australia has a vital role in the global survival strategy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Essential ingredient for nation building

    • Various
    • 18 February 2008

    The outbreak of violence in East Timor April 2006 showed that the UN had not reached first base in its efforts to lay the foundation for a small but robust nation. Now the Rudd Government has provided a template that may be of significant use to those involved with nation building in East Timor.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The case for a people's choice Governor-General

    • John Warhurst
    • 15 February 2008
    9 Comments

    Kevin Rudd should move quickly to open up the appointment process by involving the public and the parliament, just as he is doing in the Australia 2020 exercise. There is a lot of talent to choose from, and it will enhance our democracy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Legal fusion the way forward

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 12 February 2008
    7 Comments

    The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams might have tread more carefully when he suggested Britons might learn to live with some form of Sharia law in their midst. He was simply reiterating the obvious: thatlegal systems and obligations often have mutually sustaining andre-enforcing values.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lent is about relationships

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 February 2008
    4 Comments

    The February Fast is a new movement that contracts young people to swear off alcohol for a month. It's an initiative that makes drink a servant of sociability and not its master. It's a good form of abstinence. Lent goes even further.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Citizenship test is no joke

    • Tony Smith
    • 11 February 2008
    3 Comments

    The Minister for Immigration insists Labor will retain the citizenship test. Prime Minister Rudd jokes about the need to retain questions on mid-20th century cricket. The new government's credibility on issues of social inclusion is damaged.

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