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  • AUSTRALIA

    Politicians should not put people in jail

    • Brian Toohey
    • 09 January 2008
    1 Comment

    Terrorism involves the ancient crime of murder. Dr Mohamed Haneef is not charged with murdering anyone, nor involvement in any murder. The ministerial prerogative exercised by Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews should not exist. From 26 July 2007.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Oz politics through the eyes of Tolkien

    • Vivienne Kelly
    • 09 January 2008

    Tim Costello was recently asked whether he thought his brother would ever be Prime Minister. He gave a wry and elegant answer that played with the notion of the difficulty of relinquishing power in the saga of the Lord of the Rings. From 19 September 2007.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What to do about Mugabe

    • Peter Roebuck
    • 09 January 2008

    Everyone must pray for Mugabe's death (though his mother reached three figures). At present the best response is to help those seeking justice and to assist those promoting education, thereby sustaining hope for a better tomorrow. From 2 April 2007.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Imagining peace at Christmas

    • Val Yule
    • 18 December 2007
    6 Comments

    On an anniversary of September 11, President Bush attended a church service that included the Beatitudes as one of the readings. If the preacher had continued on a few verses, he would have been telling the President and people to love their enemies and do good to those that hate them.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The trouble with welfare reform miracles

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 16 December 2007
    1 Comment

    If Australians want their government to move single parents off welfare and reduce child poverty at the same time then it’s going to cost money.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The ears have it for Maxine

    • Michael Mullins
    • 13 December 2007
    4 Comments

    Maxine McKew knows that the best TV and radio interviewers are those with the greatest ability to listen to their guest. Listening was her winning strategy against the former prime minister in Bennelong.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Quick shift required in foreign policy

    • Tony Kevin
    • 13 December 2007
    8 Comments

    Both the Bali Kyoto meeting and the Iran war risk scenario require immediate foreign policy attention. The new Rudd administration cannot afford to let itself be positioned in a similar public frame as its predecessor.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Short changing working mothers

    • Jen Vuk
    • 13 December 2007
    1 Comment

    The leaders' election promises of more child care and tax breaks for private school fees were simply icing on a non-existent cake. And while the baby bonus is undoubtedly a welcome addition to the family purse, it's just that — a bonus. A 'generous' package filled not only with promise but problems.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bare-chested footballer Cousins and well-dressed thief Pratt

    • Braham Dabscheck
    • 13 December 2007
    3 Comments

    It seems the AFL has a double standard when it comes to its treatment of players and club executives. While the AFL was announcing its charge against Ben Cousins, Carlton Football Club was saying the price-fixing conviction of its executive Richard Pratt was not a relevant concern.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    War on terror fosters US anti-immigrant hysteria

    • David Rosen
    • 13 December 2007
    4 Comments

    A recent series of raids by the US Department of Homeland Security signals a new era of anti-immigrant sentiment in the country. This is rationalised by a false association of undocumented immigrants with the 'war on terror'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Russians voting against democracy

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 12 December 2007
    1 Comment

    Russia's apathetic young people assert that even if they vote, nothing will change. They don't actually want things to change. They compare Russia with the troubled Yeltsin years. The economy and lifestyle have boomed, so why worry about free speech?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Emissions targets must help those affected

    • Michael Mullins
    • 12 December 2007

    In working through the maze of economic and scientific dilemmas at the UN climate change meeting, looking at the faces of the world's poor is not a bad way to start. In the past, solutions to ecological problems have often been directed to needs other than those of the people most directly affected.

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