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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aboriginal child abuse: whom do you trust?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 25 July 2007
    10 Comments

    We have learned that the damage caused by sexual abuse often continues for decades and into future generations. We can hope that Government interventions will make a long-term difference, but such complex issues cannot be reduced to a simple absolute: ‘the child must come first’.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Politicians should not put people in jail

    • Brian Toohey
    • 25 July 2007
    8 Comments

    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.

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    "One true Church" lessons for John Howard

    • Michael Mullins
    • 11 July 2007
    2 Comments

    The largely Protestant World Council of Churches reacted favourably to this week's perceived "one true Church" declaration by the Roman Catholic Church, calling it an honest sharing of divergences that helps the cause of unity. There are lessons for the Federal Government, which should declare its alleged Northern Territory "land grab" to be such, and in the national interest.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Musharraf throws dice in bid to hold power

    • Suzanna Koster
    • 11 July 2007

    This week's operation against the radical clerics has prompted messages of support for Pakistan's General Musharraf from western allies. But in the eyes of the common Pakistanis the president has lost credibility forever.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    JI's Al Qaeda link a myth

    • Dewi Anggraeni
    • 11 July 2007

    There may be ideological sympathy on the part of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiyah for Al Qaeda, but there has been no direct affiliation between between the two groups since 2003. Al Qaeda, it seems, has dismissed JI as ineffectual—they keep getting caught.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    East Timor's continued uphill battle to secure a future

    • Paul Cleary
    • 11 July 2007
    3 Comments

    A potentially unstable coalition government with few detailed policies and weak administrative ability is now certain to emerge following the fragmented result in the recent election. But grounds for hope remain.

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    Government sincerity in NT communities requires questioning

    • Jonathan Hill
    • 11 July 2007
    19 Comments

    How does compulsory acquisition of land help abused children? It doesn’t. Public support for the Federal Government’s radical intervention sadly reflects the ignorance of white Australians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Don't just do something, sit there and listen

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 July 2007
    7 Comments

    The most telling questions about the PM's plan to fix Aboriginal communities focus on the involvement of the police and military. These reveal not just the absence of any broader strategy, but they also echo of the war metaphor that has been so prevalent over the past eleven years.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Tariq Ali's Latin American "axis of hope"

    • Rodrigo Acuña
    • 11 July 2007

    Since 1998, the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela has brought Hugo Chávez to world attention as a major challenge to American foreign policy in the region. Novelist and historian Tariq Ali sees a lot of positives, such as the Banco del Sur (Bank of the South) joint venture that involves six Latin American countries.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Brendan Keilar points the way to a better world

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 June 2007

    See Judge Act forms the template of a strand of Catholic social activism. Brendan Keilar, the Melbourne good Samaritan who was fatally shot this month, did exactly this, in very fast motion.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Boots on the ground cannot replace faces in a community

    • Jack Waterford
    • 27 June 2007
    5 Comments

    Three decades ago, a task force was commissioned by the Commonwealth to tackle a national disaster among Aborigines. Today's is much more problematic, with cops, then with army officers, then some doctors not yet consulted or organised, and no sense of engagement with the service providers on the ground, let alone the objects of the attention.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ben Cousins not alone in the wasteland of addiction

    • Barbara Chapman
    • 27 June 2007

    "John" shares the same city and roughly the same age as Ben Cousins. Uneducated and unsupported, he successfully fought his drug addiction with inner resolve, but eventually alcohol caused him more grief than the 'hard stuff’.

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