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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rabbit proof fence not Jigalong's only barrier

    • Jack Waterford
    • 13 June 2007
    2 Comments

    Jigalong is a remote community in WA, best known for its association with the Rabbit Proof Fence. Remote Aboriginal communities suffer greatly from undeveloped nature of their economies, and the institutional barriers created to prevent them developing.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why is it so hard to say sorry?

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 13 June 2007
    16 Comments

    This year's anniversaries are reminders of the importance of "sorry" in the reconciliation process. Why is it so hard to admit that most human of qualities, fallibility? Regret, atonement and forgiveness lie very much at the core of spiritual values.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Justifying civil disobedience

    • Michael Mullins
    • 13 June 2007
    3 Comments

    Rural landowners are planning a day of "civil obedience" on 1 July to assert what they believe is their right to clear native vegetation from their land. How is this different from the civil disobedience of anti-war protestors such as the Pine Gap Four?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Muddy ovals under threat from climate change

    • Colin Long
    • 13 June 2007
    1 Comment

    Those of us who played school or local footy in our youth remember bitterly cold days, ankle-deep mud and finding it difficult to tell team mates from opposition through the layers of mud caked on jumpers. My twelve year old has already played for more than five years, but has not experienced one of those afternoons.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Election year strategies for bleeding hearts

    • Tony Kevin
    • 05 June 2007
    3 Comments

    It is looking more and more that Labor will win, and that the present unforeseen Coalition government majority in the Senate may be lost too. There are interesting moral questions arising from this analysis for us "bleeding hearts", among whom I am happy to count myself.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aboriginal dignity rooted in beliefs subverted but subversive

    • Jojo Fung
    • 05 June 2007
    1 Comment

    This paper calls for a retrospective recognition that the Aboriginal dignity does not depend a priori on a referendum of the dominant white society.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Two models for educating our children and ensuring our future

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 June 2007
    5 Comments

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Building blocks for a compassionate society

    • Barry Jones
    • 05 June 2007
    9 Comments

    Tackling the problem of terrorism by the application of force is unlikely to succeed. Pouring blood on the Iraqi desert produced an upsurge of terrorism where none had been before: cruelty, genocide even, but not terrorism, let alone fundamentalist terrorism.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A comfortable nation afraid to get off the couch

    • Scott Stephens
    • 05 June 2007
    3 Comments

    John Howard’s "relaxed and comfortable" approach to national life, then, was not simply a rejection of Paul Keating’s aggressive, deliberate reforms. It represented a vile pandering to our cultural inertia, an affirmation of our basest tendencies.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Reviving the domino theory

    • Daniel Baldino
    • 18 May 2007
    1 Comment

    The notion of preventing Islamic influence has strong echoes of the simple Cold War ‘domino theory’. This powerful metaphor and enemy image, popular in the 1950s and 1960s and used to justify US military intervention in Southeast Asia, was later widely criticised for its undeveloped and unstructured generalisations about political systems that are quite different.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ramos-Horta landslide best possible outcome

    • Paul Cleary
    • 18 May 2007

    The vote in East Timor's presidential election has unified the nation, and given democracy a second change, after the fractious violence of 2006. It underscores the depth of the antipathy towards the Fretilin government after it badly managed the country’s post-independence development and sparked renewed violence last year.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Who pays for our impulsive consumption?

    • Beth Doherty
    • 18 May 2007
    4 Comments

    A tradition of disposable clothing has been emerging in the fashion industry for many years, clothing that falls apart easily, garments that you wear twice and then give away. However, we rarely consider what effect this impulsive consumption has on the world's poor.

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