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  • AUSTRALIA

    Glossing over Kevin Rudd's Catholic school days

    • Tom Cranitch
    • 15 May 2007
    7 Comments

    A Fairfax press article last week speculated about the Labor leader's reluctance to talk about his 18 months as a boarder at Brisbane's Marist College Ashgrove. It is most likely that his greatest difficulty was his need to grieve after the sudden death of his father.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The virtue of having a go

    • Michael Mullins
    • 15 May 2007
    2 Comments

    Martin Flanagan of The Age links the sometimes defiant spirit of having a go with “common goodness”. He says this is found in the midst of wars and despair and, most importantly, “the blindness that flows from political and religious ideology”.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Family policy grapples with modern complexities

    • John Button
    • 16 April 2007
    4 Comments

    The social policies of the Australia's past worked reasonably well in protecting people from serious poverty. But now we require new policies providing a similar sense of security and contemporary relevance.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Anzac Day celebrates humanity, not nationalism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 April 2007
    11 Comments

    The proliferation of flags, the singing of national anthems, and the desire to make Anzac Day emblematic of Australian values, all diminish the real humanity of those who have died, in order to allow another generation to inflate its image of itself.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Chávez embraces Christian socialism

    • Rodrigo Acuña
    • 16 April 2007
    3 Comments

    Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez has urged the Catholic Church to take its part in building his 'Socialism for the 21st century'. In return, the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference has called for a "style of socialism that upholds free speech, tolerates opposing views and respects religious education".

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  • AUSTRALIA

    South Africa no longer deserves to host 2010 World Cup

    • Peter Roebuck
    • 16 April 2007
    14 Comments

    By supporting and sustaining the holocaust unfolding in Zimbabwe, the South African Government has aligned itself with the ranks of evil. FIFA has no choice but to find a new location for football World Cup.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Election a test for East Timor's fragile democracy

    • Paul Cleary
    • 16 April 2007
    1 Comment

    Claims of irregularities in last week's presidential election speak volumes about the state of East Timor’s democracy. The elections are also a crucial test for building democracy in post-conflict countries.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Troops return debate ignores our Iraq havoc complicity

    • David Corlett
    • 16 April 2007
    3 Comments

    Rather than the fate of the millions of Iraqis now living in desperate insecurity, and the destablising repercussions for the whole Middle East, the debate in Australia continues to revolve around when Australian troops should return.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Our deathly cars and trucks

    • Clare Coburn
    • 02 April 2007

    Images from the Burnley tunnel accident showed thick plumes of smoke billowing from the outlet chimney. If a shark kills a lone swimmer off a beach, we call for netting or shooting. We have a much more lenient attitude towards roads.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    In praise of moral robustness

    • Michael Mullins
    • 02 April 2007

    Many people regarded as morally robust would not pass the politicians' purity test. Countless great Australians who have received civil honours have fallen foul of the law, and the criteria for judging moral purity, at some stage in their life.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The quality of asylum seeker processing

    • David Corlett
    • 02 April 2007
    4 Comments

    What matters is not where the 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers will be processed – Christmas Island or Nauru – but the nature of their reception and processing.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Military Commission rules lessen Hicks chances of fair trial

    • James Montgomery
    • 02 April 2007

    Serious discussion of the David Hicks case should take place in the context of due process. Any commentator who has not read the prosecution brief is indulging in speculation and uninformed comment.

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