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  • AUSTRALIA

    The union official as pastoral carer

    • Brendan Byrne
    • 30 October 2006
    3 Comments

    Union officials and ministers of religion have much in common. No-one rings a union to tell them that they’re being treated well and paid decently. People only ring the union when they’re in trouble, and usually, by the time they get around to doing so, they’re in lots of trouble.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Middle East nuclear abolition dreaming

    • Bill Williams
    • 30 October 2006
    6 Comments

    Western nations are tightening the noose around Iran’s neck for its nuclear recalcitrance. Meanwhile, Israel lashes out at guerrilla forces embedded in civilian populations in Lebanon, electing not to use its unacknowledged nuclear weaponry, on this occasion.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Slow progress with North Korea is better than no progress

    • Joseph Camilleri
    • 30 October 2006
    8 Comments

    The North Korean regime is more likely to be loosened from its present grip on power by the slow but persistent attempts to change the economic and psychological landscape inside North Korea, than by the external application of brute force.

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    "Australian values" learned in Budapest uprising

    • Michael Danby
    • 30 October 2006
    5 Comments

    Today, Hungary is a country as free as Australia. But 50 years ago—on 23 October 1956—Hungarian students rebelled and issued a manifesto demanding free elections. The Soviets reacted ruthlessly.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A vision for 20 million careful owners

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 October 2006

    We can choose to make more mistakes, or fix those that have been made. Fixing mistakes involves a changed mindset. New Zealand's "4 million careful owners" water use campaign reflects a stewardship mentality, rather than the "steady as she goes" approach that has allowed our environmental degradation.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Three card trick keeps media oligopoly firmly in place

    • Jack Waterford
    • 30 October 2006

    John Howard seems to have pulled off the three-card trick, on both the National Party and the public, with changes to the media laws. His spin was that the small concessions were worth it in its efforts to "free up'' Australia's media.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    ANZAC tradition now beyond satire

    • Brian Matthews
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    In an age of continuous and ambiguously justified war, the ANZAC commemoration has become highly politicised, infiltrated by party politics and populist bravura.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Questioning the limits to freedom

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 October 2006
    5 Comments

    No advocate of democratic freedoms has defended Sheik al-Hilali's right to compare immodestly dressed women to uncovered meat. The message is that promoting freedom is often—but not always—a valid means of recognising values that enhance individual and collective humanity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    PNG needs Channel 7 publicity machine

    • Michael Mullins
    • 16 October 2006

    The bizarre mission of TV host Naomi Robson to West Papua, to "rescue" a young boy from cannibalism, achieved nothing but publicity for Channel 7. If the station really cared about the plight of young people in the region, it would have given priority to coverage of Papua New Guinea's AIDS crisis.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Simple pleasures in Melbourne's North African heart

    • James Massola
    • 16 October 2006
    2 Comments

    It’s the fourth night of Ramadan. As the days begin to get longer, there are further challenges for Australian Muslims. Many young men, low on energy during the day, but emboldened by full bellies in the evening, find themselves at a loose end.

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    Sentencing laws will further alienate indigenous Australians

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 16 October 2006
    3 Comments

    Just last week, the coroner’s report into the death in custody of Palm Island man Mulrunji, called for a major overhaul of how the justice system deals with indigenous Australians. Yet in the same week, a Senate Committee began looking into a Bill that will increase the potential for injustice in sentencing decisions affecting indigenous people, and other cultural minorities.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Boys need not be boys forever

    • Tim Martyn
    • 16 October 2006
    2 Comments

    Adolescent boys of Western Kenya's Bukusu tribe are ushered to the threshold of manhood by participating in rituals in which they must endure all without exhibiting pain. Western society lacks procedures in which boys can transform and emotionally re-emerge, ready to carry the burden of male responsibility.

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