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    Outrage over Aboriginal 'cooked alive' doco

    • Brian Haill
    • 18 June 2009
    3 Comments

    Was I the only Australian sufficiently outraged by the latest ABCTV 4 Corners program, 'Who Killed Mr Ward?', to put pen to paper? Too often white Australians' animals fare better than do Indigenous people. We are a racist nation.

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    Students victims of 'violent' policies

    • Andrew McGowan
    • 16 June 2009

    When our universities enrol international students based on balance-sheet needs rather than strategies of international partnership and engagement, a whole branch of education policy is revealed as bankrupt.

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    Swine Flu: The Musical

    • Brian Haill
    • 03 June 2009
    3 Comments

    Victoria, with its spate of swine flu cases, is no longer 'The place to be'. Prudence is one thing, but absurdity also needs to be recognised. Exhibit A: Archbishop Hart's instruction to priests not to offer chalices of wine during Communion.

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    Fable of the furtive veteran

    • Mick O’Donnell
    • 24 April 2009
    1 Comment

    There he was, this hunched over figure of a man, sitting in one of the furthermost pews, detached, eyes withdrawn, his face pale, features old and weather beaten. John O'Malley was always a mystery.

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    Why I hate the Church I love

    • Bill Farrelly
    • 10 March 2009
    11 Comments

    How can the Catholic Church possibly justify the excommunication of the mother of a nine-year-old girl in Brazil for authorising the abortion of twin girls her daughter was carrying as the result of being raped by her stepfather?

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    Jason's story

    • Rob Salter
    • 03 March 2009
    4 Comments

    The $3 billion blowout in Federal Government spending on disability pensions highlights the financial side of a crisis in our midst. The story of Jason, a relative of mine who is an addict and on a disability pension, reveals a personal side.

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    St Mary's 'beyond compromise'

    • Greg Windle
    • 23 February 2009
    7 Comments

    While it is tragic that the Church has refused to countenance ongoing discussion about homosexuality, women priests, and a host of other issues, neither can I see how the stance taken by St Mary's on these and other matters can advance the causes of religion or reason.

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    No justice for St Mary's

    • Justin Coleman
    • 20 February 2009
    18 Comments

    The Archbishop has relied upon the evidence of those whom you rightly alluded to as 'spies'. The parish reply was not 'We will defy you' but 'Your information is flawed. Please come and see for yourself.' Do club members have to accept every idea of every coach who is thrust upon them?

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    The Pope: first among equals

    • Andrew McAlister
    • 05 February 2009

    During Vatican II, which was first called 30 years ago last month, the pastoral leadership of the church attempted to bring Roman Catholicism into the 20th century. Why did the notion of a supreme Pontiff survive?

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    The father of my soul

    • Joanna Thyer
    • 23 December 2008
    2 Comments

    Always on for a challenge, one of the first things Brian said to me that day was 'Who's your favourite character in the Bible?' and then 'We need women priests.'

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    'They've never faced an angry man'

    • Phil Pyke
    • 19 December 2008
    2 Comments

    This was a known criminal with a history of violence. I drew my weapon, and yelled at him to get down on the ground. He ignored me, raised his arm, and possibly the weapon. Everything went into slow motion as I began to pull the trigger. I've often wondered what would have happened if I had shot him.

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    Life of Brian, AIDS activist

    • Brian Haill
    • 01 December 2008

    It's close on a quarter of a century ago that I first became enmeshed in the world of HIV/AIDS. I found myself labelled an 'activist', catapulted into confronting my church over its attitude to condoms. Last week saw a return to the beginning.

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