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Religion & Ethics Australia No. 153, 7-13 Feb 2008 A weekly public affairs review from the Tinsley Institute Edited by Rod Benson News & anallysiis News & ana ys s The overarching aim of a national apology is to set the nation on a path of healing, writes MANY people think that the Victorian Government's commitment to the Russell Marks. O-Op 11 Feb 08 "decriminalisation" of abortion guarantees a Aboriginal & Indigenous affairs good outcome for women, no matter what KEVIN Rudd has refused to release legal advice Some of the injustices suffered under the model ultimately makes it into law. They are backing his insistence that tomorrow's practices of past generations were 'sanctioned wrong, writes Leslie Cannold. Age 13 Feb 08 parliamentary apology to the Stolen by law and were believed to be in the best Generations will not expose the Government Abuse – child interests of the children concerned'. Regardless to an avalanche of compensation claims. of what our politicians said, those injustices DOCS workers have detailed a catalogue of Aust 12 Feb 08 could not attract compensation in the courts. failures that have left at-risk children in unsafe There were other injustices not sanctioned by The majority of Australians believe the apology families and put staff in danger, as officers law and not necessarily believed to be in the is the right thing to do. Before I yield to this struggle with crippling vacancies in a best interests of the children. Some who overwhelming view, I will discuss the various department top-heavy with managers and with suffered these injustices are still alive, and may angles from which the apology might be a dysfunctional records system. SMH 11 Feb 08 be entitled to compensation, regardless of what assessed, writes Noel Pearson. Aust 12 Feb 08 Animal rights our politicians might say or not say. Their HOW many people in the community or in compensation claims would be neither helped MANY Australians gag at the sight of a horribly parliament opposed to saying sorry have nor hindered by a Commonwealth gored, still living whale being hauled up into the bothered to read Bringing Them Home, the parliamentary apology in 2008, writes Frank mechanical maw of a Japanese whaling ship. 1997 report of the national inquiry into the Brennan. Eureka Street 6 Feb 08 But many Japanese are horrified that roast separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait lamb is a favourite Aussie meal. Age 8 Feb 08 NO APOLOGY to the Victorian Aboriginal Islander children from their families? Philip community or to the members of the stolen Adams writes. Aust 12 Feb 08 Corporal punishment generations could ever be adequate without When Midnight Oil took to the stage in our THE Premier, Morris Iemma, has defended the compensation for what has been lost, writes "sorry suits" at the closing ceremony of the Community Services Minister, Kevin Greene, Edward Alfred Lovett. Age 8 Feb 08 2000 Olympics, we felt that saying sorry was so for admitting that he smacked his children, The most encouraging part of the debate is important it transcended the sporting moment, when his department prohibits its carers from that it has the prospect of re-kindling a bi- writes Peter Garrett. SMH 12 Feb 08 physically punishing children. SMH 9 Feb 08 partisan approach to Aboriginal issues, writes The risk of reinforcing the victim mindset was Death & dying Howard Glenn. O-Op 8 Feb 08 one of the principal reasons why the former BRINGING Them Home, the landmark report Howard government refused to make a formal Wills: they tell the world how the dead want that found indigenous children were apology, writes Tony Abbott. SMH 12 Feb 08 their assets carved up, but do they always get systematically taken from their parents to carried out in an efficient way? ABC Law Parliament’s apology to the ‘stolen children’ on Report 12 Feb 08 "breed out" Aboriginality, was built on the Wednesday 13 February will mark a profound "misrepresentations and misinterpretations" of Education – school day in the life of the nation, Anglican professional historians, according to Keith Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, said PRIVATE schools have been over-funded by Windschuttle. Aust 9 Feb 08 today. Melbourne Anglican 12 Feb 08 more than $2 billion over four years and some A welfare officer whose work was taking will be overpaid by as much as $23 million each The wording of the apology Prime Minister children from families has changed his mind in in the next funding cycle, the federal Kevin Rudd will make today to the stolen the past decade about a government apology Department of Education reveals in a secret generations has been revealed. SMH 13 Feb 08 and now says it is due, writes Andrew West. review. SMH 9 Feb 08 SMH 9 Feb 08 IN A historic gesture of reconciliation, Australia's Parliament, will today say sorry to At best Principals can choose between five DON'T let anyone tell you that this apology is applicants sent to them by the department to the stolen generations of indigenous children something being done solely for the sake of fill a vacancy. Under an agreement with the for a "blemished chapter in our nation's Aboriginal Australians; a gift from us to them. union, only 3 per cent of teaching vacancies history" — and vow never to let it happen It's for both groups - whitefellas and can be advertised, writes Adele Horin. SMH 9 again. Age 13 Feb 08 blackfellas. We all have something to gain, Feb 08 writes Richard Glover. SMH 9 Feb 08 The apology to indigenous Australians is not about dwelling on the past, it's about building a TEENAGERS' reading and maths skills have PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd says next week's declined over the past four decades, despite future, writes Mick Dodson. Age 13 Feb 08 parliamentary apology to the Stolen education spending per student more than Generations will remove a "blight on the Abortion doubling. Aust 11 Feb 08 nation's soul" and has the overwhelming support of Australians. Aust 10 Feb 08 As abortion-rights supporters and opponents Energy last month marked the 35th anniversary of the KEVIN Rudd will pledge to tackle the Supreme Court decision that legalized the Will the world's oil supply run out in the "obscenity" of high mortality rates among procedure nationwide, new statistics showed foreseeable future? Peak oil theory states we Aboriginal children as he offers an apology to that fewer women are choosing abortion. are on the verge of a supply crisis but is this the the Stolen Generations. Aust 11 Feb 08 Christian Century 26 Feb 08 case? ABC Counterpoint 11 Feb 08 (audio only) Environment Sheikh Michael Mumisa, an Islamic scholar based Torture at Cambridge University, explains why the We are bombarded with advertising, labels and THE Pentagon's announcement that military majority of British Muslims don't want a bar of marketing promising consumers a positive prosecutors will seek the death penalty for six sharia law. ABC Religion Report 13 Feb 08 outcome for the environment. How much of it Guantanamo detainees accused in the is deceptive and misleading? ABC Background Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is September 11 terror attacks is likely to put the Briefing 10 Feb 08 facing calls to resign for suggesting that the Bush Administration's interrogation practices introduction in Britain of some aspects of on trial as well, military and legal specialists Food Islamic law was unavoidable. Aust 10 Feb 08 say. Age 13 Feb 08 POTENTIALLY dangerous levels of naturally Islam & Christianity Transport occurring cyanide detected in a popular type of snack food have prompted a statewide alert by You don’t have to be a Christian to know that TAXI fares could be slashed by a third if the health authorities. SMH 7 Feb 08 while Islam spread by the sword, Christianity State Government moved to break the mainly spread by precept, example, and stranglehold on the industry by wealthy taxi Gambling peaceful persuasion. Roger Sandall writes. owners, according to the former chairman of PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd will consider Quadrant Dec 07 the Australian Competition and Consumer banning ATMs from gaming venues in a bid to Commission, Professor Allan Fels. SMH 9 Feb Israel crack down on problem gambling on poker 08 machines. Age 11 Feb 08 In the US, the two groups that most ardently Volunteers support Israel are Jews and evangelical and Interreligious relations fundamentalist Christians. Why should certain Migrants from non-English speaking countries The top Vatican cardinal in charge of relations Christians, most of them politically quite are less likely to be volunteers than Australian- with Jews on Thursday denied a new prayer for conservative, be so devoted to Israel? asks born people or migrants from English-speaking their conversion was offensive and said James Q. Wilson. City Journal Winter 08 nations, a new study shows. SMH 11 Feb 08 Catholics had the right to pray as they wished. Papua Water Christian Today 8 Feb 08 Journalist and former Media Report presenter TORRENTIAL rain across eastern Australia as Islam – Australia Andrew Dodd takes us to Indonesian- well as in the west has delivered large parts of The Afghan jihad was presented by Western controlled Papua. There's no shortage of media the country from the drought. Aust 11 Feb 08 media agencies in the 1980s as a just war. I still outlets on offer, but do ordinary Papuans have Workplace relations recall an episode of 60 Minutes with the late a voice? ABC Media Report 7 Feb 08 Richard Carleton profiling the courageous THE decision by deputy Liberal leader and Political theory freedom fighters facing a superpower. A shadow workplace relations minister Julie coalition of right-wing think tanks and Western Christopher Pearson talks with Michael Cooney, Bishop to resist the Government's plans to and Arab governments promoted the jihad, a former senior adviser to Mark Latham and Kim trash Australian Workplace Agreements is a writes Irfan Yusuf. SMH 7 Feb 08 Beazley, who's now the policy director of a new welcome sign that there may yet be some fight think tank, Per Capita. Aust 9 Feb 08 left in the conservative camp. Aust 12 Feb 08 THE Federal Government has ruled out the introduction of Islamic courts in Australia Politics – Australia THE pros and cons of Australian Workplace following debate triggered by the global head Agreements are set to get another workout The opening of the 42nd parliament, the full of the Anglican Church. SMH 9 Feb 08 after the Senate launches an inquiry into the exposure of the Rudd team and the first time Rudd Government's legislation to scrap them. Islam – Egypt Labor has occupied the government benches in Age 13 Feb 08 almost 12 years, heralds a new era in In a landmark case, an Egyptian court has ruled Australian politics, writes Dennis Shanahan. that the state must recognise the right of Aust 9 Feb 08 Christians who convert to Islam to revert back to Christianity. SMH 11 Feb 08 WHEN 1000 of the best and brightest from Of rellated iinterest Of re ated nterest around Australia take over Parliament House Islam – UK for Kevin Rudd's 2020 summit in April, they will The West needs another Gandhi, not only to not be spending much time referring to the save us from the terrorists, but also from THE Archbishop of Canterbury has been Labor Party platform for guidance, writes Mike ourselves, says Brad Pedersen. O-Op 13 Feb 08 criticised from all quarters for backing the Steketee. Aust 9 Feb 08 introduction of sharia law in Britain. Age 9 Feb 08 What can the Pauline Hanson experience teach us? How did she become a household name? The Archbishop of Canterbury apologised to asks Brian Holden. O-Op 12 Feb 08 From the vaullt From the vau t the Church of England yesterday for any “misleading choice of words” when he Television Transcript of a sermon, "Claims of the delivered his controversial speech on Islam, but Aborigines," preached by NSW Baptist minister Speaking after announcing he was leaving Nine insisted that he stood by his right to tackle Rev John Saunders, 14 October 1838. after 30 years, Ray Martin told The Weekend such issues. Times (UK) 12 Feb 08 Australian that commercial TV had too much The Archbishop of Canterbury's suggestion death, blood, violence, sex and bad language, that some form of sharia law is inevitable in and was alienating "ordinary Australian Britain has provoked public outrage. Now families." Aust 9 Feb 08 Religion & Ethics Australia is published by the Rowan Williams says he has been Tinsley Institute, Morling College, 120 Herring Rd, Timor Macquarie Park NSW 2113 AUSTRALIA. Views misunderstood - he never intended to expressed are not necessarily those of the Institute suggest there should be parallel legal ANOTHER wave of Australian troops will arrive or affiliated agencies. Abbreviations: Aust=The jurisdictions. We speak to the author of in East Timor today after the tiny country was Australian; CT=Christianity Today; O-Op= Online Londonistan, Melanie Phillips, about why plunged into a new crisis by an apparent Opinion; SMH=The Sydney Morning Herald. Britain's elites seem so strangely reluctant to assassination attempt on Prime Minister Clicking on any icon above will take you to Rod’s defend the idea of a common culture. Xanana Gusmao and President Jose Ramos blog comments on the relevant issue, where you can ABC Religion Report 13 Feb 08 Horta. Aust 12 Feb 08 also read other responses and have your say.
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