Religion & Ethics Australia No. 164, 1-7 May 2008 A weekly public affairs review from the Tinsley Institute Edited by Rod Benson News & analysis News & analysis Bioethics – organ transplantation Disability A SPECIALIST doctor says young, healthy The Leprosy Mission has welcomed the Aboriginal & Indigenous affairs people should be allowed to sell their UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons kidneys for $50,000 to the Federal with Disabilities, which comes into force on SERIOUS cases involving Aboriginal Government, which could then give them to 3 May, as “excellent news” for millions of offenders to be heard by Australia’s first sick patients who now must wait years for a people left disabled by leprosy. Koori County Court, to be set up in Victoria transplant or travel to Third World Christian Today 2 May 08 by the end of the year, are not expected to countries to buy the organs. SMH 5 May 08 include sexual offences. Age 6 May 08 Bonded by catastrophic injuries that meant CRAIG GILL took “less than 30 seconds” to a life lived without legs, Cynthia Banham A “SICKENING” report on child sex abuse decide that he would sell his kidney to and Gill Hicks arranged a meeting. This is in outback South Australia has revealed the finance ballet lessons and a home deposit Cynthia’s story. Age 3 May 08 widespread abuse of Aboriginal children, for his two-year-old daughter, Petal. After particularly young girls. Former Supreme Disaster hearing of the call to legalise the sale of Court judge Ted Mullighan tabled a report kidneys in Australia, Mr Gill called the SMH THE Burmese junta last night threw a in the state’s Parliament yesterday after to place an advertisement for one of his roadblock in the path of the biggest regional conducting a 10-month inquiry in the kidneys for $50,000. SMH 6 May 08 rescue operation since the 2004 Boxing Day Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands tsunami, as the toll from Cyclone Nargis in the state’s north-west. Age 7 May 08 Climate change rose to 22,500 dead with a further 41,000 Abuse – child Global warming stopped six years ago. It people missing. Aust 7 May 08 might start again tomorrow, but from 2002 THE children of Josef Fritzl’s incestuous When disasters occur overseas, Australians until now, average global temperatures have relationship with his daughter have are generally among the largest donors on a remained fairly constant. This is in contrast emerged from their claustrophobic dungeon per capita basis through our public to the previous period when, as everyone with harrowing physical and psychological donations to international aid agencies, knows, the temperature trend was upwards, damage. Its scale is only just starting to such as World Vision Australia and Oxfam. writes Michael Duffy. SMH 3 May 08 become apparent as they have been Canberra Times 7 May 08 reunited with their siblings. SMH 1 May 08 Like it or not, carbon and the forestry Domestic violence debate are now firmly linked. Peppered Ageing throughout Garnaut’s report are references Domestic violence policy is overwhelmingly The number of elderly people who live in to how land cover change, and especially dominated by the idea that it is something abject squalor - among rotting piles of de-forestation, is connected to worsening that men do to women, writes Roger Smith. garbage, scurrying rodents, sodden climate change. Aust 7 May 08 O-Op 2 May 08 bedclothes, faeces-encrusted carpets and A partnership between the Institute of Drugs sometimes a menagerie of dogs, cats and Public Affairs and the University of pigeons - appears to be on the rise, More than 100 police, some in bulletproof Queensland to support environmental presenting local councils, welfare workers vests, descended on the Redfern streets and research aims to provide a haven for our and neighbours with financial and ethical stormed the crumbling houses with guns scholars without ideological or commercial dilemmas. SMH 5 May 08 drawn as they hunted 30 heroin dealers. interference and with no prescription as to SMH 1 May 08 Alcohol the end point of their inquiries, writes Bryant Macfie. Aust 7 May 08 CANNABIS would be sold legally in post UNDERCOVER teenagers could be offices in packets that warn against its deployed to ensure bars, nightclubs and Consumerism effects under a proposal outlined by the bottle shops are not selling alcohol to Rather than realizing the enriched social life head of a Sydney drug and alcohol clinic. minors, as part of a new Victorian that Kellogg’s vision offered us, we have SMH 6 May 08 Government plan to prevent alcohol abuse impoverished our human communities with and violent attacks. Age 3 May 08 Employment a form of materialism that leaves us in relative isolation from family, friends, and The job of government is to carry out the Bioethics – reproductive technologies neighbours, writes Jeffrey Kaplan. wishes of the people with sensible policies. Legislators now recognise that knowledge Orion Magazine May/Jun 08 The will of the people is that women should of biological inheritance is so important to be able to combine work and families. It has Criminal justice the development of identity and finding been expressed plainly by numbers. The job fulfilment in life that children are, at the TWO new jails will be built in Victoria of the government is to make that feasible very least, entitled to information about under a $600 million budget initiative and equitable in the interests of the whole their parents, writes Tom Frame. designed to ease overcrowding in the state’s population, especially the children, writes ABC Perspective 6 May 08 prison system. Aust 6 May 08 Natasha Stott-Despoja. O-Op 1 May 08 Food Marriage Transport THE Asian Development Bank has rushed Pre-nuptial agreements, which lawyers MELBOURNE is set to become the new to offer cheap loans to poor countries in the report are increasingly used by Australian production home of Toyota’s hybrid Camry, region to help them cope with the world couples, may cover anything the couple with negotiations between Australia and food crisis. Age 5 May 08 wishes, from a sensible allocation of assets Japan likely to conclude by mid-year. to bizarre “lifestyle clauses”, regulating Age 3 May 08 Gambling behaviour rather than money. Enforcing War THE Iemma Government will defer the them is another matter. SMH 3 May 08 poker machine tax payments of scores of A SUDANESE cameraman with the Arab Policing clubs in a bid to compensate for a loss of satellite news channel al-Jazeera arrived revenue since the indoor smoking ban came VICTORIAN police have been caught home early yesterday after being detained into force. SMH 1 May 08 speeding 735 times and drink-driving 109 without charge for six years at the United times since 2003. Some off-duty police States-run Guantanamo Bay military ANTI-POKIES crusader Nick Xenophon were caught with a blood alcohol reading prison. Age 3 May 08 will press the Rudd Government to more than four times the legal limit. introduce a levy on poker machines, similar Work Age 5 May 08 to the 70% tax rise on alcopop drinks I was walking through Ashfield shopping announced last week. Age 5 May 08 Politics – Australia centre at 10 o’clock last Sunday morning. Homosexual rights It would be unwise to regard leadership as Every shop was open. It could have been the only problem facing the Liberals. This any day of the week. If I had been on the IN DECEMBER, Kevin Rudd gave hope to issue disguises a deeper cultural problem west coast it would have been different. In gay and lesbian couples by indicating he that turns on the intellectual weakness of Western Australia a referendum to would not use Commonwealth powers to the politically conservative tradition in deregulate Sunday trading was soundly override same-sex marriage laws passed by Australia, compared with that which defeated in 2005, writes William McKeith. states and territories. Yesterday those hopes prevails in similar democracies such as SMH 6 May 08 were snuffed out when the ACT Labor Britain and the US, writes Gerard Government abandoned gay marriage plans Henderson. SMH 6 May 08 after the Rudd Government said they would be overridden. SMH 5 May 08 Politics & faith – Australia Of related interest Of related interest THE ACT Government has accused Kevin When it comes to same sex couples and Rudd of pandering to the “extreme marriage, a Charter of Rights, or child Philip Jenkins has looked at the effect Christian Right” in its threat to scuttle the surrogacy, how effectively does the of birth rates on the world’s Christian territory’s controversial civil partnerships Australian Christian Lobby represent the populations. Third World Christians, with bill. Aust 6 May 08 mainstream churches? When the ACL their much more conservative, Bible- lobbies with government, how does its focused beliefs, are likely to dominate the Human rights perceived constituency find a genuine voice big Christian churches. ABC Counterpoint “Hitler is alive in Burma” reads a cardboard in its policy-making? ABC Religion Report 5 May 08 [audio only] sign, held aloft by Ellen Page in a 90-second 7 May 08 See also here and here. What makes a „Good Society‟ and human-rights public awareness message Poverty should it be measured in purely material that has begun appearing on video-sharing terms? asks Tristan Ewins. O-Op 6 May 08 websites. SMH 5 May 08 HOW is it that after 15 years of unprecedented levels of prosperity in Human trafficking Australia, more than a million people are on Claims are often made that large numbers of migrants are trafficked around the world welfare? Why are so many people locked out of the high standard of living the rest of Reviews Reviews for sex. Laura Maria Agustin has looked us take for granted? Worse, they are also In “Iraq: Will we ever get out?” closely at the evidence for this and effectively locked out of the broader Thomas Powers reviews ten books on the concludes that the figures are exaggerated. community, condemned to the social Iraq war and related people and issues. ABC Counterpoint 5 May 08 isolation that often comes with low grade New York Review of Books 29 May 08 housing, poor health, limited access to Immigration transport and lack of meaningful work, BIG business will be able to speed up writes Philip Freier. Age 5 May 08 controversial 457 visas to import foreign workers after employers complained of Prostitution From the vault From the vault significant processing delays. Age 6 May 08 As anti-prostitution groups increasingly try Judy Putt, Human trafficking to to thwart the sex trade by going after the Australia : a research challenge, Israel customers, they say they have faced a big Australian Institute of Criminology research Conventional wisdom holds that the Israeli- problem - researchers have only the crudest paper, June 2007. Palestinian conflict now is primarily a grasp of why men buy sex. Age 6 May 08 matter of borders and “occupation”. But as Social justice Israelis celebrate their Independence Day Religion & Ethics Australia is published by the and Palestinians’ prepare to mourn their A $1 BILLION social justice package Tinsley Institute, Morling College, 120 Herring Rd, naqba (“catastrophe”), it’s clear that the targeting disabled people and “at risk” Macquarie Park NSW 2113 AUSTRALIA. Views expressed are not necessarily those of the Institute or shadow of 1948 looms as large as that from groups such as Aborigines and new affiliated agencies. Abbreviations: Aust=The 1967, writes Adam Frey. migrants will be a centrepiece of Australian; CT=Christianity Today; O-Op= Online Canberra Times 7 May 08 tomorrow’s state budget. Age 5 May 08 Opinion; SMH=The Sydney Morning Herald.