On Line Opinion

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 28/09/2004 - 19:21

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QUT: Art Exhibition, "All things Art and SAVVY".

August 6 to October 17, 2004.

Gardens Point Campus,
QUT Art Museum, U Block.

Elizabeth Graetz, 07 3864 9099,
or visit http://www.culturalprecinct.qut.edu.au

University of Sydney:
An international conference by the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics in honour of the work of Professor Grazia Marchiano of the University of Sienna.

September 29 to October 1, 2004.

Rick Benitez
Phone: 9351 6658.
Email: Rick.Benitez@arts.usyd.edu.au
or visit: www.ssla.soc.usyd.edu.au/conference

Brisbane Institute:
Brisbane: Beautiful one day, radical the next?

Raymond Evans and Carole Ferrier,

Brisbane Writers Festival event.

September 30, 2004, 1.45pm.

Readers Marquee,
Cultural Forecourt,
South Bank (lawn between QPAC and the Brisbane River).

Free. No need to book.

Enquiries visit http://www.brisinst.org.au/calendar/20040930_26.html




As we grind our way towards another uninspiring election, there is movement underway towards a New Politics in Australia which empowers individuals, families and communities.

Our tired political parties are doing their best to get us interested in their campaigns. But it's hard going. Most of us switched off long ago, preferring authentic social leadership at community levels to the ritualised theatre of our career politicians.

Government and political processes remain important. But they need urgent renewal if they are to support (and not hinder) the empowerment of people in communities and the creation of new models in education, health, welfare, indigenous affairs, financial security, job creation and family support.

You are invited to join us at one of the following Forums to hear about People Power, a new political movement aiming to empower individuals, families and communities, and break through the stagnation in our political culture and institutions.

Adelaide - Wednesday 29 September, 6.30pm - 8pm

Brisbane - Tuesday 5 October, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Sydney - Thursday 7 October, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Melbourne - Saturday 16 October, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

(See http://www.peoplepower.org.au/Events.htm for details)

Help us complete our registration with the Australian Electoral Commission as a political party.

Download our membership form from our website - http://www.peoplepower.org.au/Membership.htm.

(Membership is free of charge).

Vern Hughes http://www.peoplepower.org.au


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New Articles

Wealth (or Wentworth?): A rich abundance or profusion of anything.
Cartoons - Mark Cornwall - posted 27/9/2004

Meeting the complexity of needs requires significant funding: Is the Family Court out of its depth?
Feature - Daniel Donahoo - posted 27/9/2004

The Age of Weeds: Let's declare war before it is too late.
Environment - Julian Cribb - posted 27/9/2004

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome & The Kathleen Folbigg Case.
Law & Liberties - Bernie Matthews - posted 27/9/2004

Readers Write: You tell us your views and your comments.
Society - Readers Write - posted 27/9/2004

Education policy: Posh schools need to reposition themselves...
Cartoons - Mark Cornwall - posted 24/9/2004

How about it, Mark and John - funding for arts education for Australian kids!
The Arts - Helen O'Neil - posted 24/9/2004

When drugs mask our society's failings.
Health - Tanveer Ahmed - posted 24/9/2004

Engagement will do more than a treaty for indigenous health.
Indigenous Affairs - Fred Chaney - posted 24/9/2004

Masquerade parties - the trickery of branding political parties.
Domestic Politics - Colin Mullane - posted 24/9/2004

An electorate divided and entrenched: a tripartite dilemma for Australian politicians.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - posted 23/9/2004

Why exactly do we need a republic?
Domestic Politics - Nick Ferrett - posted 23/9/2004

Back to the Future: The 2004 Senate Inquiry's Report into an Australian Republic.
Domestic Politics - Stephen Souter - posted 23/9/2004

A debate we should have had: Gay marriage has not had a fair go.
Religion & Spirituality - Lindy Edwards - posted 23/9/2004

Time for a new economic prudence.
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - posted 22/9/2004

No amount of hand-wringing can bring dead babies back after an abortion.
Health - Melinda Tankard Reist - posted 22/9/2004

It's hard to take aim at the moving target of jihadist terrorism.
International - Michael Wesley - posted 22/9/2004

Building Australia's Future in a Changing World.
International - Alexander Downer - posted 22/9/2004

Matched on mojo, powers to persuade.
Domestic Politics - Andrew Leigh - posted 21/9/2004

Cardinal Pell bans free speech and makes the Church look ridiculous.
Religion & Spirituality - Kate Mannix - posted 21/9/2004

Brisbane: The 200km City and the impact of the car.
Society - Peter Spearritt - posted 21/9/2004

Is Australia reneging on its traditional support for human rights?
International - Irene Khan - posted 21/9/2004


The Domain - Feeds from Australia's best political blogs

Ambit Gambit

September 26, 2004

Marchers accuse Prime Minister of being a "Lying Rodent"

- posted by Darlene Taylor

A rally against the Howard Government in King George Square today in Brisbane attracted over a thousand protestors. During the demonstration, which was outside the Liberal Party's federal election campaign launch, speakers such as the Socialist Alliance's Senate candidate Sam... More



Tanner set to survive

Not all Sunday Age stories this morning were a waste of newsprint. There was also a report on polling in my seat of Melbourne, in which incumbent Lindsay Tanner faces a challenge from the Greens. He's certainly outcampaigning the Greens.... More


>From the sidelines....

The case for investing in the future

The Canberra Press Gallery, and the ALP, seem agog at Howard's spending promises. Of course, if he'd got up and said he wasn't going to offer anything new then the critics would have said that he was out of ideas... More


Imagining Australia

Pork for School Lunches

To gain an insight into the worst tendencies of Liberal Party social policy, look no further than their recently released schools policy, which promises $1 billion to fix school buildings. Why is this money a priority? We're not told. How... More


Troppo Armadillo

The Drunken Sailor and the Invisible Man?

JOHN Howard yesterday doubled his campaign spending promises in one unprecedented wallop, with a $6 billion package aimed primarily at young families and small business. Both John Quiggin and The Australian editorial today describe it as profligate and spending money... More


Back Pages

Drinking at the new fiscal bar

How irresponsible is Howard's fiscal stance (lots of sharp discussion of the launch ongoing here)? Not very, it seems to me. The substantive potential problems lie in the nature of the spending (e.g. effectively creating a duplicate government tier in... More



Graham Young
Chief Editor


On Line Opinion is owned and published by National Forum.

Editorial Advisory Board:

Brian Johns, Leonie Kramer, Michael Kelly, Peter Donoughue, Ray Evans, Michael Williams, Kathy Sullivan, Tom Worthington, Julian Cribb, Helen O'Neil, Lucy Turnbull.

Acknowledgement of Collaborative Editors

The following people and groups have collaborated in producing this edition of On Line Opinion, please visit their websites to find out more about their organisations:

Carly Hammond and James Ensor, Oxfam Community Aid Abroad
http://www.caa.org.au/ ;

Terry Flew, QUT



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