On Line Opinion - 18 October 2004

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 18/10/2004 - 22:00

- Australia's free Internet journal of social and political opinion

Howard's fourth term.

With effective control of the House of Representatives and the Senate for the first time in a generation, the Federal Government has an opportunity to make significant and far reaching changes. If you were John Howard what would you do?

Send your submissions to the editor at submissions@onlineopinion.com.au



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November Feature

Where should universities be heading?

This election all sides are promising more university places for all, but are universities fulfilling our real needs? Should universities train, or educate? Can they do both? Should a university education be a universal right? What is the role for other tertiary education providers? Where do universities fit in life-long learning? Have standards fallen? As the assessment cycle reaches its climax our November feature asks what could we do better. Send your submissions to the editor at submissions@onlineopinion.com.au


Brisbane Institute:
Medicare debate, "That taxpayers can no longer afford medicare".

October 19, 2004, 5.30pm for 6.00pm.

Customs House,
399 Queens Street,
CBD Brisbane.

$22 admission, $11 concession/Mater personel. Bi members and sponsors free.

Tel 07 3220 2198
or rsvp@brisinst.org.au.

More info visit http://www.brisinst.org.au/calendar/20041019_28.html

University of Sydney:
"The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in a global perspective".

October 21, 2004.

Building Seminar is free and open to all

Enquiries call Iris Wielders,
02 9351 7686
Email: iris.wielders@arts.usyd.edu.au
CPACS Administration Officer
CPACS Oval Office Mackie

Free lecture by US Court of Appeals Judge:
Intellectual Property Law
by The Honourable Randall R Rader,
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Monday October, 25 2004 5.30pm-7pm (Refreshments from 5pm)

O J Wordsworth Room,
S Block, Level 12,
Gardens Point (City) Campus.

Limited seating is available so RSVP by October 21.

For more information call Sian Haigh,
02 3864 2112
Email s.haigh@qut.edu.au
or visit www.law.qut.edu.au



Registrations are now open for an afternoon seminar on


Friday 29 October 2004 from 1:30pm to 5pm,

NSW Parliament House,
Macquarie St,

This seminar will examine the legal and other implications of the new ACT Human Rights Act 2004. Speakers will examine the Act and its affect upon human rights, the legal profession and legal institutions. Topics will also include the implications for national debate on Bills of Rights and public education and awareness.

The speakers are Jane Hearn (Human Rights Law Adviser, ACT Department of Justice), Dr Helen Watchirs (ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner),
Dr Chris Ward (Sydney Bar),
Dr Fleur Johns (Sydney Centre for International and Global Law, University of Sydney),
Professor Andrew Byrnes (Centre for International and Public Law, ANU) and
Dr Patricia Ranald (Public Interest Advisory Centre).

The cost is $45 for the afternoon with a concession rate of $25 for students and unwaged.

The brochure, with registration form, is available on the web at www.law.usyd.edu.au/scigl/ or www.gtcentre.unsw.edu.au.

For further information, please contact
Ms Belinda McDonald
(02 9385 2257 or gtcentre@unsw.edu.au)
or Mr Mariusz Bartoszewicz
(02 9351 0322 or mauriszb@law.usyd.edu.au).

New South Wales solicitors attending this event can claim 3 MCLE points and barristers 3 CPD points.

The seminar is organised by the Sydney Centre for International and Global Law at the University of Sydney and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW.


New Articles

The spoils of defeat...
Cartoons - Mark Cornwall - posted 18/10/2004

Tampa in Tasmania... and the devil we know.
Indigenous Affairs - Brian Johnstone - posted 18/10/2004

Big 'E' Ethics and the tide of progress
Feature - Miles Little - posted 18/10/2004

Corporate responsibilty in business schools.
Feature - Robert McLean - posted 18/10/2004

Ethics and contemporary global society.
Society - Anna Yeatman - posted 18/10/2004

Does Biff have a buffer against Bomber?
Cartoons - Mark Cornwall - posted 15/10/2004

Libs' economic stewardship far from exemplary.
Economics - Evan Jones - posted 15/10/2004

Demoralisation and incentive - the price of executive salaries.
Economics - Tanveer Ahmed - posted 15/10/2004

Book Review:
'Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man'
by David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke.
The Arts - Ben-Peter Terpstra - posted 15/10/2004

Why families need to start planning for the oil crisis.
Society - Daniel Donahoo - posted 15/10/2004

The surplus that wasn't - what we should be thinking about now.
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - posted 14/10/2004

Production line technology for housing.
The Arts - Chris Johnson - posted 14/10/2004

Who Ordered the Food Poisoning?
Health - Peter Curson - posted 14/10/2004

Film review:
Women wanting in 'Suddenly 30'.
Media - Felicity Cull - posted 14/10/2004

The election in Tasmania - a referendum on old-growth logging?
Domestic Politics - Peter Tucker - posted 13/10/2004

Right to strike should go.
Domestic Politics - Des Moore - posted 13/10/2004

Pollsters versus punters: How the pundits called the election.
Domestic Politics - Andrew Leigh - posted 13/10/2004

India's cricketing team hampered by the lack of professionalism of the controlling authority.
Sport - Ray Marcelo - posted 13/10/2004

Operation 'post mortification'!
Cartoons - Mark Cornwall - posted 12/10/2004

Is Australia an intelligence and media colony?
Media - Peter Manning - posted 12/10/2004

Democracy the big loser on election day.
Domestic Politics - Peter McMahon - posted 12/10/2004

The twilight of the elites: Labor must return to its heartland.
Domestic Politics - David Flint - posted 12/10/2004


The Domain - Feeds from Australia’s best political blogs

Ambit Gambit

October 17, 2004
Howard isn't about to drop his clutch
- posted by Graham
Back in the days when most cars were manual, we'd talk about "dropping the clutch". In fact, this was the opposite of what you would do. "Dropping the clutch" meant pushing the accelerator to the floor and engaging the clutch... More


October 16, 2004
The ALP: A Fraction Too Much Factionalism?
- posted by Darlene Taylor
Not unlike someone whose romantic advances have been spurned, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) is currently giving itself a tough time thinking it is not good enough for the object of its affections. Of course, the ALP's woes come not... More


Tim Blair

Mark Steyn on John Howard and the Australian election: The US and British press could barely disguise their befuddlement at the way the first of the Anglosphere's three musketeers to face the electorate had survived being run through by Ramsey... More



Personal lives and politics
'Cheating on my wife cost me my seat' concedes Ross Cameron. And it couldn't have happened to a nicer person ... Within limits I take the view that a politician's personal behaviour, as long as it doesn't involve harm to... More


From the sidelines....

The Economist
"With 1 billion page views a month, mostly from the Bay Area and New York, this is the sort of success that most dotcoms can only dream about. What is the secret? "Our main purpose is to be... More


Public Opinion

fissures & factions
I guess that it is all a bit of shock. The election was decided in the outer suburban seats of... More


Peter Costello, the federal Treasurer, has a new Cassandra role to play, now that the federal election has been sown... More


Troppo Armadillo

Is opposition to fundamentalist Christianity a kind of prejudice? The Democrats in America are increasingly influenced by an educated urban elite who intensely dislike fundamentalist Christians, say two American academics. According to Louis Bolce and Gerald D Maio data from... More



Graham Young
Chief Editor


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

Terry Flew,



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