On Line Opinion - 30 August 2004

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 01/09/2004 - 01:04

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Call for September contributions: "Access to the Family Court and access to kids."

Discontent over family law and post-separation child arrangements has been simmering for some time but the appointment of a new Chief Justice to the Family Court and the announcement of new measures for resolving disputes have put the issue on the election map. Is this enough? What else needs to be done and how can it best be achieved?

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New Articles

ALP energy policy committed to growing the economy and retarding global warming

Feature - Joel Fitzgibbon - posted 30/8/2004

The non-policy on energy

Feature - Keith Lovegrove - posted 30/8/2004

Dr Seuss: parables for today's international relations.

Domestic Politics - Martin Philip - posted 30/8/2004

I prefer the frustrated fighter pilot for President to the swift boat commander any day!

International - Stephen Barton - posted 30/8/2004

Athens 2004, the no-show Games

Sport - Richard Cashman - posted 27/8/2004

Marching in step with US strategy

International - Peter Jennings - posted 27/8/2004

Unless you have a time portal, forget about escaping globalisation

Society - Keith Suter - posted 27/8/2004

David Hicks, this is your life

- Mark Cornwall - posted 26/8/2004

Samuel Huntington claims that American national identity is under attack

International - Don DeBats - posted 26/8/2004

My story regardless, a writer's view of Norma Khouri

The Arts - Patti Miller - posted 26/8/2004

Defence procurement decision-making - the need for wider political debate

Domestic Politics - Luke Auton - posted 26/8/2004

ACT debates world's first Bill of Responsibilities

Law & Liberties - George Williams and Lara Kostakidis-Lianos - posted 25/8/2004

Power for the People: A history of electricity in Sydney

Science & Technology - Sandra Jobson - posted 25/8/2004

Responsibility, Accountability and Corporate Activity.

Society - Will Barrett - posted 25/8/2004

In defence of Ross Cameron

Domestic Politics - Greg Barns - posted 24/8/2004

Australian biotechs are born prematurely .... then struggle for life.

Science & Technology - Michael Vitale - posted 24/8/2004

The Olympics: A celebration of the human spirit but not a religion

Sport - Peter Sellick - posted 24/8/2004


Ambit Gambit

August 30, 2004

"Trust" - a pivot word to pull "truth" into line.

- posted by Graham

While political leaders construct their messages in terms of policies and ideals, elections are most often won at the emotional level. So, despite all the rhetoric yesterday from both sides about security, health, education and interest rates, the pitches were...

August 30, 2004

A volatile, untrusting electorate will make the election especially interesting.

- posted by Jeff Wall

I have been thinking about a way to illustrate how volatile, untrusting, and "different", the Australian electorate is today. The opinion polls are volatile, but polls taken before a campaign commences often are. Minor parties - especially Greens and Independents...

August 29, 2004

Illuminate Your University: It's Election Time

- posted by Darlene Taylor

I know all the talk is on that other, supposedly more important election, but if my memory serves me correctly, I think we must be coming up to the always vital (for budding politicians at least) student union elections. What...

August 27, 2004

Were they up late watching the cycling?

- posted by Graham

Two days ago, as reported in yesterday's Courier Mail, John Howard and Mark Latham both seemed to be giving the wrong questions to the right answers. Latham was asked why he had private health insurance if he was opposed to...

August 25, 2004

Original sin and Abu Ghraib.

- posted by Graham

Two of my recent themes collided with each other on Stephen Crittendon's Religion Report this morning, and also with the release of the US Army report into Abu Ghraib prison. On the OnLineOpinions list I have recently been arguing that...

August 23, 2004

The Member for Parramatta's 'gamble' has failed.

- posted by Jeff Wall

THE Member for Parramatta, Ross Cameron, undoubtedly believed his "pre-emptive" strike in outing himself for his infidelity was the best available political option given that the "Sydney Morning Herald" clearly intended to write the story with or without his co-operation....



Graham Young
Chief Editor


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