Tony Abbott Causes Everything

Yet another ship carrying illegal immigrants sinks in the Indian Ocean. Somehow this is Tony Abbott’s fault, or George Bush’s or John Howard’s, or something. Even though the boats had slowed to a stop under the Howard government. Michelle Grattan gives a perfect demonstration of why the Age is in such a parlous state: It’s …

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On The Persistent Promulgation Of Platitudes

It is a tad disappointing that church leaders trot out the same bland comments about illegal immigrants year after year. You might hope that if all they can up with is platitudes, they could at least try to find some new ones. But no. This year, yet again, we heard that Jesus was a refugee, and that …

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Is The Age Finally Seeing the Light?

Although The Age is a left leaning paper, I was a regular reader up until a few years ago. I am not sure what changed, but it seemed to me that The Age was no longer content with giving people the news and then saying ‘This is what we think about it.’ Instead ‘what we think …

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Random Conversations

News of the latest violent incident at a detention centre for illegal immigrants brought to mind a couple of recent conversations with customers. The first was with a woman who said she could understand people wanting to get away from places that were violent, or where they couldn’t get enough to eat. If she were in that situation …

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Prudence, Refugees and the NBN

Firstly, apologies for the lack of posts over the last six weeks. I won’t bore you by explaining what the problem was. Let’s just hope that 2011 is more restful year! I have been thinking lately about the seven virtues, and in particular, the first of the cardinal virtues, prudence. Prudence is sometimes portrayed as …

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Ready or Not

Boats of illegal immigrants are arriving in Australia, or being intercepted on the way here, at a rate of one every second day. Liberal churches and community groups claim they must be welcomed, given the benefit of the doubt, not placed in detention, made part of the community. This a regular theme in the Anglican …

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