February 13th 2016


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COVER STORY Democratic Progressive Party ousts Kuomintang

CANBERRA OBSERVED Barnaby Joyce: enigma, loose cannon, deputy PM?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Temporary protection visa holders left exposed

ENVIRONMENT Bob Carter, RIP: mythbuster and fact finder extraordinaire

FAMILY AND SOCIETY Farewell, religious liberty, farewell, conscience

EDITORIAL Syria: U.S. backdown opens door to peace talks

ECONOMICS Bubble has burst on globalisation project

EUTHANASIA Media drives sales in the death market

CULTURE What does a good music review sound like?

CULTURE Can we put a rocket under religious Sci-fi?

CINEMA A melancholy heroism: Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

BOOK REVIEW Partial but thorough

BOOK REVIEW Brutality of battle

LETTERS

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Tas. Commissioner takes on bishops over marriage booklet


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COVER STORY Democratic Progressive Party ousts Kuomintang
The Taiwanese election of January 16 saw the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rise to power in Taipei. This change has a significance out of all proportion to a simple election result. Few commentators have realised that this is the first time since 1928 that the Kuomintang (KMT) has not been the dominant power in the Republic of China. Indeed, most Taiwan journalists still habitually refer to the KMT as “the ruling party”.
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CANBERRA OBSERVED Barnaby Joyce: enigma, loose cannon, deputy PM?
Since the Nationals (originally the Country Party) formed at a federal level in 1920 the party has had just 12 parliamentary leaders. Half of these (including the incumbent, Warren Truss) led their party for a minimum of eight years.
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NATIONAL AFFAIRS Temporary protection visa holders left exposed
In Australia, anyone who does not hold an Australian or New Zealand passport is required to have a visa of some sort, to establish their entitlement to remain in the country.
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ENVIRONMENT Bob Carter, RIP: mythbuster and fact finder extraordinaire
Professor Bob Carter, one of the most outspoken critics of global warming in the Western world, died in Townsville last month, after suffering a heart attack. He was aged 74.
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FAMILY AND SOCIETY Farewell, religious liberty, farewell, conscience
On December 5, 2015, Dr Augusto Zimmermann, spoke on the topic, “Same-sex marriage and the church of the future” at a conference at the New Life City Church, Kewdale, Western Australia. The following is a slightly abridged version of Dr Zimmermann’s talk.
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EDITORIAL Syria: U.S. backdown opens door to peace talks
After years of providing moral, military and political support to Syrian rebels, the Obama Administration has conceded that military force alone will not overthrow the regime of Bashar al Assad in Syria, bringing about the tentative beginning of negotiations to end the bloody civil war.
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ECONOMICS Bubble has burst on globalisation project
So far as global economics and finance is concerned, 2016 began with a whimper and a bang. Then kicked up a bit.
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EUTHANASIA Media drives sales in the death market
Last October, an elderly couple from the Melbourne suburb of Brighton were found dead in their home. Sad to say, it was the third “couple” or “double” suicide covered in the media within a few short weeks, the other two being in my hometown of Adelaide.
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CULTURE What does a good music review sound like?
One of the most frustrating aspects of reading music reviews is the complete letdown that can follow when you go from a “good review” to listening to the music reviewed. Part of the danger resides in the fact that a “good review” can mean, beyond any judgement on the music, merely a well-written review; in other words, we can be swayed by a piece of rhetoric – which is, let it be said, not to be sniffed at. Rhetoric is a fine art in itself; in fact one of the seven branches of the classical liberal education. But it is not, and let’s be clear about this, it is not music.
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CULTURE Can we put a rocket under religious Sci-fi?
A magazine I frequently write for (not this one) recently published a review of a book of essays advocating atheism. The reviewer pointed out with some enthusiasm that a large number of the contributors were science-fiction writers.
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CINEMA A melancholy heroism: Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie
In Peanuts, Charles Monroe “Sparky” Schulz (1922-2000) crafted a compelling comedy of melancholy, a popular mythology that gave voice to the anxiety and insecurities of the generations growing up in the rapidly changing world after World War II.
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BOOK REVIEW Partial but thorough
Her resources were not merely documentary but human, in that she did much interviewing, and she also draws judiciously on her memories. She had the excellent good fortune to be born into a well-to-do Catholic family (her father was a cardiologist) resident in Kew in close proximity to Dr Mannix’s Raheen and to several major Catholic institutions of incidental importance to her biography; and to have had among her parents’ friends many of the key figures in the saga of 20th-century Catholicism – individuals who knew much and told much which Dr Niall, when young, heard and remembered.
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BOOK REVIEW Brutality of battle
What was the Ardennes offensive? It was the plan Hitler conceived in September 1944 to push through the Allies frontline close to the German-Belgian border, cross the Meuse River and proceed to Antwerp. The port of Antwerp was the centre of Allied supply operations for their push into Germany from the west. By recapturing Antwerp the Germans would disrupt the Allies supply operations, seriously affecting their push into Germany.
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LETTERS
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