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  • Talk, transparency and trust

    02 Dec 2014

    Well done Brisbane, that was a very different G20 meeting.

    Regardless of the ring of high security, a G20 meeting of international leaders is always a honeypot for protests and other forms of dissent around its perimeter.

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  • The Humble Leader

    18 Nov 2014

    Jose Mujica is a small, rotund man who casts a big shadow across his country.

    Pepe, as he is known, may seem like a simple flower farmer still eking out an existence from the rich soils of Uruguay long after he has passed his prime. But the self-described “rheumatic old man” is in fact the leader of that small, affluent country in Latin America.

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  • Almighty Gough

    04 Nov 2014

    Praise the giant, and heed the chinks in the legend

    Men and women of Australia, he's gone. And we lesser mortals are left to sort the fact from the fiction, the myth from reality.

    Gough did not really walk on water, but he did lead the Labor Party out of the wilderness and into national government for the first time in 23 years.

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  • Jonah and the Heretic

    14 Oct 2014

    A modern parable with a whale of a difference 

    Jonah was swallowed by a whale and lived to tell the tale.  The story of the prophet surviving three days and three nights in the belly of a “big fish” became part of all three Semitic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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  • Scarred Memories

    07 Oct 2014

    Burns injuries can disfigure far more than the flesh

    The treatment of burns, both superficial and severe, has evolved over the years. Medical science is replacing folk remedies.

    As a child, I  can remember small burns always being treated with a smear of butter and the soothing words of a caring mother. It seemed to help: the tears dried up and the excruciating pain slowly eased. 

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  • The Fighter

    16 Sep 2014

    The Qantas chief executive is a darn good scrapper 

    Alan Joyce has battled round after round of turmoil, crisis and confrontation at the Qantas airline group in his six years in the job, yet he’s still standing.

    Like the company itself, he is bruised and bloodied, and there’s a lot of shareholders, employees, politicians and commentators lining up to disparage him. Yet the Irish-born Australian citizen is pressing on with his four-year plan to rejuvenate the airline (now more than 90 years old) and put it back on a sustainable footing.

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  • Sweet Relief

    02 Sep 2014

    Giving a voice to a very personal trauma

    Megan Washington is happiest on the stage. She is an exceptional singer and songwriter whose career has taken off in Australia in the past few years. Her highly personal songs and indie pop style are drawing bigger and bigger audiences and rave reviews.

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  • Mr Integrity

    15 Aug 2014

    The banker who's always ruffled feathers. 

    David Murray is an old-time banker – solid, sound and conservative. His word is his bond.

    And he wields a lot of power. Murray was chief executive of the Commonwealth Bank for years, then he was the founding chairman of Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, and he was an important behind-the-scenes adviser to government during the global financial crisis.

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  • Imperial Lament

    06 Aug 2014

    Remember the fallen – and everything that fell with them

     Lest We Forget is the phrase that honours our war dead, those that fell in defence of a nation and its values.

    It has been used ever since the First World War and is now inscribed on gravestones, war memorials and shrines all over the English-speaking world.

    But the phrase didn’t start out as words of remembrance for the fallen – far from it.

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  • Pawns in the Struggle

    15 Jul 2014

    Democracy underpins civic life in Australia. In the tumult of Egypt’s struggles, its meaning has been lost in translation.

    Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two Al Jazeera colleagues are pawns in that country's struggles — they are victims of a much larger power game.

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