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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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  • Brilliant Swansong

    07 Jul 2014

    Ric Charlesworth has gone out at the top of his game. 

    The master coach has pulled the pin on an illustrious career after steering the Australian men’s hockey side to another smashing World Cup victory.

    That triumph caps the Kookaburras’ years of success since he became coach in 2008. And it follows an earlier sustained era of brilliance by the Hockeyroos, the women’s team that he guided through most of the 1990s. Both teams won a string of World Cups, Champions trophies and Commonwealth gold medals. But the women went one better during his time; they won Olympic gold at the Atlanta and Sydney games.

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  • Pope of Hope

    19 Jun 2014

    It isn't just the Catholic faithful praying for him.

    Pope Francis has been a breath of fresh air blowing through the cathedrals and palaces of the Catholic Church. Through simple gestures, as well as words and action, he has changed the whole tone of the pontiff's relationship with his flock.

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  • An Impressive Band of Traitors

    10 Jun 2014

    Don't damn all political defectors. There are some fine individuals among the motley collection.

    It seems like tribal instinct. The backlash is fierce when a politician defects from his party and offers succour to the other clan. Treachery, traitor, turncoat and rat — they're all part of the barrage of abuse when loyalties are crossed. 

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  • Hot Pink

    20 May 2014

    Chrissy Amphlett has passed on but her legacy is still evolving. 

    She was the wild child of Australian rock 'n' roll. On stage, dressed in school smock and torn fishnet stockings, she would snarl and scowl at her audience. She would scream, she would sulk, she would pout. And she could touch herself.

    There was nothing demure about Chrissy Amphlett, the brilliant voice of the Divinyls, the band that gave us a string of Australian rock anthems back in the late 80s. It was an enthralling, confronting performance, a tormented whirl of energy and female hurt. 

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