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    Labor\u27s Last Best Hope

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    David Burchell looks at the Paul Keating\u27s chances of turning Labor\u27s fortunes around

    Frontier Spirit

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    Immigration is re-entering the political agenda. And so it should be, thinks Mike Ticher. But it\u27s world migration which is the most pressing issue. And in this respect the West has a serious case of bad conscience

    No Legal Refuge

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    Cases in which women kill a violent partner or ex-partner are relatively rare in Australia and yet they have a profound effect upon legal and cultural representations of domestic violence

    Little Diggers

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    Australian Industry; What Policy? ed Michael Costa and Michael Easson (Pluto Press, 1992). Reviewed by Carlo Carli

    Australian Left Review No.139 May 1992

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    Problem: Police

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    Police racism has recently hurtled across our TV screens in full glowing colour. It was accompanied by much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But what is to be done about the police and their attitudes? Chris Cunneen investigates

    Old Lang\u27s Sign

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    Paul Keating\u27s oblique reference to a republican future for Australia during the recent royal tour outraged John Howard and like-minded royalists. It was ill-timed, provocative and, worst of all, it was bad manners. When our Prime Minister laid a guiding hand on the Queen of Australia\u27s back, all hell broke loose. Television news bulletins around the world ran it as their \u27amazing scenes\u27 segment. The British tabloids, ever the guardians of royal dignity, were near to apoplexy. This was more than just the gauche familiarity of a colonial Prime Minister, even a Labor one. It was l&se majeste. Ian Botham, here to smite the colonials at cricket, blustered threats against those who would insult his sovereign. It was all good knockabout stuff for the silly season

    Euro Paean

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    Both the upcoming Melbourne and Sydney film festivals have an eerie focus on cultural and national identity, reports Jeremy Eccles. As a Pom, resident here for more than a decade, and before that in the ultimate trading-post of nationalities, Hong Kong, I reckon 1 have a stake in the great patriotism debate. While I\u27m delighted by the current flag because it\u27s so unspecific that no one in their right mind would go to war under or over it, I suppose I want countries, regions, even suburbs to be aware of and stand tall for their own cultures (whatever meaning they want to give that word). So, to discover that both Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals this month have as a substantial subtext the visit of a delegation of European film bureaucrats and attendant (though not so numerous) film makers, all reportedly dedicated to the concept of something called European cultural relevance , gave me pause for though

    The Player\u27s The Thing

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    Footballers have traditionally been thought of as heroes by some, mindless thugs by others. But as union members? Mike Ticher talked to the president of the Rugby League Players\u27 Union, Kevin Ryan

    Fear and Loathing in LA

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    The Rodney King case provoked outrage and bewilderment in almost equal proportions. Ian Hoskins explores some of its roots
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