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[28 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 971 views ]

WHEN I visited the famous psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung’s son, Franz, some years ago, I was very taken with the inscription over the front door.
It had been put there by Jung Sr himself and it read: “Called or not called, God is always there.”
It’s the sort of statement that his mentor, the great Sigmund Freud, might not have approved of and it marks Jung as a mystic, whereas Freud was very much a pragmatist, obsessed with sex and sceptical of the metaphysical.

Born in Switzerland on July 26, 1875, Carl Jung …

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[21 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 615 views ]

ALTHOUGH the writing style could have been more engaging, this first general history of sex in Australia, from Botany Bay to the present, is a fascinating tale indeed.
Frank Bongiorno affords Australian sexuality a much-needed centrality in terms of explaining and understanding the evolution of our society and of our culture. Thus he elaborates at length how, in the Victorian era, it was a deeply held fear of sodomy that helped bring an end to the transportation of convicts to Australia.
It is true that by the 1830s sodomy was, he writes, …

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[20 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 3,316 views ]

ROSS Fitzgerald is one of Australia’s better known recovering alcoholics. He is Emeritus Professor of History and Politics at Griffith University and the author of 35 books, including his recent memoir My Name is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey.
My Name is Ross chronicles Professor Fitzgerald’s struggle with alcoholism and other drug addiction from the age of 14 until he stopped drinking and using other drugs at the age of 24. Since then, Professor Fitzgerald has been sober, drug free, and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous , a fellowship which he still …

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[13 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 756 views ]

THESE days, I no longer avidly follow horse racing. But every now and then, I read about an outsider that bolts to the front at long odds and, despite the best efforts of the favourites, will not be run down.
Using this analogy, many of the inner-city electorates in Australia are becoming like electoral racetracks for bolters. The latest byelection for the state seat of Melbourne, to be held on Saturday week, is a case in point. Much to the chagrin of many Liberals, the party is not even fielding a …

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[13 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 556 views ]

IT is unusual for an historian to endorse an historical novel – but that is exactly what happened recently, when Ross Fitzgerald, Professor Emeritus of History at Griffith University, publicly endorsed Noel Beddoe’s novel The Yalda Crossing. Mark Colvin interviews both men, inquiring about the relationship between the Wiradjuri people and white settlers in and around the Murrumbidgee River.
Listen to the interview

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[7 Jul 2012 | 2 Comments | 1,777 views ]

WITH far too many exceptions, a new sense of reality seems at last to be dawning across the governments of Western nations that the age of entitlement may be coming to an end. British Prime Minister David Cameron took a leadership role by proposing a stunning blow to a population long accustomed to feeding at the public teat.
Cameron has decided to take on the culture of entitlement that has become an ingrained component of the welfare state.
In doing so he’s taking a political risk, but the stark reality is that …