Reviewed by Tony French If, like me, you want to put the current ‘refugee crisis’ into some kind of historical perspective, then I recommend Tony Ward’s recent publication, Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers. This is a well-researched and readable review of Australia’s response to refugees arriving here by boat since the 1990s. This […]
Reviewed by Bruce Duncan. Robert Murray Labor & Santamaria (Melbourne Australian Scholarly Publishing 2017) ppx+103, with a Foreword by Graham Freudenberg. Veteran political journalist, Bob Murray, has produced a short lively account of the traumatic events of the great Labor Split of the 1950s in a way which makes the story readily accessible to readers […]
Bonded through tragedy, united in hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for independence. A memoir.
Bishop Vincent Long launches Bonded through Tragedy, United in Hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for Independence. A Memoir, by Hilton Deakin with Therese & Jim D’Orsa More than 200 people at the Knox Centre in Melbourne on 1 June heard Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, now of Parramatta Diocese, launch this striking […]
Bonded through tragedy united in hope: The Catholic Church & East Timor’s struggle for independence, a memoir, by Hilton Deakin with Jim and Therese D’Orsa (Melbourne: Garratt Publishing 2017). Reviewed by Rowan Ireland. Australian Catholic bishop, Hilton Deakin, now aged 84, has given us a remarkable memoir. It was produced over several years, with the […]
Race Mathews on the significance of Catholic & co-operative social reform movements. Reviewed by Bruce Duncan As one of Australia’s most eminent Labor figures and historians, Race Mathews has offered a fresh interpretation of the Australian labour movement over the last 125 years, examining the development and impact of Catholic social ideas and movements. Other historians have […]
Struggling for decent housing: Thirty years of St Kilda community activism & the Port Phillip Housing Association.
Book review. Many books and articles catalogue the often turbulent history of housing activism across Australian cities. The Victorian cases are usually focused on the inner north of Melbourne. A recent example, Trendyville: the battle for Australian cities, documents the slum reclamation battles, the involvement of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Oswald Barnett, and […]
Kevin Peoples. Sometimes, if we are to understand highly complex human tragedies like WWI, we begin by reducing them to the personal. And sometimes, because of our interest in a single person, we are driven to discover a bigger and more abstract context, one that helps us understand what happened, and why. So I start […]
Reviewed by Jamie Pearce If, like me, you are interested in what is happening to religious affiliation in the twenty-first century, then consider reading this novel. The author, Michele Houellebecq, has renounced his former atheism, and now describes himself as agnostic. He says that he is showing the disasters produced by the liberalisation of values, […]
Reviewed by Kevin Peoples. This politically-charged book reads like a great dramatic novel. The drama is fixed in a clash of values. On one side are the powerful free-market fundamentalists. They are the rich and powerful of the world, committed to wealth, consumerism, and materialism, the articulate voices for profit-driven growth. Their actions rape the […]
Bruce Duncan. This biography of the energetic, influential, and deeply divisive Catholic activist B A Santamaria has been eagerly awaited. Gerard Henderson joined Santamaria’s National Civic Council in the mid 1960s, and worked for Santamaria himself in 1970–71 before eventually breaking with the organisation in the mid 1970s. He offers a valuable insider’s view of a complex […]
Len Puglisi. Len Puglisi is an urban environmental writer. During the Mannix era, Len was in regular contact with Catholic Worker men, most notably Gerard Heffey, and saw at first hand the dismay – hurt, even – they felt at being kept pretty much at a distance from their Archbishop’s support. Before I sat down […]