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  1. Us And Them - Chapter 5

    ... a more accurate statement to describe my relationship with animals.  Since I can recall, encounters with animals, their cameos, ... easygoing tomcat that stole my family’s heart, stunning us with an out-of-character lightning-quick paw, a card-playing “Snap” from ... I found solace in animals. Some will say I anthropomorphised them. I gave them roles to play in my life, during the long afternoons I spent with my ... only for her to flap up to our branch and keep pecking us. I could have sworn the look on Tiger’s face was the same as the look on ... these discussions will inevitably turn in on themselves, the importance of animals becoming a discussion of why they’re important to us ...


  2. Us And Them - Chapter 1

    US AND THEM On the Importance of Animals Anna Krien It was around midnight when I got off the tram at ... Their eyes were opaque, faces shiny with sweat. “Take us to the city,” one yelled, while the other went around to the driver’s ... he could phone for help. I, however, was on the outside with them. If I called them off, they’d start in on me. I slipped away, ... I am not going to be waylaid by the denigration of this issue that so often turns into a treatise on why humans are better than other ...


  3. Us And Them - Chapter 3

    ... organs carried human genes to stop the human body rejecting them, made headlines around the world. The once sci-fi concept that every human ... pushing IV drips.  “Here, I’m the voice of the animals,” she tells me, describing her work as a kind of mercy – granting a ... the words; instead, she hunched low over the table between us, her hands splayed and neck arched, back rigid, and howled, a long ... I took him with me.” * In December last year, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it would dramatically ... testing.  It’s a comment that cuts to the core of the issue and it’s 50 per cent bullshit.  * Humanity’s expectations of ... in research. Some suggest that this is testament to the importance of animal testing for scientific progress, while others suggest that ...


  4. Us And Them - Chapter 2

    ... some alone, others in temporary pens of “sacrificial animals” yet to be sold.  On the plane from Melbourne, I look through ... try to see the motorbike people as an animal might, turning them into modern mechanical versions of Pan, part bike, part man.  As my ... a small monkey at the traffic lights. On the bricks behind them, a skinny orange cat jumps off the wall. The room I’ve booked is through ... imports Australian cows to Indonesia. “Much like it is for us.” I meet Greg in a hotel lobby in central Jakarta, a Westernised mecca of ... a brief rise out of the dozens of flies that have settled on us. Dju (I have changed his name) has worked at this government-owned ... set up by Meat and Livestock Australia aims to promote the importance of beef to Japanese women’s health and beauty. In Moscow, Russians ...


  5. Political Animal - Chapter 19

    ... wheeling and dealing. A Keating or a Howard may be taking us in wrong directions, but at least we think they know what they are doing. We ... know what they are up to. They succeed in convincing most of us that they are not just manipulators, much less scarcely hanging on to power ... by the same criteria, and in practice it means providing them with the same product in the interests of efficiency and cheapness.  ... disentangle crucial issues from the power trading and have them deliberated publicly by the sort of people who are going to bear the ... representative of the constituencies most affected by an issue are brought together, given the assistance of relevant experts and time ...


  6. Political Animal - Chapter 13

    ... that “politicians should jump on board the disability issue.” He was spruiking the swinging votes that might conceivably be changed ... on this substantial group and their carer families to win them “on board.” Separately, in an article on baby boomers being the ... often helped parents with paperwork and bookkeeping, took them shopping or to doctor’s appointments and did housework for them. They ... become chronic and debilitating.  Laura Tingle has done us a great service in convincingly sketching out the underlying conditions of ... that no amount of government largesse ever satisfies us; the more we ask of government, and the more it gives, the angrier it makes us and the more we want. We are an “angry nation.” From her special ...


  7. Political Animal - Chapter 12

    ... that’s much used: Hansards on the shelves and standard-issue furniture. No picture of the Queen. Two souvenirs are the only Abbott ... he met were high-powered. His was regarded as a visit of importance. His address was not craven. He did not lay it on thick. How many ... early sign of our readiness to absorb foreign ways and make them our own.” He rightfully claimed the credit for his party for ending the ... Whether we like it or not – and the polls clearly tell us we don’t – it promises to be bare-knuckle time for Australia for a long, ... first DLP prime minister of Australia. He wouldn’t mind us believing that. He still carries a torch for Santa, and none of the old ... to have principles in politics but you’ve got to finesse them:  If you have them so strongly, and so dogmatically, that they ...


  8. Political Animal - Chapter 8

    ... was a minister on the way up. Bureaucrats like working for them: they have more clout. Within a couple of years he would take over from ... could turn out to be gay. He has homosexual friends. Some of them adore him. Michael Kirby worked with him at Australians for Constitutional ... on the virtues of the Howard government. But on the great issue of these years, the monarchy versus the republic, everyone was free to ... freely quoted Christ’s remarks about the poor being with us always. He had a number of controversial but not untruthful things to say ... nameless dread of change in a fragile world. And the rest of us are urged to leave well alone or the fearful will tear politics apart. It is ... In public Howard supported Abbott’s right to raise the issue but was reported to be appalled in private. The Minister for Health ...


  9. Political Animal - Chapter 4

    ... that’s not true. We humans have something very deep in us which is repelled by the idea of God. I think that’s our pride and the ... of the death of this dream make it clear the fundamental issue wasn’t celibacy – though surely that would have become impossible in ... but never really warmed to politics. Emmet Costello married them the following year. After a brief interregnum managing a concrete plant ... himself carrying the Santamaria banner into battle against us commos.” That’s when journalists began calling him, among themselves, ... as many pieces of paper as does Hewson. His office churns them out at a furious pace, often pages in length. Yet the gallery hardly ever ... Abbott handled the outbursts well but relations between them deteriorated. Hewson said: “He was one of the most interesting and ...


  10. Political Animal - Chapter 2

    ... mysterious “Peace with Freedom” weekends to prepare them for life at university. Though not invited, young Abbott tagged along: ... the church and old institutions. The chance to ride out with them to confront the zeitgeist touched something deep in young Tony. He was a ... under. We’ve got to have something that can draw people to us. The Labor Club was extreme left. There was no chance of knocking it off. ... a Channel Ten news crew and cub reporter Mike Munro. The issue was voluntary fees. The point was ridicule. When asked to leave the room, ... He has made more comebacks than Mohammed Ali. For most of us, he refuses to die. This is the FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH that has been forgotten by ... to defy the vote and use its own authority to decide the issue of SRC fees. This was the young man’s idea of liberal democracy. He ...