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Bendable learnings

Don Watson, writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Don Watson looks at the triumph of modern management-speak and how those who favour the deliberately obscure and the falsely scientific are driving us all nuts.

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audiences, language, media, politics

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Love of language

David Malouf, writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

David Malouf talks about the importance of language and literacy, and his love of language, but also laments its overuse and debasement.

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language

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The science of recycling water

Dr Simon Toze, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Recycled water discussion: A nice drop, 20 March 2010

Simon Toze explains various processes for recycling water, the kinds of chemicals that appear in water (such as pharmaceuticals, oestrogen and plasticisers) and makes a case for drinking recycled water.

environment, food, science

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Language and identity

Jeanie Bell, Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Jeanie Bell, a Jagera and Dulingbara woman, talks about the importance of language to Indigenous identities, the impact of the forcible loss of language and culture, and the attempts to revive Indigenous languages.

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conflict, indigenous, language

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Public opinion on recycled water

Dr Kelly Fielding, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Recycled water discussion: A nice drop, 20 March 2010

Kelly Fielding gauges the levels of support for and opposition to recycling water for human consumption, and explores the reasons behind each position.

audiences, food, science

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The language of power and persuasion

Julian Burnside, barrister, activist and writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Julian Burnside reflects on the importance of words in his life as a barrister, an activist, and a writer.

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language, politics

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The case against recycling water for drinking

Dr Peter Collignon, Canberra Hospital

Recycled water discussion: A nice drop, 20 March 2010

Peter Collignon explains why he believes that recycling water is a bad idea – particularly where there are other options – for various reasons including the health risks.

disease, food, science

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The Sunshine harvester

Leah Bartsch, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 10 March 2010

For many decades, Sunshine Harvester Works was a significant landmark in Sunshine, a suburb in Melbourne’s industrial west. Museum curator Leah Bartsch explores research into the stories and objects of Sunshine.

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agriculture, collection, industry

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Water and the spirit

John Archer, writer

4 March 2010

John Archer shares his experience of travelling the world recording the stories, legends, myths and rituals of cultures that revere water.

environment, spirituality

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The forbidden gaze: The 1948 Wubarr ceremony performed for the American–Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land

Dr Murray Garde, University of Melbourne

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 19 November 2009

Murray Garde considers the Wubarr ceremony performed in 1948 and examines the tangled cross-cultural politics of non-Aboriginal involvement in secret Aboriginal religious ceremonies in Western Arnhem Land.

ceremony, indigenous, politics, spirituality

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