John Bartlett

Yahweh and Eros, first published in ‘Meanjin’, January 2007

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Yahweh and Eros, first published in ‘Meanjin’, January 2007

  The Catholic Church both in Australia and America is facing perhaps its greatest crisis in centuries as it struggles to cope with revelations of abuse by its clergy. Here in Australia, Broken Rights, the support group for people abused by clergy, estimates that at least 76 priests or brothers have been convicted in the courts for abuse. Many others may go through the courts undetected as religious. Is it really likely that these were all ‘bad’ people or are they in some sense victims too of the Church’s training and culture?...

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“FAIR SUCK OF THE SAUCE BOTTLE”

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“FAIR SUCK OF THE SAUCE BOTTLE”

We Australians are proud to boast that we value the quality of fairness above all. The ‘fair go, mate’ anthem has been part of our vernacular for many years. This week, when Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister, announced an October 1st deadline for 7,500 asylum seekers to submit applications for protection or risk deportation, it seemed on the surface to pass the reasonableness test. However, on closer scrutiny, this ultimatum fails to pass to do so for a number of reasons. The announcement targets people who arrived by sea in Australia...

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Love Never Ends

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Love Never Ends

  ‘How could the complexities of being, the mechanics of our anatomy, the intelligence of our biology, and the endless firmament of our interiority –the thoughts and questions and yearnings and hopes and hunger and desire and the thousand and one contradictions that inhabit us at any given moment –ever have an ending that could be marked by a date on a calendar? Hasn’t it always seemed that way? Haven’t I always detected the confusion of funerals, the uncertainty of cemeteries, the bewilderment of a headstone? Perhaps memorials and all...

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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF NEOREACTION

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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF NEOREACTION

In considering the endgame of Trump’s administration, we conclude that it must be the end of democracy and the coronation of the Trump dynasty as the royal family of the world-spanning Holy American Empire. We can support nothing less in good conscience. -from ‘Social Matter -Statecraft for American Restoration’   It’s difficult these days not to have our eyes fixed with a horrified fascination on the USA as the Trump express rushes headlong down the track, attempting to demolish everything in its path and heading who knows where.  ...

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THAT AUTUMN FEELING – the bullies are back

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THAT AUTUMN FEELING – the bullies are back

Service to mankind…that’s what it’s really all about (from ‘Towards a Distant Sea, 2005, Indra Publishing) Have you ever experienced that abrupt, unexpected change of seasons when the languorous heat of summer days suddenly fades and the cool, damp air of autumn fills the air and the anticipation of advancing cold and short days seems just too close? We struggle to hold onto those long hypnotic summer days that we thought would never end. For me the current political and cultural climate signal a change of season as...

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A State of Permanent Outrage Arousal (POA)

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A State of Permanent Outrage Arousal (POA)

A recent essay from Australian novelist Christos Tsiolkas struck a chord with me and made me suddenly aware I had been afflicted with POA or Permanent Outrage Arousal. This is a disorder whose symptoms include chronic tweeting on social media, sudden and unexpected swearing often directed at politicians and repeated shouting at conservatives, racists or homophobes (some of whom may also be politicians). There’s plenty to be outraged about these days but where does all that outrage go and is it good for the human spirit to be continually...

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Two steps forward, three steps back – the future of LGBTI rights

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Two steps forward, three steps back – the future of LGBTI rights

Despite the mixed reviews on the accomplishments of departing US President Obama, his record on LGBTI rights is extensive. We might have forgotten this list of his varied successes, best summed up in his concise statement that “the simple truth is that LGBTI rights are human rights.” The ascent of President-elect Trump is worrying for a number of reasons, one of which is the future of LBGTI rights in America and the fallout around the world. Despite the lack of clarity on whether Trump’s campaign rhetoric will match the reality of his...

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