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Paul Dalzell is now a semi-retired priest living in Alexandra, Australia

On The Sacking of a Coach and Institutional Behaviour

I watched, with a combination of anxiety and sympathy and horror at the unfolding saga of the sacking of the coach of the Matildas (Our women’s soccer team), Alen Stajcic. The first thing that astounded me, though I don’t know … Continue reading

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“Him Exalting Self Abasing”A Reflection

Last Sunday I was particularly moved by the hymn that we sang “May The Mind of Christ My Saviour.”  One verse grabbed me. It goes   “May the love of Jesus fill me  as the waters fill the sea;  him … Continue reading

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The Thousand Ways Bureaucracy Removes Hope

The conditions on Mannus Island and Nauru have been well documented, and it seems as though the sentiment of the Australian people has changed from ‘Lock ‘em up! Stop the people smugglers’ to “It is terrible that we punish one … Continue reading

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Religious Discrimination, Money, Schools, And Conformity

  This week, the ‘Ruddock Report’ into religious discrimination has been released. I am writing before this happens, but the airwaves have been full of discussion about what it will mean.   Here is what I can glean so far. … Continue reading

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Elections, The Public Good and Christian Faith

The results of the election last Saturday sparked my interest. The thing is, that I have previously thought about what leads to the populism that is on the rise in the US and in Europe. The recent changes in the … Continue reading

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Being ‘Tough On Crime’: Being Christian. Some Models

The temperature has died down a bit recently, but one of the great themes of this state election has been ‘Law and Order’ ‘Crime’ and ‘African Gangs’.   When I was working as a Chaplain in the prison system, the … Continue reading

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