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April 2014 edition of Public Sphere

Latest news and comment from the Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit.

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Something to die for

It’s an interesting coincidence and, I suggest, a significant juxtaposition: an otherwise ordinary week of work (or not) book-ended by Easter and ANZAC—and heralded by a ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse.

‘Interesting’ because an event that moves in line with the lunar cycle coincides with an event set by official decree. ‘Significant’ because these two events represent many layers of meaning and value for people in this many layered land.

Both Easter and ANZAC are statutory holidays—occasions many look forward to for layers of rest, relaxation, recreation, retail. And that a smaller number look to for reflection. Both ANZAC and Easter are also ‘holy’ days—meaning ‘set apart’ for a particular purpose.

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