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    Shaping Government policy: Online Survey update

    editor     |      October 15, 2007

    We are pleased to report that our 'Shaping Government Policy' Survey received a fantastic response from the Open Forum community, and would like to thank you all for your contribution and ideas, as well as for the wonderful show of support for our open democracy project. The survey results have been presented to the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), and will be used to inform the Australian Government Consultation Blog project.

    A summary of the findings will be reported in the next Open Forum newsletter.

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    Death has no appeal*

    tamaraplakalo     |      October 12, 2007

    Capital punishment is a difficult question that presents us with a great ethical dilemma – is the victim's right to justice greater than the perpetrator's right to life? And can the question be asked in such a way at all? 

    Anyone who has ever read Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment has undoubtedly developed a greater understanding of at least one (in this instance fictional) perpetrator of the greatest crime – murder.

    Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov, arguably Dostoyevsky’s most famous character, is a desolate student living in St Petersburg. His nihilistic distaste for humanity and a belief that he belongs to a different kind (he thinks of himself as an extraordinary man who can transgress moral laws), leads him to — in his eyes justifiably — murder a hated pawn-broker.

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    The price of technology – manners anyone?

    alison gordon     |      October 4, 2007

     Aside from convenience and accessibility, new technologies have brought us the lack of us private space and a need for technology etiquette …