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Sumner Burstyn Wins At Qantas Media Awards

Sumner Burstyn wins at New Zealand Qantas Media Awards 2004

Social Issues Columnist of the Year 2004
Winner: BARBARA SUMNER BURSTYN
The New Zealand Herald

Columnist of the Year 2004
Finalist: BARBARA SUMNER BURSTYN
The New Zealand Herald

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A civilised society should care for its weakest members

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April 12 2004 - It's euthanasia time again. With the guilty verdict in the trial of Lesley Martin, and Act MP Deborah Coddington's odd denial of involvement in, but endorsement of, the death of tetraplegic lawyer Michael Crew 16 years ago, euthanasia is back on the social agenda.

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Profit comes before preserving the planet

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April 5 2004 - One morning recently I woke up and read through my usual array of international media. In the middle of the lead story from the Washington Post about mercury levels in seafood, I began to feel a deep wash of shame.

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US laws unravelling reproductive rights of women

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March 15 2004 - I'm told the fastest way to ruin a columnist's career is to write about abortion. Just the mention of it brings out the letter writers and an entire column on the subject can overwhelm the editor's desk with furious mail. So be it.

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Here's why crony capitalism is such big business

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March 8 2004 - Letter to William Millman - United States Embassy - Wellington:

Dear Mr Millman (Public Affairs Officer),

Thanks for your letter criticising a recent column on America. It's not often I'm the recipient of an official response, straight from the horse's mouth, as it were.
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Injustice inevitable in a society blind to colour

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March 1 2004 - Last week's political poll showed large numbers of New Zealanders had shifted their support to the National Party on the basis of a single speech that seemed to jump right into the heart of the country.

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Outrage over Janet Jackson's breast just one symptom

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February 23 2004 - In my living room in Hawkes Bay, half-way through last week's episode of the banal, overhyped The Osbournes, it dawned on me what was so weird: you could hear every word. Watch the same show in the US and you need to lip-read your way round the almost continuous beeping-out of bad words.

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Our male film reviewers are missing all the points

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February 16 2004 - What is it with film reviewers in this country?

Gaylene Preston's new film Perfect Strangers, a dark tale of a woman kidnapped, the tables turning and then turning again, has been heralded internationally as a major new work. But here, on home turf, it has been panned by reviewers.

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