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Volume 166 No 9


3-5 News Quakers in Criminal Justice Religious legal exemptions Local pressure grows on army recruitment in schools

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6 The Australian apology Alan Sealy

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7 Comment Jan Lethbridge & Richard Seebohm

8-9 Letters

10-11 Cover Story: A seed that grows: Quaker Tapestry in Australia Judith Pembleton

12-13 Arts & reviews Art for life and survival Sarah Coote Blessing or curse? Annette White

14 Temporary discrimination simon gray

15 Cleaning as Meeting for Worship Judy Clinton

16 q-eye: a wry look at the Quaker world

17 Friends & Meetings

Images on this page: Australian Friends at a tapestry workshop (pages 10-11), photo: Australia Yearly Meeting; speaking on behalf of Friends (page 7), photo: julianrod(PBUM)/flickr; dusters and apron (page 15), photo: Trish Carn; a jackdaw (page 16), photo: foxypar4/flickr.

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29 February 2008

Cover: One of the samplers from the Australian Quaker Tapestry. Photo: Anthony Arden of Brisbane, Queensland Regional Meeting See page 10-11

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