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October 28, 2016
The issue (following the failed appeal) is whether the decision is a victory for equal rights for gays, or largely an authoritarian precedent denying freedom of expression for the bakery owners.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 13 comments
A Clinton presidency would hardly be that prudent, nor particularly wise, but that is the Ramos-Horta verdict, his own variant of an external endorsement that is bound to fall on deaf ears in the United States.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
Nuclear Weapons States have utterly failed to deliver on article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proiferation Treaty, which obliges them to dsimantle their nuclear weapons
International - Jo Vallentine - 3 comments

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The only link that I could find at about that time was, paradoxically, the opposite of what I had remembered.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 27 comments
Anti-globalisation sentiment has found political voice in many developed economies since the global financial crisis, most loudly in the US.
Economics - Tony Makin - 15 comments
Make no mistake – we will all suffer if progressivism becomes Judenrein.
International - Gary Gambill - 5 comments

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

There's a serious misunderstanding of the intentions of many Donald Trump and Pauline Hanson voters.
Political Philosophy - Toby Ralph - 26 comments
While working class people in Adelaide's blue collar suburbs are fighting for jobs and to keep their families together, citizens in Adelaide's affluent eastern suburbs are suffering from 'cul-de-sac' thinking.
Economics - Malcolm King - 7 comments
The latter part of this essay will argue that this distortion of the democratic process by private wealth cannot be reconciled with a principle the High Court has recently found to be implied in the Constitution.
Law & Liberties - Max Atkinson - 4 comments

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Countries especially those in the US-led global coalition to counter ISIL now face a terrorist threat level that is higher than it was post 9/11.
International - Muhammad Faizal Bin Abdul Rahman - 6 comments
However, nuclear lobbyists have for a long time been promoting the idea that Australia has an ethical responsibility to import nuclear wastes.
Environment - Noel Wauchope - 25 comments
On the one hand, staying with their own group has helped them to overcome the barriers of isolation and insecurity, but on the other it has made it more difficult for them to build relations.
Law & Liberties - Dilini Withanalage - 7 comments

Monday, October 24, 2016

Along with most other shooters, however, I also believe that pump action shotguns of up to five rounds magazine capacity should never have been banned.
Domestic Politics - Brendan O'Reilly - 35 comments
Democrat John F Kennedy probably wouldn't care much about the allegations of Trump's sexual advances on women, but a man of his intellect would find him to be boorish and uncouth.
International - Ciaran Ryan - 6 comments
The three Presidential debates have now passed without one question being asked by any of the moderators on America's future relationship with Israel.
International - David Singer - 11 comments

Friday, October 21, 2016

Minister de Brenni must have missed the memo from federal leader Bill Shorten that the socialist objective is 'as much use as a 100 year old street directory'.
Society - Graham Young - 7 comments
It takes a fair bit to rouse a long-retired and happily inactive defence analyst from his torpor, but the Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, has succeeded in doing just that.
International - Gary Brown - 18 comments
Bitcoin can't continue to be the criminal currency, particularly for monetizing ransomware viruses. It's crucial that the Blockchain becomes a place criminals don't feel secure.
Science & Technology - David Balaban - 1 comment

Thursday, October 20, 2016

In 1907 ‘senility’ was the fourth largest cause of death, but as the years passed it became unfashionable as well as unscientific to specify such a cause, and by the late 1960s it had passed from the ICD.
Health - Don Aitkin - 4 comments
After more than tripling in price this year, Lithium is no longer that dull commodity we take for granted in our consumer electronics.
Economics - James Stafford - 4 comments
My own journey at that school was that of a fast learning curve, and since that time I have learned that this is often the case for beginning teachers.
Education - James Page - 7 comments

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

News Ltd columnist Jamie Walker recently confected an imaginative new crisis between assisted dying law reform and the Australian life insurance industry.
Law & Liberties - Neil Francis - 1 comment
It's long been an open secret that educators and politicians turn a blind eye to proselytising in faith classes.
Religion & Spirituality - Hugh Harris - 27 comments
In the last couple of years, global investment has tripled to more than US$12 billion when it comes to investing in FinTech.
Economics - Tim Fisher - 1 comment

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Our media are fond of attacking gender stereotyping. Time and again we see some program about a pattern in society. Maybe it's women footballers.
Media - Peter West - 59 comments
This has huge implications for other states such as Queensland that have set a 50% renewable energy target by 2030.
Economics - Justin Campbell - 15 comments
Clinton’s no-fly zone over Libya proved disastrous and has already been rejected by Russia over Syria.
International - David Singer - 7 comments

Monday, October 17, 2016

The risks were there, irrespective what the NSW cricket team had done, and 'were not exacerbated by any such matters'.
Sport - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
Enthusiasm for innovative approaches must be tempered with the acknowledgement that there is a wider economic story at play.
Economics - Kasy Chambers - 22 comments
Every cost that Australian businesses face can be reduced through structural reform, to the benefit of profitability, incomes and employment.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 4 comments

Friday, October 14, 2016

Government interventions within the energy market to subsidise wind and solar have often caused more problems than they solved.
Economics - Erika Salmon - 58 comments
One of the persistent lies that we hear from Republicans is that high taxation rates destroy growth.
Economics - Sam Ben-Meir - 35 comments
Australia has done nothing to support calls for an international commission of inquiry even though the Sri Lankan Government continues to persecute Tamils.
International - Bruce Haigh - 7 comments

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Gradually the electricity price will rise to reflect the higher cost wind generation that is being substituted for the non-subsidised supplies.
Environment - Alan Moran - 29 comments
At present, roughly 75% of all elderly Australians are suffering from some form of chronic condition.
Health - Peter Curson - 7 comments
When the size of the production cut—between 240,000 and 740,000 barrels per day—was announced, one could feel the weight of the disappointment within the industry overall.
Economics - Julieanne Geiger - 3 comments

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It is a combination of the collapse of transmission lines, the extreme variations in the power output of wind farms and the stability of an inter-connect to the state of Victoria.
Environment - Tom Quirk - 34 comments
Daesh's calls for more lone wolf attacks – including with the use of knife tactics – buttress the larger strategy of utilising returning foreign fighters.
International - Muhammad Faizal Bin Abdul Rahman - 15 comments
What is up for grabs in all drama is how characters negotiate what Stanley Hauerwas has called 'the grain of the universe'.
The Arts - Peter Sellick - 5 comments

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Energy security is vital, but to single out renewable energy as the cause of the outage is like blaming the cows when the milk truck breaks down.
Environment - Graeme McLeay - 11 comments
Tax credits look like welfare payments, but they are in reality a subsidy, providing capital with unearned income.
Economics - John Tomlinson - 6 comments
Both terrorist organisations have been the subject of many unanimous Security Council resolutions declaring them to be a threat to world peace and security – but all such resolutions have stopped short of authorising military action.
International - David Singer - 9 comments

Monday, October 10, 2016

Is cash on its last legs? Are we on an irreversible and irresistible march toward a fully cashless society?
Economics - Mal Fletcher - 20 comments
How can we watch Aleppo's systematic destruction and allow the daily massacre of hundreds of innocent women and children?
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 10 comments

Friday, October 7, 2016

As in the US, the Sex Offender Registry could pave the road to absurdity, as seemingly harmless crimes are registered under the registry as well.
Law & Liberties - Erika Salmon - 21 comments
If Mr Turnbull had his way on continued use of coal, government would fail to realize its Paris commitment.
Environment - Mike Pope - 88 comments

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash rightly suggests 'governments can't force-feed healthy food to people'. But she established the Healthy Food Partnership to try.
Health - Gary Johns - 11 comments
The surge of the far-right Front National (FN) since Marine Le Pen took over the leadership of the party from her father Jean-Marie Le Pen is often seen as emblematic of a new dawn for the FN.
International - William Hill - 4 comments

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It does not mean that they have a right to a certificate from the government which affirms their relationship as a marriage.
Law & Liberties - Michael Thompson - 16 comments
Rather than discuss the merits of the doctrine it condemns members for acting against their judgment and conscience and, almost in the next breath, reminds them that disunity is death.
Political Philosophy - Max Atkinson - 4 comments
America and Russia need to focus on resolving the common problem confronting the world in Syria – the defeat of Islamic State and al-Nusrah.
International - David Singer - 14 comments

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

In many respects the world resembles the years preceding the Second World War: intractable conflicts, revanchist autocrats and a reluctance on the part of the Western democracies to use force.
International - Simon Louie - 21 comments
Their religious convictions are amplified by their detestation of the cultural, economic, ethical, and political values of Westerners.
International - Woody Brock - 16 comments
So this is my first plea to our indigenous population - no matter how great your pride in your indigenous culture, acknowledge that you do not have a written language and that we live in a world made in England.
Indigenous Affairs - Babette Francis - 34 comments
The death of President Shimon Peres highlights the stark difference in leadership between him and Prime Minister Netanyahu - the difference between a statesman and a demagogue.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment

Monday, October 3, 2016

The best lesson I ever taught was where I said nothing.
Education - James Page - 4 comments
The effect of these revisions will be to increase tax on super even further, raising more than $3 billion by 2020.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 7 comments
A growing community suspicion towards particular racial or religious sub-groups has the potential to exacerbate a sense of alienation and antagonism within these communities.
Society - Bill Calcutt - 21 comments

Friday, September 30, 2016

The dozen reasons set out below for softening Australia’s position on refugees are idealistic, humanitarian, legal, practical and economic.
Law & Liberties - Peter Bowden - 41 comments
The newer science of epigenetics raises important questions about long-held biological beliefs about inherited deficiencies.
Religion & Spirituality - Kay Stroud - 1 comment
It is often said that to understand a culture you first need to understand the language. There's definitely something in that but I'll come back to that later.
International - Richard Osborne - 1 comment
Goldman Sachs revised down its estimate for oil prices for the end of this year, lowering its 4th quarter estimate from $50 to $43 per barrel.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 3 comments

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The report finds that at present our laws literally grant polluters a 'licence to kill' our reef and leave us and future generations with the mess and the clean-up bill.
Environment - Basha Stasak - 14 comments
We might as well stop panicking. After all, it isn’t good for our health, and it’s probably too late to panic anyway.
Environment - Ivo Vegter - 16 comments
From the disability movement, the concept of Circles of Support, or Circles of Friends, is the key to thinking about welfare reform in relational rather than managerial terms.
Society - Vern Hughes - 1 comment


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