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December 8, 2016
Given the opposing views of this muddled debate, is there indeed a STEM skills shortage or surplus in the workforce? I would argue that the answer is 'yes' for both.
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This essay is a discussion about two books, widely different in their story. Each was given to me by its author, a friend.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 5 comments
 
Lawns reflect a 200-year-old Romantic dream of fusing ourselves with nature. Yet that very dream now poses a major threat to the nature it so lovingly celebrates.
Environment - Valerie Yule - 7 comments
 
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The difficulties facing any potential global authority are huge. For starters dealing with global warming will require a comprehensive and robust agreement and the resources to implement and maintain it.
International - Peter McMahon - 11 comments
 
Now, after many years of struggle, those of identity face their final challenge: the same challenge faced by straight white males.
Society - Gary Johns - 8 comments
 
Jordan - 78% of former Palestine - originally designated as part of the location for the Jewish National Home - still remains the key to resolving the Jewish-Arab conflict.
International - David Singer - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The dust is yet to settle on Brexit and Donald Trump's presidential victory but Australia's own deplorables are already out in force beating their chests.
Domestic Politics - Saeed Khan - 32 comments
 
In 2008 the student-run QUT Guild's endowment lost almost 50 per cent of its net worth overnight when it attempted divestment from resource investments.
Environment - John Slater - 5 comments
 
The wrangling isn’t over whether to reduce prices, but how. And that depends on where you fit in the city’s system of interests with a stake in property development and construction.
Nation Building - John Muscat - 3 comments
 

Monday, December 5, 2016

There has been enough egg on the faces of journalists both of the Left and the Right since Donald Trump's win to make several omelettes, and not particularly savoury omelettes at that.
International - Babette Francis - 11 comments
 
Life for most teachers isn't that great. Children are increasingly disrespectful. Playground duty in a hot or freezing playground is tedious. And these days few teachers can get a permanent job.
Education - Peter West - 35 comments
 
Chautauqua was a movement to bring speakers on a variety of topics to rural and remote America. It was founded in 1874 on the banks of Lake Chautauqua in New York State.
The Arts - Bruce Haigh - 3 comments
 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Partly due to the recent American Presidential election and also because of a Queensland Parliamentary vote, abortion is being talked about once more.
Law & Liberties - Murray Campbell - 34 comments
 
Anyone who didn’t know better would think Turnbull’s conferring with his conservative parliamentary caucus is tantamount to Churchill cosying up to Oswald Mosley or George W Bush negotiating with the Klan.
Political Philosophy - William Hill - 9 comments
 
The NDIS is structured on the insurance model. This is to ensure social programs are met and empowerment is encouraged.
Society - Peter Gibilisco - 5 comments
 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The AMA claims to represent all Australian doctors, but in reality consulted less than a third of them.
Law & Liberties - Neil Francis - 6 comments
 
Recently the French State Council ruled that expressions of happy children with Down syndrome were
Political Philosophy - Wendy Francis - 11 comments
 
Coetzee published The Childhood of Jesus in 2013. It was received with puzzlement by reviewers.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

While our universities speak of liberalism and the spirit of enquiry, they are using the uncapped, demand-driven enrolment system to churn students through their packed faculties.
Economics - Malcolm King - 6 comments
 
Yet it is one of our largest employers and one which offers longer term full time jobs, as opposed to shorter term part time roles.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 5 comments
 
It is not only a religion but a totalitarian political ideology which encompasses every detail of life including how one washes oneself.
Religion & Spirituality - Babette Francis - 74 comments
 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The present language of human rights cannot adequately capture the types of rights that exist in the type of society that Cuba represents, namely, a socialist society.
International - Dorothea Anthony - 53 comments
 
The revolt of the masses that Brexit heralded and Trump's election confirmed has shaken faith in regional and international institutions progressively transforming the world.
International - David Martin Jones - 4 comments
 
The real winners are Australia's 1.6 million union members whose dues have too often been deployed to ends far removed from their rights at work.
Economics - John Slater - 3 comments
 
It is certainly not Mr. Trump's view that settlement activities should be condemned and that it is an obstacle for peace.
International - David Singer - 3 comments
 

Monday, November 28, 2016

All this aside, the threat of terror and assassination do not fully explain or fully excuse repression in Cuba.
International - Tristan Ewins - 22 comments
 
Worldwide there are 350 gigawatts of coal projects currently under construction, and 932 gigawatts of pre-construction coal proposals in the pipeline.
Environment - Nicola Wright - 30 comments
 
What does this appalling doublespeak imply? Accustom human beings working for the Australian government to torture and trauma? All it takes for evil to be done to others is for people of goodwill to close their eyes.
Society - Peter Bowden - 11 comments
 

Friday, November 25, 2016

It is true that Muslim thinkers are tilting in the direction of increased integration and participation in civic life, and this has implications for their willingness to question traditional attitudes.
Political Philosophy - Abe Ata - 6 comments
 
A classic issue of political philosophy arises from the decision by the British Government to leave the European Union. The question is whether members of the UK Parliament have a duty to support the government by accepting the will of the people.
Political Philosophy - Max Atkinson - 5 comments
 
The Liberal opposition is happy to employ rhetoric usually only uttered by the local Greens and anti-nuclear activists in opposing Premier Jay Weatherill's vision.
Environment - Haydon Manning - 6 comments
 
NSW will become the first state in Australia to introduce landmark legislation to protect traditional Aboriginal languages and establish an Aboriginal Languages Centre.
Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 17 comments
 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

That's one objective of Australia's refugee policies. It's not about human rights, peace and security and development. It's about dehumanising and then using these unpersons as trading chips.
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 8 comments
 
The big justification for these sorts of Nanny State regulations is the costs to the health system when people need medical treatment due to their poor choices.
Political Philosophy - Nicola Wright - 14 comments
 
Critics of President Duterte's war on crime demonstrate little understanding as to why this very unlikely figure was swept to power promising a bloodbath against criminals.
International - William Hill - 10 comments
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Two thumping victories for the touring South Africans in the first and second test matches did not merely give the Australian cricket establishment the scare of its life; it suggested a potential implosion.
Sport - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 
While I have high regard for the way the union represents the workplace interests of nurses and midwives, its highly partisan involvement in the political debate over legalising euthanasia is causing great unease.
Health - Greg Donnelly - 10 comments
 
Instead of pursuing the misguided notion of
International - David Singer - 17 comments
 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Overall, the progressive critique seems to be rightly questioning why we are spending so much time and money paternalistically monitoring the poor and ensuring they comply with a range of mutual obligation requirements.
Economics - Philip Mendes - 8 comments
 
A significantly more compact urban form in a city like Melbourne would improve public health, but it doesn't seem a very compelling justification for strategic land use policy.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 4 comments
 
But while everyone believes Saudi Arabia has some of the largest oil reserves in the world, perhaps rivaled only by Venezuela, there has been a lot of uncertainty and skepticism over exactly how much sits beneath the Saudi desert.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 3 comments
 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Blowing up the plebiscite was never about protecting vulnerable gays from Christian hate merchants, it was about making sure the issue did not find its way into the hands of ordinary people who might not do as they are told.
Law & Liberties - Lyle Shelton - 123 comments
 
How do I respond in a way to this man that is polite, but also doesn’t send me into a lecture about Social Role Valorisation theory
Society - Sarah Cook - 13 comments
 
A McKinsey & Co report released called 'Why diversity matters' revealed that companies with diverse workforces are 35% more likely to outperform their competitors.
Political Philosophy - Kellie Tranter - 14 comments
 
With nuclear weapons Iran would inhibit any outside power from trying to effect regime change.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Australian working class people have been mute because contemporary politics gives them no way of telling it.
Economics - Malcolm King - 15 comments
 
Domestic violence has become such a scourge in the community, our lawmakers must impose tougher penalties for DV offenders.
Law & Liberties - Cassandra Pullos - 34 comments
 
I was one of 25,000 people randomly selected via Austria Post listings who received an invitation to participate and was one of around 1200 who expressed interest.
Environment - Tony Webb - 24 comments
 
It is natural for some to have apprehension, to believe that trade, immigration and geo-strategic power are zero sum games. But it is much more complicated than that.
International - David Morris - 3 comments
 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

For those who opposed, and ignored Trumpism altogether, forms of denial have taken even deeper root.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
 
Hurry, you hippies, hucksters and hallucinogenic fellow travellers, hurry. Be quick, if you want a free ride on the Marrakech Express.
Environment - Michael Kile - 9 comments
 
Alas, the greatest threat to free speech remains: the commission itself. It houses a cabal of human rights fantasists who aim to override the law in the name of a self-defined greater good.
Law & Liberties - Gary Johns - 17 comments
 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

In a better world we'd all like to see men talk through their issues, and take stock of themselves and their health.
Society - Peter West - 19 comments
 
He will fervently argue black is black on Monday and equally passionately that black is white on Tuesday.
International - Chris Golis - 10 comments
 
Political bodies like the Greens aren’t forced by law to employ climate change deniers and the ALP doesn’t have to employ union haters. Imagine if they did.
Law & Liberties - Mark Sneddon - 7 comments
 
A school uniform shouldn't inflict misery on one gender, which is exactly what archaic girls' uniforms do.
Society - Evelyn Tsitas - 14 comments
 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

An even clearer forerunner of Brexit and Mr. Trump’s ascendancy was the 1999 referendum on the republic.
Domestic Politics - Rick Brown - 7 comments
 
So, for example, if it were unlawful to offend, insult or humiliate a person on the grounds of age, then someone who might call his neighbour a
Law & Liberties - John de Meyrick - 11 comments
 
The issue is that the University of Sydney is a secular organization. The Uniting Church is a religious one. Australia is in principle a democracy not a theocracy.
Economics - Max Wallace - 22 comments
 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Here are three more, but better founded. Trump will make the 1% happy. Populism is toast. Congress will set the agenda.
International - Larry Kummer - 8 comments
 
On Saturday November 14 last year, much of the world woke to the terrible news that Paris had suffered its worst terrorist attack.
Law & Liberties - Mal Fletcher - 6 comments
 
Rather than continue to resist union harassment and intimidation, some farmers now just want to make sure their competitors face union harassment too.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 6 comments
 
More than 6 million citizens of the EU have kicked their tobacco habit by puffing vapes loaded with nicotine.
Health - Satyajeet Marar - 7 comments
 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

I based my argument on the belief that Clinton was doing everything she could to lose as she made blunder after blunder.
International - Everald Compton - 8 comments
 

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Trump administration must now understand that maintaining the unity of Iraq as a single country is no longer a viable option.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 6 comments
 
Only a handful of child sexual abuse victims in Queensland has ever been able to file a legal action in time.
Law & Liberties - Amanda Gearing - 5 comments
 
These days populist (and often official) attitudes on these topics have been largely reversed, and those who argue against 'progressive' views risk being labelled misogynist, homophobic, or racist.
Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 38 comments
 
The coalition against Pyongyang need not chiefly depend on China for effective sanctions to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile ambitions.
International - Liang Nah - 3 comments
 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

But why should we pay to receive promotions; we who control our discretionary spending?
Media - Ian Nance - 6 comments
 
Trump's US corporate tax cuts will generate a much stronger US equities market.
International - Michael Knox - 3 comments
 
Today, stunned reactions within the US establishment reveal that many of the people who make their living in and around US politics are as out of touch with the wider public mood as their British counterparts.
International - Mal Fletcher - 8 comments
 
All that unnecessary fuss and lunacy might have made waves in some way, but surely it would not translate into electability?
International - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 
An education that must constantly demonstrate its relevance, usefulness (or functionality) is an education that is fundamentally not free.
Education - Sam Ben-Meir - 12 comments
 
This makes you 'dangerous' because when you return – if you return and you should – you've acquired national or international standards.
Economics - Malcolm King - 4 comments
 

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