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September 3, 2014
The overwhelming need for a Royal Commission was spelt out by successful Australian business woman, Janet Holmes a Court, in an address in Hobart on 15 August.
Law & Liberties - Bruce Haigh - 10 comments
 
I must have missed something! Last time I checked the 'Islamic State' was not actually a state and the army of the non-state state barely warranted the title army.
International - Dave Smith - 6 comments
 
Putin is well aware of the consequences, and the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is just as relevant today as it was in 1962 when the Soviet Union and the United States pulled back from the brink over the Cuban Missile Crisis.
International - Graham Cooke - 4 comments
 
The not so good news is that North America doesn't have nearly enough oil and gas pipelines to accommodate its 11-million-barrel-a-day output level.
Environment - James Stafford - 1 comment
 




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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Violence against women is both enabled and perpetuated by a culture that maintains a spectrum of sexism and misogyny, from the subtle and casual to the violent and extreme.
Society - Tasman Bain - 33 comments
 
Both the Labor and current governments officially bought into the idea that recruitment to jihad reflects the alienation of young Muslim males disaffected from mainstream culture.
Law & Liberties - David Martin Jones - 12 comments
 
But this much heralded slice of bureaucratise signed last week by two foreign ministers, Marty Natalegawa for Indonesia and Julie Bishop for Australia, was never going to be a Lincolnian call to higher purpose.
International - Duncan Graham - 2 comments
 
The PLO (founded in 1964) and Hamas (founded in 1987) both seek to unravel the decisions made at San Remo in 1920.
International - David Singer - 1 comment
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Like any term drawn out of some faux nationalism (can there be any other?), it divides on the pretext of uniting.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 35 comments
 
Post 1971, the moral question in economics has been abandoned. Individual interest has been the driver of economic policy to achieve growth, income and employment.
Economics - Ben Rees - 16 comments
 
The lightning advance of the so-called Islamic State (IS) has taken many by surprise, but their sudden ascent does not necessarily presage a new order in the Middle East.
International - Chris Wilson - 9 comments
 
Judith Curry is a climate scientist with a prolific publication record who is a climate change realist. She is interviewed by James Stafford.
Environment - James Stafford - 5 comments
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lack of regulation means the onus is therefore on Exit and Dr Nitschke to screen those who may not be suitable for the information provided in his books and workshops.
Law & Liberties - David Swanton - 41 comments
 
There are now more Australians employed in our solar industry than in our coal-fired power stations. Jobs in the Australian renewable energy sector have tripled in recent years to almost 30,000.
Environment - Lisa Singh - 21 comments
 
The RET has an even greater impact than the carbon tax on the bottom line, reducing our living standards and the competitiveness of our entire economy.
Environment - David Leyonhjelm - 22 comments
 
Contrast the good-natured commentary on the prostate cancer theory to the vulgar chorus of denunciation of the breast cancer theory.
Health - David van Gend - 18 comments
 
Many more people are talking about ice buckets than motor neurone disease or cancer.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 7 comments
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It is often the reflexive response of government to crack down on things which are new or untested. This tendency is only exaggerated when innovations challenge large established interests like the taxi and hotel industries.
Economics - Andrew Leigh - 10 comments
 
There is no doubt that the 2008 NAPLAN results provided a wake-up call for Queensland, and since that time there has been a focused effort on improvement. Seven years on, the Queensland performance on NAPLAN is recognised as considerably improved.
Education - David Robertson - 5 comments
 
In Australia, the Henry Tax Review was not whistling 'Dixie' in 2008 when it claimed: 'economic growth would be higher if governments raised more revenue from land and less revenue from other tax bases'.
Economics - Bryan Kavanagh - 12 comments
 
History tells us that having a strategic vision and intent to achieve economic outcomes is just the starting point. Closer attention needs to be focused on institutional and budgetary constraints.
Economics - Ordan Andreevski - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The government's plans to apply real compounding interest rates to student debt through the HECS/HELP scheme will result in women paying a greater price for their higher education.
Education - Amanda Rishworth - 18 comments
 
My title for this essay links these four terms: love, sex, disability, stereotypes. Why is it so strange to include the word 'disability' in this listing?
Health - Peter Gibilisco - 1 comment
 
Seventy-two out of a possible 598 federal and state politicians have signed which attests to the savvy political acumen of those 526 who have refused to be duped by this dud declaration.
International - David Singer - 10 comments
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Everyone supports medical research. What’s not to love? But that fact is the very reason governments should not fund it.
Health - David Leyonhjelm - 23 comments
 
Sadly the Australian people are now relatively uninformed about the medical hazards of the whole nuclear fuel chain.
Law & Liberties - Helen Caldicott - 28 comments
 
Gone are times when a televised appearance gave a guide to the thoughts of the speaker, and the appearance's outcome the direct result of that person's true character.
Media - Ian Nance - 2 comments
 
The ongoing war between Israel and Hamas is only reinforcing the notion that unlike previous ceasefire agreements, preventing repeated violent confrontations requires a fundamental change in the status quo.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 50 comments
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Despite Newcastle's version of political Armageddon, and the likelihood of further political repercussions, the city must dust itself off, rebuild its tarnished reputation, and plan for a more prosperous Newcastle.
Law & Liberties - Dino Cesta - 7 comments
 
But Hamas did not use this cement to build homes, hospitals, schools, community centres or bomb shelters; instead, they used it to protect their stockpile of weapons, artillery and rockets, and to facilitate attacks on Israeli civilian towns.
International - Glen Falkenstein - 25 comments
 
Put simply, the term 'full spectrum dominance' denotes America's plan to advance their long-term goal of total military control of every nook and cranny of the Big Blue Ball and beyond.
International - Greg Maybury - 9 comments
 
Planned Floating Liquid Natural Gas (FLNG) projects in Asia raise hard questions about the technology's suitability.
International - Stewart Taggart - 4 comments
 
Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as some companies turn to renewable energy to cut costs and lighten their carbon footprint.
Science & Technology - Andrew Topf - 5 comments
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mr Clark has initiated laws that will allow those who have obtained an apprehended violence order against another person to 'name and shame' that person in the press.
Law & Liberties - Adam Blanch - 83 comments
 
One may well argue that the key element in any discussion needs to be compassion, although what this means in practice is not always clear.
Health - James Page - 14 comments
 
Ukraine's next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, further weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production.
International - Robert Bensh - 9 comments
 
There is an almost infinite number of brilliant ideas that need public money to show their true value, and governments need a filtering system.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 49 comments
 
By acting as if they are unwilling to listen to any voice that they may disagree with, these protesters appear as though they expect to circumvent that process and move right to a predetermined outcome of their choosing.
Law & Liberties - Everett Themer - 12 comments
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Freedom of speech is surfacing as the most common casualty in the ongoing debate over human rights for prostituted people in Australia.
Law & Liberties - Matthew Holloway - 16 comments
 
Any decision made by the minister is unchallengeable – if there are no minimum rules or standards, how can any planning decision be wrong or inadequate?
Law & Liberties - Jack Halliday - 2 comments
 
The only possible conclusion I can come to on compulsory voting at Local Council level is that is wholly inappropriate; all it achieves is to entrench the powers of the major parties.
Political Philosophy - Guy Hallowes - 4 comments
 
Mate copying is the theory that an individual's decision to mate or form a relationship with a potential partner is impacted by observation of that person in a relationship with another.
Society - Malcolm Forbes and Ryan Anderson - 31 comments
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A moral reason for a basic income is that the wealth of anyone is much more the result of our forebears' endeavours than our own.
Economics - John Tomlinson - 8 comments
 
In some quarters there's a strong desire to alter the flag but it enjoys overwhelming public enthusiasm.
Society - Sean Jacobs - 11 comments
 
Most readers will be aware of his efforts, in successive Anzac Day speeches, to remind us of the need to honour those who gave their lives by reflecting, not just on their courage and sacrifice, but on the need to minimise the risk of future wars.
Law & Liberties - Max Atkinson - 9 comments
 
Even when the situation is reversed, and women are the main breadwinners, the data still shows that men are not taking up their fair share of the load.
Society - Bernard Toutounji - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Joe Hockey's gaffe last week on the Government's plan to restore fuel excise indexation highlights the need to address the low incomes of many Australians rather than oppose a sound policy initiative.
Economics - Alan Davies - 21 comments
 
Abolishing the carbon price costs about $6 billion a year. As Ross Garnaut has pointed out, the carbon price wasn't just a sound environmental policy; it was also an important fiscal policy.
Environment - Andrew Leigh - 9 comments
 
So if people, like, from other nations, can, like, use English correctly as a second language, or others in our society can, like, speak clearly and coherently, like, what's wrong with trying to say it gooder?
Media - Ian Nance - 21 comments
 
Very few scientists are in any real sense across 'science' as a whole. Science has become so large there are millions of experts, but they are expert only in a minuscule part.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 12 comments
 

Monday, August 18, 2014

There is no current alternative party of the centre, a role once filled by the Australia Party (remember Gordon Barton?) and the Democrats. If one existed I would expect it to do quite well.
Domestic Politics - Don Aitkin - 9 comments
 
The media creates the impression (contrary to the wider global picture) that war and conflict are more widespread than ever. But, at the same time, its scrutiny of the horrors of war has helped to dampen conflicts.
International - Pat Byrne - 5 comments
 
Any journalist is free to report what they see in Gaza as long as it is coloured Hamas.
International - David Singer - 109 comments
 
Israel is not innocent of blame in Gaza, but Hamas bears a greater level of culpability.
International - Jed Lea-Henry - 10 comments
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

This is outlined by Danish psychologist Nicolai Sennell's groundbreaking work visiting Muslim criminals in jail, where he makes reference to the Arab notion of 'holy anger', which is completely foreign to English.
Society - Tanveer Ahmed - 80 comments
 
This isn't science, and it isn't good journalism. But it is a good example of juvenile special pleading.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 21 comments
 
Off-hand, ideologically-driven or politically-motivated opinions disguised as facts are nothing new in political discourse.
Science & Technology - Rob Cover - 27 comments
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The recent incident on the bus in Bondi Beach in which approximately 30 children aged between five and twelve years old were terrorised with anti-Semitic taunts and physical threats is a timely reminder of the ongoing need for community vigilance.
Law & Liberties - Alan Berman and John Anderson - 46 comments
 
The 'City of Churches' is in dire straits as the economy faces massive job losses.
Economics - Malcolm King - 20 comments
 
In the Aftermath (the fourth phase), whistleblowers tend to bear the scars of their encounters for life. They may have to find new jobs, retire, change names or emigrate to other countries to avoid local opprobrium.
Law & Liberties - Miles Little - 11 comments
 
So far the death toll has almost reached 1,000 and there may well have been more than 2,000 cases. Now the disease looks like gaining an important foothold in Nigeria.
Health - Peter Curson - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Turkey stands condemned of Holocaust denial, genocide and persecution of minorities, but you wouldn't know that reading the centre left press.
International - Jonathan J. Ariel - 26 comments
 
It is the next phase in the battle among energy oligarchs to secure their interests in the dynamic political arena shaping up after the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych.
International - James Stafford - 4 comments
 
One month of fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas has resulted in an enormous propaganda victory for Hamas as horrific pictures have appeared daily in social media and newspapers around the world.
International - David Singer - 153 comments
 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It is the democracies who have the resources, experience and humanitarian tradition to help the defenceless minorities of Iraq.
International - Peter Coates - 23 comments
 
The Huang meta-analysis also showed a clear dose effect, i.e., women with two or more abortions showed a risk increase of 76%, and those with three or more abortions showed a risk increase of 89%.
Health - Joel Brind - 82 comments
 
How should Australia manage radioactive waste? The short answer is that there is no obvious approach − hence the need for an independent Commission of Inquiry.
Law & Liberties - Jim Green - 11 comments
 
It is an irony of history that an entity, which claims to be innocent and the victim of the Holocaust, has been itself committing the most heinous crimes in contemporary history.
International - Ali Omidi - 34 comments
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

I have a warning for my Liberal and National Party colleagues: speculating on increasing the revenue take from the GST is playing with fire.
Economics - Peter Hendy - 17 comments
 
In the same way, a person should not be allowed to express an opinion that is discriminatory and does not make a positive contribution to public discourse.
Law & Liberties - James English - 14 comments
 
Joe and me - close, but no rose, and maybe he was just being polite.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 9 comments
 
So are we at risk particularly given that at least three cases have turned up in the USA albeit two of which were returned under care from West Africa?
Health - Peter Curson - 3 comments
 
Updike was a churchgoer all his life. He studied some divinity at Harvard and read Karl Barth. He said the Lord's Prayer with his children at bedtime. However, his Christianity did not seem to comfort him or rein in his adulterous behaviour.
The Arts - Peter Sellick - 31 comments
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Who else is a potential target in Australia? Lawyers involved in the Securency banknote corruption case because of its consequences for the 'national interest'?
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 9 comments
 
Although it has lost some of the status it once had, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change is still a formidable body, and acts as a dead weight on attempts to change the nature of the 'climate change' debate.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 93 comments
 
The Draft Report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning is disappointing because, despite identifying major deficiencies in existing policies, its recommendations seem unlikely to overcome many of the problems identified.
Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 17 comments
 
Unsustainable logging practices are destroying Victoria's native forests. They are being mismanaged because the importance of the natural environment is drastically undervalued.
Environment - Matthew Lincoln - 11 comments
 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I know the government is calculating that people like me will vote for the Coalition anyway, come the next election, that, like the government itself, we don't really care about free speech.
Law & Liberties - James Allan - 8 comments
 
There are now more Australians employed in our solar industry than in our coal-fired power stations, while jobs in the Australian renewable energy sector have tripled in recent years to almost 30,000.
Environment - Lisa Singh - 9 comments
 
If, for example, as an industry we wanted lower stamp duties and land taxes and in exchange were prepared to publicly campaign for a 15% GST.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 3 comments
 
Prabowo was a military man for 28 years and believes in what he calls 'the soldier spirit'. Real warriors never surrender, particularly when they have 65 million people on their side.
International - Duncan Graham - 18 comments
 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Immigrants and native Australians should face five criteria to be a citizen, not matters of dress or knowledge of history.
Society - Valerie Yule - 18 comments
 
Are the property holdings of our federal politicians negatively influencing policy and causing them to ignore evidence?
Nation Building - Philip Soos, Paul Egan and Lindsay David - 8 comments
 
Why are we here? Is it just to devour each other?
Political Philosophy - Graham Preston - 49 comments
 
All Russia has to do is threaten to charge Ukraine the same as everyone else would charge Ukraine, and Ukraine is in trouble.
Economics - James Stafford - 4 comments
 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In much of Iraq and Syria today, millions of Christians, whose ancestral presence there pre-dates current Muslim majorities by centuries, are being scrubbed out of their homes.
International - David Singer - 49 comments
 
Zealots should not be allowed to suppress medical debate just because it conflicts with their prejudices.
Health - Lachlan Dunjey - 30 comments
 
What is the explanation behind the explosion of indigenous attendance at university?
Indigenous Affairs - Joe Lane - 53 comments
 
It is not all that long ago that Australia was in the grip of other bitter, very bitter, conflict between the Protestant and Catholic branches of Christianity.
Religion & Spirituality - Ian Nance - 24 comments
 
Australia's decline as an athletic nation has continued at the Edinburgh games.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 7 comments
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

For many Australians, painkillers are the drug of choice, with about three quarters taking over-the-counter painkillers and half misusing prescription painkillers.
Health - George Dertadian
 
It is easy to forget that not until the twentieth century was the mother’s equal genetic contribution to the child understood, and even then only among the educated classes.
Society - Andee Jones - 37 comments
 
In what other industry are holders of crucial natural resources allowed to drip feed these building blocks of life to the market in order to push prices ever higher?
Economics - Karl Fitzgerald - 4 comments
 
Whoever is in power at any level of government anywhere in the nation will be removed at the next election, whether they be left or right.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 6 comments
 

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