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July 29, 2016
That Rudd would even think he had a chance offers an insight into a particular brand of megalomania.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 
Take the family out of the picture and 'having sex' (that graceless construction) is reduced to the pleasure principle and details relating to 'good sex'.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 4 comments
 
It wasn't so long ago that Australia, like other countries such as the United States, had a whaling industry that employed many people, yet no one now calls for that trade to be revived.
Law & Liberties - Simon Caterson - 15 comments
 
Evidence that gender, class and race compound each other, so that girls from wealthier Anglo-Australian homes do better than working-class Anglo-Australian boys.
Education - Peter West - 10 comments
 
Abbas's call to boycott the Quartet Report - and Mogherini's public rebuke - has indeed rebounded on Abbas in spectacular fashion.
International - David Singer
 




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Thursday, July 28, 2016

It was an image that would not have been out of place in the sickly procession of pictures that came out of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 25 comments
 
It is currently fashionable to blame the corrections system for high rates of Indigenous imprisonment and for destroying the childhood of those imprisoned. I take a different viewpoint.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 11 comments
 
In psychology we recognise at least five basic threats with the fear of extinction being the most prominent one.
Society - Rivka Witenberg - 24 comments
 
If European governments don't very quickly address their mismanagement of migration, more national leaders will shortly face calls for Brexit-type referenda.
International - Mal Fletcher - 8 comments
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The danger is that, in an effort to fight this growing plague, liberal democracies may end up giving up their fundamental values.
Law & Liberties - Pablo Jiménez Lobeira - 15 comments
 
The Reserve Bank and our politicians should bear in mind what Einstein said: 'If you cannot explain it to a six year old, you don't really understand it.'
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 16 comments
 
This is why every extremist group who fights for a deviant goal adds the word Islam to their name to seek legitimacy and to use it as a trap to drag the whole world into their agenda of denigrating Islam and Muslims by default.
Religion & Spirituality - Bashir Goth - 18 comments
 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

'The qualitative evidence is they don’t matter,’' Mr Textor said. 'The sum of a more centrist approach outweighs any alleged marginal loss of so-called base voters.'
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 8 comments
 
We, people who disagree with her position like me, had the chance to embrace Hanson and the people she represents twenty years ago and we didn't. I'm hoping that we don't miss this opportunity again.
Domestic Politics - Ian Cook - 41 comments
 
The change is evidenced by growing dissatisfaction with politics as usual, with the rise of political parties on what were the margins, and with the return of the young to party politics.
Political Philosophy - Peter McMahon - 3 comments
 

Monday, July 25, 2016

I'm never happy to see a publication die, but this was one that should never have been started, doing damage to On Line Opinion, amongst other online publishers.
Media - Graham Young - 46 comments
 
The major parties and the self-appointed elites do not want to accept that mainstream Australia has given up on political parties which they believe do not know what life is like for them at the coalface and do not care.
Domestic Politics - Rick Brown - 6 comments
 
We still arrogantly cling to the belief that we are the dominant species on earth and have the ability to easily adapt to such threats.
Health - Peter Curson and Alexandra Bhatti - 3 comments
 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Yet, it beggars belief that anybody would ascribe the actions of radical terrorists to every Muslim.
Law & Liberties - Dilan Thampapillai - 69 comments
 
Matt Canavan has now the opportunity to correct these mistakes and engage in a truly inclusive and transparent process which actually listens to the concerns of the community.
Environment - Anica Niepraschk - 13 comments
 
When the asteroid hit the vast oil deposits of Mexico, it sent thick black smoke into the atmosphere, changing the climate around the world.
Science & Technology - Michael McDonald - 9 comments
 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

If this is the case, the Coalition's long held electoral advantage on matters of economic management will be thoroughly destroyed.
Domestic Politics - Glen Anderson - 7 comments
 
How can the Federal government's scheme succeed where the Victorian government's failed? What safeguards will be put in place?
Economics - Aaron Lane - 10 comments
 
The association between rail infrastructure like High Speed Rail and increases in land value is nothing new; it was there when much of Victoria's rail network was built.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 12 comments
 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Abbott won’t rest until his revenge is complete, particularly as he has a lot of mates on the extreme right who will gladly help him.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 16 comments
 
It never matters whether one wins by one vote or a hundred thousand: everyone has a 'clear mandate' to do what they damn well wish.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment
 
A more efficient China needs more of what we sell.
Economics - Michael Knox - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The aim is to serve coalition free market policies on banking and financial services, but without raising apprehension that the government will influence ASIC's judgment of what constitutes unfair treatment of consumers.
Law & Liberties - Max Atkinson - 2 comments
 
The ABS's 'no religion' category on the Census is parallel to labelling a fruit cake as a no-cake for public display and use.
Religion & Spirituality - Spencer Gear - 121 comments
 
To circumvent this trend, a new leader will have to be chosen from outside the political ranks with no formal background in party politics.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
 

Monday, July 18, 2016

The ABC is already referring to Ms Hanson in its public affairs programs and news podcasts as a 'former fish shop owner' as though it is some kind of disreputable occupation.
Domestic Politics - John de Meyrick - 25 comments
 
Waleed went on to criticize Price's word choice because the semantic origins of hysterical meant women 'were irrational or incapable of being rational because they had ovaries.'
Society - John Slater - 15 comments
 
Psychology has a name for this. It is called disenfranchised grief. The sorrow of minority groups is rendered invisible.
Society - Lyn Bender - 16 comments
 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Theresa May’s previous record as head of MI5 and Home Secretary suggest that she is a serious and conscientious politician, driven by a sense of duty and a desire to produce benefits for all in society.
International - Mal Fletcher - 8 comments
 
In that same time, manufacturing (thick purple in the graph) has gone from being the largest employer to sixth largest. But it's still our sixth largest, and streets ahead of the mining sector.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 9 comments
 
An amendment to the Constitution to enable joint-sittings to resolve deadlocks without double dissolution elections seems to me to be the best option available.
Political Philosophy - Winton Bates - 9 comments
 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

It is not in Labor's interests to allow the budget deficit, which it created, first by spending more than it had and second by refusing Coalition savings, to get further out of hand.
Domestic Politics - Gary Johns - 17 comments
 
In the short-term, it may be better to stop wasting time and money chasing after dole recipients and let them keep their benefits.
Domestic Politics - Sukrit Sabhlok - 9 comments
 
US shale oil production could be the swing producer, but the swing will be limited if it can't hire enough staff.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Even after Brexit, the European project can still succeed.
International - Pablo Jiménez Lobeira - 5 comments
 
The U Ki’s decision to leave the EU is an epochal event, but it must not be treated with 'the vocabulary of calamity'.
International - Ioan Voicu - 4 comments
 
Out of the 12 seats lost by the Government so far, eight were held by far right politicians who fought against key issues like climate change and funding for our schools and hospitals.
Domestic Politics - Peter Bowden - 32 comments
 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Since 2013 when the case was first filed by the Philippines, China has built seven islets by piling sand on reefs.
International - Simon Louie - 44 comments
 
When asking whether returning to budget surplus was more important than maintaining services and infrastructure investment, just 26 per cent of Coalition voters agreed with 61 per cent preferring the latter.
Domestic Politics - Chris Lewis - 2 comments
 
For some reason, many of the political journalists who havebeen in regular contact with me over the last two years decided my opinion wouldnot be required during the election campaign.
Domestic Politics - David Leyonhjelm - 7 comments
 

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Sydney Morning Herald also (separately) reported that over 250,000 healthy cats and dogs are destroyed in Australia every year because there are not enough homes for them.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 17 comments
 
The argument goes something along the lines that because Turnbull abandoned the Liberal base he was punished accordingly. And that a more decisive Liberal victory would have been possible under Tony Abbott.
Domestic Politics - Tristan Ewins - 31 comments
 
Without nuclear energy we would have burned millions more tons of coal and billions more barrels of oil.
Environment - James Stafford - 27 comments
 
Such acts of recognition by the international community, over Israel's strident objections, have hardened Palestinian demands and expectations that their goals can be achieved without negotiations requiring any concessions to Israel.
International - David Singer - 2 comments
 

Friday, July 8, 2016

If Malcolm Turnbull cannot bring himself to negotiate he needs to find colleagues who can, and who can deliver afterwards.
Domestic Politics - Don Aitkin - 47 comments
 
No unilateral action should be taken by either side – for example, the annexation of more territories by Israel, or new attempts by the Palestinians to 'internationalize' the resolution of the conflict.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 
One function of description is to point out aspects which may not be easy for viewers or listeners to follow.
Sport - Ian Nance
 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Well it may be that governments are elected with a majority, but the rules of representation demand that other parties and voices are accounted for.
Political Philosophy - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
 
The ‘crisis-breaker’ that a country needs at such times is a respected, independent head of state with the ability and authority to control and resolve any dysfunctional government situation.
Domestic Politics - John de Meyrick - 11 comments
 
The Liberals left themselves open to scare campaigns from the ALP and are horrified that with Mediscare the ALP has equalled children overboard and all the other appalling lies that conservatives have told over the years.
Domestic Politics - Syd Hickman - 5 comments
 
The Drum rigorously excluded voices from the centre and the centre right; from people who had a beef about immigration but who could express their arguments cogently.
Media - Malcolm King - 12 comments
 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Meanwhile, the principal architects of the crimes remain free in Indonesia, some of them still in positions of power. Several have run for President of Indonesia.
International - Celestino Gusmao - 3 comments
 
What’s not widely understood is that on both the global level and the Australian scale, this urban growth has been a suburban phenomenon.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott
 
The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has recently created its own Ministry of Happiness.
Society - Russell Grenning - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The provider receives additional subsidies when a resident is reclassified as requiring a higher level of care, staff levels rarely change.
Health - Sarah Russell - 1 comment
 
How did New Democracy come to this decision to abandon an intrinsic purpose of a citizens' jury? One can only surmise that this was done under pressure.
Environment - Noel Wauchope - 6 comments
 
If you can add 200,000 people every day to the global population and account for a significant loss of farmland at the same time, you can begin to understand the dire food situation facing the planet.
Environment - James Stafford - 2 comments
 

Monday, July 4, 2016

They want leaders who are above politics. I doubt that we'll get them. Avoid career politicians, and you get so-called celebrities and clowns and such.
Domestic Politics - Peter West - 10 comments
 
Tolerance is in the expanding list of pieties, but dissent is never mentioned. We no longer have debates. Instead, we are exhorted to engage in 'conversation'.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 24 comments
 
All life on earth depends on air and an ideal cycle of oxygen and carbon. But since the beginning of the fossil fuel era, humans have been disturbing the delicate balance of the atmosphere.
Environment - Lyn Bender - 26 comments
 
The 'Palestinian National Authority' having been unilaterally disbanded by Abbas by decree on 3 January 2013
International - David Singer - 2 comments
 

Friday, July 1, 2016

The stories of mental illness you will never read about are not blips on the path to fame but debilitating complicated lifelong illnesses.
Health - Pauline Hopkins - 4 comments
 
As AWU Secretary, Bill Shorten negotiated a pay deal which cut the pay of casual cleaners from $28-$29 an hour to a meagre $18.
Domestic Politics - John Slater - 6 comments
 
This concern for the injustices and abuses meted out to the Palestinian women, men and children draws on well-established international consensus.
Domestic Politics - Jessica Morrison - 9 comments
 
The comparisons between Bill Shorten and Bob Hawke, as union leaders who have become party leaders, are inevitable. But the similarities seem to end there.
Domestic Politics - Tim O'Hare - 5 comments
 
Commentators are reporting a distinct lack of enthusiasm for this weekend's federal election. Such a public mood is appropriate, and cynicism is well deserved on this occasion.
Domestic Politics - Brendan O'Reilly - 6 comments
 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

So where do Independent schools get funding for capital works? The answer is, almost entirely from parents. They contribute close to 90 per cent of the cost.
Education - Colette Colman - 13 comments
 
The modelling I present here focuses on electricity generation. It disproves two myths –that renewable electricity is not workable without baseload fossil fuelled power and that in any case it is too expensive.
Environment - Ben Rose - 49 comments
 
It's not the July count but the August one that will be most revealing for Australia. It's the Census not the Election that will tell us most about ourselves.
Society - Mark McCrindle - 1 comment
 
Rather than performing its traditional critical function of helping us understand, face and deal creatively and constructively with reality, the prevailing dominant culture actively undermines our capacity to do so.
Domestic Politics - Scott MacInnes - 5 comments
 

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