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May 24, 2016
If treachery and betrayal on this scale are not punished, they will beget more such treachery and betrayal, as Labor Party experience amply demonstrates.
Domestic Politics - John Stone - 3 comments
 
The counterintuitive thing about Andrews is that the public emphasis on his socially conservative positons goes wholly against what he has achieved in politics.
Domestic Politics - William Hill - 1 comment
 
Host countries must employ special methods to thwart any infiltration attempts by violent extremists under the guise of being refugees, and develop a countering violent extremism plan that encompasses all aspects of deradicalisation.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
 




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Monday, May 23, 2016

Emblem awareness campaigns are necessary both to explain the special significance of the emblem and to warn that the misuse of the emblem is a criminal offence.
Law & Liberties - Keith Suter - 3 comments
 
Considering the existing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, if the OPEC meeting ends without a fight, it should be considered an achievement.
Economics - Rakesh Upadhyay - 2 comments
 
She has let her emotions cloud her judgement in what can only be seen as a deliberate attempt to paper over the fact that Jews bought land in Palestine they settled on.
International - David Singer - 14 comments
 

Friday, May 20, 2016

If Britain opts out of the European Union at the referendum on 23 June, France becomes more important to Australia than at any time in recent years. It might also be that in about 12 months, Valls is elected President of France.
International - Richard Ogier - 7 comments
 
The prospects for renewable energy have been oversold. We need to prepare for the possibility that renewables cannot supply all future energy needs.
Environment - Tom Biegler - 21 comments
 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The First Lady's speech helped recreate 'an imaginative geography of West versus East, us versus Muslims-cultures in which first ladies give speeches versus others in which women shuffle around silently in burqas'.
Society - Alice Aslan - 33 comments
 
If company tax cuts can be criticised on the basis that they mean other taxes will increase, then surely the same criticism can be made about Gonski.
Economics - Michael Potter - 22 comments
 
The use of the Internet as a communications tool has been fuelled by the anonymity afforded to those who use it – enabling all kinds of hate and incitement to be spewed out daily.
Law & Liberties - David Singer - 27 comments
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I want someone to be talking toughly to us, reminding us that our country is not a kind of holiday resort, but a work in progress. I’m probably old-fashioned.
Domestic Politics - Don Aitkin - 17 comments
 
After a hard fought victory, Khan easily came out on top, garnering over 56 per cent of the vote, with 50 per cent needed to win the election.
International - Zushan Hashmi - 7 comments
 
The idea that any religious institution should only disseminate its beliefs with caveats and qualifications strikes at the heart of freedom of religion, expression, and association.
Law & Liberties - Chris Ashton - 20 comments
 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Three things came to worry me: a conceited arrogance in the face of evidence from overseas; a desire to make laws 'for the greater good', and the belief that 'appropriate' intellectuals know better than the rest of us.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 16 comments
 
The continuing defunding exercise will cause not only significant job losses, but also an exodus of the bright and talented science and technology expertise away from Australia.
Science & Technology - Lionel Bopage - 4 comments
 
Indicative of the uranium industry's worldwide malaise, mining giant Cameco recently announced the suspension of production at Rabbit Lake and reduced production at McArthur River/Key Lake in Canada.
Environment - Jim Green - 10 comments
 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Seeking to constitutionally transfer the executive authority of the country to the Presidency is the final step to legally consolidate Erdogan's power.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 
We are not seeking human rights for animals. We are seeking rights appropriate to the relevant species.
Law & Liberties - Ruth Hatten - 13 comments
 
For my part, I'm glad that Australia wasn't colonised by Spain. The British were bad enough. The Spanish would have been far worse.
International - Peter West - 7 comments
 

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Citizens' Jury method has considerable advantages. The members have time to discuss freely with each other. They can question witnesses, and have time to scrutinise the information they receive.
Political Philosophy - Noel Wauchope - 19 comments
 
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International - David Singer - 15 comments
 
The status of women depends not only upon education, but also on what is available for what is euphemistically called feminine hygiene.
Health - Valerie Yule - 2 comments
 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

If the task involves work that would ordinarily be undertaken by a paid employee as a form of production rather than participant-observation then it is work that should be paid at an employees' rate.
Domestic Politics - Rob Cover - 10 comments
 
Regional development and decentralisation are rhetorical favourites of Australian politicians but they're really promoting regional sprawl over suburban sprawl.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 10 comments
 
The problem is that politicians are slowly realising they don't need to appeal to the people that actually follow politics.
Domestic Politics - Bessie Hassan - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Since this federal government was elected, we have seen 14 people die from suicide, inappropriate or inadequate medical attention, and injuries sustained in detention.
Law & Liberties - Zoe Stewart - 10 comments
 
The facts are that every tax cut has created some more billionaires, but few jobs down on Struggle Street. The trickle down effect has never ever trickled down.
Economics - Everald Compton - 11 comments
 
Now, Australian schooling is the hardest working unit of the world Testing Industry using techniques that Finland and other leading countries would not touch with a 50m barge-pole. No self-respecting education system would.
Education - Phil Cullen - 16 comments
 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

By contrast, the royal commission into trade unions was always questionable, and difficult to justify on public interest grounds.
Domestic Politics - Max Atkinson - 4 comments
 
But how far could billions of dollars in new rail infrastructure actually go in improving congestion across our cities? Will cars inevitably win? If so, why?
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 7 comments
 
The French propulsion system is designed to feed off a nuclear reactor. Whether it can produce the claimed efficiency and quietness in the new conventional format can't be known until sea trials in the 2030s.
International - Syd Hickman - 16 comments
 

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Prime Minister thinks that Bill Shorten is attacking aspiration, taking a wrecking ball to Liberal fiscal rectitude and is about to end civilisation, as we know it.
Domestic Politics - John Tomlinson - 9 comments
 
An avalanche of homosexual and transgender material is flooding into the curriculum from high school to pre-school – all without parents' knowledge.
Law & Liberties - Lyle Shelton - 74 comments
 
Thus religious ideas are sacrosanct, no matter how silly or debilitating they are. Criticism of such belief is forbidden because that would entail non-acceptance of the believer.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 15 comments
 

Friday, May 6, 2016

After all, international human rights law does not recognize a right not to be offended.
Law & Liberties - Joshua Forrester, Lorraine Finlay and Augusto Zimmermann - 20 comments
 
In reality, most people, irrespective of their gender are on low incomes in retirement, though this may improve when average superannuation balances get higher.
Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 9 comments
 
Australia is a sick country, primarily because it has become such a selfish and self-centred country. A sense of entitlement pervades, indeed is encouraged and fostered within the ruling class and politicians.
Law & Liberties - Bruce Haigh - 56 comments
 
Keep agreements made with your allies – don't ditch them. Loyalty will always trump expediency.
International - David Singer - 8 comments
 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

What really sets the Republican frontrunner apart from the last century of men who have occupied the Oval Office are the profound insecurities he has revealed.
International - Gary Gambill - 22 comments
 
The extreme example of this was during Mao’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in which the party’s youth was cynically revved up to weed out imagined traitors and the politically ‘incorrect’.
Law & Liberties - William Hill - 6 comments
 
Western liberal democracies dominate the top rankings of progress indices. But are they the best models of development?
Society - Richard Eckersley - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

No government has ever offered to be the primary investor in a significant development project anywhere in the north of our continent.
Nation Building - Everald Compton - 11 comments
 
However, a majority of Israelis and Palestinians seek peace, and the desire of Arab countries to normalize their relations with Israel offers fertile ground for the resumption of peace negotiations.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 10 comments
 
Today's art world is a very well mapped-out universe consisting of a few thousand leading galleries.
The Arts - Kovach Barna and Murray Hunter - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

In retrospect, the turning point was Shorten’s announcement to reform negative gearing in order to stabilise metropolitan housing prices.
Domestic Politics - Glen Anderson and Alan Berman - 9 comments
 
Secretary of State John Kerry has brokered an understanding that is dramatically reducing violence on most fronts in the Syrian civil war, while declaring open season on ISIS and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.
International - Gary Gambill - 6 comments
 
We Boomers don't like anyone taking the piss out of us. We worked very hard to get where we are and we take seriously the concepts of global warming, unemployment and migration.
Society - Richard Stanton - 7 comments
 

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Flinders Ranges site was nominated by Grant Chapman but he has precious little connection to the land. Conversely, the land has been precious to Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners for millennia.
Environment - Anica Niepraschk - 12 comments
 
If the 2013 general voting pattern (and the 2014 Senate re-run in WA) is repeated at the July 2 election, the crossbench will grow from 8 to 12.
Domestic Politics - David Leyonhjelm - 7 comments
 
Materialists have no sufficient explanation (cause) for the diversity of life. There is a mind-boggling plethora of miracles here, not just one. Every basic type of life form is a miracle.
Religion & Spirituality - Don Batten - 227 comments
 

Friday, April 29, 2016

His legacy has since been re-imagined and has come to be applied to all national groups who do not have a state of their own. This has conflated different cases with destructive consequences.
International - William Hill - 7 comments
 
'Australia now has more people who vote for their money than who work for it.' Taking benefits from voters is tough politics.
Economics - Gary Johns - 22 comments
 
Since then, Saudi Arabia has introduced some taxes for the first time, cut spending by about a quarter, trimmed energy subsidies, and raised money through the bond markets.
International - Nicholas Cunningham - 2 comments
 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rather than promising everyone some candy, the government needs to win back its credibility by demonstrating a clear plan to return the budget to surplus and pay down its debt.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 9 comments
 
The summit comes at a time when Queensland’s and Australia’s unemployment rate seems stuck at around 6%, about 2% above the lows achieved during the mining boom.
Economics - Joe Branigan - 15 comments
 
What non-violent response can there be to the violence and hatred, the killings and the dispossession, the endlessly cruel siege of Gaza, the thuggery of settlers and the Netanyahu rants?
International - Stuart Rees - 10 comments
 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

80% of our land mass is sparsely populated and poorly serviced by internet, hospitals, water, railways, roads and ports.
Nation Building - Everald Compton - 20 comments
 
At first, proactive and outward-looking regulators looks like a good thing. But the problems with this new approach are easily demonstrated.
Economics - Darcy Allen and Jason Potts - 9 comments
 
The complacent are resigned to the status quo, the indifferent do not care, the delusional keep fantasizing, the politicians are busy manipulating, and the power hungry lie and cheat to cling to their positions.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It invites us to ponder how we should feel if Japanese war enthusiasts turned up on Australian shores commemorating an invasion of Australia that never happened.
Society - William Hill - 23 comments
 
Five million people in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia still live in highly contaminated areas with a further 400 million living in regions with a continuing radioactive fingerprint.
Environment - Dave Sweeney - 12 comments
 
There is no mood in Israel to commit national suicide – which the Arab peace initiative unashamedly seeks.
International - David Singer - 2 comments
 

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