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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 - 1 comment
 
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 - 5 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 - 5 comments
 




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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 - 11 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 - 22 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
 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The videos, made by the Centre for Medical Progress, brought to light the ethical and legal ramifications of using aborted foetal tissue for research purposes.
Law & Liberties - Kathy Clubb - 13 comments
 
A cut in the company tax rate will lead to a rise in after tax corporate earnings. A cut in the corporate tax rate will then lead to a rise in GDP.
Economics - Michael Knox - 4 comments
 
When the Coalition included the fund in the 2014 budget, it was hailed by the health and medical research sector as a watershed announcement.
Health - Nadia Levin - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

But if this is the best argument the coalition has to be returned then their focus groups are telling them what ours is: this is an election almost without alternatives.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 15 comments
 
Well, Caesar invented Caesarism which is a form of populism in which individuals place their faith in a leader to rid a political system of what they see as its corrupt elements and do things for the ordinary person.
Political Philosophy - Gregory Melleuish - 2 comments
 
But our sense of compassion, of extending a “helping hand”, comes to a shuddering halt when we are forced to assist those who don’t need help but are receiving aid merely because someone wants their vote.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 3 comments
 
Studies show that in normally Europhile nations like Denmark, France and to a slightly lesser degree Germany and Sweden, unusually high proportions of populations are dissatisfied.
International - Mal Fletcher - 6 comments
 

Monday, June 27, 2016

The evaluation data are anything but positive and do not support retaining the current headspace model.
Health - Anthony Jorm - 5 comments
 
It is a powerful coalition because it tends to value experience over theories, which is really to say reality over fantasy.
International - Graham Young - 28 comments
 
The EU, which surely won’t welcome today’s outcome, should hold itself partly responsible. Time and again the EU has over-stepped the mark where national sensibilities – if not sovereignty – is concerned.
International - Mal Fletcher - 3 comments
 
At least Mandelson resisted taking his fist to the leave votes, noting instead an anger in the population against the governing classes.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 

Friday, June 24, 2016

It appears that once legalization of assisted dying has occurred, critical reflection is difficult.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 6 comments
 
One possible solution to issues of gender equity in sport would be to make all sports competitions unisex, with prize money and other conditions totally based on audience demand and competition on the sports field.
Sport - Brendan O'Reilly - 6 comments
 
Those who figure US LTO output will track WTI in a straight line clearly don’t understand the complexities of how this large and complex business actually works.
Economics - David Yager - 1 comment
 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

However the total funding for private schools is about 45% more at $18,000 per student with $10,500 coming mainly from fees paid by parents and $7,500 from Governments.
Education - Ian Keese - 6 comments
 
On the basis of evidence everywhere we could easily double the price of electricity and get nowhere near the 50 per cent target.
Environment - Keith DeLacy - 37 comments
 
Irrespective of whether he wins or not, by nature of the fact he is where he is, Donald Trump throws into question the nature of our relationship with America, including the so called Alliance.
International - Bruce Haigh - 11 comments
 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In fairness, we know NAPLAN is not the only indicator of student outcomes, so perhaps 'Gonski' is making a difference in some other area, like student wellbeing or attendance.
Education - David Robertson - 6 comments
 
And it is a very big elephant; the bipartisan target is over 200,000 for 2015/16, about the population of Hobart.
Nation Building - Peter Wilkinson - 31 comments
 
A resolution calling for the use of military action by the United Nations under Article 42 of the UN Charter remains stymied because of America's opposition to taking such action proposed by Russia.
International - David Singer - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

By fascism, I simply mean a militaristic regime that is characteristically authoritarian, anti-immigrant, and extremely nationalistic.
International - Sam Ben-Meir - 24 comments
 
Despite its titillating tales of sexual transgression, stellar sword-fights, and wildly disproportionate number of redheads, we should not forget that Game of Thrones is first and foremost a depiction of politics.
Political Philosophy - Luke Hennessy - 6 comments
 
It's impossible to find another natural resource that is so fundamentally necessary and yet has carried such negative sentiment as uranium.
Economics - James Stafford - 6 comments
 

Monday, June 20, 2016

This political deadlock will be profound, significant and long term, causing a long awaited upheaval in the structure of political parties.
Political Philosophy - Everald Compton - 13 comments
 
Neither the EU referendum nor political debates in general are the central narratives here. This is about a human and national tragedy, not a political statement.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 15 comments
 
We were raised in a world where glass was something you looked through but for them it is something you look at.
Society - Mark McCrindle - 1 comment
 

Friday, June 17, 2016

The first truth is that the Australian schooling system is not in crisis and overall continues to perform above the OECD average in all categories.
Education - Simon Birmingham - 16 comments
 
Alongside important issues like Australia’s security in the South China Sea , the Australian government needs to readdress the question of better allocating foreign aid.
International - Vince Hooper - 3 comments
 
It takes time for any society to become normalised to patient killing and assisted suicide to the point where hitherto taboo extensions become feasible and reasonable.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 3 comments
 
The best evidence we’ve got indicates that motorists do in fact pay the full financial cost of building and maintaining the roads they require.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 6 comments
 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

That violence against women in the home presents a problem is irrefutable, but our society is lagging behind in joining the dots to recognise that the same is true for children.
Law & Liberties - Angelika Poulsen - 16 comments
 
We need to find ways to capitalise on areas where Australia has a strong presence and operating culture already, and we need ideas that can be put to use now.
International - James Rose - 6 comments
 
China holds veto power over Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) decisions but other countries joining together can challenge it on issues like the South China Sea.
International - Stewart Taggart - 1 comment
 
There are very real dangers in raiding the super fund, particularly as it comes on top of the decision last year by Pitt to suspend contributions for at least five years.
Economics - Judith Sloan - 1 comment
 
Compare the expenditure growth forecasts with the historical data and you will see how heroic they are.
Economics - Gene Tunny - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

As for Ward, fearing that such a figure might be, if not actually, affecting potential revenues, or the brand label, the La Trobe University establishment rounded up on her.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
 
It is notable that natural science could not and did not arise from pantheistic cultures.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 56 comments
 
Many Israeli and American Jews cynically accuse Senator Sanders of being an apologetic, self-hating Jew who is willing to bend backwards only to demonstrate that he is even-handed.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Even after the information had been passed on to senior bureaucrats, the false claim of elevated levels of fat-soluble pesticides in dugongs was repeated in their influential briefing papers and reports.
Environment - Jennifer Marohasy - 23 comments
 
The border security industry has all the hallmarks of the nascent military/industrial complex from the 1960s.
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 8 comments
 
The biggest gold producers in the world have seen their share prices double this year. Not only are gold prices soaring, but producers are cutting costs and slimming down.
Economics - James Stafford - 6 comments
 
France embarked on a journey to nowhere when it hosted 28 delegations in Paris for a ministerial meeting on 3 June.
International - David Singer - 26 comments
 

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Greens success in modern Australian politics is explained not by the departure of the left within the ALP (a common argument) but their usurping of the base of the Australian Democrats.
Political Philosophy - William Hill - 8 comments
 
When I released a video containing my National Apology to Taxpayers this week, the indignation it caused in some quarters was entirely predictable.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 28 comments
 
Since 2008, the dominant focus of policy in Aurukun, and much of Cape York, has been to reimpose missionary disciplines in Aboriginal communities.
Indigenous Affairs - Gary Johns - 6 comments
 
Abbott has said that political parties do not back-track on their decisions. The record shows, however, that they have often done so.
Domestic Politics - John Stone - 11 comments
 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Alas, all the parties seem to be about spending rather than saving, an odd approach when your cupboard is bare.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 49 comments
 
Sadly, however, the committee seems intent that, for those who cannot access such palliative care, being made dead is an option.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 19 comments
 
Let’s face it, these ‘terrorists’ are not Greek nationals, they are Australian young men, and at most there’s a hard core idiotic group of about twenty.
Media - Fotis Kapetopoulos - 13 comments
 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

If there is an unemployment queue, then a tax cut will provide more jobs. So write that up as an underestimate of the benefit of a tax cut.
Economics - Michael Potter - 14 comments
 
In a clear case of state politics affecting Federal seats, the SA public will preference Senator Nick Xenophon - who has promised little and delivered the same - over the main state and Federal parties.
Domestic Politics - Malcolm King - 9 comments
 
It is acknowledged that behavioral economists seem to behave in many respects more like economists than psychologists, but that could, perhaps, be interpreted as a clever use of psychology.
Economics - Winton Bates - 6 comments
 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

To still think that a Trump defeat is a forgone conclusion is not only overly optimistic, but plays into the hands of Trump's presidential bid.
International - Sam Ben-Meir - 36 comments
 
He is revealing he has a hair-trigger temper and unable to control himself.
International - Chris Golis - 7 comments
 
It is rare (but not impossible) for one to excel in the modern western world (with the definition of excel here being in regards to capitalism), through kindness.
Political Philosophy - Nicholas Antoniak - 9 comments
 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The word 'committed' does not just mean that someone performed an action, but is connected with crime.
Law & Liberties - Brooke Murphy - 13 comments
 
'As Ali said, 'Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.'
Sport - Malcolm King - 2 comments
 
But slowly, there's been a realisation in many parts of the community that Baird all the time has had an agenda many don't like.
Domestic Politics - Peter West - 22 comments
 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Though the influence of climate change on cyclones is hard to identify, it's broadly expected we will see more severe cyclones – and they will move further south.
Environment - Kate Mackenzie - 17 comments
 
We have to boldly and confidently take on PC activists on their own turf; demonstrating the ethical, scientific, psychological, humanitarian and sociological basis of why PC runs so opposite fairness and justice.
Law & Liberties - Michael Keane - 26 comments
 
According to data from Rystad Energy, overall global oil output will fall this year as natural depletion overwhelms all new sources of supply.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 1 comment
 
Most field surfaces outside Australia do indeed look like carpet with their lush green colour, often made more impressive by attractive chequered patterns.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 3 comments
 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Turnbull has sought to create greater differences between the Coalition and Labor than was necessary to win the election.
Domestic Politics - Glen Anderson and Alan Berman - 7 comments
 
In the last ten years, major successes in Indigenous higher education have been tarnished by the alienation of outer suburban, rural and remote people and the growing gap within the Indigenous population.
Indigenous Affairs - Joe Lane - 16 comments
 
Just as the broader community is beginning to question stereotypes and think differently about ethnicity, culture, faith, race, nationality, skin colour, age, sexuality and gender, spiritual carers are also challenged by new paradigms.
Religion & Spirituality - Kay Stroud - 29 comments
 

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