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May 29, 2015
It's the trendy thing to quote Richard Florida's 'creative class' theories which become the excuse to increasingly spoil inner city workers with transport, cultural and other forms of taxpayer funded infrastructure.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 4 comments
 
Religion is privatised. Why not marriage?
Law & Liberties - Jonathan J. Ariel - 23 comments
 
High population densities in the third world and the exponential rise in cross continental migration are symptoms of the biggest problem humanity has ever faced.
Environment - Murray Hunter - 21 comments
 




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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Every crisis creates an opportunity for leadership. And Australia, a so-called liberal democracy that values human rights, has failed not only to show compassion for the most vulnerable but also to play a leadership role in this crisis in the region.
Law & Liberties - Alice Aslan - 28 comments
 
There's no doubt employers now have little tolerance for staff using their social media to badmouth the business or post comments that reflect badly on the business. Should journalists be an exception?
Law & Liberties - Brett Wilson - 1 comment
 
Publishing is not something you can do without research and hard work - and, irritatingly, it is getting in the way of writing. But for the moment at least, it seems the only way for me to go.
The Arts - Don Aitkin - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As Christians, the McArthurs could not reconcile themselves to expressing in icing a sentiment that they knew in their hearts to be contrary to God’s plan.
Law & Liberties - Richard King - 59 comments
 
Implants may appear convenient, but we must consider whether or not we want our bodies to become hackable devices.
Science & Technology - Mal Fletcher - 7 comments
 
Research has demonstrated negative stereotypes of the old, not only impact on how others view us, but on how we view ourselves.
Society - Patricia Edgar - 4 comments
 
I have a grazier friend who invested more than $1 million in solar panels for his properties in the earliest days of such schemes. They are returning 17 per cent per annum
Environment - Peter McCloy - 14 comments
 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I was torn between a long-standing loyalty to the region and the inconvenient truth that, for too many, the program portrayed life quite accurately.
Society - Alex Sanchez - 6 comments
 
The Nizari Ismaili Sect of Shi’a Islam are little known in Australia but, in other parts of the globe as well as East Africa, they are known for their top quality schools and hospitals and their clean water and agricultural projects.
Religion & Spirituality - Rod McGarvie - 2 comments
 
Of course a better idea would be not to have Twitter in the first place and stream a news site instead, then ignore the news site and watch a movie.
Science & Technology - Mark S. Lawson - 6 comments
 
A study by the Western Australian Health Commission conducted in 2006 discovered three out of four people with mental illness have reported they have experienced stigma.
Health - John Mason - 2 comments
 

Monday, May 25, 2015

More than half the Irish have voted for homosexual marriage, seduced by celebrities to violate something they once held sacred: the life between mother, father and child.
Law & Liberties - David van Gend - 105 comments
 
There is no justification for the ever-expanding tax burden. Living standards for all groups of society have risen over the last fifty years, which means the need for government welfare services has declined.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 12 comments
 
When Tommy Wieringa tried to argue that the boat people crossing the Mediterranean needed to be stopped boarding the boats the silence was deafening. I doubt if he will be attending another Sydney Writers Festival.
The Arts - Chris Golis - 3 comments
 

Friday, May 22, 2015

It is clear that Struggle Street’s phenomenal ratings appeal is the door being kicked open to a new and brutal form of storytelling and marketing when it comes to people’s lives.
Media - Evelyn Tsitas - 17 comments
 
Family Planning Queensland found that there were 76,546 abortions in Australia in 2009 compared with 291,227 live births so that a minimum of 20.8 per cent of known pregnancies ended in elective abortion.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 27 comments
 
Pope Francis has suffered a serious blow to his spiritual and moral authority following the Vatican's recognition of the
International - David Singer - 13 comments
 
Easter Island is our microcosm of a culture that got on a bicycle it could not get off until it had chopped down its last tree, through its grandiose statue building.
Society - Valerie Yule - 4 comments
 
The firm expects costs to keep falling as oil service companies become more efficient and lower their own prices.
Environment - Michael McDonald - 2 comments
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BHP and Rio have rejected the need for an inquiry into iron ore. But they should not be afraid of the opportunities an inquiry will present to clear the air.
Economics - Michael Potter - 5 comments
 
A further change has been the response of western leaders and commentators who, mercifully, seem to have given up the whole 'nothing to do with Islam' line, and the macabre 'religion of peace' charade.
Religion & Spirituality - Chris Ashton - 60 comments
 
This week, the East Timorese Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Jose Ramos Horta appealed to the Timor-Leste government to accept the Rohingya refugees, who are stranded in rickety boats off the coasts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
International - Dionisio Da Cruz Pereira - 8 comments
 
Oil prices have rebounded strongly since March. The benchmark WTI prices soared by more than 36 percent in two months, and Brent has jumped by more than 25 percent.
Environment - Nicholas Cunningham - 1 comment
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

According to an Essential Poll released on Budget day, nearly four-fifths of Australians – 79 per cent – reject the proposition that universities should be able to set course fees at any level they want.
Education - Kim Carr - 3 comments
 
The focus of this media coverage in Australia and the world has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been largely around the negative aspects of Mr Netanyahu's campaigning and his inflammatory rhetoric leading up to election day.
International - Yury Glikin - 6 comments
 
Social media has allowed us to be more informed – and more outraged – but is the indignation genuine, or are we merely feeding a selfish agenda?
Media - John Mason - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Even the prison governor testified to the example Chan and Sukumaran led in encouraging prisoners to lead drug-free lives.
Law & Liberties - Nadine Cresswell-Myatt - 9 comments
 
Why do women do so poorly from sentencing in domestic violence cases?
Law & Liberties - Ilsa Evans - 8 comments
 
Support for the Labor Party among its core working class constituency has thereby become tepid and tenous, a fact seized upon by the right wing commentariat and the political representatives of corporate Australia.
Political Philosophy - Marko Beljac - 37 comments
 
Are land prices sufficiently high now, do you think? Are we borrowing up to the gills and working like slaves to pay off the mortgage? In fact, isn't our way of life now all about debt and mortgages?
Economics - Bryan Kavanagh - 10 comments
 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Even if strict safeguards were in place, uranium sales to India would create intractable problems through uranium exports freeing up India's domestic reserves for weapons production.
Environment - Dave Sweeney - 6 comments
 
Today the charge sheet would have read: Going armed in public to cause terror, discharging a firearm in a public place, having an unlicensed weapon, causing wilful damage to property, endangering life. and probably a few more.
Law & Liberties - Duncan Graham - 12 comments
 
A wedge has been driven between thought and action that mimics Descartes division between mind and body, otherwise known as Cartesian dualism.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 48 comments
 
Netanyahu's hypocrisy seem to be limitless; he is now trying to lure Isaac Herzog, of the opposition Zionist Union, to join the government only to put a moderate face on the most right-wing government in Israel's history.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Friday, May 15, 2015

My GP satisfies those maxims, and I have been his patient for 35 years. But in the world of financial advice?
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 15 comments
 
The process (and the relevant legislation) is lacking clear participatory, deliberative mechanisms, meaning that the community and wider civil society are not given an arena for actually influencing the decision-making.
Environment - Anica Niepraschk - 20 comments
 
Europe's failure to prevent more than 200000 deaths that have occurred in Syria and Iraq alone in the past four years is an easily told story that will gain much sympathy with many of these asylum seekers.
International - David Singer - 3 comments
 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

This trend to silence opposing views and then cluster around shared beliefs is not only worrying, it may ultimately weaken our own understanding of an issue.
Law & Liberties - Natasha Moore - 50 comments
 
Combating corruption is often a challenge because corruption itself is usually endemic in high levels of state institutions.
Economics - Dionisio Da Cruz Pereira - 30 comments
 
But the effects of the oil price crash are now being felt. New data from the EIA says that US oil production is declining.
Environment - James Stafford - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stable outlays and small business incentives in the 2015 federal budget support employment growth.
Economics - Michael Knox
 
There is no surplus over the forward estimates, just a steady fall in the deficit – a fall which may not occur as projected, as new budget pressures emerge in coming years and the Government commits to new expenditures or renews old programs.
Economics - Gene Tunny - 3 comments
 
It is not only eating the past, the surpluses and assets laid up by those who have gone before, but it is eating the future, which should belong to its children.
Economics - Graham Young - 11 comments
 
If your state happens to be in the bottom percentile this does not mean that it is underperforming; it could simply be that everyone is doing really well, just like our Chinese students!
Education - John Töns - 4 comments
 
As I say to my wife: That asylum seeker lighting a fire and jumping up and down on top of the detention centre's roof may be our next dentist!
Law & Liberties - Barry York - 11 comments
 
Thrift became a bad word post-war because it became associated with hassle and not letting it all hang out.
Society - Valerie Yule - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Creative and lateral thinking, nurturing resources and a positive vision for the future are swamped by the negativity and fear generated by the government's deliberate over reaction to the threat of terror.
Economics - Bruce Haigh - 6 comments
 
With the return of Parliament this week, Christopher Pyne has vowed to once again put his failed plan for $100,000 university degrees before the parliament for a third time.
Education - Amanda Rishworth - 18 comments
 
The Reserve Bank reluctantly eased rates last week, showing little interest in debate over interest rates, or urgency about restoring the economy
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - 3 comments
 
We commend you for your care for the earth and God's children, especially the poor. With this letter we raise some matters of concern that we ask you to consider as you convey that guidance.
Environment - Authors climate letter to Pope Francis - 24 comments
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fathers of classical liberalism from the Enlightenment, John Locke and John Stuart Mill, both supported the death penalty.
Law & Liberties - Philip Lillingston - 12 comments
 
However, the protestors make a dreadful mistake in viewing all Muslims as a group, represented either by violent Islamists or the conservative 'community leaders' that governments and the media persist in treating as spokesmen.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 19 comments
 
No Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections have been held in over a decade - even though Abbas's term in office as President expired in January 2009.
International - David Singer - 8 comments
 
No composer has embraced that challenge as eagerly as Tan Dun, whose submission to the Olympic ceremony is a radically bathetic pop ballad entitled One World, One Dream.
The Arts - Ian Nance - 1 comment
 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Labour suffered from the rise of the SNP, but it is likely also being held to account for not being up front about previous governments' over-spending and its role in producing the recession.
International - Mal Fletcher - 10 comments
 
Horrific outbursts against the Jews are on the rise all over Europe – exclamations like 'gas the Jews' and 'Jews burn best' are being heard at soccer games and similar social gatherings.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 20 comments
 
Why not sell the right to immigrate?
Society - Jonathan J. Ariel - 16 comments
 
The different legal and moral justifications for state-sanctioned killing between citizen/criminal/internal/law enforcement and alien/armed conflict/overseas/military contexts have become increasingly blurred.
Law & Liberties - Bill Calcutt - 31 comments
 
State Trustees Victoria report For Love or Money: intergenerational management of older Victorians' assets shows that women over the age of 80 are most at risk of financial elder abuse.
Law & Liberties - Sarah Russell - 9 comments
 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

But what of the attention they received? Was it morally consistent, in world so full of suffering, that we cared about two petty drug smugglers getting shot?
Society - Amit Tewari - 31 comments
 
While such an advantage might appear minor, in relation to highly sought after university courses like medicine and law one or two points can be decisive.
Education - Kevin Donnelly - 6 comments
 
Australia’s claimed reliance on the US’ nuclear arsenal hijacks any meaningful contribution to disarmament.
International - Gem Romuld - 2 comments
 
Both parties talk about jobs and emissions, but unlike the small-scale RET which isn't been discussed, the large-scale RET causes job losses, and increases global emissions.
Environment - Soencer Wright - 142 comments
 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

We do not like the idea of doctors with their Hippocratic oath and ideals to save life, being given the powers to help people to die. Yet many of us as we near the end of our life wish to avoid the extreme pains and troubles of a lingering dying.
Law & Liberties - Valerie Yule - 10 comments
 
Why then did the Pope risk losing the goodwill from Turkey, a NATO ally, by his comments less than six months later on the Armenian genocide?
International - Babette Francis - 9 comments
 
Now, as the Government prepares its second budget, it is dabbling with a theme of 'nothing dramatic'.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 3 comments
 
Labor needs to think of policies in terms of tens of billions – not just ‘token policies’ which attempt to win over voters on appearances only.
Economics - Tristan Ewins - 4 comments
 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Turkey has successfully and consistently managed to intimidate the vast majority of the globe into silence over the Armenian genocide.
Law & Liberties - Jed Lea-Henry - 13 comments
 
In 2013 Ms Bishop did at least confirm that the Coalition considered WikiLeaks' activities 'to fall within the realms of journalistic endeavour' but qualified that.
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 19 comments
 
So, look at us not through the prism of tragedy and war, but through the prism of a society that is truly on the rise and where young people especially have a unique chance to show their personal and democratic creativity.
International - Hanna Hopko - 8 comments
 
Why do we feel like our bodies are already public property? And if we already feel this way in 'real' life, why not use our bodies and at least make some cash?
The Arts - Katherine Shaw - 6 comments
 

Monday, May 4, 2015

It appears that the determining factor behind this phenomenon is the absence of integration, by choice or design, of young Muslims into the mainstream of their respective Western countries.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 52 comments
 
Since 2002 the number of stroke survivors in Australia has more than tripled and by 2050 this number is likely to soar to more than 700,000 sufferers.
Health - Erin Lalor - 13 comments
 
Over the coming weeks and months we will find out whether the Federal Government's new approach to finding a radioactive waste storage and disposal site will be more successful than past efforts.
Environment - Anica Niepraschk - 6 comments
 
Wind turbines are less effective and CO2 abatement cost is higher than commonly assumed .
Environment - Peter Lang - 21 comments
 

Friday, May 1, 2015

The fixation by commentators and policy makers on how much GST is collected and how it is distributed tax revenue means that the bigger question, what taxes should the States collect, is overlooked.
Economics - Alex Sanchez and Michael Potter - 6 comments
 
'You can't paint without connecting, especially not the way Myu paints and I think it is soul work. My hope is that he is connecting his soul to them.'
Society - Evelyn Tsitas - 13 comments
 
They both hated war and all it stood for and their RSL work was not about glorifying valorous deeds or eulogising some nebulous concept of an ANZAC spirit.
Society - Craig Minns - 11 comments
 
So here is our first task - we must remind governments that more people requires more spending on infrastructure.
Nation Building - Ruth Spielman - 22 comments
 
The senate has done taxpayers and students a favour by throwing out government legislation to de-regulate universities, which would have allowed them to set their own fees.
Education - Mike Pope - 9 comments
 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Australia's politicians were adamant in mucking in the emotional stakes for Chan and Sukamaran, but indifferent to citizens caught in the so called 'war on terror'.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 14 comments
 
There will be considerable public anger from both the left and the right, the former driven by concern for human rights and natural justice, the latter by racism, jingoism and twisted nationalism.
Law & Liberties - Bruce Haigh - 23 comments
 
Even though I was a very reluctant and conflicted participant and almost pulled out before the formed-up group took its first step, I completed the march from Federation square all the way to the Shrine.
Society - Nigel Silas - 2 comments
 

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