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March 31, 2015
When electricity networks are privatised, as they were in Victoria, the new, profit-oriented owners tend to constrain their labour costs, much to the annoyance of their unionised workforce.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 1 comment
 
US diplomatic protection and military funding, together with other factors, has sent an implicit message that the Occupation, settlements and militarism are something the world can live with.
International - Annabel McGoldrick
 
Unfortunately this decision actually entrenches inequality by expressly requiring that male and female candidates are treated differently.
Law & Liberties - Lorraine Finlay - 1 comment
 
It only took Lee Kuan Yew 10 years to clean up Singapore's Rivers, but the Brisbane River is still riddled with rubbish and infection.
Environment - Patrick Dixon
 




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Monday, March 30, 2015

The very different results in Lakemba and Auburn, adjacent seats with high Muslim populations, points to the influence of the Lebanese Muslim Association and its activist president Samier Dandan.
Domestic Politics - Andrew Jakubowicz - 1 comment
 
The issue of whether foreign investors should be allowed to bid for privatised power assets bubbled along throughout the NSW election campaign.
Economics - James Laurenceson - 4 comments
 
The workers compensation scheme covering federal public servants and others is in need of reform.
Law & Liberties - Wendy Bonython - 1 comment
 
Is environmental pollution the inevitable consequence of population increase, or is it at least in part the product of human behaviour?
Environment - Max Thomas - 9 comments
 
Companies are working on driverless cars, fulfilling the forecasts that they will soon be a reality on the roads.
Science & Technology - Darrell Delamaide - 4 comments
 

Friday, March 27, 2015

While it has been subject to some criticism, the real issue missing from the IGR is modelling of one entire side of the Budget – the tax side. As a result, an opportunity has been missed to enable a more informed discussion for the Tax White Paper.
Economics - Michael Potter - 5 comments
 
Petitions are a form of activism-light. If you're really serious about supporting a particular change, you'll probably get involved in a more rubber-hits-the-road way.
Law & Liberties - Mal Fletcher - 10 comments
 
Even in 2009 when he publically endorsed the establishment of a Palestinian state, he never refuted the claims of his closest associates that he was deceiving the Americans.
International - George Browning - 12 comments
 
Do President Obama and his Press Secretary – Josh Earnest – agree with the above definitions when they utter these commonly used terms almost daily?
International - David Singer
 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Research from the American Water Works Association reveals that 'water scarcity linked to climate change is now a global problem playing a direct role in aggravating major conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.'
Environment - Kellie Tranter - 22 comments
 
Probably more surprising is the finding that emissions from cycling and walking are around 40% of those for driving.
Environment - Alan Davies - 4 comments
 
On Sydney's fringe, the Blue Mountains succeeded in its most immediate challenges but then retreated into an intense borough-based eco-conservatism. The consequences came to be akin to a cancer.
Political Philosophy - Robert Gibbons
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When an act of terrorism occurs, the message from authorities after the dust has settled is loud and clear – do not change the way you live, do not give into fear. That way the terrorists will have won.
Law & Liberties - Evelyn Tsitas - 65 comments
 
While the Prime Minister's performance, and the recent attempted spill motion, has been cause for much chatter about the Liberal Party's leadership, there is in fact a deeper existential crisis within the party that needs to be explored.
Political Philosophy - Grant Wyeth - 4 comments
 
Major banks are suffering huge losses from both directly backing some struggling oil companies, but also from buying high-yield debt that is now going sour.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 4 comments
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I welcome the release of government commissioned report by former integrity commissioner Phillip Moss into claims of sexual harassment and abuse inside the Australian-funded Nauru immigration detention centre.
Law & Liberties - Sev Ozdowski - 6 comments
 
Santos, Woodside Energy and Hancock Coal were some of the companies that donated more than $1.1 million to the major parties. The implications for democracy are deeply concerning.
Domestic Politics - Lee Rhiannon - 8 comments
 
'People don't want science, they want certainty,' according to Bertrand Russell
Science & Technology - Max Thomas - 9 comments
 
In a reversal of previous relations, the Sahelian states, such as Chad and Niger, see Libya as a problem they need to try to fix.
International - Philip Eliason - 4 comments
 

Monday, March 23, 2015

If our Senate votes on Thursday to institute 'marriage' without a woman, they are voting to institute families without a mother.
Law & Liberties - David van Gend - 24 comments
 
The starkest example of this search for reproductive perfection is manifest in the spectacular decrease in the numbers of children in our community with Down syndrome.
Law & Liberties - Chris Meney - 7 comments
 
In 1981 I gained employment when the Fraser government created the Australian Federal Human Rights Commission under the Chairmanship of Dame Roma Mitchell.
Domestic Politics - Sev Ozdowski - 1 comment
 
Various Australian Labor prime ministers were quick to the tribute podium, finding their own progressive mirror in the works of a man which the Left down-under historically reviled.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 
The middle and outer suburbs may not capture the interest of intellectual elites or (with some exceptions) provide the homes of the wealthiest in our society, but they do continue to house the vast majority of Australians.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 1 comment
 
The two poles of atheism, the contention that there is no evidence for the existence of a supernatural being and the irrationality, immaturity and superstition of believers is common fodder for modern atheists.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 53 comments
 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

When it counted, Malcolm Fraser was a man of courage who acted in the national interest in a way that often clashed with his image, and party interest.
Domestic Politics - Collin Myers - 9 comments
 

Friday, March 20, 2015

The largely silent Swedish Prosecution Authority has been overwhelmed with a barrage of criticism from Team Assange despite Sweden winning seven court hearings to maintain the integrity of their European Arrest Warrant.
Law & Liberties - Sandra K Eckersley - 15 comments
 
Under Swan as Treasurer the AGR was absurdly optimistic because it was written in the middle of a boom. Under Hockey we get pessimism because we are in a decline.
Economics - Syd Hickman - 11 comments
 
But just when it seemed that the Zionist camp would replace the nationalist camp, the crafty Netanyahu began pulling rabbits out of his hat.
International - Neve Gordon - 14 comments
 
If government is to deliver more jobs, welcoming greater foreign investment and continuing to grow our residential and industrial development pipeline will also be necessary.
Nation Building - Brendan Rowswell - 1 comment
 
Additionally, whereas your typical desalination plant returns only about 35% of the water, Saltech technology can return 97%, and this is a key factor in the economics and environmentally positive attributes of the technology.
Environment - James Stafford - 6 comments
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

If the deal changes does that involve accepting that resources will no longer be allocated or distributed according to social or moral objectives?
Society - Kellie Tranter - 9 comments
 
. . . in which the author takes issue with some criticisms of the Bureau's forecasting of Tropical Cyclone Marcia, not perfect but better than painted.
Science & Technology - Chas Keys - 7 comments
 
If you’re going to switch off mid-climate change story, there is a strong disincentive to cover it.
Environment - Emily Arlidge - 9 comments
 
The central premise of Oscar Archer's promotion of this nuclear chain of events is that Australia should go out on a limb – be the first country in the world to import nuclear wastes and to order a mass purchase of PRISM reactors.
Environment - Noel Wauchope - 13 comments
 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There's something very rotten in what passes for Sweden's judicial system. More rotten than Surströmming, the one-year old decayed herring regarded by Vikings as a delicacy.
Law & Liberties - Jonathan J. Ariel - 46 comments
 
The time has come for policy makers to go further than in the past and actively look at measures that adjust the price of property assets and land values more broadly.
Economics - Alex Sanchez - 18 comments
 
With 14% of the voters still undecided they could re-elect Netanyahu again, figuring out that improvements in economic and social justice conditions aren't worth a shekel if you are not alive to enjoy their undeniable benefits.
International - David Singer - 8 comments
 
Since the independence of the United States, an unwavering principle that has been established in the legal structure of the country is that the president alone represents the United States in foreign relations.
International - Ali Omidi - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This seemed to be a clear attempt to impose their own authority as faculty members, thereby hoping to intimidate the security officers into allowing the abusive demonstration to continue.
Law & Liberties - Richard Kemp - 64 comments
 
Second, we could find ways to get the media to stop their incessant message: young is sexy, and only young people are sexual creatures.
Economics - Peter West - 4 comments
 
What is the role of party rules in recent leadership spills?
Domestic Politics - Max Atkinson - 2 comments
 
Young people should not be forced to live in nursing homes because there is nowhere else for them.
Health - Di Winkler - 5 comments
 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Whether one agrees that the University should restrict freedom of speech or not, or where along the spectrum people believe the correct balance lies, I think we can all agree that the result should be consistent and transparent.
Law & Liberties - Paul Duffill - 18 comments
 
I don't want Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to be shot by firing squad. Or soldiers to die in Iraq or other theatres of war.
Law & Liberties - Sophie Love - 11 comments
 
Freedom of speech is the paramount freedom. Without it, we struggle to exercise our other freedoms. With it, we can fight for those freedoms.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 10 comments
 
The three pillars of the notorious Washington Consensus were fiscal austerity, privatisation and liberalisation. They are precisely the principles that the Abbott government espouses, and implements when it can.
Economics - Kellie Tranter - 14 comments
 

Friday, March 13, 2015

The private issue of negative interest rate paper money was re-introduced into Germany in 2006. It has spread to a number of regions indicating its acceptance.
Economics - Shann Turnbull - 33 comments
 
Around the word ‘science’, people called ‘scientists’ have practised what in sociology is called ‘closure’: science has become a form of territory, and strangers are warned off.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 45 comments
 
In the 2006 Census, Buddhism is marked as the second largest 'religion' after Christianity; Buddhism is enjoying considerable expansion here.
Religion & Spirituality - Ian Nance - 24 comments
 
Managerial policies can devalue, and further disempower, the lives of people with physical disabilities by regulating different kinds of support by reference to a generic 'disabled' category.
Health - Peter Gibilisco - 7 comments
 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The issues with implementing the Gonski school funding model
Education - Kevin Donnelly - 7 comments
 
Advocates of Right to Carry laws tout study after study, all claiming to prove that enacting these laws has reduced and prevented crime across the country.
Law & Liberties - Everett Themer - 45 comments
 
Lower prices should push up consumption, but how quickly and how fervently consumers respond will go a long way to determining when the glut will subside.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Heads up: a competitive market leads to efficiencies, not a monopolistic market. Even if such a market has one player: a private company.
Economics - Jonathan J. Ariel - 14 comments
 
Iran's goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror.
International - David Singer - 28 comments
 
Frame of Mind projects the complexity of our emotions and the links our psyche has with other places, other times and other periods of our life.
The Arts - Fiona Prior
 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The sporadic executions of Australian citizens in foreign jails, however, ought to spur us on to demand the abolition of the death penalty internationally.
Law & Liberties - Xavier Symons - 17 comments
 
Batteries won't solve the problems of intermittent forms of energy because there is not enough surplus energy left over after construction of the generators and the storage system to power our present civilization.
Science & Technology - John Morgan - 76 comments
 
What comes out of it, to me, is that real loss that science and research are suffering as a consequence of forgetting that science is about scepticism, not consensus.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 19 comments
 

Monday, March 9, 2015

In particular, population is likely to be the largest driver of housing demand. Pretty obviously, more people results in an increase in demand for housing.
Economics - Michael Potter - 12 comments
 
That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature.
Law & Liberties - Nicholas Gruen - 8 comments
 
Together Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines could exert enough influence on China to secure rational development of the Souith China Sea.
International - Stewart Taggart - 3 comments
 
The notion that President Obama will settle on a bad deal only to score a major foreign policy success is obscene.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 7 comments
 

Friday, March 6, 2015

When someone attacks us, our first instinct is to think that we must have brought it on ourselves, that we must have done something provocative.
Law & Liberties - Jed Lea-Henry - 20 comments
 
To try and cast three per-cent of the Australian people as 'ATSI' people, separate from the rest of us and needing public campaigning to make them feel better, is appalling.
Law & Liberties - Syd Hickman - 23 comments
 
Many not caught up in the cult of Obamania and who read history can see parallels between Obama and Chamberlain and between Iran and Nazi Germany.
International - Jonathan J. Ariel - 33 comments
 
The future is set – and this includes all our future states of mind and our subsequent behaviour.
Political Philosophy - Graham Preston - 32 comments
 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Community support is 82% but crucially a substantial majority of people who identify as Christian support the right of doctors to provide a lethal dose, according to a 2012 Newspoll.
Law & Liberties - Ian Wood - 32 comments
 
Murray should have recommended that options to bail out banks ought to be closed off, including through removing the discretion of the Reserve Bank to bail out a bank without parliamentary approval.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 10 comments
 
This leads directly to a triumphalist humanism that dangerously underestimates our capacity for evil. We find ourselves singing along with the Beatles 'All you need is love.'
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 8 comments
 
Those claiming that oil will continue to fall from here and remain low for evermore, however, are flying in the face of both history and common sense.
Economics - Martin Tillier - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Imagine if a religious leader stood on the streets of Sydney and openly called for the murder of people of another faith. It happened recently, and barely a word of condemnation was heard.
Law & Liberties - Vic Alhadeff - 23 comments
 
If it is wrong for one individual to kill another then it should be unacceptable for the state to cause a person's death in civilised societies.
Law & Liberties - David Swanton - 62 comments
 
Their man in Moscow used to be Boris Yeltsin, a drunk, who handed his country's economy to the West. His successor, Putin, has re-established Russia as a sovereign nation.
International - John Pilger - 11 comments
 
Unsubsidised wind power can compete, on a cost-per-output basis, with the likes of coal and gas, while the other forms of green power - photovoltaics and solar thermal - trail the field by a fair margin.
Environment - Mark S. Lawson - 83 comments
 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The posters were the giveaway. Professionally produced with near perfect English, some almost works of art, showing Tony Abbott sprouting horns above the caption: ‘Go to hell Abbott with your druggies’.
International - Duncan Graham - 22 comments
 
As Annabel Crabb noted, Turnbull didn't enter politics to become the longest-serving Communications Minister.
Domestic Politics - Tim O'Hare - 7 comments
 
And as the Prince Phillip 'knightmare' incident showed Australia’s constitutional arrangements are an anachronism, and need updating.
Economics - Tim Harcourt - 3 comments
 
What is striking is the passive and negligent policy of the White House towards human-rights issues among its regional allies.
International - Arash Falasiri - 2 comments
 
Dr Paul Dunne offered a stinging rebuke to the pro-euthanasia lobby, many of whom, he contended, 'deliberately confuse euthanasia with current lawful medical practice...'
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 5 comments
 
The Greens in NSW are campaigning first on mining and coal seam gas.
Domestic Politics - Peter West - 5 comments
 

Monday, March 2, 2015

During 2010–11 and 2011–12, there were 121 females (62%) and 75 males (38%) killed in domestic homicides according to the latest figures just released by the Australian Institute of Criminology.
Law & Liberties - Roger Smith - 184 comments
 
Mr Abbott said the Human Rights Commission should be ashamed of itself for releasing the report because it was an attack on his government.
Law & Liberties - Virginia Small - 13 comments
 
Unlike an Indonesian president, God has no constituency to please; he is not capable of being bullied by Prime Ministers, nor is he open to bribes.
Religion & Spirituality - Michael Jensen - 13 comments
 
The war against Islamic State in Iraq has made training remote aircrew for drones and acquisition of armed drones themselves a high priority for the RAAF.
International - Peter Coates - 22 comments
 
Netanyahu has brought Israel's indispensable relations with the US to a state of crisis, infuriated European leaders, embarrassed Jews everywhere, and further isolated Israel.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 
The Abbott Liberal Government needs to reverse their short-sighted budget cut to career guidance to ensure that Australian job seekers have the best information available.
Education - Amanda Rishworth - 5 comments
 

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