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September 20, 2017
Around the world, governments work from an operating manual drawn straight from Henry Ford's car factories of the 1920s.
Political Philosophy - Vern Hughes - 14 comments
 
Australia's fixation with testing is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to our nation's development, ever.
Education - Phil Cullen - 7 comments
 
The root cause of the 'trilemma' is renewable energy. We could deliver reliability and affordability, as we have in the past, if we didn't have renewable energy targets.
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 12 comments
 




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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Coalition talk of dumping Finkel's Clean Energy Target leaves Australia's climate policy in tatters.
Environment - Graeme McLeay - 24 comments
 
We're so mentally feeble that we can't bear to be called a homophobe or a bigot or hear someone say that they believe gays will go to hell.
Law & Liberties - Nicola Wright - 18 comments
 
The Victorian Government is on the front foot putting together an innovative strategy to address one of the major failings of the existing emergency response protocols.
Society - Russell Grenning - 3 comments
 

Monday, September 18, 2017

To make a properly informed choice about same-sex marriage (SSM), people need to be aware of the shortcomings.
Law & Liberties - Eric Porter - 25 comments
 
One of the reasons, if not the primary reason for the acceptance of the Wahhabi fundamentalist message is the anger and frustration engendered by poverty and the indifference.
International - Bruce Haigh - 14 comments
 
In April, the local arm of global banking giant HSBC started offering customers the choice of multiple
Society - Evelyn Tsitas - 19 comments
 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Kenya's High Court has invalidated the result of the Presidential election held on August 8, demonstrating Africa can handle its own crises.
International - Bashir Goth - 4 comments
 
'Years of athletic training teach this; the necessity of relinquishing doubt and ambiguity and self-inquiry in favor of a pleasant, self-championing one-dimensionality which has instant rewards in sports.'
Society - Peter Sellick - 10 comments
 
Pyongyang's deposits of coal, iron ore, zinc, copper, graphite, gold, silver, magnesite, molybdenite, and many others, are worth between US$6 trillion and US$10 trillion, as per South Korean projections reported by Quartz.
International - Nicholas Cunningham - 16 comments
 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Education is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia, soon to reach number four spot as an employer – ahead of the traditional retail employment machine.
Education - Ross Elliott - 3 comments
 
A country with such abundant resources is incapable it seems, of handling matters of reliable supply, either in terms of affordability, or in terms of delivery.
Economics - Binoy Kampmark - 24 comments
 
This bizarre conduct came to light after the ABC had initially removed the segment 'Misplaced Map Outrage' from its Media Watch website.
Media - David Singer - 11 comments
 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

There are other wicked problems facing us, such as fundamentalist terrorism, global pandemic and runaway digital technology.
Society - Peter McMahon - 32 comments
 
There is an outfit in Old Blighty called Republic which carries the flag – although surely not the Union Jack – for the republican cause.
International - Russell Grenning - 6 comments
 
All of which serves to underline the point that the hierarchies that dictate policy are not just hierarchies of people, but also of knowledge.
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

More broadly, as a society we must stop trying to force other people to conform to our idea of what is safe, sensible or responsible.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 20 comments
 
No one of indigenous descent seems to want to return to being a hunter-gatherer with traditional implements, no Western medicine, no vehicles, no Western food.
Indigenous Affairs - Don Aitkin - 30 comments
 
The demand by the PLO to establish that third state – in addition to Jordan and Israel – in the territory comprised in the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine – remains unrealised in 2017.
International - David Singer - 10 comments
 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Until we see the actual reasoning of the High Court, fiscal conservatives won't know whether the postal survey case represents a small backwards step or a more substantial shift away from parliamentary oversight.
Law & Liberties - Lorraine Finlay - 24 comments
 
Short of a massive military attack on its nuclear facilities, which is unthinkable, no diplomatic efforts or incentives will compel Pyongyang to give up its nuclear arsenal.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 17 comments
 
I find this particularly objectionable on what should be the standards showplace of correctness in speech and language style… the ABC.
Media - Ian Nance - 17 comments
 

Friday, September 8, 2017

These are the cases highlighted by media promoting the feminist position that all sexual activity involving an intoxicated woman is sexual assault as she cannot give consent.
Law & Liberties - Bettina Arndt - 49 comments
 
The weekly figures have been much higher than what the monthly data reveal only later. And remember, it is the monthly data that tends to be more accurate.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 4 comments
 
What do Lady Godiva and Wonder Woman have in common?
The Arts - Elizabeth Reid Boyd - 5 comments
 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Islamic communities within suburbia in our major cities seem to have struck an alliance with Labor and the Greens.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 25 comments
 
Truth be told, though, the biggest problem with the pro-Palestinian movement wasn't so much the antisemitism as it was the varying degrees of willful blindness displayed by its foremost advocates.
International - Gary Gambill - 1 comment
 
'I, as Minister, must accept full responsibility for any mistakes and inefficiency of officials of my department, just as, when my officials bring off any success on my behalf, I take full credit for them.'
Political Philosophy - Russell Grenning - 9 comments
 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The expectation that the elected members of a party toe their party line is the complete antithesis of democracy.
Political Philosophy - Peter Bowden - 10 comments
 
A lay person could therefore assume ACMA's regulations are achieving their aim. But dig into the data and a different, confused picture, emerges.
Media - Patricia Edgar and Don Edgar - 3 comments
 
Instead, Australia has fallen into the trap of bending over backwards to support its allies on an international scale.
Environment - Bridget Mitchell and Jim Green - 13 comments
 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Indeed, if marriage were simply about love, it would render all the legal infrastructure redundant.
Law & Liberties - Eric Porter - 108 comments
 
If Austin is keen to do a 'Media Watch' review of reporting on the QUT case, he would do well to refresh his memory of the ABC's and Fairfax media's coverage.
Law & Liberties - Calum Thwaites - 37 comments
 
The role of Judge Glen E Conrad of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Charlottesville Division has been overlooked in public consideration of the appalling breakdown of public order in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 7 comments
 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Although 18C was opposed by the Coalition when it was introduced by the Keating Government in 1994, it remained a ‘sleeper’ until recent events.
Law & Liberties - John de Meyrick - 7 comments
 
This can hardly be considered to be a divorce. Britain and the EU do not have any children to care for. Indeed an EU+1 will be stronger than the current situation.
International - Vince Hooper - 8 comments
 
Making the late princess into a myth served the ambitions of New Labour and the Blairite program, which promoted its own fictions through the dense web of spin and policy.
Society - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 

Friday, September 1, 2017

The uproar over the use of the word 'discover' is the latest skirmish in a war over two equally mythical views of Australian history.
Indigenous Affairs - Graham Young - 146 comments
 
Boys grew up expecting to become a father, breadwinner, head of the family and husband of a loving wife.
Society - Peter West - 36 comments
 
Twenty years ago today, Britain and the world lost one of the seminal figures - at least in terms of public affection - of the millennial era.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 27 comments
 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Australia's worsening housing affordability problem is a largely self-inflicted: we first restrict and then tax the supply of new land.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 8 comments
 
Why does one of the richest countries in the world want international ­charity?
Law & Liberties - Gary Johns - 10 comments
 
There is no moral equivalency between white supremacists, Nazis, and the KKK, and law-abiding citizens who want to preserve America's moral values.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 26 comments
 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Her central tenet of 'don't tell me what to think' is one that has been all too familiar in recent political debates.
Law & Liberties - Peter Wilson - 22 comments
 
Against absurdly gargantuan odds, a small organisation's resources were mustered to save whale species from imminent extinction.
Environment - Binoy Kampmark - 18 comments
 
'We won’t accept the Jewishness of Israel. We are asking for the 1967 borders.' (Mahmoud Abbas 2014)
International - David Singer - 10 comments
 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Yes will further galvanise an ill-founded confidence in politics at the expense of the things that matter, including acceptance of minorities.
Law & Liberties - Mark Christensen - 21 comments
 
In effect, QE is Monetary Socialism and has encouraged greater moral hazard since 2010.
Economics - Vince Hooper - 38 comments
 
First of all, a nuclear reactor is not essential for making medical isotopes. The IAEA lists 39 countries that use cyclotrons to produce them.
Health - Noel Wauchope - 4 comments
 

Monday, August 28, 2017

To read the section any other way, would result in a 'ridiculous' interpretation, one that would also disqualify up to half the population from sitting in Parliament.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 26 comments
 
It’s astonishing that much of what is written in opposition to the Phonics Screening Check is inaccurate.
Education - Jennifer Buckingham - 8 comments
 
So we should all give Hanson credit for it: she is very unique, not just a plain racist, but a 'creative performance racist'.
Law & Liberties - Alice Aslan - 25 comments
 

Friday, August 25, 2017

In my schooldays in the bush, the farmers around my little timber town often had the unpleasant task of putting down an animal.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 27 comments
 
The absurdity of this was underlined by Anthony Pratt informing us, 'Our cost of energy in America is 2˝ times lower than Australia.'
Economics - Alan Moran - 14 comments
 
Once the Taliban becomes a part of the government, they would develop a vested interest in the stability of Afghanistan.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

An open letter to Pauline Hanson on the wearing of the burka.
Law & Liberties - Najla Turk - 71 comments
 
A public issue like gay marriage evokes a storm of protests from many groups all proclaiming themselves to represent the Christian view.
Law & Liberties - Peter Sellick - 44 comments
 
President Donald Trump did what US Presidents have done since George W. Bush: commit.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

All too often, these become cliches and are stretched to incredulity. Take this effort from the hapless South Australians.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 5 comments
 
The ability to decode individual words, using synthetic phonics is not synonymous with reading, and the claim for a causal relationship between improved decoding and raised standards of reading is not born out by the evidence.
Education - Paul Gardner - 10 comments
 
It is claimed the neoliberal, free-market regime has resulted in unprecedented prosperity, but it has not.
Economics - Geoff Davies - 24 comments
 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

OK, let's continue dreaming. Assume the ACT's 100% renewables target applies nationally.
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 8 comments
 
Defining the territory within which the competing claims of Jews and Arabs must be resolved is a first prerequisite to ending conflict.
International - David Singer - 14 comments
 
Our political stability actually comes from ignoring what our Constitution says.
Law & Liberties - Philip Howell - 4 comments
 

Monday, August 21, 2017

She is immune to critique, let alone criticism, and no doubt plotting the next display that will grab the headlines.
Religion & Spirituality - Binoy Kampmark - 47 comments
 
The right to equality is a broad right that protects a range of different grounds including the grounds of religion and political opinion.
Law & Liberties - Greg Walsh - 20 comments
 
Indonesia is one of just eight countries that’s neither a signatory nor a party to the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
International - Duncan Graham - 4 comments
 

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