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April 27, 2017
We have many platitudes to disguise the fact that this country was seized from the original owners at gun point.
Law & Liberties - John Tomlinson - 8 comments
Trade, not aid, is the key driver for development, prosperity and opportunity for people of our region.
International - David Morris - 3 comments
What happens if politicians dont stop lying? Houston, we have a problem.
Environment - Geoff Carmody - 7 comments

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The dragging of local sports clubs into the contested debate about gender theory may prove to be the final over-reach of LGBTIQ political activists.
Society - Lyle Shelton - 10 comments
The struggle over the soul of Islam in Australia is taking place in the mosques, in the universities and in public life.
Religion & Spirituality - Gary Johns - 11 comments
The Australian credo of giving everyone a fair go might apply to those who have a job, but it certainly isn't being applied to those who don't.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 4 comments

Monday, April 24, 2017

'How did a wowser become an Anzac legend? And how did this legend become totally unknown today?'
Society - Warwick Marsh - 3 comments
I have been moved by the plight of the East Timorese since I was a young man and read about the Indonesian invasion in the daily news.
International - Jim Dowling - 5 comments
The razor-thin victory of Turkey's President Erdogan in the referendum held on April 16 in fact denies Erdogan the mandate to govern with the sweeping powers.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
I always get nervous when people talk of Christian values because, being a Christian for many years I do not know what they are.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 25 comments

Friday, April 21, 2017

It is only the firm leadership of Archbishop Phillip Aspinall that appears to be preventing the clock turning backwards on child abuse reform in Brisbane's Anglican Diocese.
Law & Liberties - Amanda Gearing - 4 comments
Like a knight in shining green armour they’re riding over the energy landscape on a policy steed to save you ‘up to’ $370 per year.
Economics - Stephen Cable - 24 comments
The Angry Vote is growing throughout Australia and is doing so at an ever increasing pace as voters grow more and more disenchanted.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 22 comments

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Inaction has resulted in half the population displaced, nearly half a million killed, millions of refugees throughout the region and a serious threat to European unity.
International - Arthur Dent - 21 comments
Announceables, rebranding, and the prestige of policy theory over delivery — the ‘arteries’ of government, driven by status rewards of social and economic importance, have come to dominate the ‘capillaries’ in a way that threatens the health of both.
Political Philosophy - Nicholas Gruen - 1 comment
President Trump's unexpected attack on Syria's Shayrat airbase in response to President Assad's sarin gas attack on his own citizens has changed the dynamic of Syria's civil war and potentially its eventual outcome.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Public health programs are often ineffective or harmful since there is no 'typical, average person'.
Health - David McRae - 2 comments
She is leaving herself open to the charge that in this case she is listening too much to her inner politician and not enough to the potential statesperson.
International - Mal Fletcher - 4 comments
And for what reason have we become a country that flaunts military destructive might as a public entertainment, like Russia or North Korea?
International - Peter Wigg - 11 comments

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

North Korea’s unsuccessful missile or nuclear demonstrations should still be regarded with caution as they heighten the Kim regime’s need to pull off a successful technology demonstration for politico-nationalistic reasons.
International - Liang Nah - 29 comments
Lord Mayor and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will be seen in hindsight as visionary for his legacy of road tunnels across Brisbane.
Domestic Politics - Seath Holswich - 13 comments
Although last year's low discovery volumes won't have an immediate effect on global supply, they could influence supply a decade or so into the future.
Economics - Tsvetana Paraskova - 1 comment

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Believe it or not, Easter celebrates a man who died a criminal's death and became the foundation for what are commonly called 'Australian Values'.
Religion & Spirituality - Warwick Marsh - 34 comments
Miss X proceeded with the abortion but was so troubled that she could not keep the money. She has donated to World Vision, UNICEF, and to an orphan fund at Welfare Aid International.
Health - Wendy Francis - 14 comments
For most of us, we know and love our mum and dad. For others their identity, until now, remained a secret.
Law & Liberties - Murray Campbell - 7 comments
The function erupted into an explosive EU protest against Israel's plans to evict Arab squatters from 42 structures that had been illegally erected.
International - David Singer - 52 comments

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The first thing to be said about this is that there is no such neutral sphere. The error of secularism is that it limits what it understands as being religion to identified belief systems.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 27 comments
Legislation is always about winners and losers; about those who benefit and those who might be disadvantaged; but rarely is the disadvantage so severe as to be about life itself.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 2 comments
I’ve suggested a slew of digital public goods that might be built by governments taking the lead in configuring public private digital partnerships.
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - 4 comments

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Continuing down the path of throwing cash at the problems without any difficult-to-swallow scrutiny of existing outlooks, processes and policies will only continue to exacerbate the problems.
Indigenous Affairs - Jack Wilkie-Jans - 19 comments
Somali Diaspora remittance and modern mobile money transfer technology provided urgently needed relief aid to tens of thousands of nomadic people.
International - Bashir Goth - 2 comments
In a divided community, could the gruesome death of a Palestinian Jew show us a different way to live together?
Religion & Spirituality - Michael Jensen - 31 comments

Monday, April 10, 2017

The NRWMA goes to particular lengths to disempower Traditional Owners - in this case Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners from the Flinders Ranges.
Law & Liberties - Jim Green - 4 comments
We'd been set the task to identify shared values or ideals embraced by our own faith traditions, which, if employed more widely by individuals, groups and governments to tackle issues, could have a real bearing on the progress of society.
Religion & Spirituality - Kay Stroud - 6 comments
The oft repeated claim that Israel is a democracy is a lie. Palestinian citizens of Israel are denied rights to land and property.
International - Stuart Rees

Friday, April 7, 2017

This isn't a Palm Sunday story from 2,000 years ago. It's from late last year, and instead of palm fronds this cheerful and determined group of Palestinians hold olive seedlings.
International - Aletia Dundas - 4 comments
What good are freedom of speech and association laws when our own citizens seek to make them too costly, or inconvenient, or too unsafe to enjoy?
Law & Liberties - Stephen Chavura - 18 comments
Do these seizures suggest that the police and various enforcement authorities are gaining the upper hand, or perhaps foot dragging before ever enterprising and novel ways of adding to the narcotics market?
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 14 comments
On a global level, 2015 and 2016 marked the lowest level of new conventional oil discoveries since 1952.
Environment - Victor Katona - 5 comments

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The interim report of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory is heading dangerously close to yet another ideological cul-de-sac.
Indigenous Affairs - Gary Johns - 8 comments
'We do have a few advantages, perhaps the greatest being that we don't have a strategic plan.' Warren Buffett
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - 3 comments
Research by Brizendine says that men and women have a deep misunderstanding of the biological and social instincts that drive the other sex.
Society - Peter West - 6 comments

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

An investigative piece reports that Elon Musk’s various enterprises have tapped into USD$4.9 billion in government grants and incentives.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 4 comments
The irony is that every example Aly has put forward about the conduct she wants made unlawful is harassment.
Law & Liberties - Tim Wilson - 15 comments
Citizen deliberation is a powerful tool for legitimisation, but can it become institutionalised?
Political Philosophy - Nicholas Gruen - 2 comments

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The choice of batteries is
Nation Building - Tom Quirk and Paul Miskelly - 20 comments
The fact that leaders of immigrant, ethnic and religious groups are now flexing their political muscle in pursuit of different values is a major concern.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 11 comments
The issue over which all the players have collective concern is the defeat of ISIS. But what is the end-game in Syria post-ISIS?
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 6 comments

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Leadbeater’s Possum case suggests the need for an urgent overhaul of the protocols and practices governing the management of threatened species.
Environment - Mark Poynter - 9 comments
The figures were even higher for some orders of religious brothers: 40% for the Brothers of St John of God, 22% for the Christian Brothers, and 20% for the Marist Brothers.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 11 comments
Bitter partisan Democrat-Republican battlelines – fuelled by a hostile media following Trump's unanticipated electoral victory - increasingly threaten to undermine Trump's election promises.
International - David Singer - 26 comments

Friday, March 31, 2017

As it stands, the forecast models of demand are likely predicting peak demand far later than it will be.
Economics - Dwayne Purvis - 11 comments
Compared to local salaries, Australian cities are among the world's most unaffordable places to live. But you may not know why.
Nation Building - Vladimir Vinokurov - 16 comments
This Konzentrationslager was perhaps the world's first death camp and was referred to by the Germans as Todesinsel or Death Island.
International - Peter Curson - 24 comments

Thursday, March 30, 2017

One of the things I had noticed in my work was that in politics people often equated 'most' with 'all'.
Education - Don Aitkin - 2 comments
This backflip exposes that in substance, Pauline Hanson and One Nation are less of a new home for disenfranchised True Conservatives than a weathervane for populist, misinformed grievance.
Economics - John Slater - 10 comments
Hazelwood’s closure takes out 11 per cent of the Victorian-South Australian capacity of fossil and hydro availability.
Nation Building - Alan Moran - 24 comments

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

These are disputes that should never be allowed to result in litigation, gumming up the courts and diverting some of the best legal minds from much more significant issues.
Law & Liberties - Graham Young - 31 comments
What could deliberative democracy look like at the political level? What about a People's Chamber.
Political Philosophy - Nicholas Gruen - 7 comments
The message to OPEC was that it may have underestimated US shale resilience once again, and the cartel's previous plans for higher prices may prove ill-conceived.
Economics - Tsvetana Paraskova - 1 comment

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The latest edition, DSM-5, maintains that gender dysphoria - also known as gender identity disorder - is, well, a disorder.
Education - Mark Makowiecki - 33 comments
What I mean by 'real economic expansion' is the ability of the economy to deliver additional goods & services on a per capita basis in a way that is affordable over time.
Economics - Jonathan Rutherford - 3 comments
King Abdullah is whistling in the wind in believing another Arab state could still be established – in addition to Jordan – in the territory comprised in the Mandate for Palestine.
International - David Singer - 2 comments


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