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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 - 5 comments
What could deliberative democracy look like at the political level? What about a People's Chamber.
Political Philosophy - Nicholas Gruen - 4 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

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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 - 16 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

Monday, March 27, 2017

The tone got somewhat more excited with the announcement that Cricket Australia, after two decades, would end its relationship with Carlton and United Breweries.
Sport - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
Small or large reactors, consolidation or innovation, conventional reactors or Generation IV pipe-dreams ... it's not clear that the nuclear industry will be able to recover however it responds to its current crisis.
Environment - Jim Green - 10 comments
What is the case for deliberative democracy, and why would we put ourselves through ‘sortition’?
Political Philosophy - Nicholas Gruen - 2 comments

Friday, March 24, 2017

International attacks claimed by Islamic State have substantially increased public social fears of Islamic extremism and home-grown terrorism, making all efforts to deter the extremist threat a political and social priority.
Law & Liberties - Kendall Galbraith - 13 comments
Minister Alan Tudge has repeatedly defended the system, using phrases such as 'there is nothing wrong with Centrelink's automated debt recovery system'.
Law & Liberties - Kasy Chambers - 7 comments
Social media last week was peppered with comments such as 'why care about that old book?', 'it's all fairytales' or, more constructively, 'the Bible's teachings are evil'.
Religion & Spirituality - Greg Clarke - 67 comments

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Today's attack on Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster, home of the British Parliament, have shaken many Londoners.
International - Mal Fletcher - 19 comments
As public policy, section 18C works directly against the federal government's decisive shift to integration, announced on Monday.
Law & Liberties - Gary Johns - 6 comments
Too often we see Aboriginal activists making broad accusations that non-Aboriginal Australians are racist.
Law & Liberties - Michael Keane - 27 comments

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

According to a 2013 OECD report, Australian's aged over 65 were second only to Korea as having the worst seniors poverty in the world.
Society - Ross Elliott - 37 comments
Money supply statistics published by the RBA, such as M1, M3 and Broad Money (BM), suggest the government have been increasing money supply to “support the economy” for many years.
Economics - Malcolm Roberts and Darren Nelson - 5 comments
Netanyahu should never tire of telling world leaders that the 100 years old Jewish-Arab conflict will not be resolved until the Arabs recognise the right of the Jewish people to their own independent State.
International - David Singer - 15 comments

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

'These people are trying to take us down the road to fascism. It might be nice, PC, inclusive, compassionate, non-gender specific smiley-face fascism but it’s still fascism.'
Law & Liberties - Barry York - 10 comments
'The only inconvenience is, that none of these projects are yet brought to perfection...'
Environment - William York - 8 comments
The game of political campaigning has changed, and almost everyone is still playing the old game.
Media - Samuel Alexander - 13 comments

Monday, March 20, 2017

The truth is, nobody gives a rats about what I think of Trump.
International - David Leyonhjelm - 12 comments
We need to train our health professionals and pregnancy counsellors to detect when women are seeking an abortion under duress and to act accordingly.
Law & Liberties - Rachael Wong - 18 comments
It implies that the immigration intake into Australia creates a housing demand which is raising house prices.
Political Philosophy - Peter Bowden - 14 comments

Friday, March 17, 2017

What Monday's conversation tended to ignore were other concerns that have tended to hollow out, if not entirely sabotage, the notion of free speech in the Australian context.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 16 comments
Sadly, Bill Leake died of a heart attack two days after his final speech.
Law & Liberties - Warwick Marsh - 34 comments
The NDIS has dollars attached to it and wherever there is money to be made, providers' motives can and must be questioned.
Society - Bill Gamack - 5 comments

Thursday, March 16, 2017

With $90 billion spent on batteries and 4,000 MW of more wind farms, South Australia could be a totally renewable state, at least for electricity.
Nation Building - Paul Miskelly and Tom Quirk - 29 comments
Because of the increasing Iranian threat, Netanyahu should do everything in his power to negotiate a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 29 comments
Failing to help imperils world peace and security as extremist groups will use the suffering of the people to their advantage by attracting unemployed youth to their ranks.
International - Bashir Goth - 7 comments

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

But an interstate scheme cannot be fixed by the unilateral actions of one state government – in this case, it is likely to be worsened.
Nation Building - Jeffrey Sommerfeld - 19 comments
We'd have power at three times the cost of coal plus whatever is the final price for the batteries.
Nation Building - Alan Moran - 5 comments
The final and hardest to understand 'cost-of-living' driver is banking.
Economics - Malcolm Roberts and Darren Nelson - 16 comments

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

So any ‘average’ for Australia ignores two different and consistent temperature patterns.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 81 comments
One day 'x' is deemed to be good for you; the next it is not. How can clinicians make valid decisions in such a changeable information environment?
Health - Mona Nasser - 4 comments
Behind the façade of tolerance there exists a tribalism that splits the church in two.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 9 comments

Monday, March 13, 2017

Opening the door a little is the key to opening the door a lot for assisted suicide advocates.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 4 comments
In reality, the actual cost of the cross river rail project will be closer to $10 billion – and that's before the inevitable cost blow outs.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 7 comments
How fact checking in a post truth age gets undone by An Inconvenient Truth
Media - Geoff Ellis - 9 comments

Friday, March 10, 2017

The WA election is between a government that is tired and an opposition that is not exactly fresh.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 25 comments
I can't say that I am an authority on Wicked camper vans, but I haven't seen any homophobic ones, or violent ones, or racist ones, or misogynist ones.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 37 comments
The supply-cut deal has so far resulted in a surprisingly high OPEC compliance of more than 90 percent.
Economics - Tsvetana Paraskova - 2 comments
Atatürk was determined to establish a Westernized secular democratic state while Erdogan went in the opposite direction.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 8 comments

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Oil prices have stabilized and the cost cutting measures implemented over the past three years should allow companies to turn a profit even though crude trades for about half of what it did back in 2014.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 2 comments
How about one of the 500 or so Australians of Muslim background who have left Australia, or attempted to leave, to fight with Islamic State?
Society - Gary Johns - 18 comments
Almost no one has the slightest grasp of the oil crunch that will hit them probably within one decade.
Environment - Ted Trainer - 11 comments

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

There are other problems with democracy: importantly, democratic outcomes can often flat out just not make any sense.
Political Philosophy - Arturo Bris - 16 comments
It is important to draw a distinction between
Religion & Spirituality - Babette Francis - 62 comments

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Controversy has raged around the five million dollars in salary and bonuses paid to the Chief Executive of Australia Post and the ridiculous manner in which those who were responsible tried to hide their stupidity.
Society - Everald Compton - 7 comments
As American contradictions get sharper in the coming four years, what is needed is a rich Islamic selfhood.
International - Ahmed Samatar - 11 comments

Monday, March 6, 2017

We should remind ourselves that the problem of ice is occurring despite it being illegal.
Health - David Leyonhjelm - 15 comments
A policy of nationalizing chunks of an economy inevitably creates oligarchs who skim profits off the country's natural resources.
International - Zainab Calcuttawala - 3 comments
Support for – and pledges of allegiance to – Islamic State by over 30 radical Islamic terrorist groups world-wide are creating horrific humanitarian problems.
International - David Singer - 17 comments

Friday, March 3, 2017

In fact, I think that Mr Abbott’s speech and its content deserve much closer reading.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 23 comments
He trumpets democracy to pay lip-service to the secular sector of the population to reduce resistance to his attempt to convert Turkey into an Islamic state.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
Just as the rapid rise of floating storage in 2015 and 2016 was a sign of the deepening global supply imbalance, draining tankers of stored oil is an early sign that the supply glut is receding.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 1 comment

Thursday, March 2, 2017

According to Malcolm Roberts, Pauline Hanson's One Nation senator for Queensland, there are Muslim members of One Nation and there are surgeons and barristers who are members of One Nation.
Political Philosophy - Gary Johns - 16 comments
Between 2015 and 2030, the number of persons aged 60 years or over is projected to grow by 56 per cent, from 901 million to 1.4 billion.
Health - Ioan Voicu - 14 comments
Many parents fail to realise that before their child starts school they have already put down a solid foundation for success.
Education - John Töns - 10 comments

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The myths and mistruths continually perpetuated about the so-called 'Gonski' funding model, which commenced in 2014, are not helping either.
Education - David Robertson - 9 comments
The reaction to President Donald Trump's first weeks in power says more about us than it might about him.
International - Mal Fletcher - 21 comments
Photo evidence of beached whales shows evidence of starvation, sunken areas of body, less rounded body, emaciation.
Environment - John Fairfax - 17 comments


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