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August 27, 2014
The government's plans to apply real compounding interest rates to student debt through the HECS/HELP scheme will result in women paying a greater price for their higher education.
Education - Amanda Rishworth - 7 comments
 
My title for this essay links these four terms: love, sex, disability, stereotypes. Why is it so strange to include the word 'disability' in this listing?
Health - Peter Gibilisco - 1 comment
 
Seventy-two out of a possible 598 federal and state politicians have signed which attests to the savvy political acumen of those 526 who have refused to be duped by this dud declaration.
International - David Singer - 4 comments
 




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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Everyone supports medical research. Whatís not to love? But that fact is the very reason governments should not fund it.
Health - David Leyonhjelm - 21 comments
 
Sadly the Australian people are now relatively uninformed about the medical hazards of the whole nuclear fuel chain.
Law & Liberties - Helen Caldicott - 22 comments
 
Gone are times when a televised appearance gave a guide to the thoughts of the speaker, and the appearance's outcome the direct result of that person's true character.
Media - Ian Nance - 2 comments
 
The ongoing war between Israel and Hamas is only reinforcing the notion that unlike previous ceasefire agreements, preventing repeated violent confrontations requires a fundamental change in the status quo.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 19 comments
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Despite Newcastle's version of political Armageddon, and the likelihood of further political repercussions, the city must dust itself off, rebuild its tarnished reputation, and plan for a more prosperous Newcastle.
Law & Liberties - Dino Cesta - 6 comments
 
But Hamas did not use this cement to build homes, hospitals, schools, community centres or bomb shelters; instead, they used it to protect their stockpile of weapons, artillery and rockets, and to facilitate attacks on Israeli civilian towns.
International - Glen Falkenstein - 18 comments
 
Put simply, the term 'full spectrum dominance' denotes America's plan to advance their long-term goal of total military control of every nook and cranny of the Big Blue Ball and beyond.
International - Greg Maybury - 8 comments
 
Planned Floating Liquid Natural Gas (FLNG) projects in Asia raise hard questions about the technology's suitability.
International - Stewart Taggart - 4 comments
 
Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as some companies turn to renewable energy to cut costs and lighten their carbon footprint.
Science & Technology - Andrew Topf - 5 comments
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mr Clark has initiated laws that will allow those who have obtained an apprehended violence order against another person to 'name and shame' that person in the press.
Law & Liberties - Adam Blanch - 83 comments
 
One may well argue that the key element in any discussion needs to be compassion, although what this means in practice is not always clear.
Health - James Page - 14 comments
 
Ukraine's next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, further weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production.
International - Robert Bensh - 9 comments
 
There is an almost infinite number of brilliant ideas that need public money to show their true value, and governments need a filtering system.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 44 comments
 
By acting as if they are unwilling to listen to any voice that they may disagree with, these protesters appear as though they expect to circumvent that process and move right to a predetermined outcome of their choosing.
Law & Liberties - Everett Themer - 12 comments
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Freedom of speech is surfacing as the most common casualty in the ongoing debate over human rights for prostituted people in Australia.
Law & Liberties - Matthew Holloway - 16 comments
 
Any decision made by the minister is unchallengeable Ė if there are no minimum rules or standards, how can any planning decision be wrong or inadequate?
Law & Liberties - Jack Halliday - 2 comments
 
The only possible conclusion I can come to on compulsory voting at Local Council level is that is wholly inappropriate; all it achieves is to entrench the powers of the major parties.
Political Philosophy - Guy Hallowes - 3 comments
 
Mate copying is the theory that an individual's decision to mate or form a relationship with a potential partner is impacted by observation of that person in a relationship with another.
Society - Malcolm Forbes and Ryan Anderson - 31 comments
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A moral reason for a basic income is that the wealth of anyone is much more the result of our forebears' endeavours than our own.
Economics - John Tomlinson - 8 comments
 
In some quarters there's a strong desire to alter the flag but it enjoys overwhelming public enthusiasm.
Society - Sean Jacobs - 11 comments
 
Most readers will be aware of his efforts, in successive Anzac Day speeches, to remind us of the need to honour those who gave their lives by reflecting, not just on their courage and sacrifice, but on the need to minimise the risk of future wars.
Law & Liberties - Max Atkinson - 9 comments
 
Even when the situation is reversed, and women are the main breadwinners, the data still shows that men are not taking up their fair share of the load.
Society - Bernard Toutounji - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Joe Hockey's gaffe last week on the Government's plan to restore fuel excise indexation highlights the need to address the low incomes of many Australians rather than oppose a sound policy initiative.
Economics - Alan Davies - 21 comments
 
Abolishing the carbon price costs about $6 billion a year. As Ross Garnaut has pointed out, the carbon price wasn't just a sound environmental policy; it was also an important fiscal policy.
Environment - Andrew Leigh - 8 comments
 
So if people, like, from other nations, can, like, use English correctly as a second language, or others in our society can, like, speak clearly and coherently, like, what's wrong with trying to say it gooder?
Media - Ian Nance - 21 comments
 
Very few scientists are in any real sense across 'science' as a whole. Science has become so large there are millions of experts, but they are expert only in a minuscule part.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 12 comments
 

Monday, August 18, 2014

There is no current alternative party of the centre, a role once filled by the Australia Party (remember Gordon Barton?) and the Democrats. If one existed I would expect it to do quite well.
Domestic Politics - Don Aitkin - 8 comments
 
The media creates the impression (contrary to the wider global picture) that war and conflict are more widespread than ever. But, at the same time, its scrutiny of the horrors of war has helped to dampen conflicts.
International - Pat Byrne - 5 comments
 
Any journalist is free to report what they see in Gaza as long as it is coloured Hamas.
International - David Singer - 101 comments
 
Israel is not innocent of blame in Gaza, but Hamas bears a greater level of culpability.
International - Jed Lea-Henry - 10 comments
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

This is outlined by Danish psychologist Nicolai Sennell's groundbreaking work visiting Muslim criminals in jail, where he makes reference to the Arab notion of 'holy anger', which is completely foreign to English.
Society - Tanveer Ahmed - 75 comments
 
This isn't science, and it isn't good journalism. But it is a good example of juvenile special pleading.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 21 comments
 
Off-hand, ideologically-driven or politically-motivated opinions disguised as facts are nothing new in political discourse.
Science & Technology - Rob Cover - 27 comments
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The recent incident on the bus in Bondi Beach in which approximately 30 children aged between five and twelve years old were terrorised with anti-Semitic taunts and physical threats is a timely reminder of the ongoing need for community vigilance.
Law & Liberties - Alan Berman and John Anderson - 46 comments
 
The 'City of Churches' is in dire straits as the economy faces massive job losses.
Economics - Malcolm King - 20 comments
 
In the Aftermath (the fourth phase), whistleblowers tend to bear the scars of their encounters for life. They may have to find new jobs, retire, change names or emigrate to other countries to avoid local opprobrium.
Law & Liberties - Miles Little - 11 comments
 
So far the death toll has almost reached 1,000 and there may well have been more than 2,000 cases. Now the disease looks like gaining an important foothold in Nigeria.
Health - Peter Curson - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Turkey stands condemned of Holocaust denial, genocide and persecution of minorities, but you wouldn't know that reading the centre left press.
International - Jonathan J. Ariel - 26 comments
 
It is the next phase in the battle among energy oligarchs to secure their interests in the dynamic political arena shaping up after the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych.
International - James Stafford - 4 comments
 
One month of fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas has resulted in an enormous propaganda victory for Hamas as horrific pictures have appeared daily in social media and newspapers around the world.
International - David Singer - 123 comments
 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It is the democracies who have the resources, experience and humanitarian tradition to help the defenceless minorities of Iraq.
International - Peter Coates - 23 comments
 
The Huang meta-analysis also showed a clear dose effect, i.e., women with two or more abortions showed a risk increase of 76%, and those with three or more abortions showed a risk increase of 89%.
Health - Joel Brind - 80 comments
 
How should Australia manage radioactive waste? The short answer is that there is no obvious approach − hence the need for an independent Commission of Inquiry.
Law & Liberties - Jim Green - 11 comments
 
It is an irony of history that an entity, which claims to be innocent and the victim of the Holocaust, has been itself committing the most heinous crimes in contemporary history.
International - Ali Omidi - 34 comments
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

I have a warning for my Liberal and National Party colleagues: speculating on increasing the revenue take from the GST is playing with fire.
Economics - Peter Hendy - 17 comments
 
In the same way, a person should not be allowed to express an opinion that is discriminatory and does not make a positive contribution to public discourse.
Law & Liberties - James English - 14 comments
 
Joe and me - close, but no rose, and maybe he was just being polite.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 9 comments
 
So are we at risk particularly given that at least three cases have turned up in the USA albeit two of which were returned under care from West Africa?
Health - Peter Curson - 3 comments
 
Updike was a churchgoer all his life. He studied some divinity at Harvard and read Karl Barth. He said the Lord's Prayer with his children at bedtime. However, his Christianity did not seem to comfort him or rein in his adulterous behaviour.
The Arts - Peter Sellick - 31 comments
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Who else is a potential target in Australia? Lawyers involved in the Securency banknote corruption case because of its consequences for the 'national interest'?
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 9 comments
 
Although it has lost some of the status it once had, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change is still a formidable body, and acts as a dead weight on attempts to change the nature of the 'climate change' debate.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 93 comments
 
The Draft Report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning is disappointing because, despite identifying major deficiencies in existing policies, its recommendations seem unlikely to overcome many of the problems identified.
Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 17 comments
 
Unsustainable logging practices are destroying Victoria's native forests. They are being mismanaged because the importance of the natural environment is drastically undervalued.
Environment - Matthew Lincoln - 11 comments
 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I know the government is calculating that people like me will vote for the Coalition anyway, come the next election, that, like the government itself, we don't really care about free speech.
Law & Liberties - James Allan - 8 comments
 
There are now more Australians employed in our solar industry than in our coal-fired power stations, while jobs in the Australian renewable energy sector have tripled in recent years to almost 30,000.
Environment - Lisa Singh - 9 comments
 
If, for example, as an industry we wanted lower stamp duties and land taxes and in exchange were prepared to publicly campaign for a 15% GST.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 3 comments
 
Prabowo was a military man for 28 years and believes in what he calls 'the soldier spirit'. Real warriors never surrender, particularly when they have 65 million people on their side.
International - Duncan Graham - 18 comments
 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Immigrants and native Australians should face five criteria to be a citizen, not matters of dress or knowledge of history.
Society - Valerie Yule - 18 comments
 
Are the property holdings of our federal politicians negatively influencing policy and causing them to ignore evidence?
Nation Building - Philip Soos, Paul Egan and Lindsay David - 8 comments
 
Why are we here? Is it just to devour each other?
Political Philosophy - Graham Preston - 49 comments
 
All Russia has to do is threaten to charge Ukraine the same as everyone else would charge Ukraine, and Ukraine is in trouble.
Economics - James Stafford - 4 comments
 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In much of Iraq and Syria today, millions of Christians, whose ancestral presence there pre-dates current Muslim majorities by centuries, are being scrubbed out of their homes.
International - David Singer - 49 comments
 
Zealots should not be allowed to suppress medical debate just because it conflicts with their prejudices.
Health - Lachlan Dunjey - 30 comments
 
What is the explanation behind the explosion of indigenous attendance at university?
Indigenous Affairs - Joe Lane - 53 comments
 
It is not all that long ago that Australia was in the grip of other bitter, very bitter, conflict between the Protestant and Catholic branches of Christianity.
Religion & Spirituality - Ian Nance - 24 comments
 
Australia's decline as an athletic nation has continued at the Edinburgh games.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 7 comments
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

For many Australians, painkillers are the drug of choice, with about three quarters taking over-the-counter painkillers and half misusing prescription painkillers.
Health - George Dertadian
 
It is easy to forget that not until the twentieth century was the motherís equal genetic contribution to the child understood, and even then only among the educated classes.
Society - Andee Jones - 37 comments
 
In what other industry are holders of crucial natural resources allowed to drip feed these building blocks of life to the market in order to push prices ever higher?
Economics - Karl Fitzgerald - 4 comments
 
Whoever is in power at any level of government anywhere in the nation will be removed at the next election, whether they be left or right.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 6 comments
 

Friday, August 1, 2014

In The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, Brzezinski put forward a vision of creating a 'global-zone of percolating violence', leading to the break-up of the Middle East,
International - David Chibo - 50 comments
 
People movement has now become one of the most powerful tools for development and a significant player in global growth. Fueling this age of migration is the reciprocal benefit for both sending and receiving countries.
Society - Carla Wilshire - 62 comments
 
But what does the future hold? Will we ever eliminate or indeed be able to control infectious disease?
Health - Peter Curson - 2 comments
 
I do not have much sympathy for people who place rocket bases in housing areas, though I recognise that Hamas sees its own cause as just.
International - Don Aitkin - 83 comments
 
This noose needs to be loosened if the Palestinian voices are to be heard. The deprivation of these basic human rights of a besieged people is a protracted war crime.
International - Joseph Wakim - 38 comments
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

America itself was directly responsible for a not dissimilar incident when in 1988 the missile cruiser USS Vincennes accidentally shot down an Iranian passenger airliner killing all 290 people on board including 66 children.
International - Greg Maybury - 34 comments
 
You can be defined as a prime minister for the ages, by sponsoring the right to die legislation, legalising same sex marriage, and accepting that climate change is real.
Law & Liberties - Dino Cesta - 11 comments
 
As the Pacific Islands Forum kicks off in Palau I hope our Pacific neighbours understand that Warren Truss and Brett Mason do not speak for all Australians when they outline our government's response to climate change.
Environment - Matt Thistlethwaite - 15 comments
 
Doomsday predictions of civilization having to survive without electricity, or planes being grounded, are one thing, but petroleum is a heavy component of many more industries than that.
Environment - Chris Dalby - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In Sderot, local Israelis pulled up chairs at hill tops to watch the bombing of Gaza. The spectators took happy snaps, shared popcorn and cheered; as the Israeli Military cut the grass - dealing death on Gaza.
International - Junaid Cheema - 247 comments
 
The statistics show that Aboriginal and Islander tertiary educational performance is improving exponentially.
Indigenous Affairs - Joe Lane - 17 comments
 
Immigration brings with it too many opportunities for us to assume it has but one dimension.
Law & Liberties - Conrad Liveris - 20 comments
 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I am a refugee. I don't speak of it freely.The word has not sat well with me, except when I was a young girl in Vietnam.
Law & Liberties - Thu-Trang Tran - 35 comments
 
In one large study comparing a thousand homosexual and heterosexual adults in the UK, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2003, the researchers found no increase in bullying of gay men compared to heterosexual men.
Law & Liberties - David van Gend - 11 comments
 
The failure of many Gazans to leave their homes and seek safer shelter has been a major contributor to the increasing number of civilian deaths and casualties in Gaza.
International - David Singer - 58 comments
 
Her approach is unfamiliar and refreshing because she sees no reason to ignore traditional ideals of freedom and responsibility which define the right in order to redress egalitarian concerns of the left.
International - Max Atkinson - 6 comments
 
It seems everything is illegal in Australia unless a bureaucrat gives permission. What's worse, you have to go to the trouble and expense of asking the bureaucrat for permission.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 6 comments
 

Monday, July 28, 2014

On this issue Abbott has shown greater leadership skills than Barack Obama and other leaders whose nationals were affected by the criminal tragedy.
International - Bruce Haigh - 26 comments
 
Criminal lawyers defend the worst members of our society for the same reason advocates of free speech defend the liberties of racists.
Law & Liberties - Sukrit Sabhlok - 12 comments
 
Beijing's withdrawal of the HY SY-981 drilling platform does not represent a more moderate maritime policy but is merely a tactical move employed by the CCP with China's overall strategy of escalation and de-escalation in mind.
International - Benjamin Hale
 
This not so secret 'smart' Turkish warfare against Greece has been taking place since the 1950s when both countries 'joined' NATO.
International - Evaggelos Vallianatos - 4 comments
 

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