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July 21, 2017
It is a provision that nabs the unsuspecting member of Parliament who discovers, by self-pursuit or otherwise, that he or she is, in fact, seized of the loyalty of another state.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 27 comments
 
The key factor in studying the birth rate, an obvious factor sometimes overlooked by men, is that it is women, not men, who decide.
Society - Paul McFadyen - 14 comments
 
We don’t seem to have noticed that when it comes to the state of the nation, the Blues (and Victoria) are all over us.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 2 comments
 




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Thursday, July 20, 2017

I think we are seeing a slow shift to something with which Europeans are more familiar than Australians, a more-or-less stable multi-party system.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 7 comments
 
The artist Paul Gauguin was in despair when he painted his final masterpiece - a cry of bewilderment at the riddle of existence.
Religion & Spirituality - Scott MacInnes - 16 comments
 
One of the most important policy issues confronting Australia, and one which has highlighted the failure of Australian governments to deliver, concerns Australia's energy needs.
Nation Building - Chris Lewis - 6 comments
 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It has become increasingly clear that diesel engines are more harmful as they produce far more fine particulate matter than their petrol counterparts.
Environment - George Crisp and Graeme McLeay - 11 comments
 
There's one very telling difference between ourselves and most US markets: overbuilding here is virtually impossible due to the 'blue dot' factor.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 4 comments
 
Following signs from the Zionist lobby, most Federal and State politicians dare not mention BDS, let alone express their support.
Law & Liberties - Stuart Rees - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Alternatively, are we just seeing a return to some form of old-fashioned (Victorian?) morality that severely censures sexual indiscretions.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 5 comments
 
In a throwback to the 1950s, the divisive demons of the Catholic Church versus the state still plague the ALP in South Australia.
Domestic Politics - Malcolm King - 10 comments
 
Vedanta wishes and prays for the well-being, happiness and enlightenment of all the people of the world.
International - David Singer - 4 comments
 

Monday, July 17, 2017

This is not surprising given that only when 'hell freezes over' will a CET result in
Environment - Darren Nelson - 5 comments
 
Choosing to use language that make people's heads swim is a sweeping issue in our sector. Whether or not they mean to, many organisations fall into this pattern, and it doesn't help anyone.
Society - Bill Gamack - 1 comment
 
Assessments that a shutdown in the Middle East or a major OPEC producer can be covered by new production elsewhere is not entirely unrealistic.
Economics - Cyril Widdershoven - 1 comment
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has recently put in place strict limits on how cold a temperature can actually be recorded.
Environment - Jennifer Marohasy - 18 comments
 
Recent research in England has suggested that plague rather than disappearing after major epidemics simply retreated back into the habitat of ground-living rodents and lingered on unnoticed.
Health - Peter Curson - 5 comments
 
If you un-tax people for being productive and remove current obstacles placed in the way of their living outside the capital cities, some people will take the hint.
Economics - Bryan Kavanagh - 5 comments
 
It is hard to imagine that along with the catastrophe that has been inflicted on Syria for the past six years, another calamity is unfolding in Yemen.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

As well as running inquiries into Russia, the US House of Representatives has passed a considerable body of legislation during the period of the Trump administration.
International - Michael Knox - 2 comments
 
Libya’s status as an exporter of terrorism was reaffirmed when Western intelligence officials established that Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi met with Islamic State contacts in Libya.
International - Patrick Basham - 2 comments
 
The irony of America is that it is one of the most Christian of nations but it is often the case that that Christianity is only skin deep.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The outcome at Lambing Flat, like the judicial result at Myall Creek, is an early example that the rule of law would not be selectively applied based on race.
Nation Building - Sean Jacobs - 5 comments
 
Recently the world said farewell to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, a man at the very centre of the reunification of Germany and instrumental in the formation of the European Union.
International - Daniel Steedman - 2 comments
 
And as a final thought, peace and prosperity (economic growth) seem a basic assumption in the whole set.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

In the 20 years following 1996 there were 14 shootings in Australia involving multiple victims.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 15 comments
 
Basic pupilling is beyond the reach of sham pedestrian testucating and testifying. It doesn't just 'cover' the curriculum on-line. It enriches it from the inside.
Education - Phil Cullen - 5 comments
 
Jordan's inclusion in any negotiations would permit alternative solutions to end the conflict beside the creation of another Arab State between Israel and Jordan.
International - David Singer - 1 comment
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Neither George Pell nor Malcolm Turnbull are experiencing happy days at the moment.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 6 comments
 
Australia’s Foreign Minister’s visit to Macedonia will boost bilateral relations and advance Australia’s economic and security interests in the region.
International - Ordan Andreevski - 2 comments
 
Tens of thousands have been killed over 40 years of bloodletting between Turkish forces and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and tragically there seems to be no end in sight.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 

Friday, July 7, 2017

All around the globe and around Australia, people powered movements like ours are fighting and winning battles in support of urgently needed public transport solutions.
Nation Building - Ordan Andreevski - 10 comments
 
If a United Nations official in New York raped an American child, there would be hell to pay. Similarly, if a UN official in Geneva raped a Swiss child, there would be an outcry.
Law & Liberties - Andrew MacLeod - 6 comments
 
The rally in oil prices over the past two weeks came to a halt on Wednesday on news that OPEC is actually exporting more oil than previously thought.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 1 comment
 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

He ought to be allowed to say what he thinks without his automatically attracting the 'naughty boy' label by doing so.
Domestic Politics - Don Aitkin - 18 comments
 
Theresa May's plans to fine big technology companies if they fail to expunge extremist material online should be given careful consideration, not denigrated and dismissed out of hand.
Law & Liberties - Mal Fletcher - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The first issue that ought to provoke scepticism relates to the states/territories with the highest measured proportions of Indigenous people in their population.
Indigenous Affairs - Brendan O'Reilly - 26 comments
 
Perrottet found that same well-worn track and failed his first test – as custodian of Treasury's economics and finance Guidelines, does he know what they mean?
Nation Building - Robert Gibbons - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

It is about time that the Church realises that the end of the Church as we knew it has arrived and that we cannot go on as before.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 45 comments
 
Pop and folk musicians have long held visions of a world which encourages respect for a sovereignty of people as opposed to a selfish, go-it-alone patriotism.
Law & Liberties - Stuart Rees - 5 comments
 
'...By this decree, the Palestinian Authority, created for a five-year interim period pursuant to the Oslo Declaration has been absorbed and replaced by the State of Palestine.
International - David Singer
 

Monday, July 3, 2017

What amazes me is, whenever they’re not pointing fingers and directing bile at each other, their policies are often the same.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 31 comments
 
WTI is down about 12 percent for the month of June and is set for its longest run of weekly declines since 2015.
Economics - Brian Noble - 3 comments
 
Another suggestion is to not assume that the Chinese people you meet know the same version of Asian history as you.
International - Barry Li - 7 comments
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

If the Coalition were to bleed a few thousand votes to One Nation over its newfound support for gay marriage, this could mean the difference between holding and not holding marginal seats.
Domestic Politics - Tim O'Hare - 62 comments
 
This article puts forward a simple thesis. The expectation that the elected members of a party toe their party line is the complete antithesis of democracy.
Political Philosophy - Peter Bowden - 9 comments
 
If a rapprochement between Israel and Sunni countries is happening, another rapprochement is evolving between Hamas and the neighboring Arab countries.
International - Gilles Pargneaux and Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Antibiotic resistance should be viewed as a challenge to re-examine the value of our current profit and competition-driven enemy-making paradigm.
Health - Werner Sattmann-Frese - 6 comments
 
Australia's largest car share service GoGet launched its biggest 'pod' within the Central Park development in 2014.
Environment - Natalie Rayment - 2 comments
 
ECAP is at the heart of the largest trading hub in the world. Asia and the Pacific are also leaders in science, technology and innovation.
International - Ioan Voicu - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The current communication and dispute resolution practices between owners/operators and their residents is flawed.
Law & Liberties - Sue Malta - 11 comments
 
Stopping people from having the occasional can is not only preachy and patronising - it will do nothing to combat obesity.
Health - Satyajeet Marar - 8 comments
 
WTI dipped below $44 per barrel on Tuesday, and the bearish indicators are starting to pile up.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The biggest growth industry for coming years and for the foreseeable future, the official forecasts all seem to agree on, will be in health care and social assistance.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 10 comments
 
Why then does Australia expend so much money, lives and time in Iraq and Syria when we have a potentially bigger and more complex problem emerging on our door step?
International - Bruce Haigh - 4 comments
 
The Kerrigans' house is much more than just a place of shelter; it is a real home, based on bonds of affection, love and generosity – and idiosyncrasies. To the Kerrigans, it is, indeed, a castle.
Law & Liberties - Barry York - 3 comments
 

Monday, June 26, 2017

The outcome sought by all human action is profit – ie the ends achieved were worth the means including time and effort.
Economics - Darren Nelson - 17 comments
 
France has never had a social liberal president, never seen in power progressive liberalism from the left.
International - Richard Ogier - 2 comments
 
President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson are quickly learning that tough talk is needed to rein in Mahmoud Abbas.
International - David Singer - 3 comments
 

Friday, June 23, 2017

The aftermath of the 2008 crisis did much to give capitalism – at least of the bankster variant – a blackened name.
Economics - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 
The most intriguing aspect is the inability of insiders to provide a coherent account of what is actually going on. How did Donald Trump, you know, happen?
Political Philosophy - Mark Christensen - 20 comments
 
To simply blame the Israeli government alone may be comforting to you, but unless you change your approach and strategy toward Israel, you will further prolong the occupation.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

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