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September 30, 2014
Australia does not have a school system of gated communities and education ghettos, nor is there any evidence that we are moving towards such a system.
Education - David Robertson - 7 comments
 
Such is the esteem in which she is held that her appointment in the Queen's Birthday Honours List this year as a Dame of the Order of Australia was seen as entirely natural and appropriate.
Domestic Politics - Allan Pidgeon - 2 comments
 
There seems to be a moderate consensus among ‘climate scientists’ that the outcome is now inevitable, the tipping points have been passed, the climate will change, with all the dire predictions now certain.
Environment - Peter McCloy - 5 comments
 




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Monday, September 29, 2014

Unfortunately, the insecurity fantasists, be they Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, or Prime Minister Tony Abbott, are in charge. According to Brandis, we live in a 'newly dangerous age'.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 33 comments
 
The top 10 per cent of earners pay 46 per cent of total income taxes. The bottom 20 per cent pay 2.5 per cent. This makes Australia's income-tax system among the most progressive in the world.
Economics - Richard Holden - 19 comments
 
On the IS and Al-Nusrah fronts Obama's, Putin's and Rouhani's national interests are identical.
International - David Singer - 5 comments
 
Many Arabs - and not just the radical ones - see themselves as one nation; Arab unity has been a consistent theme running down the years.
International - Graham Cooke - 13 comments
 
Interestingly, the first world conflict of the twentieth century started with an act of terrorism, when Gavrilo Princip, acting for the Serbian Nationalist group 'The Black Hand', assassinated Austrian Arch-duke Franz Ferdinand.
International - Dale Hughes
 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Abbott imbued with the history and heraldry of mother England, and steeped in the tradition and atmosphere, if not the scholarship, of Oxford, appears inspired by Shakespeare's Henry V.
International - Bruce Haigh - 61 comments
 
The first is The Big Issue, a periodical which is sold outside shopping malls by disabled people, who sell the magazine for $6 and retain $3 for themselves.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 4 comments
 
Many analyses simply look at the relative or absolute change in dwelling stock, which is pointless without first considering changes in population.
Nation Building - Philip Soos and Paul Egan - 1 comment
 
Six of the last 10 biggest finds have been in Africa, where - all told - there are some 130 billion barrels of crude oil waiting to be tapped by more than 500 companies.
Economics - James Stafford - 3 comments
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Negative gearing is blamed for pricing first home buyers out of the housing market, for asset price bubbles (notably, again, housing), lost Budget revenue, and benefiting the rich.
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 24 comments
 
What would you think if police were to arrest a person who was peacefully standing on a public footpath in Australia while holding a sign quoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
Law & Liberties - Graham Preston - 43 comments
 
In the changeable world of geopolitics where morality is relative Tuesday’s targets were not the Syrian government even though it may have murdered 200,000.
International - Peter Coates - 47 comments
 
The federal government's competition review is disastrously wrong about education.
Education - Dean Ashenden - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More people, more traffic, more demand for housing, more space needed in schools and hospitals. Growth is outstripping the work of planners and policy makers.
Society - Peter West - 16 comments
 
With military crises in Iraq and Ukraine, this Ebola crisis doesn't make the news, or even the Twittersphere, especially in Australia.
Health - Noel Wauchope - 11 comments
 
And yet our policy elite speak as if 'reform' is well articulated and will take us back to the glory days of the 1990s Australian 'reform boom' that preceded the subsequent resources boom.
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - 7 comments
 
What we don't have is the practical ability to exercise that right to self-defence.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 30 comments
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

There should be one national focal point to coordinate the national government response to this industry: hence the need for a minister for international education.
Education - Keith Suter - 12 comments
 
Any expectation that Assad and his backers – Russia, Iran and Hezbollah – will help Obama by destroying IS in Syria - is a pipe dream.
International - David Singer - 9 comments
 
Do we use our reason and logic, and conclude that this is an extreme, radical wing that has bastardised an otherwise peaceful religion?
International - Dale Hughes - 29 comments
 
Who in the parliament will present a bill making it an offence to sing alternative verses to the National Anthem? Protocol is obviously not enough.
Law & Liberties - Max Wallace - 20 comments
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

The rise of many jihadist groups can be traced several decades back to the reigns of corrupt and ruthless Arab dictators who grossly violated human rights, deprived their citizens of social justice, and violently suppressed any opposition with impunity.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 21 comments
 
Will these histories, along with future academic texts, be kinder to Gillard than the Australian population was during her three years and three days in power?
Domestic Politics - Alexander Morgan - 16 comments
 
In part it reflects the overriding concern for the physical manifestations of insecurity rather than unravelling the causative processes involved.
Society - Peter Curson - 15 comments
 
There are times when farce and living caricature almost consume the cynicism and mendacity in the daily life of Australia's rulers.
International - John Pilger - 15 comments
 

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Abbott Government's contention that Australia's return to Iraq will not increase the terrorism risk at home is dangerously contrived.
International - Peter Coates - 165 comments
 
A six step plan concentrating on understanding, discussion and humanitarian engagement is the only durable solution to ISIS.
International - Richard Heggie - 73 comments
 
The Sydney Morning Herald article asks why Brantly arrogantly assumed that God deemed him more worthy of saving than the 1400 people who have died of the disease.
Health - Monica Karal - 71 comments
 
A recent report from Greenpeace found that China's coal consumption declined in the first half of this year and new Chinese government data suggests that the country's coal imports have dropped.
International - Nicholas Cunningham - 5 comments
 
With white golden pearls streaming through my veins, and the door still ajar, for now I say farewell to you, U2, my everlasting love x
The Arts - Dino Cesta - 2 comments
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Given there is evidence that devoting more funding to disadvantaged students can lead to improved school results, the challenge is delivering funding in a manner that maximises this benefit.
Education - Dan Carr - 1 comment
 
Democracy guarantees us all the right to participate to the best of our ability. If our ability is making money, then it would be anti-democratic to stop us from contributing that.
Political Philosophy - Graham Young - 33 comments
 
But if we just ignore all this will ebola simply follow the 'epidemic curve' and eventually burn itself out?
Health - Peter Curson - 6 comments
 
According to the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), since 2009 the weekday Advertiser has lost 39,818 in sales, the Saturday Advertiser is down 59,978 and the Sunday Mail has plummeted a whopping 74,971.
Media - Malcolm King - 11 comments
 
Resistance to usurped or tyrannical authority is an essential component of the rule of law formally recognised as such since the Magna Carta.
Law & Liberties - Barry York - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fiji is holding its first elections today since the coup in 2006, with voters urged to embrace democracy after decades of ethnic tensions and military involvement in civil affairs.
International - Nattavud Pimpa
 
Scottish emancipation is not just a matter that affects Scotland, but all of the united kingdoms, and they all deserve a say.
International - David Flint - 12 comments
 
Surely housing prices and rentals should not be partly determined by overseas residents seeking capital gain at the expense of Australian citizens?
Nation Building - Harold Levien - 9 comments
 
All too often the media stand accused about their negative influence on children with the result their great positive potential for children remains underused.
Media - Patricia Edgar - 5 comments
 
Obama's Palestine land swap proposals - enthusiastically backed by Cameron - have now become the latest in a long line of lost opportunities.
International - David Singer - 11 comments
 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When we examine the elements of the Marriage Act it seems that none of them make any sense and in actual fact they probably never did.
Law & Liberties - Michael Thompson - 23 comments
 
Despite the extent of cuts, Hockey's Budget is still unable to produce anything near the Budget surpluses promised (and presumably thought appropriate) by the outgoing Labor Government.
Economics - Brendan O'Reilly - 12 comments
 
Our national debate casts these issues in stark terms – Chinese state enterprises buying up Australian farms to supply their domestic market.
Economics - Merric Foley - 5 comments
 
Over the last five centuries we have seen the rise of a global civilisation on Earth, but now our global civilisation is in crisis and the next three decades will be critical ones.
Society - Peter McMahon - 8 comments
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Minorities mob the World Congress of Families with intolerance, and the land of the fair go looks on with seeming indifference.
Law & Liberties - Babette Francis - 37 comments
 
It means UK all. You see without Scotland there is no United Kingdom, just a united kingdom.
International - Tom Clifford - 14 comments
 
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology now acknowledges that they change the temperatures at most, if not all, the weather stations that make-up the official station network from which national temperature trends are calculated.
Environment - Jennifer Marohasy - 92 comments
 
Allocating more importance to the unpredictable problems of people yet to be born than the serious issues faced by those suffering today is immoral.
Environment - Tom Harris and Tim Ball - 22 comments
 
What makes IS powerful today is the fact that they laid out their military strategy based on where oil fields are located. The fact that they went after northeast Syria and northern Iraq is not coincidental by any means.
International - Claude Salhani - 5 comments
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

While Abbott may be saving money, uncertainty, control and risk over the next 40 years of the future submarine program should still be considered.
International - Peter Coates - 55 comments
 
The lemming-like haste to follow Americans into not one but possibly two new wars is as unwise as it is unseemly.
International - Bruce Haigh - 83 comments
 
Those who hold 'traditional' values are unable to any longer look with certainty to the wider society for support; they will instead be labeled as 'anti' one-thing or another.
Religion & Spirituality - Bernard Toutounji - 20 comments
 
The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gaza is a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege.
International - John Pilger - 30 comments
 
In order to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the reality of history itself and contemporary geopolitical affairs, it seems sensible to bring to the exercise both context and perspective.
International - Greg Maybury - 3 comments
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Forget principle and ask yourself why a political party that has at most one seat at risk from the dislike of the
Law & Liberties - James Allan - 15 comments
 
But in fact the Australian welfare state has not declined; in fact it has grown, up by 52 per cent since 1984.
Society - Alan Tapper - 10 comments
 
If you were aged 25 when The Sex Pistols first crashed onto the music scene in 1975, you'll be 65 years old next year. This isn't so much a lesson in demography but one of attitude.
Society - Ross Elliott - 9 comments
 
School choice advocates like Ludger Woessmann, Eric Hanushek, Patrick Wolfe and Caroline Hoxby argue that a more market-driven approach involving competition between schools leads to stronger outcomes.
Education - Kevin Donnelly - 6 comments
 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Limited legislative models are a Trojan horse for a broader application. Whether such limitations are honestly held objectives or simply 'a foot in the door' matters little.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 9 comments
 
How long will Muslims curse and accuse America for being the cause of all their ills and yet hide behind American tanks and drones when their home grown monsters wreak havoc on the lives of Muslim people.
International - Waxa Daabacay - 18 comments
 
Israel attracts attention for so-called genocide, while the worst offenders escape unscathed.
International - David Singer - 23 comments
 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

We will never stop the flow of asylum seekers, because we will never stop war, persecution, and strife.
Law & Liberties - Kathryn Crosby - 40 comments
 
The cross-curriculum priorities are a politically correct brake on teaching and learning.
Education - Chris Ashton - 4 comments
 
Every now and then you pick up someone saying something so extreme that you wonder what on earth got into them.
Media - Don Aitkin - 88 comments
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

The publicity officer of the NSW Teachers Federation said that she wanted to live in a world without men. This may please many women, but it doesn't offer much to men.
Society - Peter West - 53 comments
 
This is extraordinarily cruel. The denial of the right to die at a time of our choosing can result in a lingering, painful death.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 66 comments
 
The GBR itself is many km offshore and no detriment to the reef attributable to coastal dredging has ever been documented.
Environment - Walter Starck - 19 comments
 
Argentina holds an estimated 27 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil and 802 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas.
Environment - James Stafford - 1 comment
 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Abbott's logic, that Australia is already selling uranium to an increasingly aggressive and expansionist country – so what's the problem, is the starters gun in a radioactive race to the bottom.
International - Dave Sweeney - 20 comments
 
Progressives concerned about social justice should embrace the idea that the best way of improving the mobility of low income outer suburban residents is by increasing their incomes.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 4 comments
 
The new science of epigenetics shows that genes and DNA are not static and do not control our biology, but are controlled by signals from outside the cell, including our positive and negative thoughts.
Health - Kay Stroud - 15 comments
 
Just last week, a report by Swiss bank UBS showed how the linked development of energy storage, solar power and electric vehicles is changing the economics of power generation.
Environment - Chris Dalby - 18 comments
 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

If we act now, we can ensure that we will turn ageing into a significant social and economic asset, not a liability, and the Blueprint for an Ageing Australia that we present to the nation today strives to do exactly this.
Society - Everald Compton - 20 comments
 
While the Australian population understands the importance of our Government providing humanitarian assistance to those in harm's way overseas, they are less likely to support foreign policy actions that may jeopardise their own personal safety.
International - Kellie Tranter - 21 comments
 
Question Time needs an overhaul if it is to genuinely meet the non-negotiable standards of accountability, integrity, and transparency sorely missing from Australia's current system of government.
Political Philosophy - Dino Cesta - 4 comments
 
The getting and begetting of wisdom - so revered in the past as a practical and spiritual necessity for both individuals and societies - seems to be sadly out of fashion in our present age.
Political Philosophy - Scott MacInnes - 11 comments
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The overwhelming need for a Royal Commission was spelt out by successful Australian business woman, Janet Holmes a Court, in an address in Hobart on 15 August.
Law & Liberties - Bruce Haigh - 21 comments
 
I must have missed something! Last time I checked the 'Islamic State' was not actually a state and the army of the non-state state barely warranted the title army.
International - Dave Smith - 29 comments
 
Putin is well aware of the consequences, and the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is just as relevant today as it was in 1962 when the Soviet Union and the United States pulled back from the brink over the Cuban Missile Crisis.
International - Graham Cooke - 20 comments
 
The not so good news is that North America doesn't have nearly enough oil and gas pipelines to accommodate its 11-million-barrel-a-day output level.
Environment - James Stafford - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Violence against women is both enabled and perpetuated by a culture that maintains a spectrum of sexism and misogyny, from the subtle and casual to the violent and extreme.
Society - Tasman Bain - 49 comments
 
Both the Labor and current governments officially bought into the idea that recruitment to jihad reflects the alienation of young Muslim males disaffected from mainstream culture.
Law & Liberties - David Martin Jones - 13 comments
 
But this much heralded slice of bureaucratise signed last week by two foreign ministers, Marty Natalegawa for Indonesia and Julie Bishop for Australia, was never going to be a Lincolnian call to higher purpose.
International - Duncan Graham - 2 comments
 
The PLO (founded in 1964) and Hamas (founded in 1987) both seek to unravel the decisions made at San Remo in 1920.
International - David Singer - 4 comments
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Judith Curry is a climate scientist with a prolific publication record who is a climate change realist. She is interviewed by James Stafford.
Environment - James Stafford - 5 comments
 
Like any term drawn out of some faux nationalism (can there be any other?), it divides on the pretext of uniting.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 84 comments
 
Post 1971, the moral question in economics has been abandoned. Individual interest has been the driver of economic policy to achieve growth, income and employment.
Economics - Ben Rees - 17 comments
 
The lightning advance of the so-called Islamic State (IS) has taken many by surprise, but their sudden ascent does not necessarily presage a new order in the Middle East.
International - Chris Wilson - 9 comments
 

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