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March 20, 2018
The officially happiest country in the world is Norway with Australia a very creditable 9th
Humour & Satire - Russell Grenning
The prospect of autonomous vehicles causes worry but they might provide public and shared modes of transport with a big boost in competitiveness relative to private vehicles.
Science & Technology - Alan Davies
Forster divides his novel between two families that represent a bias between the seen and the unseen.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick

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Ambit Gambit This table from Peter Rees is an interesting analysis of proposed power plants for South Australia. At a time when zealots are claiming that so-called renewables (wind and solar) are cheaper than alternatives, the reality of building costs says otherwise. The notes and commentary are Peter’s as well. The three renewable projects will produce a […]

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Monday, March 19, 2018

As a young diplomat posted to South Africa at the height of Apartheid, 1976/79, I chose to assist those opposing the regime.
International - Bruce Haigh - 14 comments
Bilateral free-migration agreements would also have no electoral impact because the people from these countries could not vote in our election.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 4 comments
Israel has no animosity against the Syrian regime as such and would rather see Assad remaining in power as long as he limits Iran's maneuvering room.
International - Alon Ben-Meir

Friday, March 16, 2018

Parliament under the new President Ramaphosa has already voted 241 to 83 to change the Constitution and a sense of real panic has been growing.
Law & Liberties - Russell Grenning - 22 comments
What kind of precautionary measures should be taken by all the players involved, especially Russia in cooperation with the US, to prevent such an ominous development?
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments

Thursday, March 15, 2018

As the debate about euthanasia rages, end-of-life and palliative care is neglected, with both quality and availability lacking. And yet, that's what the majority of dying people need so they can die at home without pain.
Health - Greg Donnelly - 4 comments
It shouldn't be a shock that our corrupt political establishment, insulated by a groupthink that is at once fainthearted and incredibly arrogant, cannot define something better than the status quo.
Political Philosophy - Mark Christensen - 1 comment

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

But isn’t Australia battling to choose between freedom of religion, and freedom from religion? Holy Guacamole! Just what in heaven’s name do you believe in?
Religion & Spirituality - Ian Nance - 19 comments
The sense of the political slogan, not to mention the chance to plough marketing opportunities, is never far from Weiwei's work.
The Arts - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ordinarily, a person accused of some crime is presumed innocent until found otherwise by a duly constituted court. That has not been the case in any of the examples I have read.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 10 comments
Claims made about a product being natural doesn’t necessarily make it safer or appropriate.
Health - Waveny Holland - 3 comments

Monday, March 12, 2018

After a decade of litigation, a majority of the Californian Supreme Court decided the clergy owed no duty of care to Nally; the minority wrote a scathing dissent.
Law & Liberties - William Spaul - 7 comments
There are many reasons to be sceptical or even concerned about the ANC under a Ramaphosa presidency.
Political Philosophy - Benjamin Hale - 3 comments

Friday, March 9, 2018

In the scheme of things, Australia has deputised as regional bully for imperial powers since it became an outpost of the British empire.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
There are a number of sources, including Hamilton, arguing that the Dastyari affair was merely the tip of the iceberg. And the Liberals are also to blame.
International - Peter West - 25 comments
The key slogan of the Green religion is
Environment - Viv Forbes - 55 comments

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A new generation hooked on technology has given up on democracy and shut the door to civil discussion, instead choosing hate, defensiveness and extreme solutions.
Society - Alice Gallen - 15 comments
However Jordan's subsequent independence in 1946 and Israel's in 1948 laid the groundwork for the Peel two-state solution applying in 99% of former Palestine.
International - David Singer - 2 comments
In 2015 the Victorian Auditor-General delivered a damning report on the mismanagement of Victoria's 10 Ramsar-listed wetlands.
Environment - Anthony Amis - 19 comments

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The idea that no companies would increase investment is fanciful and argued by no-one, not even the Greens.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 10 comments
In fact, the ceremony had everything that the film industry could ever hope for – well, almost everything because Americans tuned out in their millions.
The Arts - Russell Grenning - 5 comments

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Duterte is popular with the people, even down to his crude and sexist 'humour'. They see him as down to earth in a Barnaby Joyce sort of way.
International - Bruce Haigh - 7 comments
PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas signed his own suicide note after another blistering attack on America in the United Nations Security Council on 20 February.
International - David Singer - 6 comments

Monday, March 5, 2018

The threshold of debate in Australian politics has been sewer-low for decades, but the latest turn has added another disfiguring side.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 12 comments
The US is one of the few areas of the world in which there is an energy investment boom underway, a development that could smooth out the uncertainties of geopolitical events around the world.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 4 comments

Friday, March 2, 2018

Do state and territory claims for renewable energy add up to more than our national total?
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 8 comments
A Yale University professor has unwittingly given us an insight into why Australians are fed up with their politicians.
Society - Peter Bowden - 26 comments

Thursday, March 1, 2018

I'd hazard a guess 90 per cent of Super Rugby players consider safety overreach a negative.
Society - Mark Christensen - 6 comments
Its birth was an attempt by the industry to head off the move by the Whitlam Labor Government the previous year to create a government authority to police it.
Media - Russell Grenning - 7 comments

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

While all has never, at least since the end of the second world war, been well in academe (the AVCC first used the word ‘crisis’ in 1947), it may be true that the level of tension within higher education today is notably high.
Education - Don Aitkin - 9 comments
Tillerson stated that America’s ongoing contribution to UNRWA is dependent upon what other non-donor States who can afford to contribute to UNRWA are willing to do.
International - David Singer - 11 comments

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

An intelligent, aware and responsible child of 16 or 17 can legally start the process of becoming transgender without the consent of his or her parents or guardian but cannot legally buy a drink in a pub or vote in a general election.
Law & Liberties - Russell Grenning - 7 comments
This kowtowing to United States influence not only underscored the cementing of diplomacy, but also seemed to firm up an existing adoption of American expressions.
The Arts - Ian Nance - 5 comments
According to a report from the World Economic Forum from 2017, a digital transformation has already swept across the energy industry.
Economics - Meredith Taylor - 2 comments

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sponsorship programs in various US states exist encouraging gun loading and training for administrators and teachers.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 16 comments
From the robust 'get stuffed, tell'em they're dreamin' position to 'no plans' to change the existing arrangements seems to be opening up some wriggle room.
Religion & Spirituality - Greg Donnelly - 17 comments
... to simply read the bible as if it actually reflected the will of God is to make an idol of it
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 18 comments

Friday, February 23, 2018

The water needed to open up the black soil country for agriculture can easily be diverted from the tropical rivers of the north at an affordable cost.
Nation Building - Everald Compton - 16 comments
Demand and prices for uranium are low and set to remain so: bad news for Australia's uranium industry but good news for those opposed to nuclear power.
Science & Technology - Jim Green - 23 comments
The EU is working slowly towards having its own defense rather than relying on NATO, but many states are not ready or willing to put in the funds.
International - Adomas Abromaitis - 6 comments

Thursday, February 22, 2018

God forbid, Trump is not the subversive figure described by Andrew Sullivan. But he is the next best thing when confused, self-important elites are hopelessly out of touch.
International - Mark Christensen - 17 comments
Impervious to the loud rumblings about coal's terminal decline and the need to leave it in the ground, the Minerals Council of Australiacontinues to be a passionate enthusiast.
Environment - John Iser - 20 comments
Meantime, important issues have been neglected. Such as our water crisis and the future of the Murray-Darling.
Media - Peter West - 6 comments

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Could anything have been done previously to diminish the risk of a rout on house prices?
Economics - Glen Anderson - 10 comments
Even if there was once some justification for subsidising the cost of solar panels, that is certainly no longer the case.
Environment - David Leyonhjelm - 12 comments
Melbourne City Council wants to ban above-ground parking in new developments but doesn't have a clue what the wider implications of such a change might be.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 2 comments

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It would be ridiculous if some of the catastrophic global warming so often reported by experts via our ABC were just a consequence of a new method of recording temperatures!
Environment - Jennifer Marohasy - 61 comments
If so, by 'squeezing' any generators into even more intermittent supply, are they making the whole SA power supply system more expensive.
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 10 comments
The predicted problems are now emerging following the arrival of millions of Muslim asylum seekers in Germany, Belgium and other European countries.
International - Russell Grenning - 13 comments


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