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July 19, 2018
They are working hard on creating on three pieces of international law that would, if implemented, expand intellectual property regulations to protect things like indigenous designs, dances, words and traditional medicines.
Law & Liberties - Russell Grenning - 1 comment
 
However, holding NAIDOC Week perhaps could serve to remind many folk that they share the land with its original residents who founded it some forty to sixty thousand years ago.
Indigenous Affairs - Ian Nance - 9 comments
 




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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It does not make sense to relate jobs created to the effective tax rate paid by companies in the way Andrew Leigh did.
Economics - Gene Tunny - 3 comments
 
They are repeated like a fundamentalist chorus or mantra: The politics of envy and class warfare.
Religion & Spirituality - Ray Barraclough - 7 comments
 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

So what should be the world's football? There are two possibilities – Gridiron or American Football or Australian Rules.
Sport - Peter Bowden - 10 comments
 
The report deliberately excluded from any consideration of the more than $US1.2 trillion of annual cash and in-kind redistributions to low-income US citizens.
Law & Liberties - Russell Grenning - 9 comments
 

Monday, July 16, 2018

The ACCC Electricity supply and prices inquiry final report is a tacit acknowledgement that current strategies for CO2 abatement will not work at an affordable price.
Nation Building - Graham Young - 14 comments
 
It appears that Silicon Valley is giving more money to Obama's library than to democrat candidates and that's really unfortunate according to the author.
International - Stephen Cable - 3 comments
 

Friday, July 13, 2018

UCLA's brother/sister campus, the University of California, Berkley, already not only has segregated housing for black students but for other racial minorities such as Asians and Hispanics.
Law & Liberties - Russell Grenning - 28 comments
 
Undiscussed between them was why the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza have failed to close down the 27 refugee camps still remaining within their respective fiefdoms.
International - David Singer - 3 comments
 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The point is that increasingly our CBDs are diversifying. Relying on an office market index now provides insight into only one aspect of the market.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 8 comments
 
Notwithstanding their public statements to the contrary, Hamas knows that Israel is here to stay.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

These average capacity multipliers will also multiply total costs of ensuring reliable power even as $/MWh renewables generation costs fall.
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 46 comments
 
Free movement, a central EU principle, would end, but the UK would seek a principle of ensuring that UK and EU citizens would still be permitted to visit, work and live in respective jurisdictions with ease.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Over the past couple of weeks we have had a reported spike in malaria cases in some of our Pacific Island and South-east Asia neighbours and a confirmed polio case in Papua New Guinea (the first in 18 years).
Health - Kevin McCracken
 
Advocacy is core business for think tanks, but when does advocacy become propaganda? When the think tank is the grandly named Australia Institute, is one answer.
Environment - Graham Young - 7 comments
 

Monday, July 9, 2018

If assisted suicide becomes legal across the country, it will in part be because of the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 14 comments
 
It seems impossible to refuse the conclusion that the foetus is a potentially self-aware human being and that it may not be disposed of as passive tissue or as animal life.
Law & Liberties - Peter Sellick - 83 comments
 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Electrification is where OPEC may have to face off with a future oil buyers' cartel.
Economics - Irina Slav - 8 comments
 
When we revisit such terms as democracy, kleptocracy and autocracy, Malaysia has been all three and none
International - Binoy Kampmark
 
'Despite the burden of regional issues, there are things that cannot be weighed with gold and humanitarian aid, or solutions that try to cut from a more than 100-year-old historical conflict.'
International - David Singer - 18 comments
 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Critics maintain the MPs are misusing the name of the Great Man. However a look at Monash's career suggests otherwise.
Economics - Philip Hopkins - 5 comments
 
Stop me if you've heard this one...a BBC executive with the marvellously Orwellian title of Controller of Comedy Commissioning walked into this newspaper interview.
Media - Russell Grenning - 31 comments
 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Tasmania's timber industry has new growth, but the Greens' alternative budget wrongly claims money will be saved if the industry is killed off.
Domestic Politics - George Harris - 8 comments
 
These laws granted him draconian measures allowing him to severely limit free expression and the right of assembly, thus restricting the freedom of his rivals to campaign against him on an equal footing.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Around a decade from now, robots will be our prime source of productivity and we will lose control of them as robots will produce more robots without human input.
Economics - Everald Compton - 41 comments
 
A key factor in the Jury's rejection of the waste import plan was that Aboriginal people had spoken clearly in opposition.
Environment - Jim Green - 19 comments
 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Australia’s ban on practical non-lethal means of defence such as pepper sprays, mace and personal tasers sets us apart from most other countries in the world.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 28 comments
 
The addition of 1 mb/d from Saudi Arabia alone would lead to the OPEC+ group exceeding the production levels they just committed to, after factoring in additions from Russia and other Gulf States.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 3 comments
 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Back in January, the City of London which manages Hampstead Heath and its ponds decided that the ladies' pond would welcome trans women and that this decision was consistent with the Equalities Act 2010.
Law & Liberties - Russell Grenning - 54 comments
 
Renewable energy targets (RETs) impose anthropogenic cost 'event horizons' on base-load power. These 'horizons' are power cost points of no return.
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 20 comments
 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

What's the significance of calling a policy concern with equity the new name 'inclusive growth'?
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - 2 comments
 
Australia was always the outsider in the tournament, and a loitering one at that.
Sport - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

One of the key principles of Trumponomics is that faster economic growth can help solve a multitude of other social and economic problems, from poverty to inner-city decline to lowering the national debt.
Economics - Darren Nelson - 11 comments
 
This new strand of Bird Flu, labelled H7N9, seems to be much more virulent than previous strains and has so far killed 38% of those it has infected.
Health - Peter Curson - 9 comments
 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The concept is similar to the duty of confidentiality which obliges legal advisors to respect their clients' affairs.
Law & Liberties - Peter Bowden - 91 comments
 
The failure of the two-child policy to produce the hoped for increase in births to slow down ageing lies behind the speculation that the policy will soon be abandoned and replaced with 'independent fertility'.
International - Kevin McCracken - 4 comments
 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Xi is imposing upon China an imperial rule with a rigid Maoist ideology that extends beyond China's borders.
International - Felix Imonti - 5 comments
 
The ban on cannabis has dubious origins, having been the victim of a nearly century-long smear campaign launched by US anti-drug crusader Harry Anslinger in the dying days of alcohol prohibition.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 13 comments
 
Now one hundred and three years later, this recalled campaign is a flash point in relations between Turkey and Europe.
International - Russell Grenning - 4 comments
 

Friday, June 22, 2018

He is not a politician, and has never served in any elected role. So he didn't come to office with a well-developed sense of what you do and how you do it.
International - Don Aitkin - 47 comments
 
It will still take time for significant levels of self-reproducing deployment. And renewables aren't yet autocatalytic.
Science & Technology - John Constable - 9 comments
 
In January 2015, ISIS killed nine men and a 15 year old boy suspected of being gay in a Syrian town they controlled.
Law & Liberties - Russell Grenning - 26 comments
 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

People, and I feel young people in particular, rightly sense that the path to improvement and responsibility means focusing on one's self rather than on blame.
Political Philosophy - Sean Jacobs - 5 comments
 
The US dollar is one important variable influencing oil prices. A stronger dollar helps push down prices because it makes oil, which is priced in dollars, much more expensive in much of the world.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 2 comments
 
In an even more disturbing case, another schoolboy, also 15, who thought that Muslim women shouldn't wear the full face-veil was identified as a potential far-right terrorist.
Law & Liberties - Russell Grenning - 15 comments
 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Woolworths doesn't feel the need to answer the question
Environment - Eric Claus - 31 comments
 
It promised a lot, but this month oBike walked away from Melbourne after just one year.
Domestic Politics - Alan Davies - 6 comments
 

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