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October 19, 2017
Trying to define what quality journalism means is a bit like unwittingly taking part in the age-old debate about what is art and what is not.
Media - Chris Lewis - 12 comments
 
It doesn’t require doctors to check for an undiagnosed mental health issue; only a pre-diagnosed one.
Law & Liberties - Simon Kennedy - 11 comments
 
But Florida has since re-canted, admitting that the focus on inner urban 'cool' may have worked for the wealthy and privileged but at the same time created city wide disadvantage.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 1 comment
 




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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blended with US patriotism and sour grapes, she becomes the ultimate embittered narcissist who cannot admit to deficiency.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 18 comments
 
People are overlooking a big 'elephant in the room', which provides additional insight into why Hollywood tolerated the indefensible for so long.
Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 15 comments
 
Prominent businessman and philanthropist Dick Smith recently released a booklet designed to tell the full story on housing.
Nation Building - Rex Drabik - 10 comments
 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In WA the maximum penalty for vaping is $45,000, or imprisonment, or both. Unless you obtain a special prescription.
Health - Marija Polic - 4 comments
 
When it comes to banking and superannuation, competitive neutrality should include government competition against the private sector.
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - 8 comments
 
There is little hope that reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah will end a decade of bitter internecine feuding.
International - David Singer - 9 comments
 

Monday, October 16, 2017

If you were told that the Cancer Council along with the Australian Medical Association were campaigning for more cancer, you would want to know what the hell is going on.
Health - Nicola Wright
 
There are clear signs of a nuclear slow-down in China, the only country with a large nuclear new-build program.
Environment - Jim Green - 19 comments
 
While it may seem rationally urgent to posit the existence of a being who set the planets in their orbits, this is not a concept to be found in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 15 comments
 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Around the world, finance is a major policy problem driven ultimately by the ease with which insiders can advantage themselves (sometimes illegally, but mostly legally) against outsiders.
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - 5 comments
 
When you start relying on leaders from 25 years ago, you are truly desperate.
Domestic Politics - Stephen Cable - 9 comments
 
Since it is widely assumed, however, that without Hamas no Israeli-Palestinian peace can endure, the question is how to persuade Hamas to accept the two preconditions without losing face.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 11 comments
 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

One would think that perhaps we would keep an open mind regarding alternatives; instead of buying the tired old argument that anything else must either lead to totalitarianism, or be incurably utopian.
Political Philosophy - Sam Ben-Meir - 32 comments
 
My trip to the Kimberley has rekindled my interest in looking at what might be the case in 2067 with respect to our Aboriginal people.
Indigenous Affairs - Don Aitkin - 26 comments
 
The very nature of Machine Learning is suited to big data: with high volumes and complexity readily available, the algorithms can improve themselves quickly and efficiently.
Science & Technology - Neil Dennis - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

If a kindly Father God was looking down from above ready to intervene for his Son he must have turned aside so as not to see.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 55 comments
 
The APS has had a history of foreign infiltration ever since its formation, especially during the Cold War, with some infiltrations becoming public scandals.
International - Murray Hunter - 7 comments
 
Many scientists managed to smoothly change tack from dire predictions of global cooling in the 1970s to global warming in the 2000s.
Environment - Russell Grenning - 18 comments
 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Energy prices aren’t high because of 'wishful thinking' and 'green religion' - they’re high because of too little thinking and the wrong kind of religion.
Environment - Huon Hoogesteger - 34 comments
 
The whole idea of trying to engineer a knowledge commons that is wider and deeper than the price system seems worthy of consideration.
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - 3 comments
 
Jordan remains the key to Trump ending the conflict between Jews and Arabs in former 'Palestine'.
International - David Singer - 16 comments
 

Monday, October 9, 2017

The best recipe for certainty is a contest of policies leading to the long term consignment of the party with the crazy policy to the opposition benches.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 14 comments
 
The Amy Taeuber case is curious because it is sexual prejudice in its most raw form. It is a prime example why the second wave of the feminist movement rose in the early 1960s.
Society - Malcolm King - 15 comments
 
While Sanders is a familiar American liberal politician, Corbyn may be a phenomenon, with his indefatigable support for the victims of American and British imperial adventures.
International - John Pilger - 7 comments
 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Living in Australia sometimes feels like living in a bureaucrats' version of a spaghetti western. The heroes are the brave and all-knowing public servants.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 13 comments
 
I bet you didn't know that there are WOMEN and then there are women.
Domestic Politics - Russell Grenning - 4 comments
 
The US and its allies (along with Russia and China) should build on the existing deal so that once it expires, Iran would not simply rush to acquire nuclear weapons.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Both Labor and the Liberal National Party will pitch for a majority government. But one group of voters may have other ideas.
Domestic Politics - Gary Johns - 12 comments
 
The 287 blocks auctioned are just the first portion of a number of deposits that hold an estimated 10 billion barrels of crude in proven reserves.
Economics - Irina Slav - 2 comments
 
Calling the trinitarian entities 'persons' is obviously metaphorical since they are not persons as you and I are persons.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 89 comments
 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

French opinion polls were so badly wrong that the leading newspaper La Parisienne took a break from writing stories based on polling results.
Science & Technology - Russell Grenning - 9 comments
 
Urbanisation in under-developed countries has, in itself, improved the health and life expectancy of millions of people worldwide.
Health - Patricia Edgar, Don Edgar and Briony Dow - 2 comments
 
But then it dawned on me that Popper had failed to solve his fundamental problem - the problem of understanding how science makes progress.
Science & Technology - Nicholas Maxwell - 14 comments
 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

So, how does the average Aussie punter work out what it is we are all supposed to be promoting and defending?
Political Philosophy - Everald Compton - 6 comments
 
Iraq remains a construction, an artificial confection of miscellaneous, often murderous groups brought about by the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 
During your first ten years as prime minister, you transformed Turkey economically, socially, and politically, and put the country on the path to greatness.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Newcomers are unlikely to join our national community and adopt our culture if we keep telling them that our country has very little of which to be proud.
Society - Charles Smith - 38 comments
 
The key missing element is a plausible account of the motives of North Korea (NK), specifically their leader Kim Jong Un (KJU).
International - Chris Lloyd - 15 comments
 
In other words, quality of life is a matter of how people feel about their lives as well as the material conditions in which they live. Perceptions matter to our wellbeing.
Society - Richard Eckersley - 4 comments
 

Friday, September 29, 2017

The legal definition of what constitutes incitement to hatred, serious contempt, severe ridicule or even offence has changed radically as the legal system has recognised homosexual relationships.
Law & Liberties - Bernard Gaynor - 13 comments
 
Their method is crude, but they are men of action and very few words. And their actions are eloquent.
International - Peter West - 15 comments
 
There is the very real possibility that privately owned open space created from recent development may be more beneficial to the community than publicly owned space.
Nation Building - Natalie Rayment - 6 comments
 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Failing to seek children and young people's views about marriage equality contravenes the Australian Government's duty under article 12 of the 'Convention on the Rights of the Child'.
Law & Liberties - Holly Doel-Mackaway - 17 comments
 
'If it was Viagra and no one could get it, there would be an outcry!' My friend crossed her arms and turned to me with both anger and despair.
Health - Evelyn Tsitas - 11 comments
 
Abbas needs to be called out by Trump for abandoning the Oslo Accords and pursuing a policy that will not lead to resolving the long-running conflict.
International - David Singer - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It's important to realise that you don't need a wedding to have a marriage. Registration of the marriage is simply a voluntary public declaration about the relationship.
Law & Liberties - Martin Hanson - 15 comments
 
This argument fails to justify why the Grameen bank's rate is 50-100% higher than the market rate.
International - Pooya Karambakhsh - 7 comments
 
One of the most hyped 'events' of American television, 'The Vietnam War', has started on the PBS network.
Society - John Pilger - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The balance of evidence from the strongest research, with large representative sampling, does not support same-sex parenting.
Law & Liberties - Sven Trenholm - 26 comments
 
The tolerant brigades had disappeared, and the revolutionary pugilists, behind the comfort of a tweet, were coming out.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments
 
Sadly, apart from Israel, no country expressed its support for the Kurds' impending historic decision to finally realise their decades-old dream of establishing a state of their own.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 11 comments
 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Discrimination based on sexual orientation, including through a prohibition on same-sex marriage, is like racism.
Law & Liberties - David Swanton - 46 comments
 
Politicians pretending to be compassionate when all they are doing is handing out other people’s money are just thieves masquerading as angels.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 15 comments
 
The Trinity is not an arithmetic impossibility but conforms to the way we experience and know and remember anything.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 2 comments
 

Friday, September 22, 2017

The quaint idea that the intellectual property of Australia was somehow created by Aborigines, Anglos and (mostly) European postwar settlers misrepresents the truth.
Economics - Gary Johns - 10 comments
 
The UN is about people, yet the universality of human rights that the UN proclaims does not extend to Taiwan and its 23 million people.
International - David Lee - 7 comments
 
What is needed is for the US to influence the Jordanian army and security agency to stand with the revolution the next time it breaks out.
International - David Singer - 8 comments
 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

But renewables are in fact more expensive, and if you want to cure high prices, the last thing you would do is dose up on the problem.
Economics - Graham Young - 27 comments
 
Some opponents of the same-sex survey insist there has been too much debate. That is part of the reason why the controversy will not go away.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 9 comments
 
Its defeat, when every member of the Liberal and National parties voted against it, ensured that NSW would continue to be out of step with modern medical practice and community opinion.
Law & Liberties - Sylvia Hale - 77 comments
 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Around the world, governments work from an operating manual drawn straight from Henry Ford's car factories of the 1920s.
Political Philosophy - Vern Hughes - 17 comments
 
Australia's fixation with testing is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to our nation's development, ever.
Education - Phil Cullen - 8 comments
 
The root cause of the 'trilemma' is renewable energy. We could deliver reliability and affordability, as we have in the past, if we didn't have renewable energy targets.
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 12 comments
 

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