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September 19, 2018
Crisis is a word all too often thrown around in relation to the aged care industry. Sadly the frequency with which that word is employed has been blunted.
Health - Kym Durance - 4 comments
 
We are extremely disappointed that the UN continues to misuse 1971's General Assembly Resolution 2758 (XXVI) to justify Taiwan's exclusion and isolation.
International - Jaushieh Wu - 1 comment
 




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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Our livestock export industry not only provides affordable protein to some of the worldís poorest people; it also provides Australians with 13,000 jobs.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 22 comments
 
As Turkey's President Erdogan runs out of money, he is now, more than any time before, using religion to exploit the Balkans.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Monday, September 17, 2018

In that case, is the 'middle' voter concerned with the same issues as Malcolm Turnbull Ė i e company tax cuts, the Paris Agreement, gay marriage and an Australian Republic?
Domestic Politics - Tim O'Hare - 8 comments
 
Education in the West is a waste of time and money, argues Bryan Caplan in a confronting new book, reviewed by Vladimir 'Zeev' Vinokurov.
Education - Vladimir Vinokurov - 5 comments
 

Friday, September 14, 2018

When some 1717 claims were evaluated, close to 40% of those assessed by the Commonwealth were downgraded in one or several of the 12 segments of the claim.
Health - Kym Durance - 8 comments
 
In 2000, Bolton contemplated the issue of whether there was such a thing as 'law' in the matter of international affairs.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

■ Trumpís trade strategy with China has three objectives. He has already achieved the first of these.
International - Michael Knox - 9 comments
 
I waited for God, or Jesus, to speak to me. No message has ever come to me from on high.
Religion & Spirituality - Don Aitkin - 45 comments
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Should it matter this much? A wealthy, successful individual expressed fury at the most popular object of vitriol in any sport.
Sport - Binoy Kampmark - 20 comments
 
But beyond the technical analysis, oil prices also face some questions on the fundamentals.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

There's very little reason to think the Andrews government's promised suburban loop rail line will catalyse jobs growth in suburban centres on a scale that even remotely justifies the cost.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 7 comments
 
To call it 'hydro-electric' is a fraud Ė it will not store one extra litre of water and will be a net consumer of electric power. It is a giant electric storage battery to be recharged using grid power.
Nation Building - Viv Forbes - 14 comments
 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Labor populism under Bill Shorten and Sally McManus, if they deliver on their promises, will make the economy inflexible and weak
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 38 comments
 
The call on whether to cut corporate taxes, versus spending our tax dollar on schools and hospitals is an issue of importance to all of us.
Economics - Peter Bowden - 19 comments
 

Friday, September 7, 2018

The 1919 influenza pandemic stands as the greatest social and health disaster in Australian history. Overall millions succumbed to flu during the first six months of 1919 and at least 15,000 died.
Health - Peter Curson - 4 comments
 
Expecting Trump to pick up the tab whilst the PLO continues these inhumane practices for crass political purposes is arrogant and unwarranted.
International - David Singer - 14 comments
 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Isnít there a much, much better way to do cross-city public transport?
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 4 comments
 
They honestly believe that Nazism was good, just 'the thing with the Jews' (sic!) should have been avoided.
International - Thomas Klikauer - 17 comments
 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

All these issues have been worsened by population pressures, but we've always had increased population and life has always gotten better, so why worry?
Environment - Eric Claus - 10 comments
 
A judge in Cambodia last week convicted 69 year old Australian filmmaker James Ricketson of spying - no one should have been surprised.
International - Brendan O'Reilly - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

If you read about Rimsky-Korsakov you learn a lot about the chaotic life of 19th Century Russia.
The Arts - Don Aitkin - 17 comments
 
When John Howard departed the political scene in 2007, there began an era of instability that has all but destroyed legitimate democracy in Australia.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 7 comments
 

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Andrews government's planned $50 billion loop rail line around outer suburban Melbourne signals Victorian Labor has joined the other parties in giving up on rational urban policy.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 17 comments
 
Itís not just the finance industry - there are scandals as far as the eye can see.
Economics - Nicholas Gruen - 15 comments
 
Human exploration is characterised by conquest and rivalries. Notions of space as the
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Unlike Canada's oil sands, characterized by vast toxic tailings ponds and environmental destruction, Petroteq has pioneered a breakthrough approach to oil sands production that minimizes the environmental impact.
Environment - Charles Kennedy - 4 comments
 
If the Security Council fails to exercise its responsibility, the international community cannot just shrug and put accountability for crimes against the Rohingya in the too-hard basket.
International - Rebecca Barber - 10 comments
 
It seems like the end of the modernist dream is really a post-modern reality of bland, conforming statements.
The Arts - Jason Beale - 7 comments
 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

In his strident note, ViganÚ alleges that the Vatican was made privy to sexual misconduct allegations of the then Archbishop McCarrick sometime back in 2000.
Religion & Spirituality - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 
Marriage consists of mutual journeying towards the promise that we will be one flesh and ceases to exist when this journey ceases.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 33 comments
 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The RBA should consider alternative approaches, such as nominal GDP targeting or an approach which augments inflation targeting with a mandate to promote financial stability.
Economics - Gene Tunny - 7 comments
 
There is a fear that foreign investors will panic and an exodus of money will trigger an economic collapse in Turkey which could spread to the other four countries.
International - Keith Suter - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Australia has a major problem. UNIFEC rates Australia's Literacy standards as 39th in the world out of 41 countries.
Education - Jo Rogers - 43 comments
 
I realised that what we have now is indeed our current policy, and it means in fact higher energy prices for as far ahead as you can see; I might have said so at the time.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 20 comments
 

Monday, August 27, 2018

The damage done by backing the stalking horse of Dutton yielded a Turnbull-lite solution, when it was intended to yield Dutton, the shock jock's choice and Murdoch press punt.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 15 comments
 
Saudi Arabia and Iran are highly unlikely to put down their arms, even if it means cutting prices to uncomfortably low levels.
Economics - Irina Slav - 3 comments
 

Friday, August 24, 2018

The latest wrangle over the Prime-Ministership once again proves that democracy is failing Ė indeed, that itís a failure. It needs to be replaced with a better political system, and logicracy - the rule of reason - appears to be a better one.
Political Philosophy - Mark Manolopoulos - 32 comments
 
I became aware earlier this year that Catholic Bishop Tomlinson of Bendigo had discouraged a Catholic organisation in his diocese from inviting me as a speaker.
Religion & Spirituality - Babette Francis - 10 comments
 
The three day visit to Israel this week by President Trump's National Security Advisor - John Bolton - indicates Jordan will replace the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in concluding negotiations with Israel.
International - David Singer - 1 comment
 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

And if Dutton wins, and fails, then the failure could be such, that his own, very marginal, seat might be in jeopardy. Itís a very high stakes gamble.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 17 comments
 
Ahead of all consumers is a series of higher prices for both gas and electricity, whatever the politicians say now.
Nation Building - Don Aitkin - 8 comments
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The biggest water-wasters are those towns and cities which supply unlimited free or subsidised water to large and growing populations. Everything supplied 'free' is wasted.
Nation Building - Viv Forbes - 23 comments
 
Unlike his predecessor, the oft prickly Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who gave the hagiographers little to go on, he cut a fine figure for fandom.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Turnbull had done himself no favours. He remains weak but more to the point, has appeared to be weak.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 10 comments
 
These are some of the reasons why the coalition government is 50 per cent in revolt against Malcolm Turnbull.
Nation Building - Alan Moran - 9 comments
 

Monday, August 20, 2018

While it can sometimes be difficult to discern the principles motivating some of my fellow crossbenchers, especially when they change their position, they are never voting contrary to their own views.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 9 comments
 
They offer their people excuses to justify their dismal failures instead of focusing on building the infrastructure of a viable state and providing opportunities for economic development.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
 

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