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April 27, 2018
These pseudo-taxes are almost always on the rise like real taxes (as per the diagram below), and also like the latter include all of the predictable inefficiencies associated with government.
Economics - Darren Nelson - 5 comments
 
R2P was and is a step in the right direction, as it openly challenges the previously sacred notion of 'national sovereignty'.
Law & Liberties - Barry York - 2 comments
 
It's the modern gold rush. Around the world, the most sought-after mineral isn't a precious metal, nor is it oil and gas…it's lithium.
Economics - James Stafford - 3 comments
 




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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Despite his exit from the front bench, Powell haunted conservative immigration policy sufficiently to influence Heath when in government to pass the 1971 Immigration Act.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 
Underemployment and unemployment are being affected by growing use of artificial intelligence in the workplace.
Economics - Tania de Jong - 11 comments
 
No one is denying that gender dysphoria is real and students who identify on any spectrum must be treated with respect and yes, love!
Education - Wendy Francis - 18 comments
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The banks and the media outlets who carry their advertising can no longer fool us into believing that their interests are identical with our own.
Economics - John Murray - 4 comments
 
Lab workers addict monkeys to drugs, drill holes into their skulls, burn off the skin of sheep and pigs, crush rats' spinal cords...and give rats seizures.
Law & Liberties - Emma Hurst - 4 comments
 
The problem with any discussion on nuclear power is that it is fraught with misinformation promoted by hysterical nuclearphobes.
Environment - David Leyonhjelm - 42 comments
 
It is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler - recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade.
The Arts - Chris Golis - 7 comments
 

Monday, April 23, 2018

A distracted president has the potential to leave power vacuums which will be filled by others. This is not in Australia's interest.
International - Daniel Steedman - 8 comments
 
Governments have a long history of spending billions to knowingly build ‘roads to nowhere’ when they could have built efficient infrastructure instead.
Nation Building - Vladimir Vinokurov - 3 comments
 
Egypt's popular President Sisi offers the best chance to improve both the country's dismal socio-economic situation and its human rights record.
International - Alon Ben-Meir
 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Nobel Laureate for Literature (1990), the Mexican poet, essayist and diplomat Octavio Paz died 20 years ago. A visionary and surrealist, his words and ideas created a unity of politics, culture and history.
The Arts - Rajgopal Nidamboor
 
Three years after opening its $100 million abattoir (employing about 200 people), AACo has launched a review into the underperforming asset.
Economics - Brendan O'Reilly - 12 comments
 
While Barclays believes the risk of a disruption of Iranian supply is overblown, Goldman Sachs has a more nuanced take.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 1 comment
 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

What lasting legacy has King and his civil rights movement bequeathed?
Law & Liberties - Noel Preston - 5 comments
 
Clearly, only the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) can represent its entire citizenry in international organizations and assume responsibility for their health.
International - Bruce Hung - 2 comments
 
This semantic sleight of hand could never change the historic and demographic reality that Jordan formed part of the territory comprised in the 1922 Mandate for Palestine.
International - David Singer - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The tax penalty for buying a new car is a key reason why Australia has an old car fleet, with the average age of cars in Australia around 10 years.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 23 comments
 
The Plan your Brisbane game launched recently by the Brisbane City Council shows us that for every planning decision we make there are trade-offs.
Nation Building - Natalie Rayment - 4 comments
 
To reinforce its political agenda, Hamas' charter openly calls for Israel's destruction, knowing full well that such a goal is nothing but a pipedream that plays into the hands of Netanyahu's right-wing government.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Victorian batteries can power 39,200 homes for one hour. Ignoring industry, for homes this is a drop in the power demand bucket.
Nation Building - Geoff Carmody - 17 comments
 
While pressuring corporations to pull their sponsorship to censor controversial views may not be an attack on free speech, it creates a culture that's hostile to it.
Law & Liberties - Justin Campbell - 18 comments
 
What Moscow really needs now is an internationally-endorsed political settlement that preserves and rebuilds the Syrian state apparatus.
International - Gary Gambill - 6 comments
 

Monday, April 16, 2018

This reminded me of a phrase I’ve heard bandied around in NDIS circles, and that’s working towards ‘a life more ordinary’.
Society - Bill Gamack - 5 comments
 
The idea of big landmass, small population Australia (26 million), being welcomed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (600 million plus) is still being pushed, though up a gradient that needs crampons.
International - Duncan Graham - 4 comments
 
Greens gaze in rapture at the trees but ignore the valuable grasses beneath their feet – native plants like Mitchell Grass and Kangaroo Grass and cultivated grasses like wheat, barley, oats, sorghum and sugar cane.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 10 comments
 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Across the spectrum, from the banal views of everyday citizenry, to information hungry political groups keen to mobilise through the forum, Facebook has been, in various ways, tolerated, even celebrated.
Media - Binoy Kampmark - 20 comments
 
The ban on property developer donations is a huge breach in democratic and legal principles.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 7 comments
 
All of this – and more – prompted Israel’s Labor Party to sever its historic relations with Corbyn’s Labour Party in early April.
International - Russell Grenning - 5 comments
 
This predicament of what is behind ball-tampering runs through us and it springs from the heart.
Religion & Spirituality - Spencer Gear - 24 comments
 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Company tax cuts may benefit shareholders and executives rather than other employees, and Australia has sufficient incentives to attract foreign investment already.
Economics - Mike Pope - 10 comments
 
Hungary has slashed illegal immigration by more than 99 per cent
Political Philosophy - Russell Grenning - 7 comments
 
Outside of Israel’s immediate conflict zones in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon, even Islamists don’t focus much attention on the Jewish state.
International - Gary Gambill - 10 comments
 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It is about religious belief, honesty, integrity, the corruption of sport by commerce, the corruption of commerce by personal interest, and the duty of individuals to stay true to their own moral code, even against overwhelming pressure.
Law & Liberties - Graham Young - 31 comments
 
..... we continually fail to appreciate the links between the animal world and our health
Health - Peter Curson - 5 comments
 
He is seen as business friendly but with a trade union pedigree, strongly anti-corruption but embedded in a corrupt political party, and a CEO president and champion of State Owned Enterprises.
International - Benjamin Hale - 4 comments
 
He views Kosovo as easy prey and a means by which to promote his wicked plans, and uses its submissive President Hashim Thaci to do his bidding.
International - Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

One religious story that we can all still learn from is the Parable of the Good Samaritan, which describes a conversation about what it means to live fully and how we should treat others.
Religion & Spirituality - Scott MacInnes - 3 comments
 
To hear officials in Moscow talk about the war in Syria, you'd think it was a coming out party for Russia's armed services and military-industrial complex.
International - Gary Gambill - 10 comments
 
It is inevitable that when we discuss issues of great consequence someone will be offended. In recent years we learned that there is no limit to what some will take offence to.
Law & Liberties - Justin Campbell - 11 comments
 
If anything I would say to King Abdullah of Jordan – 'Be prepared to reassert Jordanian sovereignty over part of the West Bank – negotiate with Israel'.
International - David Singer - 2 comments
 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Her hands dripped with the blood of South Africa's people, went a reflective Xoliswa Falati, who formerly knew her and claimed to have gone to prison for her.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 
Employable Me, the ABC's current three-part documentary following people with disability as they look for work is well worth watching.
Media - Bill Gamack - 3 comments
 
Yet another uncertainty is what Saudi Arabia wants to do with 200 GW of power when its total electricity capacity only amounted to 77 GW in 2016.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 10 comments
 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Jon Faine's recent ABC radio interview with disability activist Carly Findlay in itself revealed how people with disability are treated differently in daily life and everyday conversations. Here's how to do it better.
Media - Bill Gamack - 4 comments
 
The way we understand intelligence is changing, and this is reflected in how we work, what employers look for in future employees, and how best to enable the skills required by the future workforce.
Society - Gianni Zappala - 6 comments
 
Turkey's President Erdogan envisages a return of the Ottoman Empire, as a Turkish newspaper flags the idea of a 57 nation "Army of Islam" aimed at Israel.
International - Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 6 comments
 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The recent bioterrorist event in the UK casts an ominous shadow over the world.
Science & Technology - Peter Curson - 11 comments
 
A military-industrial complex involves a circular flow of money. The money flows like the electrical current in a dynamo, driving a diabolical machine.
International - John Avery - 3 comments
 
Ongoing declines in Venezuela and concerns about heightened tension between the US and Iran have significantly raised the risk premium for oil.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 1 comment
 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Has Australia dropped the ball? As a country, we're less competitive and fewer of us are participating. Sport used to be about building character and mental toughness through competition and yes, failing. Like life.
Sport - Glen Anderson - 4 comments
 
It's incumbent upon die-hard fans of up to 100% renewables to respond publicly to the multiplied generation and storage capacity arithmetic outlined here.
Nation Building - Geoff Carmody - 40 comments
 
Don't be so ridiculous as to expect Australian secular people to support the original meaning of Easter. We are into chocolate and not that religious stuff!
Religion & Spirituality - Spencer Gear - 29 comments
 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The honourable thing to do was for Daniel Andrews to stand-down one of his MPs for the vote to balance the missing vote from Carling-Jenkins who says she requested a ‘pair’.
Domestic Politics - Nigel Catchlove - 2 comments
 
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, the Australian cricket players who have been found guilty of ball tampering, have now been handed hefty bans.
Sport - Andrew McGee, James Duffy and Andrew Garwood-Gowers - 2 comments
 
What has dramatically changed the dynamic of the conflict is the convergence of four major developments which made it possible for Kim to invite Trump to negotiate an end to the conflict.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The truth is that the instrument of anxiety-creation is NAPLAN
Education - Phil Cullen - 15 comments
 
China’s important agricultural and rural sectors are a focus for reform as the 19th Congress sets out a strategy to stem the flow of population to the mega-cities and to ensure prosperity for rural residents.
International - Zegang Ren - 10 comments
 
In a country where corruption is rampant and deeply engrained in the way matters are solved, the opposition is calling for the full disclosure of the oil production license concluded with ExxonMobil.
International - Victor Katona - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Banking Royal Commission seems to be revealing a situation that looks like systemic risk, but because its terms of reference don't include systemic risk, this serious issue cannot be confronted.
Economics - John Murray - 8 comments
 
Can’t we please stick to exporting vegemite, wool and yes – coal?
Domestic Politics - Babette Francis - 9 comments
 
Trump's 'ultimate deal' could see Israel negotiating with an Arab delegation to replace the PLO - comprising White House attendees Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrein, UAE, and Oman
International - David Singer - 5 comments
 

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