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December 19, 2018
If there is a good reason to be suspicious of a second referendum, former Prime Minister Tony Blair's endorsement of it would be one.
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It is not unknown for fractious individuals on campus to exploit the opaque nature of the rules and to institute vexatious proceedings against those with whom they disagree.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The description of this mind-independent reality is what we sometimes call truth. Thus we can know truth and speak the truth.
Political Philosophy - James Page - 10 comments
The concern over Bill Shorten is a near-universal opinion throughout the country. It explains the reason behind the anomaly of Labor being the preferred political party yet Morrison the preferred Prime Minister.
Domestic Politics - Peter Bowden - 14 comments

Monday, December 17, 2018

Trump, in turn, served a useful purpose: he could slay sacred cows, mock members of the establishment and foul the temples.
Political Philosophy - Binoy Kampmark
My problem with the poem is that it is an example of stoicism, the idea that the adept will be immune to suffering and that virtue is sufficient for happiness.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 5 comments

Friday, December 14, 2018

'In a democratic society, there cannot be a dictator who is the subject of homages, or whose tomb is a site of fascist pilgrimage, or who has a monument in his honour.'
International - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
The plight of three Central American countries tells the story behind the influx of immigrants flocking to the USA from these and other countries.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 23 comments

Thursday, December 13, 2018

If government spending was halved, this would allow taxes to be almost halved as well, leaving a modest surplus to pay down the Government’s appalling debt.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 7 comments
106 UN members had weaponized Hamas, abandoned the civilian population of a fellow member state and set a procedural precedent that the Islamic bloc will exploit again.
International - David Singer - 36 comments

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Declaration empowers not just human rights advocates like myself, but all of us and we need to stand up for our rights and the rights of all peoples, both at home and abroad.
Law & Liberties - Patricia Jenkings - 13 comments
For Erdogan, as he himself stated, 'Democracy is like a train; once you reach your destination you get off.'
International - Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 2 comments

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Culture around human rights is not automatically acquired at the birth or through DNA. Human rights standards need to be learned.
Law & Liberties - Sev Ozdowski - 5 comments
To not speak is tantamount to the gravest of sins in the epoch of emoting, where the decibel range of outrage is taken as a measure of an activist's worth.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Prime Minister has been able to count on supporters who see privacy as dispensable and security needs as unimpeachable.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
The Yemen conflict appears to be a power conflict between two would-be presidents who wanted power; with overtones of a Shia – Sunni religious conflict.
International - Peter Bowden - 2 comments

Friday, December 7, 2018

Although we currently spend $178 billion per year (reported to rise to 191 billion by 2020-21) on social security and welfare payments and services, there is no consensus regarding the aims.
Society - Philip Mendes - 6 comments
The figures released by the Federal Government show an economy increasingly reliant on jobs growth in two major cities, but not in the city centres of those cities.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 28 comments

Thursday, December 6, 2018

This means, for example, that a Jewish school can turn away a teacher if they are Christian, but not just because they are gay, transgender, Aboriginal or in a wheelchair.
Law & Liberties - Robin Banks, Anja Hilkemeijer and Rodney Croome - 97 comments
On the other hand parts of the self-identifying left these days have in many instances distanced themselves from class politics instead embracing identity politics and liberalism.
Political Philosophy - Tristan Ewins - 51 comments
The lack of any peace agreement with the PLO has caused negotiations to be conducted in an atmosphere of confrontation and mutual distrust.
International - David Singer - 6 comments

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How should a ‘population’ policy relate to our major urban and regional centres? Where is the public consultation?
Nation Building - Max Rawnsley - 32 comments
To cut and push up prices or not to cut and preserve market share, this is the question that Saudi Arabia is facing.
Economics - Irina Slav - 3 comments

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Eastman's bail was revoked after frequent clashes with the judge, who accused him of disrupting proceedings.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 3 comments
We have the power to choose a future where international anarchy, chronic war and institutionalized injustice will be replaced by democraticand humane global governance.
International - John Avery - 45 comments

Monday, December 3, 2018

Institutions actually have no interest in teaching as such, but merely in happy customers
Education - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
When the United States, France, the U.K. and a number of other governments sent forces into Libya, the people were to have security and democracy. Seven years later, all that they have had is chaos, death and destruction.
International - Felix Imonti - 10 comments
Insights from the philosophy of physics can clarify the theist position and avoid misunderstandings.
Religion & Spirituality - George Virsik - 46 comments

Friday, November 30, 2018

Apparently intended as a social men's group for Trump supporters, Proud Boys has since spread internationally.
International - Jason Beale - 26 comments
One of Australia's foremost constitutional authorities, Anne Twomey, suggests that Dutton might have an out.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
Fifty years ago nobody could have predicted that Australia, along with comparable nations, would have adopted the elaborate ideological Western belief system that is contemporary multiculturalism.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 24 comments

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The former British Prime Minister David Cameron has also previously argued that 'suggestions of an EU army are fanciful: national security is a national competence'.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
Tragedy, not triumph is the most profound descriptor of the human condition.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 16 comments

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

For more than half its life, since Fraser seized power, the Liberal Party has been dying.
Political Philosophy - Everald Compton - 35 comments
First, there is a need for a new narrative. From 1901 to the late 1970s, the prevailing view was that government should have a dominant role in the economy.
Economics - Keith Suter - 6 comments
Indonesia and Malaysia – two Islamic states – flex their muscles on Islamic claims to Jerusalem - yet pathetically fail to financially support their Islamic brethren.
International - David Singer - 22 comments

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

With the corporatisation, privatisation of so many services previously the domain of the state a substantial change has taken place.
Economics - Glen Davis - 6 comments
Seen against the background of these data it is no wonder that Assam has been suffering so many communal and linguistic conflicts.
International - Saral Sarkar - 5 comments

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Greens' Discrimination Free Schools Bill constrains religious freedom by removing exemptions that extend well beyond religious schools.
Law & Liberties - Glenn Ward - 50 comments
Macron is now being accused of being icily out of touch, a self-conscious creature of arrogance who insists on the dignity of his office.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
For the last 14 years car travel in Melbourne grew slower than both population and public transport travel, but it's still increasing in absolute terms.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 9 comments

Friday, November 23, 2018

The struggle for the legalisation of assisted suicide across the nation will be long and hard.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 26 comments
Murdering journalists might be 'bad', but worse is to hold a cashed-up medieval theocracy to account for it.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 27 comments
After declining by more than 20 percent from the October peak, oil prices are showing some signs that they have now bottomed out.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 7 comments

Thursday, November 22, 2018

At some level there is an emotional resonance that we feel that makes us think that a certain person can provide the answers we want.
Society - Darren Fleming - 11 comments
Australia’s education system is rooted in a previous industrial age. It's time for a national information audit.
Education - Fiona Mueller and Deidre Clary - 3 comments
The use of military vocabulary - 'invasion', 'divisions', 'insurgency', 'offensive' and 'human shields' - to describe such migrants is, of course, calculated.
International - Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini - 24 comments

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The odds are that Labor will win the Victorian election, but there is a narrow gate through which the Liberal Nationals could pass to government.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 11 comments
Therefore, stone the flamin' crows, cobbers; be proud of your natural, traditional accent and intonation. Stick with it.
Society - Ian Nance - 13 comments

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Because we live and work in largely randomized locations across cities, a focus on urban productivity needs to acknowledge this reality and try to create transport systems that cater for the majority of commuters
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 8 comments
Partisanship became the norm, and the party's abdication of its oversight role over the executive branch has allowed Trump to pursue policies that defy logic and reality.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments


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