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Monday, October 21, 2019

How do proponents of the Government's appalling Bigots' Charter justify granting special legal privileges to religious people and their beliefs?
Law & Liberties - Rodney Croome - 21 comments
 
The 2019 expectation-defying coalition victory offers optimism for a party that places the highest premium on individual and private sector initiative, basic freedoms, strong communities and a thriving parliamentary democracy.
Political Philosophy - Sean Jacobs - 8 comments
 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Despite the significant death toll attributable annually to a range of emergency events Australia’s national emergency management priorities are completely distorted by fear-based perceptions of terrorism.
Nation Building - Bill Calcutt - 8 comments
 
Only a median of 58% of people, across 37 countries according to Pew Research has a favourable view of Americans.
International - David Hale - 13 comments
 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Playing the Kurdish card by the US has been strategically useful in taking down the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003 and in combating ISIS in Syria.
International - Sasha Uzunov - 12 comments
 
Both Biden and Trump are prospective candidates for the next President of the United States. Their fitness for office should be scrutinised and put under the microscope by the mass media.
International - David Singer - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Riffkin argued that much as oil had transformed the 20th century, so hydrogen could be just as revolutionary in the 21st.
Nation Building - Keith Suter - 15 comments
 
John Stuart Mill would turn in his grave if he was aware of Liberal policies on trade unions, charities, ........
Domestic Politics - Tristan Ewins - 30 comments
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Grid managers warn power transmission and distribution infrastructure increasingly can't cope. Anybody watching PocketNEM knows how frantically they are paddling.
Nation Building - Geoff Carmody - 11 comments
 
The Pakatan government is starting to be perceived as betraying those who voted for them as indicated by a series of by-election losses year.
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment
 

Monday, October 14, 2019

The solution has been with us for millennia and the technology to deliver it has been used and applied for nearly 50 years around the world.
Environment - Charles Essery - 12 comments
 
In announcing a Brexit war cabinet, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was really declaring war on Britain, with the EU enemy more spectral than ever.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment
 
This time Republicans finally raised their voices and condemned the precipitous withdrawal from Syria. They understood how dire the regional consequences will be.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 25 comments
 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Many young Australians denied enlistment because of age, and excited by the prospect of defending the British Empire, made their own way across and sought enlistment in an irregular unit.
International - Peter Curson - 9 comments
 
In time, the United States replaced European powers as the Kurds' serial betrayers, and seemed to relish leading projects of autonomy down the garden path.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 35 comments
 
Joe Biden, Adam Schiff, Hillary Clinton and the mass media seem set to be steamrolled by Attorney General Bill Barr using a treaty none of them is prepared to even acknowledge exists.
International - David Singer - 14 comments
 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Australia’s geographical location and size add a further dimension ensuring that the country experiences a widely variable climate.
Health - Peter Curson - 12 comments
 
The result of that is that they think that unemployment in the US is bottoming out now at 3.7% and it will be 3.7% next year.
Economics - Michael Knox - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The game is now a troubling spectacle of physical danger and technological capture.
Sport - David Rowe - 4 comments
 
Investors who want to do something about climate change should stop making up lists of companies they do not want in their portfolios based on involvement in fossil fuel production or use.
Science & Technology - Leonard Hyman and William Tilles - 9 comments
 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Australia's petrol quality is the worst in the OECD. While other countries are improving their fuel quality, the Australian Government recently reviewed the standards and is not making any meaningful changes.
Environment - David Swanton - 5 comments
 
The left block ends up with a total of 54 seats, which explains why Israel's President Rivlin decided to give Netanyahu the first chance to establish a government.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
 

Monday, October 7, 2019

If the internet makes the spreading of lies easy, when it is combined with a celebrity culture where getting attention is highly valued.
International - Brendon O'Connor - 10 comments
 
During the celebrations, China's current President Xi Jinping was giving little hint that dogmatism has been put bed.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Monte Punshon, a kind-hearted woman, was born in 1882 in Ballarat, one of the prosperous mining cities from the Gold Rush days in the state of Victoria.
International - Warren Reed - 4 comments
 
'Blood on the Stone' clearly and deliberately resonates with the current techniques of 'political chicanery', such as 'fake' news, bombastic oratory, 'truthiness', foreign interference, blatant hypocrisy and so on.
The Arts - Ken Macnab - 8 comments
 
The mass media's incessant baying for Trump's blood since his election victory in 2016 helps explain why the latest Gallup pollshows 59% of Americans remain largely mistrustful of the mass media.
International - David Singer - 14 comments
 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Could a rule book of building codes, access, regulatory and other permissions foster planned urban creativity in the same way as the accidental outcomes?
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 2 comments
 
Understanding the Marxist thinking of Chinese communist leadership allows us to understand why China is an essentially commodities orientated country.
Economics - Michael Knox - 1 comment
 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Greta Thunberg effect is, like most large-scale movements, partly a result of the right person and the right cause converging at the right time.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 14 comments
 
These confined animal feeding operations release massive amounts of greenhouse gasses, surpassing even the entire global transportation industry.
Environment - Alon Ben-Meir - 54 comments
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The present long-running drought that has brought Sydney water catchment levels below 50% should raise concerns about the wisdom of being relaxed about a Sydney of 2-3 million more people.
Nation Building - Kevin McCracken - 7 comments
 
Even the campaign to reduce the deaths by pollution is going to be much broader than government and industry shifting to cleaner energy and flight shaming.
Political Philosophy - David Hale - 3 comments
 
The Obama administration made a habit of resorting to the 1917 Espionage Act against those daring to blow the whistle, standing at eight prosecutions.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 

Monday, September 30, 2019

If the book is sober and responsible, and if Emerald's letter is correct, that poses a question: Does Britain have free speech?
Law & Liberties - James Flynn - 4 comments
 
He promised to step down after two years, but will he?
International - Murray Hunter - 2 comments
 
Time and time again, the Taliban has demonstrated that they cannot be extricated from the land that has over the ages claimed so many empires.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 

Friday, September 27, 2019

As activists, environmentalists rarely offered solutions. Rather, they promoted paralysing and non-democratic concepts.
Environment - Pedro Toranzo - 16 comments
 
Comey's claim that there was no political bias in his decision making has been challenged by Horowitz's two reports.
International - David Singer - 5 comments
 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Although ABC Fact Check claims to be neutral and objective, it is revealing what they have chosen not to fact check in the debate over abortion law reform.
Law & Liberties - Joanna Howe and Suzanne Le Mire - 12 comments
 
Religions are not basically all the same contrary to the popular idea that they are. There are some big differences.
Religion & Spirituality - David Hale - 18 comments
 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Democracy breaks down when there is no public trust. It breaks down, too, when accepted parliamentary procedure - accepted by convention, if not by written code - is second-guessed by the courts.
International - Mal Fletcher - 4 comments
 
Furthermore, Australia is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which protects not only the expression of favourable information or ideas but also unpopular ideas.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 7 comments
 
From the rebel's perspective, the Attorney General, ultra right-wing members of Congress, former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez and current president Iván Duque Márquez are to blame for the failure of the peace agreement.
International - Rodrigo Acuña - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

In addition to Victoria, most Australian states and territories are reviewing their vilification laws, in the belief current protections are inadequate and require ‘modernising.’
Law & Liberties - Monica Wilkie - 17 comments
 
In 1909, Haldane recommended that a Secret Service Bureau be established, divided into two sections, Home and Foreign.
The Arts - Warren Reed - 4 comments
 
Looming across the country were the predations of Ben Ali's kleptomanic family of 140 persons, known colloquially as 'The Family'.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Since the beginning of recorded history young children have always outnumbered old people. Now we face a very different world where old people are striking back.
Health - Peter Curson - 9 comments
 
Youth unemployment in Malaysia was an electoral advantage to Pakatan in opposition, but is now its Achilles heel in government.
International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments
 

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