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April 9, 2020
Must we pit the health of the economy against the lives of the many people projected to die if strong measures are not taken against the spread of the coronavirus?
Health - Robert Reed - 2 comments
 
It is still early days of the pandemic in Australia and comprehensive post-outbreak reviews are many months (perhaps years) away, but important early lessons for future pandemic planning are clearly apparent.
Health - Kevin McCracken - 8 comments
 
As the numbers of sick and dying continue to climb worldwide, the Australian people are being asked what sacrifices we are willing to make to protect our most vulnerable.
Health - Cristina Pelkas - 5 comments
 
The cities and countries that imposed 'early' lockdowns are experiencing fewer cases of COVID-19 patients
Health - Bahauddin Foizee - 6 comments
 
There have been times in history when finding out the truth – or at least what was generally accepted as the truth – was fairly unambiguous and straightforward.
Education - John Wright - 2 comments
 




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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Many social norms, widespread poverty, institutional practices and inequality prevent access to quality education - especially for girls.
International - Patricia Jenkings - 9 comments
 
Overall, economic theory broadly labels industry subsides as a distortion. So why do Australian governments persist with these policies?
Economics - Brendan O'Reilly - 11 comments
 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

In NSW, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has been in charge of this unstoppable monster for the last 12 years, while sustainable land management has been not only neglected, but prevented.
Environment - Vic Jurskis - 12 comments
 
Looking more generally, it seems that the state governments’ powers in relation to coronavirus management are growing by the day.
Health - Sonia Bowditch - 7 comments
 
This state of affairs is highly unsatisfactory, but it is one made worse by the governance of tertiary institutions that remains, at heart, anti-democratic and oligarchical.
Education - Binoy Kampmark - 22 comments
 

Monday, April 6, 2020

One of the ironies about the drastic downturn in air traffic is that air cargo flights are largely unaffected.
Economics - Murray Hunter - 15 comments
 
Becker argues that it is the fear of death that, more than anything else, drives human behaviour.
Political Philosophy - Peter McMahon - 9 comments
 

Friday, April 3, 2020

As far as I know the only places that may have got their initial outbreaks under temporary control are those that did move infected people to quarantine accommodation.
Health - Arthur Dent - 30 comments
 
COVID-19 is unprecedented, in a short space of time completely rearranging the focus of government, rupturing national economies, hindering world trade and mercilessly destroying businesses.
Economics - Murray Hunter - 14 comments
 
The ‘nation-state’ is ..... a ‘major impediment to the democratic potential of any country’
Society - Ken Macnab - 41 comments
 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Questions arise about whether the fiscal response is too expansive, is the right form, and whether generous cash handouts should have been included.
Economics - Tony Makin - 8 comments
 
It is impossible for the Church to maintain its position on sexual acts now that the sexual activities of priests towards minors and the concentration of same sex attracted men at the highest offices of the Vatican has been revealed.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 23 comments
 
The study of earth's climate is as big as it gets in terms of system science so making sense of climate change is mainly the work of specialists who feed enormous amounts of data into computer models.
Environment - Melvin Bolton - 22 comments
 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A kindergarten teacher friend told me at the time that if you don't keep the kids busy they will quickly degenerate into fighting.
Health - Stuart Ballantyne - 9 comments
 
As draconian lockdowns, punitive regimes and surveillance become the norm of the coronavirus world, Sweden has treaded more softly in the field.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 15 comments
 
The church can help people impacted by the pandemic, not with prayers, but jobs.
Economics - David Hale - 7 comments
 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hush ups are still the order of the day, but this time it's China in the dock and it's our doctors and medical professionals gallantly chasing the truth.
Health - Ross Elliott - 31 comments
 
'Release prisoners or see deaths,' tweeted sombre legal advocate Greg Barnes. 'If it happens it will be industrial manslaughter.'
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 9 comments
 
I really appreciate the lengths my Government is going to in outlaying billions of dollars to try and save members of my vulnerable 70 years and upwards age group.
Health - David Singer - 16 comments
 

Monday, March 30, 2020

The emphasis on consumers rather than production to boost economic activity is especially important with regard to the coronavirus disaster as less vital sectors decline and lose many employees.
Health - Chris Lewis - 13 comments
 
An extensive field of opportunists is already running in this race to gain profit .....
Economics - Charles Essery - 13 comments
 
As the Coronavirus shuts down churches and keeps us indoors for the indefinite future, we may be wondering what to do as Christians living amid plague.
Health - Greg Bondar - 8 comments
 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Seventy nations have signed up, for net zero emissions 2050. Before COVID-19 became the only topic, Australia buzzed with it. But what does it mean?
Environment - Stephen Saunders - 27 comments
 
This is a story about the behaviour of the 'quiet majority' who of late, have adopted the malignant and selfish values of corporate Australia.
Health - Malcolm King - 17 comments
 
God does not appear to be looking after the welfare of those people who have chosen to support him.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Bowden - 45 comments
 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Sydney is crowded and congested, but our political leaders have us headed in the direction of Wuhan. Imagine a city 17 times as crowded and congested as Sydney and you've got the starting place for a pandemic.
Health - Eric Claus - 10 comments
 
Nuclear power facilities have this one problem that is unique to the nuclear industry, and that is, the need for exceptional security.
Environment - Noel Wauchope - 39 comments
 
One would expect that the leader of one of Australia's major political parties, the Liberal Party, would have thanked them politely for their advice, and then proceeded to do exactly as his party wanted.
Domestic Politics - Mark Buckley - 18 comments
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Australians celebrate larrikins like Ned Kelly and Ben Hall, celebrated bushrangers who spent their lives fighting police. Australians deliberately flout authority, and parents often challenge schools and belittle teachers.
Health - Peter West - 15 comments
 
Today, approximately 20 percent of Patani Muslims are Salafi leaning.
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment
 
Instead of binding the nations, the virus, as with everything else, has served as a political obstacle.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 9 comments
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Can you trust the Bible to provide accurate information on life after death?
Religion & Spirituality - Spencer Gear - 30 comments
 
If you have no demonstrable vaccination/health history or come from a country which poorly regulates its sanitation/cultural practices, then you must lose that freedom of movement.
Health - Charles Essery - 20 comments
 
In VFL/AFL football there is a time honoured tradition of the crowd being vocal during matches.
Sport - Mark Buckley - 10 comments
 

Monday, March 23, 2020

It remains surprising how small a part our knowledge of past epidemic crises plays in our historical memory and the way we look at risk and vulnerability today.
Health - Peter Curson - 22 comments
 
Millennials love ride-sharing, but they don't appreciate the CO2 footprint that comes with it.
Environment - James Stafford - 5 comments
 

Friday, March 20, 2020

Herd immunity, as a policy, would involve easing off risk and preventive measures
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 21 comments
 
It is said where are two Jews, there are three opinions. And in the state of Israel, there is yet another version: where there are five Jews, there are nine political parties.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 7 comments
 
As the country becomes less religious, the Parliament becomes more so. Why is this?
Political Philosophy - Mark Buckley - 47 comments
 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

If a majority of people agree with a position, does that make it right? An Appeal to Popularity is a logical fallacy that is difficult to notice because it sounds like common sense.
Law & Liberties - Spencer Gear - 49 comments
 
The growing disenchantment with our political leaders, political parties and system of representative democracy merits reflection.
Political Philosophy - Rodney Crisp - 21 comments
 
The quantities of gases that CCS would need to handle are enormous and capital and operating costs will be horrendous.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 36 comments
 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Self-isolation is already having its effects, with those doing so suffering, as a study in The Lancet concludes, post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 9 comments
 
This is the unravelling of large sections of global capitalism, starting with supply chains and which ultimately, will end with the banks.
Economics - Malcolm King - 20 comments
 
At the heart of the consequently weakened fire management capability, is a lack of practical experience of fire amongst the most vocal and influential conservation academics and eco-activists.
Environment - Mark Poynter - 10 comments
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Sometimes, in the face of great challenges, we lose our individual and collective capacity for perspective.
Health - Mal Fletcher - 22 comments
 
Last Wednesday marked the ninth anniversary of the meltdowns, fires and explosions that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011.
Environment - Jim Green - 11 comments
 

Monday, March 16, 2020

In the COVID-19 crisis, like most crises, leaders are charged with solving the immediate problem and keeping it from happening again.
Health - Jonathan J. Ariel - 37 comments
 
It's a good start for building awareness about the importance of protecting the nation's environment
Environment - Bitra Suyatno - 4 comments
 

Friday, March 13, 2020

In Japan, toilets for customers are replete with threatening language promising to punish the paper pinchers.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 36 comments
 
It also illustrates the point that our system elevates the leaders of political parties to positions that are sometimes beyond their capabilities.
Domestic Politics - Mark Buckley - 12 comments
 
The wellsprings of the defeat of Malaysia's reform coalition led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad were laid in the 20 months the alliance was in power.
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment
 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

When we look at the crisis in China, we should understand that even though China is a huge manufacturing economy, it is tiny as far as world financial markets are concerned.
Economics - Michael Knox - 7 comments
 
It was also clear that people felt that palliative care services were not adequate and were not an alternate to Voluntary Assisted Dying as many people will choose both.
Law & Liberties - Everald Compton - 19 comments
 
The NPT, after five decades, has certainly proved to be stubbornly durable ahead of the 2020 Review Conference.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

i made several trips to Wuhan, spending many weeks there. The purpose was to implement an Australian aid funded environmental clean-up program.
Health - Peter Bowden - 37 comments
 
On March 8 each year, Pakistani women march, sing protest songs and wave posters that demand democratic reforms.
International - Kausar Khan - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Animal experimentation is an issue that few people like to discuss. Many people are not even aware that it still occurs in Australia, yet we use millions of animals every year.
Law & Liberties - Helen Marston - 9 comments
 
In the days since the Islamic Revolution, now over four decades ago, most American support for Iranians desiring freedom has come from Republicans.
International - Slater Bakhtavar - 12 comments
 

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