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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 - 4 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 - 11 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 - 17 comments

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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 - 8 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 - 12 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 - 40 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 - 38 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

Monday, March 9, 2020

Reviled strongmen of one era are often the celebrated ones of others. Citizens otherwise tormented find that replacements are poor, in some cases even crueller, than the original artefact.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment
Do not cull your books: you will regret it
The Arts - Mark Buckley - 6 comments

Friday, March 6, 2020

Nuclear energy remains an inconvenient truth for the Australian Labor Party, but such a policy position is becoming increasingly untenable, particularly as the party pushes for a net-zero emissions target.
Environment - Tristan Prasser - 27 comments
Few of us realise how advanced the technology has progressed behind closed doors of private research facilities in the West.
Law & Liberties - Charles Essery - 23 comments
Readers who are regular viewers of ABC TV news will not need to be reminded that recently the national broadcaster began skiting about how much smarter it is than all us plebs and plodders.
International - Laurence Maher - 36 comments

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Leaving aside the political bickerings of bias, a review should consider whether taxpayers are funding roles that are already adequately provided in the private sector whether commercially or mutually.
Media - Terry Ryan - 21 comments
If the issues that address human rights are labeled 'socialist', then I must proclaim that I am a socialist to the core, and I invite anyone to challenge the premise of my conviction.
Political Philosophy - Alon Ben-Meir - 10 comments
His warnings were valid enough: epidemics might spread, but social media would fan the contagion.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 20 comments

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Scott Morrison is a member of the Australian Pentecostal Church. Last week I visited a church which falls under the umbrella of Morrison's church.
Domestic Politics - Mark Buckley - 55 comments
You know that the oil markets have truly gone to the dogs when they are suddenly riskier than one of the world's most volatile commodities: bitcoin.
Economics - Alex Kimani - 1 comment
A combination of threats, from pandemic to cultural malaise to war to environmental disaster, are combining to erode the technologies, systems and arrangements necessary to maintain a global civilisation.
Political Philosophy - Peter McMahon - 19 comments

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

It also broke apart Muhyiddin’s own party and could well see the end of the outsize career of the departing prime minister, the 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, after 55 years on the national and international scene.
International - Murray Hunter - 2 comments
It was arguably the most secret intelligence mission of its day. And it was not the first or last such mission to go publicly unrecorded.
Nation Building - Warren Reed - 19 comments


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