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October 15, 2021
Nothing better illustrates this than the reality that just over 200,000 people out of an adult population of six million has received one vaccination - with probably no more than 50,000 fully vaccinated.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 3 comments
 
The reason today on why we should support independents is that the major parties, left and right, have lost contact with, and commitment to, the needs and beliefs of ordinary citizens.
Political Philosophy - Peter Bowden - 12 comments
 




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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Pacific Island governments are also critical of the ASEAN scheme as they see the scheme taking potential jobs of the existing Pacific Islands labour pool.
International - Murray Hunter - 3 comments
 
ECRI's choice of the phrase 'Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories' is itself a manifestation of antisemitism, denying Jews have the right to reconstitute their national homeland in any part of Judea and Samaria.
International - David Singer - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Poorly informed critics are afraid of CCP retaliation against Australia's decision to participate in AUKUS.
International - Chin Jin - 8 comments
 
If modern existential death has a face, that face is clearly outlined in the TV series White Lotus.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 13 comments
 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

As ordinary unionists and other workers (plus a few nutcases) decided enough was enough, the pressure of Covid finally revealed a startling crack in the Labor/union establishment.
Health - David Southwell - 5 comments
 
Put simply, the xenophobic claim that refugees resettled in New Zealand will use that country as a 'backdoor' to resettle in Australia is entirely unfounded.
International - Toby O'Brien - 10 comments
 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Today the US economy still remains important despite its gross domestic product (GDP) declining from 40 percent of world output in 1960 to 24 per cent by 2019.
International - Chris Lewis - 4 comments
 
Plastic can be put to so many helpful and efficient ways. Waste plastic should be burnt by municipalities.
Environment - Ken Calvert - 14 comments
 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Melbourne's very busy riot police, looking like a cut-price troop of Star Wars baddies, materialised to eventually quieten things down but not before the offices were damaged.
Health - David Southwell - 5 comments
 
Last weekend dozens of Papua New Guineans lay in at least four of the nation's major hospitals desperately in need of oxygen to prevent them from dying from the Covid pandemic.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 2 comments
 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

All the Covid hysteria around most of the democratic world, and especially in Britain, New York state, Canada and here in Australia, is driven by two main things.
Health - James Allan - 19 comments
 
Dershowitz and Trump have a point in pointing out a symptom of the US body politic that has become cripplingly apparent: business and the interests of capitalism have come to control speech, its circulation, its distribution.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Tony McLellan’s fascinating and inspirational story is as exceptional as the man himself. From the Australian bush to some of the great and palatial places in the world, and from sorrow to faith, this is a story not to miss.
Religion & Spirituality - Greg Bondar - 4 comments
 
EU funding will instead go to organisations that 'have a proven track record of promoting educational initiatives in school settings for children designed to foster tolerance'.
International - David Singer - 17 comments
 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Perhaps because the costs of maintaining, operating or expanding network facilities are so eye watering, the promised benefits need to be overstated?
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 4 comments
 
Macedonia’s struggle for freedom, independence and democracy continued during the two Balkan Wars. Sadly these wars resulted in the illegal partitioning of Macedonia without the consent of the people.
International - Ordan Andreevski - 3 comments
 

Monday, October 4, 2021

To be effective, a government should identify the problems it wants to tackle, specify what it will do about them, implement relevant policies, then carry a majority of the public with it.
Domestic Politics - Tony Abbott - 13 comments
 
In my view, it is in the top tier of breaches – much worse than infringements on free speech, but not as bad as conscripting someone to war (the most serious breach I have seen).
Law & Liberties - Graham Young - 28 comments
 

Friday, October 1, 2021

The Kikori-Ihu special economic zone would be ideally suited to a major industry, like a smelter, if it could also access affordable and unlimited power. Purari certain offers that.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 9 comments
 
There is no doubt an ex-post review of our nation's response to the pandemic - warts and all - is sorely needed.
Health - Scott Prasser - 3 comments
 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

An atmosphere of self-congratulation and excited claims tends to obscure the true state of play in Australia’s renewable energy industry. There’s a long way to go and outputs will need to rise many times faster to meet clean energy ambitions.
Environment - Tom Biegler - 19 comments
 
The indiscriminate targeting of any civilian population - Israeli or otherwise - should be called out whenever or wherever it occurs. There simply is no justification whatsoever to condone or excuse such heinous conduct.
International - David Singer - 33 comments
 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The alliance was also dubbed as ‘Asian NATO’ by European and some Asian countries, as the founding agenda of QUAD was to strengthen the Indo-Pacific defence power against the rising power of China.
International - Syed Atiq ul Hassan - 7 comments
 
If we are created in God's image, what does that say about God?
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Bowden - 24 comments
 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The victims will not have been amused by the very postmodern irony of the concept - the 'mostly peaceful riot' - which had overnight become a fixture of the vocabulary of the Church of Latter-Day AgitProp.
International - Laurence Maher - 4 comments
 
There would be a more humanitarian approach to refugees and asylum seekers – forget, he claimed, the Border Wall. Kindness would come over border officials and guards of the imperium.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 

Monday, September 27, 2021

According to one Australian wag, he can now show off to the electorate the new hair on his chest grown with US and British assistance.
International - Teck Lim - 8 comments
 
But we are not safe if we politicise the police force. We are not safe if those who wish to criticise government are met with violent confrontation. We are not safe if journalists are dissuaded from reporting protests accurately.
Law & Liberties - Peter Fenwick - 11 comments
 

Friday, September 24, 2021

It is our only weapon that presently can destroy an enemy in and around its home bases with anti-ship missiles and port denial mines.
International - Mike Clarke - 17 comments
 
It is increasingly apparent that the overall PNG response to the virus, and the state of the nation's health system, put our closest neighbour on the cusp of a crisis.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 2 comments
 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Australia is not alone with its need for US military support as many nations are increasingly wary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) which openly expresses its nationalist desire to dominate the international economy.
International - Chris Lewis - 28 comments
 
There's a need to continue the overhaul of Australia's defamation laws after a High Court ruling found that Australians with Facebook or other social media pages could be held legally liable for defamatory comments posted on their sites.
Law & Liberties - Nicole Murdoch - 10 comments
 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Israeli argument against the establishment of a Palestinian state on the grounds of national security concerns is baseless.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 
India has in the past largely ignored maritime security, but has now decided to play a crucial role.
International - Sudhanshu Tripathi - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Amazingly, over the several hundreds of thousands of years of human history, peace ruled over 99% of the time and warfare was simply unknown.
Religion & Spirituality - Andris Heks - 9 comments
 
Weather or climate? It pays to know the difference before we slaughter our economy on the climate alarm altar.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 5 comments
 

Monday, September 20, 2021

It would have been more accurate to say that President Donald Trump's coarse, business board room model was simply too much of a shock for those familiarly comfortable with guile, deception and dissimulation.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 28 comments
 
Almost all of the world's projected population growth will come from Asia (not including China) and Africa. Population changes in the rest of the world pale into insignificance compared to this growth.
International - Guy Hallowes - 7 comments
 
Therefore, the UCA, in supporting same-sex marriage and the anti-supernaturalism of theological liberalism promotes heresy. This heretical poison will destroy the potential of any church or denomination for growth.
Religion & Spirituality - Spencer Gear - 31 comments
 

Friday, September 17, 2021

My latest information is that the Daru fish factory is NOT dead at all, and is in fact being pursued by the PRC embassy, and fisheries companies, with the provincial and local level government in the Western Province.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 13 comments
 
Having just read a column of hers slamming the proposed high-rise tower complex for inner-city Pyrmont's Fish Market site, it was amusing to see her bash the other end of the spectrum. Where would Farrelly have people live?
Nation Building - John Muscat - 2 comments
 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

So why do more philosophers not speak out about these problems, errors that are diverting the public from properly considering the various arguments presented?
Environment - Tom Harris - 8 comments
 

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