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July 16, 2020
The reason Australia has had low rates of Covid-19 infections to date is that we are an international travel backwaters.
Health - Brendan O'Reilly - 12 comments
By voting to support the crushing of free speech and freedom of assembly, among other basic rights, PNG voted against the spirit of its own constitution, adopted at independence in 1975.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 13 comments

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Of course, once the values of 2020 are obsolete, we must limit film choices further because the only way we are to progress as a society is if everyone thinks the same.
Law & Liberties - Tim O'Hare - 10 comments
Bunnings has announced they will stop selling Victorian native timber species after a Federal court decision against Vicforests – the state harvesting agency.
Environment - David Hutchens - 7 comments

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

However, for the most part, the best way conservatives can contribute to influence the mainstream political parties is to keep utilising public forums to inform the public of its ideas.
Political Philosophy - Chris Lewis - 34 comments
Gan and Malaysiakini are said to have permitted the publication of over five reader comments critical of the judiciary.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment

Monday, July 13, 2020

We’ve taken a radical, unconventional approach as a country. It’s past time to see what worked, what could have worked better, and then communicate to the people.
Health - Graham Young - 33 comments
For libertarians, maintaining a criminal justice system, of which the police are a major component, is viewed as one of the few legitimate roles of government.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 24 comments

Friday, July 10, 2020

Before journalists had time to file, or arm chair warriors time to muster their thoughts, the coronavirus beast had gotten away from an Australian state that had prided itself in reining in numbers and playing the game of suppression.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 27 comments
A bigger concern is, first, that people will be missing out on the office interactions. Office politics can be poisonous and time-wasting. But the politics is part of office life.
Health - Keith Suter - 11 comments

Thursday, July 9, 2020

It does not explain everything, but it offers fresh insights into the way our modern, diminished politcs function.
Political Philosophy - Paul Collits - 10 comments
The optimism which preceded the French Revolution, and the disappointment which followed a few years later, closely paralleled the optimistic expectations of our own era.
Environment - John Avery - 39 comments

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

There is still no recognition that the need for this retreat indicates that the current level of opening up is already unsustainable.
Health - Arthur Dent - 16 comments
In effect, the low and middle-class taxpayers of India are subsidizing the luxurious perks of UN officials who have an average salary of about $75,000 per year.
International - Sukrit Sabhlok - 10 comments

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

As China works vigorously to increase its influence in the region, it is stepping up its efforts to undermine Australia's influence in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific, and Australia is unprepared to counter Beijing's push.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 29 comments
The United Nations is disgracefully trying to prevent a miracle happening 100 years after the world first gave its historic imprimatur to an impossible dream becoming a possible reality.
International - David Singer - 24 comments

Monday, July 6, 2020

The article argues that humility is the secret to leadership by first quoting Socrates and his famous observation that the wisest people are the first to admit how little they really know.
Society - Chris Golis - 11 comments
Environmental degradation, anthropogenic meddling and all around beastliness to country, has made Australia a titan of destructiveness.
Environment - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
In dealing with Turkey's President Erdogan, the EU and the US have forsaken their values by allowing Erdogan to run wild with impunity.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment

Friday, July 3, 2020

It's telling that the government's proposal to radically overhaul university fee structures has been disparaged by figures from across the political map.
Education - Scott Buchanan - 36 comments
Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz claimed last week that the Kingdom will be the world's biggest hydrocarbon producer
Economics - Julieanne Geiger - 6 comments

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Expecting Facebook to monitor hate speech and disinformation is not only expecting much, but expecting something dangerous.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
There has always been a feeling among Singapore's ethnic Malays that they are second-class citizens within their own land.
International - Murray Hunter - 5 comments

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Australia's battle of ideas - the culture war - seems lost, to the forces of progressive liberalism. Those who would fight this battle seem preoccupied with getting the Liberal party into office, and keeping it there.
Political Philosophy - Paul Collits - 36 comments
The view from India: unite to form a common front against China
International - Sudhanshu Tripathi - 25 comments

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Before the coronavirus pandemic, one in five Australian adults was already experiencing a chronic mental health condition.
Health - Andrew Robb and Tania de Jong - 30 comments
The state restrictions placed on public places in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has put great strain on higher education, effectively mothballing campuses without staff or students on site.
Education - Murray Hunter - 3 comments

Monday, June 29, 2020

Despite the many developments evident in modern Australian life, there is pervasive evidence to suggest that the life satisfaction and wellbeing of young Australians is in decline.
Health - Ashley Humphrey - 8 comments
The judge admitted that 'Bolton's unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns' but found that 'the horse is out of the barn'.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
The global resurgence of the Black Lives Matter campaign reminds Australians of the ongoing disproportionate rate of incarceration of indigenous people in this country.
Indigenous Affairs - Bill Calcutt - 148 comments

Friday, June 26, 2020

Universities across the world are floundering from the effects of coronavirus. Some are struggling to survive and risk bankruptcy.
Education - Dorothea Anthony - 13 comments
China is in the news. With Covid and with trade wars, the world has begun to question its embrace of China over these past decades.
International - Paul Collits - 57 comments
In response to Israel's intention to annex up to 30% of the West Bank, respect for truth, by all the parties involved, Israeli, Palestinian, US, European and Australian, has been replaced by calculations about the benefits of deceit.
International - Stuart Rees - 16 comments

Thursday, June 25, 2020

It is therefore galling that the new complex for the supreme and national courts in Port Moresby is being built by a company wholly owned by the government of the People's Republic of China.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 13 comments
Each time there was a sharp increase in enrolments there was a corresponding claim that higher education was in 'crisis' again.
Education - Don Aitkin - 15 comments
Why must I go to alternate media for information about persecution?
Law & Liberties - Spencer Gear - 11 comments

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

One wonders what is becoming of science when a group of researchers from one scientific discipline uses ad hominem attacks to besmirch what they perceive as a competing scientific discipline.
Environment - Mark Poynter - 8 comments
Time has just about run out and your immediate decision to agree or refuse to enter into new peace negotiations with Israel will determine the future of your people for generations to come.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

It was another atrocious week for US President Donald Trump, whose efforts to prevent the publication of his former national security adviser's memoir seemed more than a touch childish.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 30 comments
Australia being relatively new to the region in terms of intelligence presence, gave Johnson a real challenge in building an effective intelligence network. However, he was given assistance from parties who in the end saved his and Meg's life.
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment

Monday, June 22, 2020

China says it has gone to a 'war footing' to deal with a new outbreak of the virus in Beijing. Here is a reality check: it isn't over yet.
Education - Peter West - 27 comments
Things along the Indian-Chinese border in the Himalayas have rarely lacked interest, notably along the secretive, heavily patrolled 3,488 km Line of Actual Control.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments

Friday, June 19, 2020

The easing of monetary and credit conditions was fully warranted and aspects of the fiscal response targeting firms and private sector employment, the JobSeeker program in particular, also had merit.
Economics - Tony Makin - 13 comments
The 1950s era mass-produced housing development has been pilloried by designers, new urbanists, smart growthers and creative classists from the US to Europe to Australia.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 9 comments
After COVID, the three main parties offer divergent economic and energy policies. But very similar population policies. Already, mass migration or 'Big Australia' has been passed down through six LibLab prime ministers. And looks set to resume, ASAP.
Nation Building - Stephen Saunders - 28 comments

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The 2020 expansion of the Black Lives Matter protests into a global anti-racism movement in Australia, the United Kingdom and elsewhere has been welcome in countries where black and Indigenous deaths in custody remain unacceptably high.
Law & Liberties - Rob Cover - 31 comments
Even though PNG's relationship with China grew stronger during his eight years in office, O'Neill skilfully maintained excellent relations with successive Australian governments.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 11 comments
Many sign languages (including Auslan, ASL and BSL) are considered endangered because of decreasing numbers of sign language users.
Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 11 comments

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

You know you're living in George Orwell's world when speech is considered violence and actual violence is considered speech.
Law & Liberties - James Allan - 30 comments
This is my message : We are one family and one nation. Today part of this family is locked up in jail, in detention. My message to this beautiful family is love.
Law & Liberties - Jane Salmon - 16 comments
Australia is one of the few countries where Pakistan established its embassy in 1948 before India established its relations after the partition of the sub-continent.
International - Syed Atiq ul Hassan - 30 comments


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