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May 25, 2020
After almost three decades of refusing to agree to it, Australian parliaments are slowly beginning to warm to the idea of voluntary assisted dying (VAD).
Law & Liberties - Andrew McGee - 10 comments
 
By pooling intellectual property rights any Coronavirus vaccine or COVID-19 cure developed by anyone, anywhere can be made affordably available to everyone
Law & Liberties - Nicole Murdoch - 4 comments
 
Obama had, supposedly, committed 'the biggest political crime in American history, by far', one that made 'Watergate look small-time'.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments
 




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Friday, May 22, 2020

International tourism in the Asian region has been decimated by border closures
International - Murray Hunter - 3 comments
 
As Israel celebrates the 72nd anniversary of its independence, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to simmer as neither side seems to have learned anything from their seven decades-old conflict.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 9 comments
 
It is such a shame that the PM and our Foreign Minister felt the need to goad China.
International - Chek Ling - 64 comments
 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Why are churches being restricted more than other places where people gather? How will this impact religious freedoms into the future?
Religion & Spirituality - Tania Hall - 8 comments
 
US public broadcasting only gets 27% of its total $3.04 billion revenue from government taxes and grants
Media - Chris Lewis - 35 comments
 
As far as I can make out, Australia is now fully committed to a policy of 'Adapt and Control' as opposed to 'Eradicate'.
Health - Arthur Dent - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Yet when an actual crisis hits home, it has shown a less than heroic side of the nation and its people.
Society - Hsin-Yi Lo - 30 comments
 
I now watch SBS (and Sky and international channels) more these days than the ABC because it aims to operate by its charter.
Media - Charles Essery - 24 comments
 
Most people declare they are atheists because atheism solves the intellectual problem of believing in the existence of God as the old man in the sky.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 30 comments
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

In the world, the number of people dying each year from car crashes, is more than one million.
Health - David Hale - 15 comments
 
No German company would entrust themselves with the task of creating such a vaccine that would be merely for exclusive US use.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 
None of the main meteorological organisations genuinely saw the severe drought coming, could adequately explain its cause, or picked the recent big break in the weather.
Environment - Brendan O'Reilly - 15 comments
 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Social isolation, unemployment and the destruction of careers and businesses as a result of the corona virus restrictions are already responsible for an increase in the rate of suicides.
Health - David Leyonhjelm - 31 comments
 
Jack Mundey undoubtedly had a long lasting impact on Sydney, but perhaps in ways most commentators fail to acknowledge.
Environment - John Muscat - 1 comment
 
Have there not been enough integrity scandals in recent decades to give all voters pause before simply rolling over to government demands for more power?
Health - David Pellowe - 5 comments
 

Friday, May 15, 2020

NDIS suffers from a lack of ambition: it's not interested in research to improve the lives of those living with disability
Health - Adam Johnston - 7 comments
 
Let them come here at least on a temporary basis, and even increase the numbers.
Nation Building - David Hale - 38 comments
 
There is no denying that the demographics of many congregations make sanctuaries a risky place for gatherings to resume.
Health - Greg Bondar - 7 comments
 
Queensland’s parliamentary majority stands on a very jagged knife’s edge. Out of 93 seats the ruling ALP holds 48.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 11 comments
 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Scott Morrison has, in many ways, been ‘saved’ by the coronavirus. At the end of February and heading into March, his public standing was at rock-bottom.
Health - Mark Buckley - 14 comments
 
There are strong disincentives to exploring Australian economic issues, in contrast to other social science disciplines.
Economics - Tony Makin - 2 comments
 
The appointment of a former uranium mining company executive to the EPBC Review Committee suggests that there may be some support within the government for a weakening of uranium mining regulations.
Environment - Mia Pepper - 13 comments
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

For decades the major parties have deliberately kept the immigration issue off the political agenda and keep the migrant intake at supercharged levels.
Economics - Alex Walsh - 20 comments
 
Much speculation falls into the category of what USA President John F Kennedy once described as 'the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought'.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 5 comments
 
A cash drawer to fund dark projects slides shut.
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In the past few weeks, all around the world, governments have held their own citizens hostage in the name of 'protecting the people'.
Law & Liberties - Edmund Shieh - 24 comments
 
The budget outlay was about 4.4 billion in 2019. The doubling of rent assistance to 8.8 billion would still be less than many other benefits.
Economics - David Hale - 11 comments
 
After almost seven weeks under lockdown, here in Victoria, there is a new mood of hope.
Health - Jason Beale - 6 comments
 

Monday, May 11, 2020

It also produces a wave of human response characterised by fear, hysteria and panic which often overwhelms the number of cases and deaths.
Health - Peter Curson - 5 comments
 
Now, with dedication mixed with some confusion, the Democratic establishment is attempting to build the dykes around Joe Biden, hoping that he won't drown in the allegations of sexual impropriety.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Separating the diverse functions of money removes the conflicts that can arise between them.
Economics - Shann Turnbull - 14 comments
 
'Australia's treatment of international students during its response to a once-in-a-century pandemic has been heartless, narrow-minded and potentially economically shortsighted.'
Health - Warren Reed - 25 comments
 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Some suggest the long-term impacts of the current pandemic will turn fundamentals on their head. Others – myself included – are more sanguine.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 5 comments
 
Amazingly - Biden was not asked one question by Brzezinski about corroborating witnesses the New York Times had interviewed.
International - David Singer - 6 comments
 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Things will be quite different in two years. Is Morrison and his government thinking that far ahead?
Health - David Leyonhjelm - 15 comments
 
Whether they get to zero or not, what Australia and New Zealand have already accomplished is a remarkable cause for hope.
Health - Peter Bowden - 18 comments
 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Chinese economy is almost back to full production, based on the view that they have already overcome the pandemic.
Economics - Michael Knox - 18 comments
 
The former focuses on the governance, how much is spent on fundraising, how transparent the charity is and things like that. The latter focuses on the impact of charities.
Society - David Hale - 7 comments
 

Monday, May 4, 2020

How quickly we forget the past and how little we seem to have learnt from major encounters with infectious disease.
Health - Peter Curson - 16 comments
 
The Group of Eight major research Universities has released a 'Roadmap to Recovery' which spells out two alternatives for recovery from COVID-19.
Health - Arthur Dent - 21 comments
 
Tegnell's point, throughout, is that his approach is less than radical given the global lockdown formula that has perpetrated, almost overnight, the worst economic crisis in generations.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments
 

Friday, May 1, 2020

As I write around 212,000 people have died from COVID-19. The death toll in Afghanistan since 2001 from war has been around 150,000 people.
International - Brendon O'Connor - 27 comments
 
Before appealing to the latest 'documentary' from Michael Moore as some kind of credible witness, remember his evidence and arguments will crumble under cross examination.
Environment - David Pellowe - 47 comments
 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture.
Law & Liberties - Andrea Tokaji - 5 comments
 
Before COVID-19, how long has it been since you considered the shortness of life and the possibility of dying?
Religion & Spirituality - Spencer Gear - 256 comments
 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

According to Pollmann, the dissemination of viruses is another way of sharing genetic code.
Environment - Werner Sattmann-Frese - 9 comments
 
The most ominous issue they strongly embraced, however, is the annexation of a substantial swath of Palestinian territories based on Trump's 'Peace to Prosperity' plan.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

There are a tangle of issues all together. What are beaches for? Who are they for?
Law & Liberties - Peter West - 18 comments
 
As one of the members of the 'open economy' faction in the administration, he has been waving a threatening sword against any US governors who defy the White House.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Editors and corporations don't want the media agenda fixed and focused, on the incalculable damage the virus is wreaking.
Economics - Malcolm King - 14 comments
 
Last month over 300 academics, lawyers and concerned citizens issued an Open Letter supporting immediate actions to protect prisoner's safety.
Indigenous Affairs - Hannah McGlade - 8 comments
 

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