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July 25, 2014
An email circulated from what looked like an atheists boot camp recommended that their supporters send fake requests for registrations for our WCF Event and not turn up, thus wasting precious seating.
Law & Liberties - Babette Francis - 28 comments
 
All consumers should be free to use solar energy in their own way at their own cost.
Law & Liberties - Viv Forbes - 17 comments
 
At the heart of the Afghan electoral crisis lies the Western strategic mistake that after overthrowing the medieval Taliban regime allowed the warlords of the Northern Alliance to claim the lion's share of the state machinery in Afghanistan.
International - Ehsan Stanizai
 
According to a survey of 1,000 first home buyers by Mortgage Choice, 53% of respondents are paying more than 30% of their after tax income to a mortgage.
Nation Building - Valerie Yule - 22 comments
 




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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Abbott's stance on allowing same-sex couples to marry in foreign consulates in Australia is in stark contrast to the position adopted by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Law & Liberties - Paula Gerber - 11 comments
 
Does this mean that a service provider or carer of someone with a disability has to balance the risk to the disabled person and the right of that person to pursue happiness for themselves?
Law & Liberties - Peter Gibilisco - 3 comments
 
As The New York Times notes, Russian energy companies are becoming more dependent on Chinese finance to pay for their capital-intensive projects.
International - Nicholas Cunningham - 18 comments
 
As for president 'BOB', we may or may not think that he is handling things well in Iraq or Afghanistan, but who could/would/might have done it better/differently?
International - Greg Maybury - 6 comments
 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Racial Discrimination Act has more power to protect the powerful than the powerless, and that is a problem.
Law & Liberties - Andrew Glover - 20 comments
 
In the decades to come, it won't be Asia, or Eurosclerotic nations that gain attention, it will be Australia.
International - Asher Judah - 9 comments
 
The idea that suicide can be somehow rational cannot change our total opposition to suicide.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 30 comments
 
East Asia is not the Balkans and territorial disputes can be resolved. But one shot here could still be heard around the world.
International - Tom Clifford - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good intentions do not necessarily make good public policy. It is very often the fear of suffering, not actual suffering itself, that is at the core of the debate about assisted dying.
Law & Liberties - Mal Fletcher - 14 comments
 
After all, physical and emotional female-on-female violence is problematic for campaigning journalists bent on portraying domestic violence as a symptom of patriarchy.
Society - Ben-Peter Terpstra - 38 comments
 
The evidence continues to mount that carbon dioxide is not, after all, the control knob of the planet's temperature.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 42 comments
 
Houses, mosques, schools, and hospitals are 'legitimate' targets because they are presumed to be weapon depositories.
International - Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini - 40 comments
 
Israel cannot possibly return to the situation that has prevailed since Israel's 2005 disengagement from Gaza that has seen 11000 rockets and missiles indiscriminately fired into Israeli civilian areas.
International - David Singer - 74 comments
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The claim that one compassionate good is achieved (stopping drownings) should not come at the cost other unjustified practices.
Political Philosophy - Noel Preston - 36 comments
 
What we have here is clever, tricky and cynical. It isn't a great big tax it is a tiny one – barely noticeable. After all if 175,000 of us pledge just $1, the Pararoos are saved!
Economics - Lynelle Osburn - 7 comments
 
At current estimates the cost of 12 locally built submarines may amount to $40 Billion. With the global financial crisis and the end of the mining boom Australia doesn't have that kind of money to spare.
International - Peter Coates - 20 comments
 
As foreshadowed in On Line Opinion earlier this month, Indonesians are facing a potentially explosive situation with no clear winner from the 9 July direct vote for a new president. But thank God for Ramadhan.
International - Duncan Graham - 7 comments
 
Various political groups in Iraq should reach a consensus on the establishment of a new government and protection of the country's territorial integrity.
International - Ali Omidi - 2 comments
 

Friday, July 18, 2014

It is quite possible the Catholic Church is wealthy enough to pay for all its schools effectively making the approximately $5B+ contributed by the Commonwealth redundant.
Economics - Max Wallace - 12 comments
 
Ian Thorpe is not a hero. The fact that he has told the world that he is gay does not make him brave.
Law & Liberties - Michael Thompson - 25 comments
 
Though it is a long time ago, the facts remain about Japanese atrocities in World War 2, and of Japan's inadequate or non-existent apologies for these, as well as lack of reparations.
International - Noel Wauchope - 24 comments
 
This technology has changed the way we think about the Permian Basin, once the darling of American oil production and then lost in the shadow of Eagle Ford and Bakken.
Environment - James Stafford - 4 comments
 
More importantly, in terms of top 50 and 100 world performers since 2000, the decline in walking and field events appears less dramatic than evident by running.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 2 comments
 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The decision to reject this delisting proposal has itself set an unfortunate precedent for Australia that it is now OK for politics, personal agendas, and nepotism to override science and due process.
Environment - Mark Poynter - 11 comments
 
If we look back over the past decade in Queensland, virtually every major aspect of our school education system has been reviewed and the subject of reform.
Education - David Robertson - 1 comment
 
Headlines in the mainstream media falsely portray an equivalence of firepower between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza. But Israel's use of force greatly exceeds that of the Palestinians.
International - Marjorie Cohn - 78 comments
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jaitley has crafted a responsible budget, just 45 days after assuming the office.
International - Graham Cooke - 3 comments
 
Why not, without further ado, call another media conference to announce that he has published on theHizb ut-Tahrir Australia web site the talk which, when the squeals went up, FODI decided was just too outrageous a challenge to mainstream thought.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 8 comments
 
The HR Department could never be as softly persuasive as Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, or as violently persuasive as his Ministry of Love.
Society - David Peetz - 4 comments
 
Israeli politicians across the political spectrum appear to support the attack on Gaza.
International - Neve Gordon - 11 comments
 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Senator Warren, in attempting to seek and obtain a measure of justice on behalf of the hapless US citizens and taxpayers, is doing so against what are surely extraordinary - possibly insurmountable - odds.
International - Greg Maybury - 19 comments
 
In the USA, similar protest tactics have led to charges of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, false advertising and cyber-squatting.
Environment - Elke Nagy - 9 comments
 
Put simply, to be a Palestinian in Palestine makes you a suspect for any and every past, present and future crime. It is an inescapable status.
International - Raffaele Piccolo - 30 comments
 
The most powerful works of Christian art do more than illustrate biblical narrative; they evoke deep feelings.
The Arts - Peter Sellick - 4 comments
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

I say 'perceived' dark side as it's often the political thinking of the day that decides what is dark and what is not. These days it can also be decided by who has a smartphone in the vicinity.
Society - Phil Dye - 5 comments
 
Those who oppose same-sex marriage often attempt to fix in law a particular definition of marriage, like trapping an insect in amber.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 35 comments
 
Stiglitz's idea is that inequality will cripple us if we don't apply the Robin Hood principle. Whilst relevant in the United States, this narrative is misplaced in an Australian context.
Economics - Angus Taylor - 21 comments
 
Today's grand illusion is of an information age when, in truth, we live in a media age in which incessant corporate propaganda is insidious, contagious, effective and liberal.
Media - John Pilger - 14 comments
 
So, it is now time for a dramatic change in national infrastructure investment away from roads and back to railways, so long as our railways are brought into the modern era rapidly.
Nation Building - Everald Compton - 28 comments
 
Australia has the opportunity to be the first to prove that taking an unconventional step can change evil to good and protect the investment made in Afghanistan from being a sunk cost.
International - Sabir Siddiqi - 3 comments
 

Friday, July 11, 2014

This is enough to yield a doubling in real house prices every 30 years or so, underpinning a long-term decline in housing affordability and the home ownership rate.
Nation Building - Stephen Kirchner - 23 comments
 
The bewildering aspect of it to me is that a single whale takes up 10 minutes of my news watching time yet when figures about late term abortions of viable healthy babies are released, nobody wants to talk about it.
Law & Liberties - Debbie Garratt - 43 comments
 
Australia has an obligation to impartially investigate allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, to criminally punish perpetrators, and to provide effective remedies (including compensation) to victims.
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 8 comments
 
Muckaty Traditional Owner Kylie Sambo objected to this radioactive ransom: 'I think that is a very, very stupid idea for us to sell our land to get better education and scholarships. As an Australian we should be already entitled to that.'
Indigenous Affairs - Jim Green - 6 comments
 
The SPP blames the Chinese for causing the housing bubble, the Lebanese for high crime rates in Sydney, Muslims for terrorism and the Vietnamese for drug importation.
Nation Building - Malcolm King - 85 comments
 
Whereas 31 Australians made the top 50 lists in 2000, the figure had declined to 11 by 2013.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 4 comments
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yet it is in just such circumstances that the religious believer may demand the freedom to express in public his or her religiously inspired views about human sexuality.
Law & Liberties - Peter Kurti - 19 comments
 
Over the last fifty years there has been a great decline in church-going, too. Does all that tell us anything? Not to me. Too many variables.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 7 comments
 
Whilst the protesters have dispersed the Israeli Police and IDF are still present. They are dotted about the place. They stop to question and search those vehicles that attempt to pass through.
International - Raffaele Piccolo - 17 comments
 
Neoliberalism in effect undermined the class positions of both major political parties, and both have spent the subsequent years trying to find a new role.
Political Philosophy - Peter McMahon - 19 comments
 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The pet idea of Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews is a $20 million pilot project introduced this month where couples can get a $200 counselling voucher to encourage them to stay together.
Society - Mary Garden - 12 comments
 
Recently the Tamil Refugee Council has claimed at least 11 people handed over to the Sri Lankan navy have been tortured by that country's intelligence services.
Law & Liberties - Judy Cannon - 40 comments
 
Australian cities have some of the highest carparking costs in the world. Why? Can anything be done about it? And what might happen if it gets any worse?
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 11 comments
 
Over the last two years Isis has established a strong presence in parts of Syria, controlling key oil fields in eastern Syria in the area bordering Iraq, levying taxes and other penalties and implementing strict Sharia law on besieged communities.
International - David Singer - 18 comments
 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Instead, Stiglitz argues that we need new, better, more sophisticated metrics to measure our economies, metrics that consider the real cost and value of things.
Economics - Allison Orr - 20 comments
 
The Queensland appointment of a new chief justice raises issues about how best to appoint new judges.
Law & Liberties - Sheenal Singh - 7 comments
 
Isn't the whining and hash-tagging rage indeed evidence Australia has developed an unhealthy sense of entitlement?
Economics - Mark Christensen - 12 comments
 
Would abolishing dividend imputation save tax, and would it be ethical, effective or efficient?
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 2 comments
 
The situation that has arisen since three young Israeli Jews were abducted and later tragically found dead is symptomatic of the inequality that permeates the greater Palestine and Israel conflict.
International - Raffaele Piccolo - 13 comments
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

There are many others, including founder of the boy scouts Baden-Powell, Field Marshall Montgomery, and authors J M Barrie and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), who were also believed to have had had an unhealthy interest in children.
Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 37 comments
 
If you bought a new car and there was only a one in twelve chance that it would work properly, how would you feel?
Health - Baz Bardoe - 4 comments
 
It's not Joe Hockey's 'leaners' Australians need to fear, it's the new breed of economic 'levellers' who believe that to make an economy work better you just need to dial down levels of inequality.
Economics - Graham Young - 18 comments
 
Throttling dwelling supply has a pernicious effect on housing affordability and consequently has negative distributional consequences.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 2 comments
 
Rather than putting 'boots on the ground' it may be prudent for the United Nations Security Council to consider the adoption of a 'cordon and confinement' strategy to the overall situation.
International - David Harding - 5 comments
 
Climate scientists can't do it all. Their principal responsibility is to point out what is happening in the climate system. Only secondarily do they tend to involve themselves in prescriptions.
Environment - Chas Keys - 66 comments
 

Friday, July 4, 2014

When the Tokyo cabinet 'reinterpreted', in fact overrode, a key clause in its constitution meant to ensure the country's post-war pacifist approach, it ushered in an era of uncertainty.
International - Tom Clifford - 14 comments
 
No thanks, men are not confused, as many journalists like to suggest. It's just hard at times to know what to say, without being attacked by someone.
Sport - Peter West - 25 comments
 
The Facebook experiment saga raises important questions about who owns our data online: the users, the social media companies, or someone else?
Media - Mal Fletcher - 6 comments
 
Ten ways in which those advocating hate-speech laws are stifling debate.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 26 comments
 
These represent the most major proposed amendments to counter-terrorism laws since those introduced by the Howard Government in 2005.
Law & Liberties - Peter Coates - 22 comments
 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The squeamishness of the public, media and NRL officials alike is, of course, not real disgust but the theatrical performance or pretence of disgust that is used to shame Carney in the context of scandal reporting.
Sport - Rob Cover - 6 comments
 
It needs to recognise that students from non-English speaking backgrounds have different needs and cannot be treated the same as other students.
Education - Pino Migliorino - 13 comments
 
If this makes sense the problem is not that politicians disdain public opinion, but that they ignore community values, which tell us whether and why this opinion counts.
Law & Liberties - Max Atkinson - 9 comments
 
Australia's presidency of the G20 will enable it to solidify its reach and influence in the global economy and allow it to showcase its achievements to the leading economies and institutions in the world.
International - Ordan Andreevski - 10 comments
 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

There has been a cost, too, in the shabby shape of what were once quite distinguished CBDs.
Economics - Don Aitkin - 16 comments
 
Jordan's greatest national security threat currently is neither the Syrian regime nor the potential use of chemical weapons - it is the spread of the Islamic State's ideology and the spillover of the jihadist civil war into Jordan.
International - David Singer - 20 comments
 
Those who understand what hides beneath the foliage of the 'Arab Spring' also warned that the uprising was hijacked by those sowing seeds for a theocracy, not a democracy.
International - Joseph Wakim - 4 comments
 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Some 30 per cent of all youth suicides are from LGBTI kids who didn’t or couldn’t get the care and support they really needed.
Law & Liberties - Brian Greig - 33 comments
 
Banning Badar's talk on honour and killing did no one any favours and does not further the cause of tolerance.
Law & Liberties - Richard King - 35 comments
 
Something unusual happens when otherwise perfectly modern couples enter a car. They often regress and revert to traditional gender roles.
Society - Tanveer Ahmed - 11 comments
 
Should Prabowo become president the progressives have only themselves to blame.
International - Duncan Graham - 2 comments
 

Monday, June 30, 2014

In my term in parliament, I want to convince Australians to reconsider whether handing their money over to the government is better than keeping it themselves.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 50 comments
 
The Bush and Obama administrations both could have done more to ensure that the quasi-democratic system they left behind was capable of weathering the storm, but their errors are academic now.
International - Gary Gambill - 12 comments
 
The current State Government, even with the existing planning laws, has done much to threaten the very existence of those communities throughout Sydney.
Nation Building - Guy Hallowes - 3 comments
 
The re-enchantment of the world by way of the Christian story and the art that attends it exists in parallel with our physical understanding of how the world works.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 29 comments
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

We have strong laws in place to ensure that people are not discriminated against on the grounds of race. That is why the NSW Government opposes changes to the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act that would dilute these protections.
Law & Liberties - Victor Dominello - 24 comments
 
Circumstantial evidence put Kathleen Folbigg in jail for murdering her four children, but causation was absent.
Law & Liberties - Michael Nott - 13 comments
 
Some countries produce athletes that run faster than others - destiny or drugs?
Sport - Chris Lewis - 1 comment
 
Who we are as people is defined by things much deeper than how we define our sexuality.
Religion & Spirituality - Bernard Toutounji - 32 comments
 

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