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August 30, 2016
Pauline Hanson would have won under any system. One Nation’s vote of 9.14 per cent in Queensland means that Hanson comfortably achieved a quota in her own right.
Domestic Politics - Gideon Rozner - 10 comments
 
Democracy requires a public sphere in which people can participate and speak without fear of humiliation, intimidation and offense.
Law & Liberties - Eric Porter - 12 comments
 
Computers with very sophisticated software 'would be no more capable of being harmed, as distinguished from damaged­ – than the toaster'.
Science & Technology - Peter McMahon and Sebastian Trew - 3 comments
 
'Health care', has been the most popular pair of words for the promotion of medicine since time immemorial, but medicine treats disease and ony obliquely promotes health.
Health - Ariel Gallo - 6 comments
 




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Monday, August 29, 2016

This one is about the existence of a website on which schoolboys are sharing images of schoolgirls, which are, apparently, principally the work of those girls themselves in the form of 'selfies'.
Law & Liberties - Craig Minns - 22 comments
 
We clearly see a progression or, perhaps more accurately, an evolution, that stretches back to organisations once upon a time more accurately called 'Voluntary Euthanasia' or 'Hemlock' societies.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 8 comments
 
With all of this in mind, an agreement between OPEC and Russia is more feasible in Algiers than it was in Doha. It might not mean much though.
Economics - Rakesh Upadhyay - 4 comments
 

Friday, August 26, 2016

It is this success and all the hard work that preceded it that we are now jeopardising by pursuing not only a selective immigration policy but also a deliberately repressive one.
Law & Liberties - Rodney Crisp - 25 comments
 
There is also a need to explain just how bad the present system is, with no limits on spending by multi-millionaires like Clive Palmer, and no constraints on donations from any source.
Political Philosophy - Max Atkinson - 9 comments
 
Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Kuwait have collectively injected more than $ 25 billion since el-Sisi manoeuvred the ousting of Mohamad Morsi, the first democratically elected president in Egypt.
International - Anas Iqtait - 5 comments
 
Both sides have a very powerful and widely influential constituency that still believes they can have it all.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

'What would we think if thousands of Japanese wanted to descend on Darwin to celebrate the [19 February 1942] bombing of Darwin?'
International - Willy Bach - 21 comments
 
The report compiled from 4,000 interviews and 24 focus groups was released with the heading: ‘Indonesians and Australians not so different after all’. Wrong.
International - Duncan Graham - 16 comments
 
Citing rumours that a rogue nation or terrorist groups may have accessed secret stores of smallpox virus, the USA and Russia retained stocks of the virus frozen in liquid nitrogen.
Health - Peter Curson - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Opposition to a plebiscite basically assumes that the public will vote against gay marriage, so a plebiscite shouldn't be held because the public have no rights in this matter.
Law & Liberties - Michael Thompson - 103 comments
 
The 'host city effect' from the Sydney games has gone. The Australian team won as many medals at the Rio Olympics as it could plausibly expect to.
Sport - Alan Davies - 9 comments
 
The Queensland Government campaigned last election against asset sales, promising no rise in debt or taxes, yet every proposal to accelerate the Queensland economy involves at least one of these.
Society - Graham Young - 6 comments
 
Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to prosecute Britain for publishing the 1917 Balfour Declaration amounts to an outright rejection of the right of the Jewish people to have their own state.
International - David Singer - 29 comments
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The message from the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission (NFCRC) is clearly a plan to make South Australia rich, by importing foreign nuclear wastes.
Environment - Noel Wauchope - 33 comments
 
The reformist leader of the post-Mao revolution understood that if the Chinese state was seen to capitulate to the Tianmen Square demonstrators the Communist Party of China’s (CCP) monopoly on power would inevitably be undermined.
Law & Liberties - William Hill - 21 comments
 
The September informal meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC partners is largely expected not to reach a production cap deal either.
Economics - Tsvetana Paraskova - 2 comments
 

Monday, August 22, 2016

The program includes a 'role-playing game' for 12 year olds which includes students taking on the character of a bisexual who has had 15 sexual partners.
Education - Wendy Francis - 36 comments
 
Labor may even take a conciliatory approach on some issues, because it doesn't want to be seen as obstructionist and sees an opportunity to make Bill Shorten look like a Prime Minister in waiting.
Domestic Politics - David Leyonhjelm - 13 comments
 
The persistent, gruesome alibi in this awful mess has been the good Samaritan nonsense of preventing asylum seekers and refugees from drowning on route to Australia.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 23 comments
 

Friday, August 19, 2016

For Australia, we need to acknowledge we have a problem in the way we are treating asylum-seekers.
Law & Liberties - Paul Stevenson - 33 comments
 
As a result my adversaries are more than ready to deviate from the laws of discourse, veering off into ad hominem, red herring or appeal to emotion fallacies.
Law & Liberties - Louis O'Neill - 61 comments
 
Some commitments and ideas reflected in ASEM 11 documents deserve to be universally known.
International - Ioan Voicu - 1 comment
 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Richard Horton, the current editor of the medical journal, The Lancet, recently stated that, 'The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.'
Environment - Jennifer Marohasy - 186 comments
 
In reality, he has more in common with the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller, the runner who only just fell across the line to win her race at the Rio Olympics.
Economics - Saul Eslake - 6 comments
 
Unless distrust, insecurity, and illusions are first addressed, no incentives-however sweeping and compelling-will motivate Israel and the Palestinians to make the critical concessions needed to reach a peace agreement.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

In the piece I referenced in that last link, the author claims that boys don't need to be educated, since they'll just be handed life on a platter.
Society - Craig Minns - 15 comments
 
In Britain it was clear to me at once that their politics, despite the apparent similarity of parties called ‘Labour’ and ‘Labor’, was not the same as ours.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 6 comments
 
Central business districts – long the glamourous headquarter preference for leading professional service firms – are under increasing pressure from competing centres.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Taking a utilitarian point of view, 18c protects the happiness of minorities, and therefore it would be wrong to abolish it.
Political Philosophy - Peter Bowden - 49 comments
 
Given the amount of new CO2 and CH4 entering the atmosphere, heat, and therefore sea level, is likely to be higher than official estimates.
Environment - Mike Pope - 26 comments
 
Mining at Yeelirrie would destroy cultural heritage sites and would also have other cultural, social and environmental impacts.
Environment - Mara Bonacci - 7 comments
 
In ripping up these assurances Obama had undermined Israel's security concerns and negotiating positions as agreed with Obama's immediate predecessor.
International - David Singer - 3 comments
 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Built into the ‘conservative’ frame of mind is also a preference for, or a kind of belief in, the notion of an organic society, which is not just a set of individuals.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 25 comments
 
The two major parties are neo-liberal 'light'. In fact, the Liberals have left the field completely.
Economics - Malcolm King - 29 comments
 
Given that the EU has been Australia’s largest investor and economic partner for the past 25 years, it is pertinent to reflect on what an EU without Britain might look like.
International - Pablo Jiménez Lobeira - 7 comments
 

Friday, August 12, 2016

But if we wish to reform and walk beyond mere sanctimony, we cannot do so by simply exclaiming racism.
Law & Liberties - Louis O'Neill - 9 comments
 
The absurd argument was that Australia should forego an increase in wages, investment, incomes, employment and economic growth just because some foreigners might receive a benefit.
Economics - Michael Potter - 3 comments
 
Despite this attempt by the Communist Party to encourage more births, China is headed for a two-pronged demographic disaster.
International - Simon Louie - 21 comments
 
The US is and has been in the midst of an epochal transition from coal-fired electricity to natural gas and renewables, a switch that will take many more years to play out.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 10 comments
 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Human sensibility has been given another sound beating with the leak of 2,116 incident reports from Australia's remorseless detention camp on Nauru.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
 
Even if Tim Costello and his colleagues can show that the charges against Mohammed El Halibi are trumped up, Israel will not end the siege of Gaza or the occupation of Palestinian lands.
International - Stuart Rees - 13 comments
 
Chinese social media begged 'Sun, don't cry', went mad over Horton's comments and bombarded his social media accounts with demands for an apology.
International - Peter West - 71 comments
 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

According to this traditional understanding of the human being, homosexuality does not define the essential dimension – which is the soul or conscience – of any person.
Law & Liberties - Shimon Cowen - 167 comments
 
Certain countries consistently take the lion's share of medals at the Olympics but it's got little to do with national character.
Sport - Alan Davies - 5 comments
 
Yet given that less than 5% of the world's population is totally free of disease one might legitimately argue that disease and not health is the norm.
Health - Peter Curson - 13 comments
 
What has happened here? Painting has become writing. Or, rather, painting relies on writing as an explanation for its existence.
The Arts - Peter Sellick - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Turnbull government has come down rather heavily in its response to a spate of attacks in France and Germany, deciding that it is time that something be done in the face of this supposed global madness.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 22 comments
 
ISIS is failing and will fail not only because it is a brutal and shortsighted organization that rules through fear and totalitarian control of day-to-day life, but because it is a denial of the creativity of the human mind.
International - Sam Ben-Meir - 13 comments
 
The pejorative Australian and New Zealand term bogan is almost entirely unknown outside those countries though that may be about to change.
Society - Simon Caterson - 9 comments
 

Monday, August 8, 2016

On the other hand, it is just 2.5% in Thailand, about 5% in Japan and 7% in Germany. The difference is not simply attributable to good luck.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 24 comments
 
Another oil price downturn threatens to deepen the plunging levels of investment in upstream oil and gas production, which could create a more acute price spike in the years ahead.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 11 comments
 
Michael Oren – Israel's former Ambassador to Washington between 2009 and 2013 – has called for the Bush letter to be resuscitated.
International - David Singer - 1 comment
 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Australia, of all nations, could be the first to show the world that people of many creeds and beliefs can live together in peace.
Law & Liberties - Peter Bowden - 69 comments
 
Not too long ago, 20 percent of British divorce cases were citing Facebook as a contributing factor in marriage breakdown.
Science & Technology - Mal Fletcher - 9 comments
 
The president, however, did not spell out what success actually means. If he meant that Afghanistan will eventually become a stable and functioning democracy, he is fundamentally mistaken.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 6 comments
 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The ability to take someone else’s perspective and empathise are important motivators of 'pro-social' behaviour; that is, actions that promote social acceptance and friendship.
Society - Rivka Witenberg - 26 comments
 
Despite all this some are now saying that the epidemic has peaked in Brazil and Latin America but in reality it may take years for it to fully disappear and its effects will linger much longer.
Health - Peter Curson - 14 comments
 
It is the private capitalisation of the publicly-generated rent that goes uncaptured on a site, not simply a matter of supply or demand, as for commodities.
Economics - Bryan Kavanagh - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

University campuses are covered in myopic campaign gatherings against 'that Hanson woman'. The time she therefore receives in terms of interest and coverage tends to be out of all proportion to her actual relevance.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 20 comments
 
To understand the complexity and real world nature of service delivery is to understand why the Census is nothing more than a ritualistic waste of money.
Society - Michael Keane - 36 comments
 
The long journey of the human species is what sort of story? For those on the Left, it is the story of human progress.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 42 comments
 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

For the many Australians who once identified as Christians but have 'lapsed' in their churchgoing, the Census provides a chance for honest reassessment and mature reflection.
Religion & Spirituality - Hugh Harris - 28 comments
 
Tall residential towers are widely seen as inappropriate in the suburbs. But maybe the idea of 'the suburbs' is itself no longer appropriate
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 4 comments
 
If the Paris climate accord is ratified, or enforced locally by compliant governments, it will strangle the leading economies of the world with pointless carbon taxes and costly climate and energy policies.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 113 comments
 

Monday, August 1, 2016

In marginal seats with large numbers of families using childcare, the Government did much better than in seats with low numbers of families using childcare.
Domestic Politics - John Cherry - 3 comments
 
A quiet word; an attitude; a suggestion; an expectation; a sense of burden; an assumption that life with disability is not a worthy life.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 4 comments
 
I agree I should get a life, but a certain morbid streak in my character makes me wonder about stuff like costumes.
The Arts - Mark S. Lawson - 3 comments
 

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