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November 20, 2017
Whatever your position on renewable energy for our domestic needs might be, trying to scuttle our second biggest export earner is reckless economics and irresponsible politics.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 8 comments
 
I hope that the 'Christians' who feel that their marriage has been trashed will stop trying to be holy and make an effort to love the human race a little better than they normally do.
Law & Liberties - Everald Compton - 17 comments
 
Humanity is not a concept that we should merely aspire to, it should be the reality to which we must live up and never waver.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 




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Friday, November 17, 2017

The introduction of homosexual marriage is a carefully calculated step towards a genderless society.
Law & Liberties - Warwick Marsh - 31 comments
 
Once the difficult transition period when human controlled vehicles are still common is over, a world of fully driverless vehicles should be a lot different from today.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 8 comments
 
Reprimanding those responsible for this 'human error' and those who sought to publicly justify Israel’s exclusion from the map using artificially-contrived reasons is surely warranted
International - David Singer - 35 comments
 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Paradoxically, every prime minister supported to various degrees, the development of uranium mining and export as an economic driver.
International - Murray Hunter - 11 comments
 
Apart from geological constraints, other factors that could affect Permian growth are increasing service costs and potentially persistently low oil prices.
Economics - Tsvetana Paraskova - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's a product of leaders past and present, an incompetent Labor campaign and an effective Greens one, and macro themes running through politics around the globe.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 11 comments
 
It soon becomes clear that Barry, and, in fact, the individuals he cites, consider the means of obtaining such material more significant than what it discloses.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

There were some perfunctory 'violence is never okay' statuses shared on Twitter. At worst, there has been undermining of Abbott's description of events and, even worse, celebration of the assault.
Law & Liberties - Tim O'Hare - 18 comments
 
He may concede that the Judaeo/Christian tradition has been the basis of our civilization and he may applaud that, but it is not for him.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 30 comments
 

Monday, November 13, 2017

While governments stress the subsidy blade of the scissors, the fossil fuel penalty blade is powerful at cutting fossil fuel energy supply too.
Environment - Geoff Carmody - 18 comments
 
The actual and opportunity cost runs into many hundreds of millions of dollars in lost or delayed investment. And that means a lot of employment opportunities for our fellow Australians.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 3 comments
 
Australia, after all, has a humanitarian intake, and boasts about it like a vulnerable child who feels her grades the best in class.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 25 comments
 

Friday, November 10, 2017

What do Albert Einstein, Salvador Dali, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Freddie Mercury have in common? They were refugees.
Economics - Vladimir Vinokurov - 10 comments
 
What the ACT Government has done is to commission solar and wind generation, much of it outside the ACT, that is a contribution to the grid.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 22 comments
 
It is sadder than sad that the US and the EU have largely left Turkey's President Erdogan free to crush not only free press, but also freedom of speech and peaceful demonstrations.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 8 comments
 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

How efficient are different types of batteries/energy sources? A key metric is 'energy density'.
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 11 comments
 
As the APEC host, Vietnam can seize the opportunity to lead the action on fair trade to benefit everyone, including the US.
International - Nattavud Pimpa - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Paladin's Kayelekera uranium mine in Malawi, the 'warm heart of Africa', needs to be rehabilitated and Paladin hasn't set aside nearly enough money for the job.
Environment - Morgan Somerville and Jim Green - 3 comments
 
I had an opportunity to consider this recently when I launched 'Kingdom of the Wicked', a novel written by my former staffer, Helen Dale.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 27 comments
 
The acrimonious battle over Australia's largest motorway may be a case study in how class conflict plays out across the 'post-industrial' metropolis.
Nation Building - John Muscat - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Various Democrats have finally come clean about the Hillary Clinton machine: things were, it seems, rigged, stacked, and doctored.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
 
So, if the technology is not that new, why will people fork out for a new iPhone when perhaps they already have the latest-but-one incarnation thereof?
Society - Mal Fletcher - 6 comments
 
The centenary of the Balfour Declaration, 2 November 1917, is being used to delegitimise the State of Israel.
International - David Singer - 42 comments
 

Monday, November 6, 2017

The biggest concern is the Great Barrier Reef and the threat to its existence is the hottest issue of them all, particularly among voters under 35.
Environment - Everald Compton - 25 comments
 
A black letter reading of the Constitution suggests that the powerful General Cosgrove could appoint a progressive committee of experts, excluding serving politicians, to draft a new Constitution for Australia.
Law & Liberties - Klaas Woldring - 21 comments
 
The Kurdish resolve must be seen in the context of their decades-old aspirations for self-determination and the arbitrary borders that were drawn in the wake of World War II.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 17 comments
 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Parts of Australia's Constitution clearly are either inappropriate, out-of-date or simply don't work.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 54 comments
 
The current equivalent of lobotomies is the fashion for 'transgendering' hapless children and subjecting them to the ingestion of hormones and later surgery
Health - Babette Francis - 33 comments
 
Do we assume that capitalism will ultimately come up with a solution, or is capitalism itself the problem?
Political Philosophy - Sylvia Hale - 11 comments
 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The NBN seems to have been a Kevin Rudd idea, and he used it effectively in his 2007 election campaign. It sounded good, too.
Nation Building - Don Aitkin - 10 comments
 
The atheists that Sheridan then goes on to abuse would be laughing because he gives them such an easy target.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 51 comments
 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

There is something completely unique about the relationship we’ve always known as ‘marriage’, the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
Law & Liberties - Michael Casanova - 7 comments
 
As well as the overpowering impact of the bodywork and upholstery smells of these old vehicles, there was the aural impact of their various horns.
Society - Ian Nance - 3 comments
 
According to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development rankings of child income poverty rates, the United States disgracefully falls in between Mexico and Lithuania.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 10 comments
 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Yet manyof us simultaneously hold beliefs about how others’ private lives ought to conform to our standards.
Law & Liberties - Mitchell Barrington - 49 comments
 
Do a search on 'boys' education' and look at the astounding number of articles determined not to help boys to learn.
Education - Peter West - 26 comments
 
Article 25 of the Mandate was subsequently invoked on 23 September 1922 to restrict the Jewish National Home to just 22% of the territory encompassed by the Mandate.
International - David Singer - 9 comments
 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Weeks of predictions, optimistic readings, and hopeful signs were dashed as the members of the highest court of Australia laid waste to members of Parliament.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 16 comments
 
Julia Gillard received media coverage that was at best uncalled for and at its worst, offensive, sexist, and vulgar. Clinton received similar vitriol, upon which she reflected in a recent interview.
Society - Angelika Heurich and Jo Coghlan - 7 comments
 
The National Archives released over 2,800 previously classified or redacted records related to the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy.
International - Everett Themer - 2 comments
 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Are we happy for the elderly to sleep with a loaded firearm beneath their pillow?
Law & Liberties - Chris Fotinopoulos - 14 comments
 
I encourage you to consider arguments on both sides, make your own independent decision and not to give up your vote.
Law & Liberties - An Anonymous Dad - 41 comments
 
What the Coalition’s proposal is continuing to say to these children, many of whom are now adults, is that it is your fault that you are in the situation you are now in.
Law & Liberties - Elizabeth Reimer - 12 comments
 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Apparently, what defines a good electoral system is to, as quickly as possible, have someone form a new government, whether that someone actually has majority support.
International - Philip Lillingston - 13 comments
 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

There will be instances, albeit rare, where government discrimination serves a legitimate role of government.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 4 comments
 
At this stage, if we don't know what the precise objectives are, 'No Energy Guarantee' is the best elaboration of the NE'G' acronym.
Nation Building - Geoff Carmody - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oh well, it all has to be approved by COAG, which meets in November, and the whole exercise so far smacks of the back-of-envelope calculations that people make excitedly in hotel bars.
Nation Building - Don Aitkin - 7 comments
 
Not all news is counterfeit, but much of it is distorted by the lenses of power, decision and editorial consideration.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 
Religion is a man-made construct, and its flawed origins are rooted in the primitive recesses of our limbic brain - and distorted by our innate survival mechanisms.
Religion & Spirituality - Brian Morris - 38 comments
 

Monday, October 23, 2017

A persistent theme, in fact, emerges: the leaders of New Zealand and Australia have often disliked each other.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 14 comments
 
Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies.
International - John Pilger - 15 comments
 
If Republican Senators and House members have any spine left, they should stop behaving like a cult that blindly follows a blind leader and pass a bill that would prevent Trump from terminating the deal.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 10 comments
 

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