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December 15, 2017
That she had even assumed such a position of scepticism immediately catapulted her into the circles of fire.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
 
'A favorite word of Freeman's about doing science and being creative is the word 'subversive'.'
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Now with Parliament closed for the year, the 2016 Annual Report - if there is one - has not been tabled.
Economics - Russell Grenning - 3 comments
 
The key question now is, what are the criteria for something to be identified as being intelligent?
Science & Technology - Graham Preston - 8 comments
 
Bush's strategy involved him firstly stating his 'vision' before actually announcing the Bush Roadmap to turn that vision into reality.
International - David Singer - 9 comments
 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Their underlying argument is that a decline in belief in God is leading to a breakdown in society, and those responsible for this breakdown are The Australian's usual culprits: the 'Elites'.
Religion & Spirituality - Ian Keese - 15 comments
 
The target is to bring global oil inventories back down to the five-year average.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The assertion that synthetic phonics is the single causal factor for England's rise of two places deserves close interrogation.
Education - Paul Gardner - 2 comments
 
A key role of the commission is to provide information to help the public understand the work of the sector and to support its transparency and accountability.
Law & Liberties - Gary Johns - 8 comments
 
Obama's decision to change that policy was not based on American interests or in the interests of peace. It was done out of personal revenge against Prime Minister Netanyahu.
International - Alan Dershowitz - 21 comments
 

Monday, December 11, 2017

The nuclear industry is very fond of proclaiming that wastes from small thorium reactors would need safe disposal and guarding for 'only 300 years'. Just the bare 300!
Science & Technology - Noel Wauchope - 21 comments
 
'If things were still the way they were at the beginning of the year, over 80 percent of the world's bitcoin trading and ICO financing would take place in China...'
Economics - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Jerusalem has been at the centre of Jewish life, culturally and spiritually, since long before Jesus Christ walked its streets and long before the advent of Islam.
International - Kate Ashmor - 25 comments
 
Without any of these, he would vanish, a figure charged on a narcissism that would otherwise vanquish him. Left alone, and the shallowness would be overwhelming.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 16 comments
 
The weakness in the public perception of Tim Nicholls meant that while Adani should have wedged both him and Labor, it only seemed to wedge him.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 3 comments
 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The articles elaborate on how China's EMALS is an improved and 2nd (next) generation version of the EMALS used in United States Ford Class Aircraft Carriers built by General Atomics.
International - Saurabh Misra - 3 comments
 
You think I'm one of those anti-smoking nuts? Well, yes and no. I'm a journalist who once smoked 80 cigarettes a day.
Health - Judy Cannon - 7 comments
 
The Agency's approach is lazy and simplistic, reporting a crude figure that fails to compare like with like.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The crudity of the racism is the point of the plot, and of course the film is a straightforward attack on the overt and hidden racist culture of 1974 USA.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 8 comments
 
'If things were still the way they were at the beginning of the year, over 80 percent of the world's bitcoin trading and ICO financing would take place in China...'
Economics - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
 
Cryptocurrency may be one of the biggest threats to governments, security and the entire financial system that we've ever seen.
Economics - James Stafford - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We see China as backward, polluted and primitive, with appalling standards in the way the Chinese treat human beings.
International - Peter West - 21 comments
 
In many cases the Church was involved in defining these laws, especially on the continent with the rule of Christian Democratic parties, for instance in Germany and Italy.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 12 comments
 
There are hundreds of different grades of oil, and hubs where it is bought and sold. And they all have different prices.
Economics - Keith Schaefer - 1 comment
 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Before and during the postal survey, assurances were given, by the Prime Minister no less, that 'religious freedom…will be protected in any bill that comes before this parliament.'
Law & Liberties - Nicola Wright - 13 comments
 
How weakened laws in Qld and NSW are failing our wildlife and how the Australian Government is doing little to prevent it.
Environment - Martin Taylor - 6 comments
 
November 29, 2017 marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution calling for the creation in Western Palestine of independent Arab and Jewish states.
International - David Singer - 39 comments
 

Friday, December 1, 2017

We know that reading skills in Australia have been declining for decades, despite huge increases in funding.
Education - Jo Rogers - 16 comments
 
This is in line with history since about 1995, a record of capricious decision-making by ideologically-driven politicians.
Nation Building - Robert Gibbons - 2 comments
 
Almost half of the USA (is) one giant natural reservoir of the disease where plague is permanently entrenched among the burrows of ground-living animals.
Health - Peter Curson - 16 comments
 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Despite the tired old analogies about how many football fields are cleared every minute, the facts are that just 0.23 per cent of the total land area of Queensland was cleared in 2015/16.
Environment - Michael Guerin - 30 comments
 
Before and during the postal survey, assurances were given, by the Prime Minister no less, that 'religious freedom…will be protected in any bill that comes before this parliament.'
Law & Liberties - Nicola Wright - 19 comments
 
When the British government transported criminals and political enemies to this far-off land their plan was kinder than ours.
Law & Liberties - Beverly Holmes-Brown - 15 comments
 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The LNP leader's baggage made it difficult for him to fend off wedges from his left and right.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 6 comments
 
'Respect for ourselves guides our morals,' wrote the Irish novelist Laurence Sterne. 'Respect for others guides our manners'.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 11 comments
 
My guess is most Australians aren't aware that an area of forest and bushland the size of the MCG is currently bulldozed in Queensland every three minutes.
Environment - Katherine Barraclough - 24 comments
 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Obscure groups and more notable countries huddle together, supposedly sharing some disreputable common ground and we are none the wiser on the content behind the categorisation.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
 
Saudi Arabia needs $60 per barrel for its Aramco initial public offering to be a success in the second half of next year.
Economics - Zainab Calcuttawala - 8 comments
 

Monday, November 27, 2017

If any more discrimination exemptions make their way into marriage equality legislation, that legislation should be voted down and we should start again.
Law & Liberties - Rodney Croome - 40 comments
 
Now, if it is correct that there is no God, then certain things logically follow: these things are so regardless of whether any particular atheist believes them or not.
Religion & Spirituality - Graham Preston - 49 comments
 

Friday, November 24, 2017

It seems that when government workers are in a position to decide, they vote for more government and there is no party more in favour of larger government than the Greens.
Domestic Politics - Stephen Cable - 18 comments
 
It is surely worrying that another country can apparently determine whether or not one of our citizens is eligible to stand for our national parliament.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 24 comments
 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The third largest state economy after NSW and Victoria, Queensland has the highest public debt in the commonwealth.
Economics - Tony Makin - 7 comments
 
Israel, Jordan and the PLO each have their own reasons to be apprehensive as to the different approach that Trump might be contemplating.
International - David Singer - 11 comments
 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

No longer do existing teams appear, but new franchises, where older concepts like playing for your team, your local side, are deemed irrelevant.
Sport - Glen Davis - 5 comments
 
Whatever the lexical problems faced by members of the Australian Christian Movement, and for that matter other religious groups, they are on to something.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

What they had in mind was to avoid a situation where someone in the federal parliament owed allegiance to a country with which Australia had a significant conflict.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 12 comments
 
Conservatives are horrified that multiple members of the parliamentary wing are enthusiastic supporters of such reality bending concepts as gay marriage.
Political Philosophy - Stephen Cable - 8 comments
 
On the one hand, we had the vote for equality. But on the other, we had direct participation in the formation of policy.
Political Philosophy - Ben Debney - 10 comments
 

Monday, 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 - 9 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 - 28 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 - 4 comments
 

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 - 11 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 - 73 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
 

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