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February 5, 2016
The government, quite rightly, has allowed some from Nauru to come to Australia for medical treatment and for childbirth. This was the only just and humane thing to do, and it was done.
Law & Liberties - Michael Jensen - 24 comments
 
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden.
International - John Pilger - 39 comments
 
China is 'slowly excising the maritime heart out of south-east Asia' using vague 'historical rights' arguments.
International - Hannah Wade - 4 comments
 




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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Who would have believed that the most powerful nation on earth would contemplate having Donald Trump as President.
International - Everald Compton - 25 comments
 
Women make up the majority of the poor, as much as 70 per cent in some countries.
International - Donasius Pathera - 14 comments
 
China's economic ‘bicycle’ problem lies behind the creation of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Knowing this can borrowers strike a better deal?
International - Stewart Taggart - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I'm declaring 2016 the Year of Suburbia! Why? Because I think the penny will start to drop that the CBDs and inner cities are not the be all and end all of what it means to be 'urban.'
Economics - Ross Elliott - 5 comments
 
Global innovation suffers a collective action problem. There is no governing institution to do the difficult thing of coordinating a global innovation agreement and global innovation activities.
Economics - Jason Potts - 5 comments
 
Appeasers are once again protecting Islam, presumably on the assumption that because it is a monotheistic religion it is somehow equivalent to Christianity, and telling us that we can dialogue with 'moderate' Muslims.
Religion & Spirituality - Richard Stokes - 48 comments
 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Feminists are in a conundrum with the Cologne attacks: speak out and align with racism or be silent and align with complicity.
Law & Liberties - Petra Bueskens - 53 comments
 
A landmark national survey in January, by independent pollster IPSOS, showed that 78 percent of the population thought personal religious beliefs should be separated from the business of government.
Law & Liberties - Brian Morris - 13 comments
 
The shocking truth about MH370 is that we don't really know what happened and everything the authorities have said is pure speculation.
International - Murray Hunter - 5 comments
 

Monday, February 1, 2016

As chair of the Diversity Council Australia he has spoken out against gender inequality in the armed forces, he has been vocal about domestic violence and of course has strong views about social cohesion and Australia's cultural diversity.
Society - Kuranda Seyit - 28 comments
 
The importance of a valid, robust system of community, business and governmental funding, through taxes and debt, cannot be underestimated but more persuasive media are needed.
Nation Building - Robert Gibbons - 1 comment
 
As horrifying as the tragic death of Dafna is, it is beyond comprehension that the writer's first thought is to kill 100 Palestinians to avenge her.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Friday, January 29, 2016

When parts of the Australian media recently applauded the double suicide of a well-travelled, well-educated Melbourne couple who were not ill but simply growing old, I think we all need to stop and wonder where this is all going.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 36 comments
 
The degradation of the Earth due to human activity can and should be unjoined from climate and CO2. Solutions should not be centred around CO2 alone.
Environment - Tim Florin - 36 comments
 
Our fetish for uniforms is like treating an on-duty, uniformed police officer like Superman, then treating the same person with derision when he is dressed like Clark Kent.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 16 comments
 
This fundamental disconnect between the EU and Israel over the Arab Peace Initiative continues to detrimentally impact on their relationship.
International - David Singer - 18 comments
 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Only two good things have happened to the ALP in the last twenty years; Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott. Both fizzled. Could another saviour appear?
Domestic Politics - Syd Hickman - 16 comments
 
A day founded on the idea of national unity is increasingly being used by race baiters as a platform to preach collective guilt and perseverate in reciting historical grievance.
Society - John Slater - 50 comments
 
Iran perceives itself as the most significant regional power by virtue of its rich culture and long history extending over four millennia.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Indonesia is no stranger to Australian awards. Over recent decades, notable Indonesians who have received Australian honours include Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono amongst others.
International - Geoffrey Gold - 2 comments
 
Forget pride, achievement, nationalism and the inevitable mindless jingoism normally associated with Australia Day, Stan Grant has put paid to that.
Society - Bruce Haigh - 18 comments
 
The Sarawak Report went on to say that Premier Najib received much more than RM2.6 Billion into his personal bank accounts.
International - Murray Hunter - 2 comments
 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Among settler nations with indigenous populations, apart from a facile 'apology' in 2008, only Australia has refused to come to terms with the shame of its colonial past.
Society - John Pilger - 49 comments
 
The fact Stan Grant’s compelling speech has gone viral shows just how deeply this refusal to accept the reality of Australia’s history resonates with so many people.
Society - Andrew Bartlett - 60 comments
 
My gripe is that Australia Day has become nondescript and, in attempting to make it appealing to everyone, it fulfils neither its original nor its amended purpose.
Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 8 comments
 
We are about to have another Australia Day. And as usual, it raises questions. What does it mean to be Australian? Who's included, and who's not? And how has it changed?
Society - Peter West - 7 comments
 
Statistics have shown that countries that have seceded after the defeat of 'colonization' have more problems than before.
International - Donasius Pathera - 4 comments
 

Friday, January 22, 2016

While ISIS uses artillery and bombs to further their worldly ambitions, the weapon of choice for the AMC to promote humanity and spread the true peaceful teachings of Islam is the almighty pen.
Religion & Spirituality - Tariq Chohan and Khalid Chohan - 14 comments
 
The traditional National Electricity Market supply chain – large-scale generation, networks and retailers – is facing a phase of rapid change, bringing unbridled risk and complexity.
Economics - Mark Christensen - 26 comments
 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Professor Carter did not like the term sceptic, he considered himself a rationalist, and popular usage of the term 'climate change' a tautology.
Environment - Jennifer Marohasy - 35 comments
 
Reports are coming out in the media that hundreds of Malaysians are joining the jihad in Syria and Iraq, and the elaborate means through social media young people are being recruited to the cause of Islamic State.
International - Murray Hunter - 2 comments
 
He begins well, reminding readers that reformers have no right to assume opponents are bigoted, and the mere fact that most people support same-sex marriage is not a reason to change the law.
Law & Liberties - Max Atkinson - 77 comments
 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Saudi Arabia has a variety of reasons to not back down, not the least of which is the very real sense of being besieged on multiple fronts.
International - James Stafford - 32 comments
 
Now is a good time to be optimistic about Africa. The continent's global influence is growing after a decade of strong growth; the roots of macro-economic stability and democracy are sinking deeper across the continent.
International - Donasius Pathera - 4 comments
 
The warm days, seasons, years and epochs have never been a deadly threat to life on Earth. Frost, snow, hail and ice are the killers.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 28 comments
 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The point of this piece has little to do with Mr Bowie per se (whom I think might have agreed with at least some of it) and everything to do with our response to his passing.
The Arts - Mal Fletcher - 8 comments
 
Have there always been more Aboriginal Australians than earlier censuses counted?
Indigenous Affairs - Joe Lane - 32 comments
 
What if we made a programmable organism, maybe a bacteria, and 'programmed' it to capture carbon out of the atmosphere and convert it into long-chain hydrocarbons; essentially petrol?
Science & Technology - Ben Wade - 6 comments
 

Monday, January 18, 2016

We as Australians need to recognise that the country we have made was made through hard work and and a strong sense of ‘us’.
International - Don Aitkin - 3 comments
 
Official Government data for June 2014 indicates that 12 per cent of Australia's agricultural land (about 50 million hectares, an increase of 4.7 million hectares since 2010) featured some level of foreign ownership.
Economics - Brendan O'Reilly - 12 comments
 
The use of violence has not worked well making matters worse as it hardened the resolve of successive Israeli governments to deal with violent extremism.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 

Friday, January 15, 2016

We want you to travel with us to the sites of the massacres. We want to testify about the killings and the beatings with rifles.
International - Jason MacLeod - 14 comments
 
Finland is preparing to run a series of pilot programs to test whether universal basic incomes are an appropriate way to proceed in that country.
Economics - John Tomlinson - 12 comments
 
His inability to fully comprehend Jewish history and the connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel was the catalyst for his inevitable failur
International - David Singer - 21 comments
 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The groupthink of Left orthodoxy is accelerating the demise of liberal values on which Western culture was built.
Political Philosophy - Pete Mulherin - 29 comments
 
Modern magazines focus on new houses with novel and often highly technical features but which are not necessarily sustainable.
Environment - Valerie Yule - 9 comments
 
A friend of mine recently lamented that the Western media was downplaying the brutal string of Palestinian stabbings that has claimed 25 Israeli lives since September.
International - Gary Gambill - 15 comments
 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Those who dislike whaling have every right to avoid whale products, to hold whalers in disdain, and to urge others to do the same. But they should not be free to force others to stop whaling.
Environment - David Leyonhjelm - 14 comments
 
My criticism of the rationalists, the humanists and the secularists is their desire for a society in which the sacred is no more.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 115 comments
 
In fact, global economic forces, along with oil supply and demand fundamentals, are much more important than the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

North Korea has declared that its fourth nuclear test demonstrates the capability to defend itself against hostile powers. However, Pyongyang's motivations might have more to do with prestige and international bargaining leverage.
International - Liang Nah - 7 comments
 
Tunisia's problem is clearly much more than state weakness, it is ideological and therefore considerably harder to eradicate – and this is the good news story from the region!
International - Jed Lea-Henry - 8 comments
 
Just why has the Big Bash taken off in the past two years? From humble beginnings it's now compelling viewing, live and on TV.
Humour & Satire - David Cusworth - 10 comments
 

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Saudis wanted to send a blatant and carefully calculated message that the Kingdom is capable of standing on its own, and it will not be deterred by either the already destabilized region or by the repercussions of its act.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 9 comments
 
It is simply taken for granted that a deus ex machina, namely technological development, would enable humankind to solve the problem of global warming without causing any pain to anybody.
Environment - Saral Sarkar - 14 comments
 
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) made 87th position in 2013, but as at 2015, no Malaysian university made the top 100 Asian rankings.
International - Murray Hunter - 2 comments
 

Friday, January 8, 2016

The issue is whether he can successfully assemble together his vast experience of life in law, money, journalism, politics and civic affairs to get the results of which he is clearly capable.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 19 comments
 
Indeed there is territory-specific legislation to the contrary that confirms the legal right of Jews to settle in Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem.
International - David Singer - 18 comments
 
We must always be on guard against terrorism, its our responsibility to band together to defeat not only terrorism but equally important, avoid falling into the Islamophobia trap.
Religion & Spirituality - Aqeel Choudhry - 42 comments
 
That risk has raised questions about the meaning of democracy and the nature of a politician's duty.
Political Philosophy - Max Atkinson - 31 comments
 

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