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December 23, 2014
Prime Minister Abbott's attempt to downplay the threat to world peace and security constituted by the actions of Islamic State constitutes a serious error of judgement.
Political Philosophy - David Singer - 10 comments
 
While particular aspects of the Monis case are a matter for investigation, the whole experience suggests that the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of 'compassion' and away from realism and national interest.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 6 comments
 
Commonwealth governments should look again at income tax sharing arrangements.
Economics - Peter Hendy - 3 comments
 




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Monday, December 22, 2014

Now consider the unmediated demonstration of communion driving the 'I'll ride with you' hashtag.
Society - Luke Johnson - 12 comments
 
The gospel writers are, in a sense, coming to terms with those 4 feet and 8½ inches they had about themselves in their encounter with God in Jesus.
Religion & Spirituality - Craig Thompson - 17 comments
 
The first batch is reportedly all Indonesians, but the next group could include Australians Andrew Chan, 30, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33. The two men, members of the Bali Nine drug syndicate caught in 2005 and sentenced in 2006, have exhausted all appeals.
International - Duncan Graham - 8 comments
 

Friday, December 19, 2014

The result is that there are now many Australians with a refugee background who live with untreated PTS and by so doing pass the condition onto their children, which is also the case for many Australian veterans.
Law & Liberties - Bruce Haigh - 26 comments
 
Next time you're revolted by the latest Shane-event, perhaps the revulsion might remind you that as custodians of the broader culture, we, the watching world are part of the problem.
Society - Nick Moll - 4 comments
 
No Israeli government has shattered Israel's international image more than the Netanyahu government has over the past six years.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 
Jesus went by himself or with his disciples 'into a mountain' to pray, to meditate on God's spiritual idea, man and the universe.
Religion & Spirituality - Kay Stroud - 6 comments
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Aldi's patrons will look in vain for copies of Revolting Rhymes, which was nervously snatched from the shelves in August.
Law & Liberties - Richard King - 4 comments
 
Should we re-evaluate our existing public holidays, to consider abolishing some and introducing other more worthy public holidays for significant events.
Society - Dino Cesta - 18 comments
 
It is not just the West that views the Middle East through the lens of oil, neighbours like India share this fault as well.
International - Sudhanshu Tripathi - 1 comment
 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reading the 499-page torture report just released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was a disgusting experience.
International - Marjorie Cohn - 4 comments
 
Our way of life is under attack there is very little doubt about that, but by whom?
Law & Liberties - Junaid Cheema - 110 comments
 
While the Sydney holdup says absolutely nothing about a terror 'wave', it is being read as part of a current, with Australia being caught in it.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 130 comments
 
Andrews comes from the Socialist Left with alleged ties to the militant CFMEU and unlike Bracks, who had a diverse background in business and teaching, Daniel Andrews' entire career has been as a staffer and party organiser.
Political Philosophy - Tim O'Hare - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Why would the WMO not wait until January 1st, when it could say whatever it wanted to say with at least 365 days of data?
Environment - Don Aitkin - 19 comments
 
There are now 2 million tonnes less freight being moved by foreign vessels and the number of major Australian registered ships with coastal licences fell from 30 in 2006/07 to just 13 in 2012/13.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 14 comments
 
The Indonesian trade ministry is preparing to mandate the plain packaging of alcohol products, including Australian wine, with the respective labelling devoted to warnings of the adverse health consequences associated with alcohol consumption.
Health - Patrick Basham - 7 comments
 

Monday, December 15, 2014

It is clear the 'Gonski' model was hastily implemented and should have undergone at least a year of trialling and testing.
Education - David Robertson - 1 comment
 
The election result is hardly an overwhelming endorsement of Labor. Not only was result close, but Labor's primary vote, while up by just under two per cent was barely 38 per cent.
Domestic Politics - Rick Brown - 8 comments
 
It is incongruous that China, as a nation that prides itself on being the centre of global civilisation, has consistently refused to accept that it has a moral obligation to participate in global humanitarian missions.
International - Jed Lea-Henry - 2 comments
 
They are now increasingly focused on evoking international sympathy to their cause, but have failed time and again to appeal to the Israeli public, which matters the most to realize their stated objective of a Palestinian state.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
 
Most people I know, churched or not, are decent and reliable and honest. Those who proclaim atheism are perhaps even better than most because they have actually thought about the question of god.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 29 comments
 

Friday, December 12, 2014

My advice to Mr Pyne is find something else to do that is more productive, in terms of the public good, than meddling with universities.
Education - Don Aitkin - 17 comments
 
Many professors on reputation alone are able to impose their own policy ideas upon society, without actually having the knowledge and experience to yield such influence in solving world problems.
Education - Murray Hunter - 13 comments
 
Adelaide needs another office block in the CBD like a chocolate teapot needs hot water.
Economics - Malcolm King - 12 comments
 
Since 2001, Norway's oil production has fallen by almost half, from around 3.5 million barrels per day down to about 1.8 or 1.9 million bpd in 2014.
International - Nicholas Cunningham - 11 comments
 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Public discussions about big infrastructure projects always attract plenty of participants who're impatient with 'petty' concerns like opportunity cost, distributional issues, and formal benefit-cost analysis.
Economics - Alan Davies - 13 comments
 
Theological colleges teach a variety of courses on subjects like ancient Greek, ancient Hebrew, introduction to philosophy, ethics, Reformation history, overseas aid and development....
Education - Mike Bird - 14 comments
 
It makes sense for Australia not to hold a tender if the Government wants an in-production submarine rather than a risky drawing board design.
International - Peter Coates - 47 comments
 
Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power?
Media - John Pilger - 19 comments
 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In a state that has recently been strong for Labor state and federal, and with a very lacklustre state government and a disliked federal government, Labor should have done much better.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 11 comments
 
In today's competitive technological age, when the industry is struggling to find its identity and an audience, is it possible to be a TV news reporter and retain your integrity?
Media - Patricia Edgar - 21 comments
 
Moreover, the tax-to-GDP ratio is higher in Australia than in many countries with which we compete for investment and skilled workers, including South Korea and the United States.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 10 comments
 
In this earthly world of competing one, true faiths, it is unsurprising that there is strong support for suppression of blasphemy, heresy, apostasy, sacrilege and other related forms of dissent.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 3 comments
 
An ordinary bloke's take on the taxation problems facing Australia and while less may equal more.
Economics - Don Nicol - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A new research report from Women's Forum Australia, Adoption Rethink, highlights the situation of vulnerable children living in care in Australia, calling for action to address what is turning into a crisis.
Society - Marie-Therese Gibson - 4 comments
 
Abbott appears more interested in reintroducing knighthoods than re-engineering Australia for the twenty first century to ensure future prosperity for all, as distinct to a select few, Australians.
Society - Dino Cesta - 15 comments
 
The Common Declaration constitutes an impassioned plea on behalf of 1.2 billion Catholics and 300 million Orthodox Christians world-wide for concerted international action to eradicate Islamic State.
International - David Singer - 14 comments
 
The National Party is but a shadow of its former self and essentially a cheer-squad nowadays for the Liberal party, playing not much more than a symbolic role within the Coalition.
Domestic Politics - Jack Wilkie-Jans - 3 comments
 

Monday, December 8, 2014

However in modern societies there can be a different kind of despotism, and one such modern despotism is the despotism of bureaucracies.
Law & Liberties - James Page - 8 comments
 
Only a miniscule minority who are currently grieving ever met the man, let alone knew him well.
Sport - Duncan Stone - 16 comments
 
Hitting the targets and finding capable and qualified women to fill leadership roles just isn't hard for me and my network.
Society - Conrad Liveris - 15 comments
 
Netanyahu really believes that he has been ordained to pursue this 'sacred mission' to shape Israel's destiny regardless of any domestic or international opposition.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 
Hundreds of billions of dollars have also come from junk-bond investors looking for high returns.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 10 comments
 
Although agricultural R&D spending and human resource capacity has grown considerably in the region since 2000, it was concentrated in only a few African countries.
International - Nienke Beintema and Gert-Jan Stads
 

Friday, December 5, 2014

It is not only in the Middle East and in areas under the control of ISIS that Christians and other minorities are suffering persecution. Pakistan, our friendly cricket-playing Commonwealth country is a major offender.
Law & Liberties - Babette Francis - 18 comments
 
The High Court decision 'overturns 90 years of Australian law, swinging the pendulum quite to the other end, in that it recognises that engaging in public debate is a public benefit in itself'.
Political Philosophy - Gary Johns - 12 comments
 
According to the latest ABS statistics the average super account balance in 2011-12 for women was $44,866 compared to $82,615 for men.
Nation Building - Matthew Taylor - 3 comments
 
Developers are a much maligned breed but without them, nothing much happens.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 6 comments
 
Yet to the bestowing of unconstrained sainthood there remains a huge elephant in the room, one mentioned by but a few and emphasised by even fewer.
International - Peter Job - 7 comments
 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I am scared stiff that I may be confined indefinitely in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia, incontinence and the like.
Law & Liberties - Bill Alcock - 18 comments
 
Since the election, the Coalition's tax-and-spend demons have been winning.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 19 comments
 
The advancement of women's rights has been held up as one of the most tangible gains of the intervention in Afghanistan, but these gains remain fragile.
International - Stephanie Cousins - 18 comments
 
After years of high oil prices driven by scarcity and fears that oil is running out, the price of crude oil has fallen from about $US115 to less than $US70 a barrel over the past six months.
Economics - Peter Westmore - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Such women were defined as harboring destructive attitudes toward their own children (and children in general) and accused, in essence, of downplaying the moral gravitas of parenting.
Society - Petra Bueskens - 52 comments
 
Earlier this year, Richard Dawkins tweeted that it would be immoral not to abort a baby if you knew it had Down Syndrome.
Political Philosophy - Vaughan Olliffe - 24 comments
 
I believe there has been an increase of anti-Semitism among some of the community arts activists on Facebook postings I have been following during the last Gaza-Israel conflict.
Law & Liberties - Fotis Kapetopoulos - 15 comments
 
A Papal plea made directly to China and Russia to join in drafting a resolution under Section 42 could just prove to be the catalyst to persuade these two recalcitrant nations into authorizing military action.
International - David Singer - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Even the Google landing page, the online world's most militantly uncluttered site, displayed his commemorative image of a bat leaning against a wall, casting its melancholy shadow.
Sport - David Rowe - 14 comments
 
This means that we can plan for 2015 to be a better year, but, as in all things, success happens when we face and plan to overcome obstacles.
Society - Everald Compton - 9 comments
 
Youth Unemployment is hitting 20% in some areas of Australia. Well, get used to it. In 30-50 years unemployment will average at least 33% for everyone!
Economics - Geoff Lines - 19 comments
 
In this regime, the locus of politics is not in the legislature or elections, but has moved to a field of power where democratic and non-accountable actors and processes interact.
International - Heinrich Matthee - 1 comment
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Arguably no state government in the country has secured the revenue necessary to sustain government provision of public infrastructure over the long term.
Domestic Politics - Tristan Ewins - 34 comments
 
I know enough people in the services and in the Defence bureaucracy to be certain that ASC is definitely not held in high regard and that, if our Navy seeks value for money, it should buy its submarines overseas.
International - Brendan O'Reilly - 19 comments
 
If Australia can find a way to successfully embrace these seven critical reforms, then it may be lucky enough to save its agricultural future before technological obsolescence snuffs it out.
Science & Technology - Asher Judah - 15 comments
 
Even Asimov, arguably the best popular writer on science ever, incredibly prolific (he seems to have written around 500 books), and genuinely knowledgeable, did not predict the changes in human society.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 11 comments
 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Victoria's political leaders look the other way on voluntary euthanasia law reform leading up to Saturday's vote.
Law & Liberties - Neil Francis - 26 comments
 
In an open liberal democracy, there won't just be disagreement about strategies for achieving an aim, there will also be disagreement about what the overall aims ought to be.
Political Philosophy - John Wright - 15 comments
 
Pearson’s spoken words resound through non-Indigenous and hopefully most Indigenous circles but in reality there is still a long way to go and after millions of dollars and several years.
Indigenous Affairs - Jack Wilkie-Jans - 5 comments
 
Recent satellite imagery confirms China is conducting significant land reclamation operations in the Spratly Islands in the SCS.
International - Colin Chilcoat - 4 comments
 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The application of the parliamentary inquiry's recommendations, taken in conjunction with improved work and learning up to Year 10 exit, will make major improvements in maths and the numerical sciences.
Education - John Ridd - 11 comments
 
There are over 290,000 children with a disability in schools in Australia, yet the number receiving any kind of funded support, no matter how small, is just 183,000.
Education - Correna Haythorpe - 5 comments
 
In the place of compassion, empathy and understanding, qualities that make us truly human, the basest of all emotions have anchored themselves in the collective heart.
Law & Liberties - Isobel Blackthorn - 54 comments
 
Sand is an integral part of efficient fracking, and it is in short supply.
Environment - James Stafford - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

At present, there are over 300 million Indigenous people worldwide comprising approximately 5% of the global population. Alarmingly, however, they represent 10% of those living in extreme poverty.
International - Conor Johnson - 8 comments
 
If this trend had continued, CO2 would have become too low to support life on Earth.
Environment - Patrick Moore - 17 comments
 
The elephant-in-the-room in all current discussions of immigration is the question of 'open borders'.
Society - Barry York - 16 comments
 
Sometimes the most unlikely of comrades can harbour an abiding interest in common.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It is significant that the idea of sacrifice is at the centre of memorialisation of war.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 26 comments
 
In the 21st century both Labor and Coalition governments have tended to forgive and forget the grave foreign policy errors made by the US during the war on terror.
International - Brendon O'Connor - 3 comments
 
A holding charge on land would reduce the number of vacant houses and boost supply overnight.
Nation Building - Karl Fitzgerald - 6 comments
 
Alarm bells warning of this week's massacre should have sounded loud and clear when American Secretary of State John Kerry visited Israel on 2 January.
International - David Singer - 23 comments
 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ecology must signify the absence of pollution. Start this transition by rethinking industrialized agriculture.
Environment - Evaggelos Vallianatos - 13 comments
 
Not all foreign fighters return radicalised - many return disillusioned.
International - Romain Quivooij - 11 comments
 
De Blasio is not your typical democrat that we are used to viewing from the other side of the world; like Bill Clinton or Barrack Obama. Instead, he is a genuine progressive.
Political Philosophy - Gerard May - 13 comments
 
Erdogan has never been fazed by the fact that today's Turkey is not the Ottoman Empire and that the Ottomans were not as admired by the peoples they governed, as Erdogan wants to believe.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 
With Iran needing somewhere around $135 per barrel for its budget to breakeven, it would be the biggest beneficiary of a diplomatic accord with the west.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 1 comment
 

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