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March 5, 2015
Community support is 82% but crucially a substantial majority of people who identify as Christian support the right of doctors to provide a lethal dose, according to a 2012 Newspoll.
Law & Liberties - Ian Wood - 6 comments
 
Murray should have recommended that options to bail out banks ought to be closed off, including through removing the discretion of the Reserve Bank to bail out a bank without parliamentary approval.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 2 comments
 
This leads directly to a triumphalist humanism that dangerously underestimates our capacity for evil. We find ourselves singing along with the Beatles 'All you need is love.'
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 5 comments
 
Those claiming that oil will continue to fall from here and remain low for evermore, however, are flying in the face of both history and common sense.
Economics - Martin Tillier - 3 comments
 




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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Imagine if a religious leader stood on the streets of Sydney and openly called for the murder of people of another faith. It happened recently, and barely a word of condemnation was heard.
Law & Liberties - Vic Alhadeff - 19 comments
 
If it is wrong for one individual to kill another then it should be unacceptable for the state to cause a person's death in civilised societies.
Law & Liberties - David Swanton - 17 comments
 
Their man in Moscow used to be Boris Yeltsin, a drunk, who handed his country's economy to the West. His successor, Putin, has re-established Russia as a sovereign nation.
International - John Pilger - 4 comments
 
Unsubsidised wind power can compete, on a cost-per-output basis, with the likes of coal and gas, while the other forms of green power - photovoltaics and solar thermal - trail the field by a fair margin.
Environment - Mark S. Lawson - 28 comments
 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The posters were the giveaway. Professionally produced with near perfect English, some almost works of art, showing Tony Abbott sprouting horns above the caption: ‘Go to hell Abbott with your druggies’.
International - Duncan Graham - 21 comments
 
As Annabel Crabb noted, Turnbull didn't enter politics to become the longest-serving Communications Minister.
Domestic Politics - Tim O'Hare - 7 comments
 
And as the Prince Phillip 'knightmare' incident showed Australia’s constitutional arrangements are an anachronism, and need updating.
Economics - Tim Harcourt - 2 comments
 
What is striking is the passive and negligent policy of the White House towards human-rights issues among its regional allies.
International - Arash Falasiri - 2 comments
 
Dr Paul Dunne offered a stinging rebuke to the pro-euthanasia lobby, many of whom, he contended, 'deliberately confuse euthanasia with current lawful medical practice...'
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 5 comments
 
The Greens in NSW are campaigning first on mining and coal seam gas.
Domestic Politics - Peter West - 3 comments
 

Monday, March 2, 2015

During 2010–11 and 2011–12, there were 121 females (62%) and 75 males (38%) killed in domestic homicides according to the latest figures just released by the Australian Institute of Criminology.
Law & Liberties - Roger Smith - 63 comments
 
Mr Abbott said the Human Rights Commission should be ashamed of itself for releasing the report because it was an attack on his government.
Law & Liberties - Virginia Small - 13 comments
 
Unlike an Indonesian president, God has no constituency to please; he is not capable of being bullied by Prime Ministers, nor is he open to bribes.
Religion & Spirituality - Michael Jensen - 13 comments
 
The war against Islamic State in Iraq has made training remote aircrew for drones and acquisition of armed drones themselves a high priority for the RAAF.
International - Peter Coates - 17 comments
 
Netanyahu has brought Israel's indispensable relations with the US to a state of crisis, infuriated European leaders, embarrassed Jews everywhere, and further isolated Israel.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 
The Abbott Liberal Government needs to reverse their short-sighted budget cut to career guidance to ensure that Australian job seekers have the best information available.
Education - Amanda Rishworth - 5 comments
 

Friday, February 27, 2015

For how much longer can a noisy minority overrule such a massive majority? Until that majority shakes off its apathy and uses its political potential.
Law & Liberties - Geoff Wall - 11 comments
 
We need an incredibly robust principle of free speech because we can’t be trusted to be impartial when it comes to people we really, really think are wrong.
Law & Liberties - Natasha Moore - 6 comments
 
What is going on in Libya could change this country into a breeding ground that could threaten the whole region, not only Egypt.
International - David Singer - 15 comments
 
Vine recommends that, because of current UK rape laws, Romeo would be well advised to get written consent, and also keep a breathalyser and drug sniffer dog by the bed.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 27 comments
 
For many apartment projects, more than 80% or 90% of the stock is sold to investors, not to people with the intention of living there. This includes a significant proportion of first home buyers as investors.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 15 comments
 
Sirisena has ruled out an international investigation into the massacre of Tamil civilians at the end of the civil war in 2009 and opted instead for a domestic inquiry.
International - Bruce Haigh - 3 comments
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This is the power they possess to toss-out governments every three years, no matter what their politics or how well they have governed, and they intend to exercise it mightily.
Political Philosophy - Everald Compton - 5 comments
 
Hicks was found 'not guilty' because the law hadn't developed to deal with his particular crime at the time when he committed it.
Law & Liberties - John Slater - 7 comments
 
The shale oil 'revolution' in the United States that took off soon after the publication of his book has certainly changed the supply picture, and the recent collapse in oil prices has forced Rubin to eat his words.
Economics - Andrew Topf - 6 comments
 
We need a five-year moratorium on state-nominated migration as we're creating a burgeoning underclass of migrants - a 'precariat' of marginalised unemployed and under employed contract workers.
Economics - Malcolm King - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The publication had a very un-Australian affect on the readers - comments flooded the paper's social media site vilifying Muslims, promoting hate and creating divisions amongst Australians.
Law & Liberties - Junaid Cheema - 134 comments
 
Murphy's Swan Lake is a retelling of the ill-fated Princess Diana love triangle in the House of Windsor.
The Arts - Fiona Prior - 9 comments
 
Pickens, and Shilling purport to have sound reasons for saying what they do, but the real reasons for such comments are most likely the two oldest human motivations in the book, greed and hubris.
Economics - Martin Tillier - 3 comments
 
Bush fires in the Blue Mountains were devastating, but the council appears to have grossly over-estimated the economic damage.
Economics - Robert Gibbons
 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

David Hicks was wrongly imprisoned, falsely charged and denied justice, but he was still a terrorist.
Law & Liberties - Jed Lea-Henry - 23 comments
 
There's obviously a need to make sure that government funding is only going to reputable childcare providers, but ensuring accountability for a nanny and ensuring accountability for a long day care service are two completely different things.
Society - Trisha Jha - 6 comments
 
It may be difficult to look beyond the current pricing environment for oil, but the depletion of low-cost reserves and the increasing inability to find major new discoveries ensures a future of expensive oil.
Environment - Nicholas Cunningham - 8 comments
 
If the Israeli Arabs want equal distribution of resources to improve their socio-economic conditions, fully integrate into Israeli society, and contribute constructively to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, they must now vote.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cyclone Marica was not a category 5 cyclone and the Bureau of Meteorology needs to be investigated for the distress it caused millions of Queenslanders.
Science & Technology - Jennifer Marohasy - 41 comments
 
Karl Marx declared 150 years ago that 'If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist'.
Political Philosophy - Barry York - 2 comments
 
The small nation state of the Republic of the Marshall Islands is taking the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Law & Liberties - Sue Wareham - 12 comments
 
This is an important distinction because the Obama administration’s public rationale for accepting an inferior deal feeds off of the common misconception that Iran is eight weeks away from a nuclear weapon.
International - Gary Gambill - 2 comments
 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Australians tend to demonise or sanctify their legal villains, casting a social net around them that either protects, or asphyxiates them.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 72 comments
 
If refugees are viewed an undesirable necessity, asylum seekers are the mud on their shoes.
Society - Isobel Blackthorn - 30 comments
 
Why does Israel appear to be the only country that faces criticism for its military actions being 'disproportionate'?
International - Jonathan J. Ariel - 15 comments
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A quantitative example given in this article shows that road users collectively are paying very large sums of money through toll payments for which there is little or no return in travel time savings.
Nation Building - John Goldberg - 3 comments
 
Even if Congress does not oblige him, Obama will continue to bomb Iraq and Syria, falsely claiming that the 2001 AUMF gives him that authority.
International - Marjorie Cohn - 15 comments
 
It is hard to conceive any action more likely to undermine trust or prejudge final status issues than the Quartet's failure to condemn the EU's own aberrant behaviour and call for an immediate halt to its illegal activities in the West Bank.
International - David Singer - 3 comments
 
South Africa's encouraging performance within Sub-Saharan Africa in particular is a further testament to a unique opportunity in improving regional integration, boosting local supply-chain coordination and lowering trade barriers on the continent.
International - Babatunde Omilola - 1 comment
 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I am going to Canberra next Tuesday 24th and Wed 25th February to stand in front of Parliament House and ask those very questions on the behalf of my generation.
Economics - Brian Murphy - 10 comments
 
Are there lessons for Tony Abbott in the travails of his predecessor Robert Gordon Menzies?
Domestic Politics - Alexander Morgan - 8 comments
 
'Whoever says that all music is prohibited let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.' - Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali
Religion & Spirituality - Bashir Goth - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

If anything, I and my fellow baby boomers should pay the rest of Australia a lump sum when we retire, to cover the debt we are leaving.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 22 comments
 
But what exactly does the NSW Department mean by community engagement? The language seems to suggest a genuine partnership between schools and communities, however experience makes me hesitate.
Education - Philip Roberts - 2 comments
 
We've nearly doubled educational spending per student in the last few decades. That's funded popular measures with little impact.
Education - Nicholas Gruen - 13 comments
 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Moreover, what they were doing, had they been successful, would have caused a great deal of unhappiness, and almost certainly death, to people in Australia.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 74 comments
 
Recently, the government's antipathy towards leaking in the public interest has reached new heights, with laws that could put whistleblowers and journalists in prison for years.
Law & Liberties - Brian Martin - 4 comments
 
North Korea's test firings of 5 short range KN-09 anti-ship missiles on 8th February 2015 is simply a sabre rattling exercise. These missiles are not a game changer for DPRK naval capabilities and do not alter the status quo.
International - Liang Nah - 5 comments
 
It is hard to imagine how a devious, delusionary and destructive individual like Naftali Bennett, the leader of the Jewish Home party, can rise to prominence while openly advocating a racist political agenda.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 

Friday, February 13, 2015

The reality is that having parents who spend time and energy educating their children by reading books, turning off the computer and plasma TV screens and having high expectations gives students a head start when it comes to doing well at school.
Education - Kevin Donnelly - 14 comments
 
For politicians it is all about the numbers but for voters it is actually about policy.
Domestic Politics - Jo Coghlan - 14 comments
 
Why discipline Iraq for real offences when Israel is available to prosecute for imagined offences?
International - David Singer - 13 comments
 
During 2012, the International Powerlifting Federation had a positive test result of 4.6 per cent for the total 2218 tests it conducted.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 1 comment
 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

'Please explain' is a legitimate demand of voters on politicians which is rarely satisfactorily met.
Economics - Gary Johns - 7 comments
 
The ALP geniuses cheered at Abbott's survival but it would be in their interests to get Malcolm up as soon as possible so as to have the maximum time and this coming budget for their attacks.
Domestic Politics - Syd Hickman - 12 comments
 
If the Abbott Government v1.0 has a vision, it’s darn good at hiding it. And given it is hidden, it’s unsurprising the alleged vision has not been embraced by the backbench let alone marketed to the rest of us.
Domestic Politics - Jonathan J. Ariel
 
Queensland Labor boxes itself in with its anti-asset sales mandate and will be punished by having to implement the impossible agenda of no cuts, retaining assets and delivering a surplus.
Domestic Politics - Tim O'Hare - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

If electors think asset sales are necessary to make life more secure, caused by Labor's mismanagement, they will take it out on Labor, not the privatiser.
Economics - Graham Young - 13 comments
 
This matters because, as the Danish study shows, a large component of the return to higher education is due to better quality matches in household formation.
Education - Jason Potts - 8 comments
 
With temperatures rising and extreme weather becoming more frequent, the 'climate-smart agriculture' campaign is using a host of measures to keep farmers ahead of the disruptive impacts of climate change.
Environment - Lisa Palmer - 38 comments
 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

'Removing a first-term incumbent leader should have been taboo after the turmoil that followed Labor's decision to make such a move against Kevin Rudd.' Peter van Onselen, The Australian
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 24 comments
 
That's because current territorial tension in the South China Sea isn't about islands. It's about access to energy, fisheries and control over navigation.
International - Stewart Taggart - 2 comments
 
On special occasions (fireworks seem a big drawcard) they will come in droves but to suggest that continued investment in inner city recreational facilities benefits people who live 10 or 20 or 30 kilometres away, is stretching things.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 2 comments
 
According to the Coalition Australia is in such a bad economic position that we must question the affordability of just about everything and even reduce much needed Government services for Australia's most vulnerable citizens.
Economics - Peter Gibilisco - 4 comments
 

Monday, February 9, 2015

That stench of hypocrisy – worsening by the hour – is from Australia's mainstream media – newspapers and electronic media run by Fairfax, Murdoch and the ABC.
Domestic Politics - Alan Austin - 36 comments
 
Nor, it seems, did the Treasurer ask himself if taxes should be increased on the wealthy before services were cut to the poor - this was ruled out by election promises, as was any increase in the GST.
Political Philosophy - Max Atkinson - 11 comments
 
It is absurd to state that the only way we can know about the world is through scientific speculation since this activity is dependent upon assumptions that are not established by science. The argument is circular.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 138 comments
 
Mega, 68, recently agreed to continue running the PDI-P for the next five years. She’s a lady who doesn’t tolerate opposition, so gets none.
International - Duncan Graham - 3 comments
 

Friday, February 6, 2015

What was Thierry-Maxine Loriot, curator, thinking? Perhaps it was in the context of ‘lipstick’ or ‘stiletto feminism’.
The Arts - Zoë Morrison - 4 comments
 
Truthiness is 'What I say is right, and [nothing] anyone else says could possibly be true.'
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 19 comments
 
There is no doubt that Prime Minister Netanyahu's acceptance of House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to address a joint session of congress on Iran is extraordinarily damaging to Israel-US relations.
International - Alon Ben-Meir
 
During the last oil crash in the 1980’s, around 700 banks failed after oil prices crashed.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 13 comments
 

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