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November 21, 2014
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Health - Jed Lea-Henry - 5 comments
 
This Russian fleet off the coast of Queensland was a reminder how diminutive Australia is in power and therefore how dependent we are on the US Navy to counter the fleets of great powers.
International - Peter Coates - 26 comments
 
Life expectancy for indigenous men has risen by a year, while infant mortality has been reduced, but is the latter the reason for the former?
Indigenous Affairs - Joe Lane - 11 comments
 
Allah is the Compassionate, the Merciful. This description occurs everywhere, and is even shouted by the unmerciful and uncompassionate jihadis.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

In the face of nuclear war, nuclear disaster, public opposition, financial struggle, and the growth and competitiveness of renewable technologies, the house of cards that is the nuclear industry is bound to collapse again.
Environment - Mia Pepper - 23 comments
 
The Chinese president agreed to do nothing, and the US president to do nothing of which he was capable.
Environment - Keith DeLacy - 9 comments
 
Refugee advocates have spoken of their alarm at the new legislative reforms currently proposed under a migration amendment bill, calling them 'diabolical' and 'destructive'.
Law & Liberties - Judy Cannon - 22 comments
 
The key reason why he got involved in banking was because he knew nothing about banking; not knowing can be a blessing. You learn on your own.
Economics - Peter Gibilisco - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It is the capacity for intimate relationships that predicted flourishing in all aspects of men's lives.
Society - Nicholas Goodwin - 20 comments
 
In protecting more than 2.3 million square kilometres, Labor delivered by far the largest representative network of marine protected areas in the world.
Environment - Lisa Singh - 7 comments
 
Defensive, embarrassing, insular, cringeworthy – this is just a sampler of media comment on Abbott's performance at the G20.
International - Tom Switzer - 49 comments
 
For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state.
Law & Liberties - John Pilger - 11 comments
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Irish society as a whole (rather than just the nuns) needs to accept responsibility for the happenings of this era.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 13 comments
 
Despite what appears to be a saturated oil market in 2014, oil producers around the world will struggle to meet rising demand over the next few decades.
Environment - Nicholas Cunningham - 3 comments
 
Depicting Hamas' behavior and its doctrine of promoting Israel's destruction to justify Israel's treatment of the Palestinians in the West Bank only plays into the hands of extremist Palestinians.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 
Australian Advocacy for Good Governance in Sri Lanka (AAGGSL) is a non-profit organisation with members of diverse backgrounds aimed at creating awareness of the lack of democracy, accountability and good governance in Sri Lanka.
International - Lionel Bopage
 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Three men and one woman and a personal tale of how prostate cancer affected them all.
Health - Susan Prior - 11 comments
 
The latest joint ANU/Fujitsu forest carbon research raises serious concerns about academic standards and a pre-conceived agenda.
Environment - Mark Poynter - 6 comments
 
While salving the electorate's environmental conscience with new parks, governments have failed to provide the necessary funds to properly manage them.
Environment - David Leyonhjelm - 3 comments
 
The Attorney's Senate answer was not 'ill-informed', but his use of the 'b'-word involved a mismatch of oratorical technique and political nous.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 5 comments
 

Friday, November 14, 2014

This week Gail Kelly has announced her retirement from leading Westpac, and in doing so the ASX has become that little bit more male.
Society - Conrad Liveris - 27 comments
 
Short sellers are even stepping up their positions against oil field service companies as they sense an opportunity.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 1 comment
 
Islamic State and what it represents will not just go away, or be defeated by fighter planes or even 'boots on the ground'.
International - David Harding - 19 comments
 
It is no mystery that the authorship of the gospels is unknown and that Paul probably did not write all of the epistles bearing his name.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 86 comments
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I wouldn't be at all surprised if those without smart phones aren't considered 'poor', and indeed handicapped in all sorts of ways.
Economics - Don Aitkin - 19 comments
 
The Prime Minister will need to distance himself from those in his own backyard who downplay the evidence regarding the importance of quality early learning and care for gender equality and improving outcomes for children.
Education - Four leading early childhood specialists - 2 comments
 
Rather than globalisation increasing economic inequality, it has been the incomplete and restricted nature of globalisation that has spurred this trend.
Economics - Jed Lea-Henry - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It is starting to sink in that the world's heavy reliance on fossil fuels will only end once the alternatives become a lot cheaper and that this requires a much bigger research and development effort.
Science & Technology - David McMullen - 50 comments
 
Wayne Goss 1951-2014 Queensland Premier 1989-1996
Domestic Politics - Richard Laidlaw - 4 comments
 
We know from past history that adoption flourishes when governments deny the resources that families and communities need to look after their own children.
Law & Liberties - Vittorio Cintio - 19 comments
 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Chinese state directed economic model, in which investment has taken a huge role is nearing the end of its useful life.
International - Simon Louie - 6 comments
 
At any rate, more than half of R & D expenditure in Australia seems to come from business.
Science & Technology - Steven Meyer - 5 comments
 
Voters should also ask whether last century's government ownership model is still the best way to deliver services.
Economics - Gary Johns - 3 comments
 
It seems each day a new label is invented. If you want to silence someone you disagree with simply invent a label that you can pin upon them.
Law & Liberties - Michael Thompson - 7 comments
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Changed as they are, and in all their variety, families are still a crucial building-arch for every society we know. And fathers are the keystone.
Society - Peter West - 16 comments
 
Our Daily Poison is a powerful book that urges a revolt against the poison empire of giant farmers and the chemical industry.
Environment - Evaggelos Vallianatos - 21 comments
 
The Republican Party's stunning victory in the American mid-term elections offers real hope that President Obama will now be held to honouring the written commitments made to Israel.
International - David Singer - 8 comments
 
The shale revolution's sweet spot is oilfield services, the lower-risk backbone of the American oil and gas boom that pays off regardless of a play's economics.
Economics - James Stafford - 1 comment
 

Friday, November 7, 2014

This ideal citizen assumes personal responsibility for guarding against the risk of victimisation rather than claiming their right not to be victimised.
Political Philosophy - Andee Jones - 58 comments
 
Labor and the Greens should send a signal to the electorate that essentially administrative policies like indexation should be above political opportunism.
Economics - Alan Davies - 18 comments
 
It's almost remarkable that the Federal Government has resisted entering the debate about housing when the topic is so nationally contentious.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 2 comments
 
Persecution is not simply an issue for the religious. In any field, those who hate cannot build consensus; nor do they recognise legitimate difference.
Law & Liberties - Mal Fletcher - 5 comments
 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Icons now have fleeting value and we are challenged either to defend them or create new ones that may adequately replace them.
Society - Everald Compton - 4 comments
 
As for 'sustainable development' has there ever been a finer oxymoron? How does development happen without change to that condition which preceded it?
Society - Barry York - 58 comments
 
By what measure can Netanyahu claim that the occupation of the West Bank enhances Israel's national security?
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yet when allegations were made against Waddington in 1999, 2003 and 2004, Archbishop Hope breached child protection policies 18 times.
Law & Liberties - Amanda Gearing - 21 comments
 
With a limited knowledge of Australian history Abbott was prepared to trot out the hoary old chestnuts that Australian sacrifice at Gallipoli and on the Western Front shaped the future of the nation.
Society - Bruce Haigh - 17 comments
 
It is already apparent that the $92 million (about $90,000 per affected ACT house) spent by Government in the early 1990s on this same problem was substantially a waste of public money.
Health - Brendan O'Reilly - 4 comments
 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) is urging the public to ask whether the glamour of horseracing is worth the cruel deaths of horses every year.
Law & Liberties - Nadyat Gawley - 7 comments
 
We can be proud that Australians are so horrified by further revelations of horrific cruelty to our live exports. It shows us as the compassionate, caring people we are.
Political Philosophy - Sophie Love - 5 comments
 
Governments should ensure that a great education is available to every poor kid in Australia. But there is no need for governments to own a single school or employ a single teacher to achieve this.
Education - David Leyonhjelm - 9 comments
 
Sweden must understand that relations in the Middle East are much more complicated than self-assembly furniture at Ikea.
International - David Singer - 16 comments
 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Reform of the Australian federation should not serve as the stalking horse for worsening our already uncompetitive taxation burdens.
Economics - Mikayla Novak - 15 comments
 
A new journal is out, Inference. International Review of Science, and its first issue carries an essay critiquing climate models.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 19 comments
 
For the last 30 years, all whole language literacy teaching agendas have ignored the obligation to consistently test or teach accurate spelling at all levels between and including our kindergartens and workplaces.
Education - Chris Nugent - 6 comments
 
Recent trade deals and high-level cooperation between Russia and China have set off alarm bells in the West as policy makers and oil and gas executives watch the balance of power in global energy markets shift to the East.
Economics - Andrew Topf - 11 comments
 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Labor oppositions campaigning against the privatisation of assets by state and federal governments should think again. It's in their political and economic interests to allow them to proceed.
Economics - Graham Young - 43 comments
 
Censorship should be resisted in all its insidious forms. We should be vigilant of the gradual erosion of our freedom to know, to be informed, and make reasoned decisions.
Law & Liberties - Barry York - 75 comments
 
Recently, the head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Greg Medcraft, called Australia a 'paradise' for white-collar criminals.
Law & Liberties - Philip Soos - 18 comments
 
It should first be noted that while they deny each other's right to exist, the fact that they are negotiating, albeit indirectly, amounts to a de facto recognition of each other's reality and certain prerogatives.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
 
The great strength of the bible is that it incorporated contradictory ideas. Thus robust affirmations that God is on the side of the righteous exist alongside despairing expressions of the absence of God.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 8 comments
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It is difficult for those of us who were the beneficiaries to pick those we endorse the most. Education must be high on the list.
Domestic Politics - Peter Bowden - 4 comments
 
Campaigners in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, led by convicted Hilton bomber Evan Pederick, have followed national church policy adopted earlier in the year and forced the Perth synod to dump all its fossil fuel investments.
Economics - Peter Kurti - 25 comments
 
Since the 'Enlightenment' a rising tide of doubt has surrounded Christianity, the Bible's authenticity, and Jesus.
Religion & Spirituality - Brian Morris - 35 comments
 
We all have an obligation, both to ourselves and to society, to speak out and to act when we see unfairness, injustice and the orchestrated manipulation of true discussion of issues that affect us all.
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In reality, there has not been a single death caused by a terrorist attack on Australian soil in the past three decades at least.
Law & Liberties - Richard Jackson - 16 comments
 
The cuts are binding on the EU as a whole but voluntary for individual countries and, the biggest escape clause of all, depend on other countries agreeing to similar targets at the Paris climate talks next year.
Environment - Mark S. Lawson - 98 comments
 
The response from the Jakarta commentariat to the Cabinet has been lukewarm, tinted with concern, largely because 14 politicians have been included, apparently for supporting the PDI-P rather than for their expertise and achievements.
International - Duncan Graham - 2 comments
 
Ukraine after the collapse of communism in 1991 and Estonia in 1920 share similar histories – both wanted to form democratic republics, in control of their economic and cultural futures.
International - Sylvia McNeall - 13 comments
 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

So far 120,000 people have reported being infected but the real figure is probably closer to 200,000.
Health - Peter Curson - 17 comments
 
What we did have was a continent filled with a conveniently idiosyncratic, even weird, assortment of native animals and some very profitable introduced species to share it with.
Society - Kevin Markwell and Nancy Cushing - 8 comments
 
The approach to leadership and community development that is spelled out in this slim volume is one of the more durable products of the consciousness-raising movement of the 1960s which had its epicentre in Southern California.
Economics - Rafe Champion - 4 comments
 
How much science does Australia produce for the amount of money it spends; what is the quality of its science and what makes for high quality anyway?
Science & Technology - Allen Greer - 5 comments
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Many people will wince on reading those words. Just as we will have winced if we happened upon those photos of well-known women doing porno poses or ­engaging in shocking sex talk in videos shot by their boyfriends.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Neill - 21 comments
 
Gough said 'maintain the rage' and my father had spoken at a protest rally that day, so as 10-year-old, this was my response to the call.
Domestic Politics - Tim Harcourt
 
Though it has become customary to refer to Turkey’s long running conflict with its Kurdish population as a ‘civil war’, the historical record and weight of evidence unambiguously indicates a more one-sided and criminally suffused scenario.
International - Jed Lea-Henry - 2 comments
 
The perception of an oversupply of teachers in NSW depends on where, and over what time scale, you look.
Education - James Deehan
 
There is no way we can bridge the gap between the material and our experience of being conscious.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 29 comments
 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Taxpayers are being rorted by the Government's policy of offshore detention.
Law & Liberties - Toby O'Brien - 33 comments
 
Whitlam believed that a foreign power should not control his country's resources and dictate its economic and foreign policies.
Domestic Politics - John Pilger - 13 comments
 
It isn't just the Barry Spurrs of the world. The male of the species is in deep trouble and he doesn't seem to have the foggiest notion why.
Law & Liberties - Andee Jones - 153 comments
 
Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead predicted that US drilling companies could begin to seriously start removing rigs from operation if prices drop to around $75 per barrel.
Environment - Nicholas Cunningham - 5 comments
 

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