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January 16, 2018
The idea of a reigning monarch who attains their rank by dint of birth sticks in the craw of many. And yet this is one of the greatest benefits of our constitutional monarchy.
Law & Liberties - Nicola Wright - 11 comments
In Austria, a government report has shown that the number of crimes committed by 'foreigners' increased to an astounding forty per cent of the total in 2016.
International - Russell Grenning - 7 comments
The Republican establishment is determined to shove down the throats of the American people what they failed to do during Obama's tenure.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 6 comments

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Monday, January 15, 2018

As a former Australian Labor Party president and advisor to conservative prime ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott, Mundine is not known for pulling his punches.
The Arts - Sean Jacobs - 3 comments
Even if the Syrian crisis does resolve itself there is a veritable Tsunami of potential refugees coming from Africa. Africa, you may well ask: Why?
International - Guy Hallowes - 15 comments

Friday, January 12, 2018

None of my agreement with what the French women say, is to condone improper activity. And I have good reason to denounce the abuse of power.
Law & Liberties - Bob Ryan - 6 comments
Should the community quietly accept the sweeping away of many of these basic protections, when it comes to a 'special case'?
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 3 comments

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Domestic violence, wage inequality, financial dependence and lack of superannuation are all key drivers for homelessness of women of all ages.
Economics - Helen Polley - 17 comments
Earlier this month eleven princes were arrested for staging a sit-in at the Qasr-al-Hokm palace in Rydah.
International - Russell Grenning - 3 comments

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

There is no appeasing the Culture War factions because, at the end of the day, the progressive left and conservative right are marching down the same track.
Law & Liberties - Mark Christensen - 21 comments
Political – rather than humanitarian – concerns dominate UNRWA's agenda preventing the closure of Dheisheh and other similar humanitarian eye-sores in the West Bank.
International - David Singer - 3 comments

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Surface ships will be quickly destroyed while manned aircraft and ground forces will either be wiped out or not particularly useful.
International - David Leyonhjelm - 37 comments
At every level of government Conservatives are either leaning on their shovel, or lending it to the other side.
Political Philosophy - Stephen Cable - 11 comments

Monday, January 8, 2018

This is compounded by social media, where 'activists' can create the impression of wide spread community concern about an issue.
Society - Russell Schneider - 3 comments
This week an infestation of starfish on Swain Reefs heralds the return of more 'reef in crisis' stories, as predictable as summer thunderstorms.
Science & Technology - Graham Young - 40 comments

Friday, January 5, 2018

Yes, nowadays medical science – well, the outer reaches of medical science – are considering what is fairly delicately being referred to as a 'head transplant'.
Humour & Satire - Russell Grenning - 6 comments
Nihilism has become the order of the day. Death, the enemy of the eternal, has become the final and omnipotent power.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 41 comments

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Having repeatedly boasted, self-congratulated and beamed at the idea that Australia is the most multicultural nation on earth, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been less cautious of late.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 19 comments
Solutions come from the combined enterprise of individuals, and central Government only constrains that entrepreneurship.
Economics - Eric Gribble - 8 comments

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Until this incident I was unaware that jewellery could be racist but how woefully mistaken I was.
Law & Liberties - Russell Grenning - 10 comments
The overall cost has been estimated at a whopping $477.986 million in direct costs, plus $70.5 million for victim support services.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 9 comments

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

This time next year, if all goes according to plan, the UK will be on its way out of the European Union.March 2019 is the target.
International - Keith Suter - 9 comments
For at least 50 years Australian taxpayers and other innocents have supported a parasitic industry writing about yet another 'imminent threat to Queensland's Great Barrier Reef'.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 44 comments
Abbas has once again demonstrated the unerring ability of the Palestinian Arabs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
International - David Singer - 4 comments

Friday, December 29, 2017

If Turnbull is willing to dismantle the Liberal brand for his own ego, how then is he any better than Bill Shorten?
Political Philosophy - Tim O'Hare - 17 comments
Gazing across a territory with millions of unexploded mines, a territory that, ironically enough, is meant to be demilitarised, chills the blood.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
As we approach the end of Trump's first year in office, it seems appropriate to survey his performance and his outlook for the future.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 59 comments

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The social media juggernaut Facebook has reportedly acknowledged engagement with its platform may potentially affect cognition or emotional wellbeing.
Media - Mal Fletcher - 6 comments
My father was given to dark mutterings about the general state of young people today while my mother could hardly conceal her delight at the news.
Society - Russell Grenning - 6 comments
We need to emphasise that girls can be valued for their intellect, creativity and leadership attributes, and that boys benefit from this as well.
Society - Baz Bardoe - 5 comments

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

What is it about the Star Wars film series, conceived by George Lucas, that has made Star Wars the third highest grossing film series of all time?
The Arts - Warwick Marsh - 1 comment
The Turnbull Government may have hoped releasing Australia’s latest greenhouse gas emissions together with the 2017 Climate Reportwould pass unnoticed.
Environment - Graeme McLeay - 37 comments
There is however territory-specific legislation that negates this OIC claim – namely article 6 of the Mandate for Palestine and article 80 of the United Nations Charter.
International - David Singer - 7 comments

Friday, December 22, 2017

In the light of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse some people are claiming a general redundancy of Christianity, or even religion in general.
Religion & Spirituality - Tristan Ewins - 190 comments
'The Quiet Mutiny' had revealed that the US army in Vietnam was tearing itself apart. There was open rebellion.
Media - John Pilger - 2 comments

Thursday, December 21, 2017

This Christmas, there is so much more that you know about, as Santa straps on today's hottest new technological advancement: The blockchain.
Economics - Julieanne Geiger - 6 comments
Like many music lovers, I came from an early childhood of music studies, in my case the piano.
The Arts - Ian Nance - 4 comments

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Greens and their Socialist allies believe that people are far too stupid to decide for themselves what they might eat.
Health - Russell Grenning - 8 comments
Thus, exposure from Chernobyl and Fukushima equates to 6,480,000,000,000 Banana Equivalent Doses - that's 6.48 trillion bananas or, if you prefer, 6.48 terabananas.
Environment - Jim Green - 23 comments

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

But, for Malcolm Turnbull …instead of accomplishment he must have felt relief and embarrassment.
Domestic Politics - Lisa Singh - 10 comments
Gender-blind recruitment is a worthy goal, but we are not heading in that direction. Instead we are being encouraged to see gender as the first and most important thing.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 3 comments

Monday, December 18, 2017

That she had even assumed such a position of scepticism immediately catapulted her into the circles of fire.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 25 comments
I predicted that the move would have major consequences and may well destroy the prospect of a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 10 comments


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