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July 3, 2015
Even though the waste can be temporarily stored at ANSTO and possibly at a national facility later on, the question remains of how it will one day finally be disposed of.
Environment - Anica Niepraschk - 4 comments
 
The Congo is rich in fertile land, expansive river systems, and with unimaginable mineral wealth; all from a country that is the second largest, and fourth most populous in Africa.
International - Jed Lea-Henry - 1 comment
 
In the fourth edition of its magazine Dabiq IS aggressively promoted sex slavery as an Islamic practice, arguing that the practice conforms to the teaching and example of Muhammad and his companions.
International - Mark Durie - 19 comments
 




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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Will the Eurozone farewell Greece?
International - Jonathan J. Ariel - 7 comments
 
Europe all too often acts like a head detached from its essential soul. It makes mountains of policy but reflects little about its big picture destiny.
International - Mal Fletcher - 11 comments
 
The most unrealistic of these is the claim that increased public recurrent investment in non-government schools has increased overall costs to governments rather than producing overall savings.
Education - David Robertson - 5 comments
 
Irrespective of its basis, publicly opposition is inevitably dressed up as being an attack on localism or an attack on democracy itself.
Economics - Alex Sanchez - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Last Friday, the US Supreme Court ruled by the narrowest possible margin (5 to 4) that the American Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 8 comments
 
In essence, it means that we are ruled by the law of the people, not by the arbitrary law of a superior individual or power group operating above the law.
Law & Liberties - John de Meyrick - 15 comments
 
All of the South China Sea's political and territorial issues come to a head with Sampaguita, an undeveloped natural gas field off the southern Philippine island of Palawan.
International - Stewart Taggart - 2 comments
 
The main crisis of human rights is not about perceptions, but about its complicity with domination.
Law & Liberties - Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The more I look at what the ABC actually does, in the domain of news and cultural affairs, I come back to the view that the staff must see their role as to preserve what they see as the correct perspective on Australia and life generally.
Media - Don Aitkin - 39 comments
 
ABC, you are supposed to represent all of Australia. Look at yourself and look hard. Don't go into another orgy of indignation and self-congratulation about this recent crisis.
Media - Peter West - 5 comments
 
There are five dimensions that demonstrate how Erdogan has badly regressed from what would have otherwise been his great legacy.
International - Alon Ben-Meir
 

Monday, June 29, 2015

The debate over same-sex marriage should be an opportune time to look at the whole question of marriage and whether or not it is a natural and reasonable thing for humans to do at all.
Law & Liberties - Michael Thompson - 43 comments
 
Practical implementation of the goal of a 'democratic mixed economy' implies an extension of democratic principles and forms to the economy as far as is workable.
Economics - Tristan Ewins - 9 comments
 
During the late innings of the ICE-age (as in the Internal Combustion Engine age) it has become clear that feeding gasoline and diesel to the next billion new cars is not going to be easy, or cheap.
Environment - Henry Hewitt - 14 comments
 
The European Union (EU) runs the risk of being labelled 'Jew-hater' should it proceed with its plans requiring supermarkets and other retailers to label products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria
International - David Singer - 25 comments
 

Friday, June 26, 2015

It's time the Liberal/Nationals manned up!
Media - Jonathan J. Ariel - 146 comments
 
Overall, recognition of self-identity is a matter that is taken very seriously by some people, and non-acceptance can result in an emotionally charged reaction.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 14 comments
 
There is, nonetheless, a genuine 'right to know'. It too is embodied in legislation, and it is available to us all.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 18 comments
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

An end, please, to these wacky ideas for wiping the slate clean and starting all over.
Education - Peter West - 39 comments
 
It appears the Saudis, despite being educated here in the US, have neglected their capital market & economic classes as we are witnessing the E&P model self-correcting itself.
Economics - Leonard Brecken - 3 comments
 
The function of these narratives is not to diffuse the alienation between humanity and nature, but to carry theological weight.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 68 comments
 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Such is the pitiful standard of public and political debate in Australia that even hypothetical ideas are attacked and jettisoned before they see the light of day.
Education - Kevin Donnelly - 4 comments
 
Censorship is a tool governments use to establish and maintain control and power. The Abbott Government is using that tool to the greatest possible extent in relation to detention centres.
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 17 comments
 
But sports drug testing has indeed improved, at least for elite sportspeople subject to stringent testing under the WADA code, as evident by superstars of sport being caught in recent years.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 1 comment
 
Not weak, vulnerable, bleaters, but remarkable lambs with the spirit and savvy to get out of whatever hellhole they've escaped from.
Law & Liberties - Isobel Blackthorn - 14 comments
 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The BDS manifesto makes clear that its punitive measures are to be pursued until Israel ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands.
International - David Singer - 54 comments
 
June 20th was the International Red Cross 'World Refugee Day'. Not that we have anything at all to celebrate.
International - Guy Hallowes - 13 comments
 
It also requires nearly 75.5 GWh of energy, almost twice the equivalent amount of electricity that the entire country of Morocco can generate over the same five-hour period.
Environment - Michael McDonald - 4 comments
 
The international community has a role to play in national disaster relief. Leaving it to the locals is not good enough.
International - Ioan Voicu - 2 comments
 

Monday, June 22, 2015

The ghost of Julia Gillard is also haunting another set of recently released books, called the budget papers. And in these you will find some truly scary reading.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 18 comments
 
The Left has discovered a new tool in their armoury - mental health
Health - Tanveer Ahmed - 12 comments
 
At 60% effective, the CO2 abatement cost would be $53-$120 per tonne CO2.
Environment - Peter Lang - 30 comments
 
As Nietzsche put it, 'This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love…'
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 10 comments
 
Facebook encourage us all to become completely open in a sort of cult of transparency. Churches should be leading the call for greater protections on privacy.
Law & Liberties - Mal Fletcher - 7 comments
 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Draconian laws are being rushed through parliament that will effectively turn the concept that all men are equal before the law on its head.
Law & Liberties - Kuranda Seyit - 54 comments
 
Agenda finding: what people want, what are they willing to pay money for, and how much they are willing to pay.
Media - John Cokley - 2 comments
 
Aren't buyers the best judge of whether they are getting enough light into their unit?
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 13 comments
 
If once the Green Line was conceived as a border that could provide a just solution between Israelis and Palestinians, currently the Green Line serves as a very effective mechanism of colonial control.
International - Neve Gordon - 21 comments
 
So far, not even a single official document that would indicate opposition of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab countries to the nuclear deal with Iran has been leaked.
International - Ali Omidi - 1 comment
 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What if the Greeks don’t make their payment to the IMF?
International - Michael Knox - 14 comments
 
So, paying a part pension to people who have inadequate superannuation will become an extravagance that Australia can no longer afford. It will have to cease until they qualify for a full pension.
Economics - Everald Compton - 16 comments
 
Remarkably, terrorism co-opts credulous authorities who need to constantly dramatize the magnitude and imminence of the threat in order to justify exceptional government actions to protect the community.
Law & Liberties - Bill Calcutt - 71 comments
 
We recognise in theory that human rights are universal, but we have yet to apply this impartially in practice.
Law & Liberties - Roger Smith - 13 comments
 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hardly a week goes by without another item of wedge politics delivered by the Prime Minister. It's time to add them up and produce a big picture of the state we are in.
Domestic Politics - Syd Hickman - 23 comments
 
Our particular post 9-11 socio-historical milieu has made it feasible for politicians to radically deconstruct the established liberal democratic understanding of citizenship.
Law & Liberties - Xavier Symons - 10 comments
 
What we are witnessing is a reconfiguring of the Muslim migrant not only as someone who does not respect our values but now as someone who wants to destroy us.
Law & Liberties - Maria Chisari - 13 comments
 
Working Americans both unionised and not, feared that whatever the overall benefits to the economy, the looming deal would hasten the economy wide extinction of good paying jobs.
Economics - Jonathan J. Ariel - 11 comments
 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

You had better show not just that you have some fancy new reconstructed data, but that your data are just miles better than everyone else’s, if only because nobody else agrees with you, and they’ve been in the business for a long time.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 13 comments
 
Wind turbines emit infrasound and low frequency noise. It is also well established that inappropriate levels of infrasound, regardless of the source, cause adverse health impacts.
Health - David Leyonhjelm - 30 comments
 
Oliver expected that the Trek would confirm his reasonable European certainty of Israel's arrogant oppression. That's not quite the way things turned out.
International - David Singer - 32 comments
 

Monday, June 15, 2015

To that end, it is deemed a vicious 'business model'. Much as the temperance movement deemed the sale of liquor a wicked trade, such a model requires abolition to sooth the conscience.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments
 
'They're obsessed, instead, by gay marriage....It's a legal document. It's a piece of symbolism. It might make some people feel better to have a marriage document but it really is a low order priority.'
Law & Liberties - Ben-Peter Terpstra - 58 comments
 
The proposition in the latest crop of metropolitan strategy plans that 50 percent or more of future housing development can be accommodated in existing suburban areas of the major cities is patently ridiculous.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 2 comments
 
Notably, the authors of the survey emphasised that 'the adjusted odds of obesity or overweight increased significantly in relation to decreased levels of household income'.
Health - Chin Jou - 14 comments
 
Most of the politicians and political ‘analysts’ questioning realignment with Pakistan at the cost of alienating India know first hand what Pakistani friendship or enmity constitutes.
International - Mujib Abid - 3 comments
 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Will cabinet stand up for Australian consumers or for special interests?
Economics - Jonathan J. Ariel - 20 comments
 
It was after this bad news on the Friday that on Monday 15 December an armed Monis walked into the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney.
Law & Liberties - Max Wallace - 9 comments
 
IVF in Australia is a sophisticated and highly competitive industry, and there are differing opinions about whether patients should have access to comparative performance data to help them choose a fertility provider.
Health - David Wilkinson - 5 comments
 
As long as Sunnis do not know what the future has in store for them, they have no reason to put their mind and soul into the fight against ISIS.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 8 comments
 
Most of them end up in the vicious human trafficking and modern human slavery in fishing industry of Southeast Asia.
International - Nattavud Pimpa - 29 comments
 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mr Prowse and the Catholic Church should realise that voluntary euthanasia will not result in more people dying, but in fewer people choosing to suffer.
Law & Liberties - David Swanton - 20 comments
 
The latest alarmism comes from California where the Internet is abuzz with talk of California’s water supply running out in a year’s time.
Environment - Barry York - 3 comments
 
Even the most highly educated, wealthiest, or most cultured parent would have great difficulty with the depth and breadth of a typical Year 12 student’s subjects.
Education - Gary Marks - 2 comments
 
The state of Palestine was never established for a range of historical reasons, but the state of Israel has always defined itself as a Jewish state, and been regarded as such by most countries around the world.
International - Philip Mendes - 7 comments
 
Cannabis has a rich and vibrant history as an effective treatment for a variety of conditions and diseases, from malaria to rheumatism.
Health - Kerri Nazzari - 6 comments
 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review: Beyond Literal Belief: Religion as Metaphor
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 41 comments
 
Regrettably, the AMF President is not the first casualty of this war against religious freedom – nor will he be the last.
Law & Liberties - Adam Ch'ng - 113 comments
 
The world is far, far more globally integrated than the years preceding the First World War, yet emerging countries such as Russia and China are taking steps to challenge the territorial status quo in their respective regions.
International - Simon Louie - 7 comments
 
I do not believe, however, that the resumption of bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with US mediation alone will succeed any more than the two previous efforts.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 33 comments
 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Alan Bond principle is an important one to wrestle with. It is a principle of total illusion. Financial success is mistaken for durability and resilience.
Society - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
 
It is also unknown how many of the people who campaigned for higher wages for the disabled have put their money where their mouth is by employing more disabled people. I strongly suspect the number is zero.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 22 comments
 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on America to end its attempt to remove Syria's President Assad from power in return for Russia's co-operation to militarily confront Islamic State.
International - David Singer - 25 comments
 
As the Executive Director of TRANSACT, Michele was whole heartedly dedicated to providing services to rehabilitate and resettle survivors of torture and trauma, who had arrived in Canberra.
Law & Liberties - Lionel Bopage - 3 comments
 

Friday, June 5, 2015

As for me, I am a “bigot” in big red painted letters on the wall of my medical centre this week, courtesy of a local vandal who does not like my opposition to same-sex marriage.
Law & Liberties - David van Gend - 88 comments
 
So why are we all flying so much when most of us are concerned about the effects of climate change?
Environment - Lesley Waker - 36 comments
 
Ever since Einstein theorised that gravity waves existed, scientists have been trying to detect them. That century long quest may soon be over.
Science & Technology - Mark S. Lawson - 28 comments
 
In the age of derivatives, swaps, and electronic money transfers, a new form of warfare has emerged: financial warfare.
Economics - John Manfreda - 5 comments
 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The environmental apocolyptic doomsayers have been proved wrong over almost 50 years.
Environment - Chris Golis - 47 comments
 
Not only is that aid not helping Gazans as much as it should; its diversion for military purposes is the very thing the GRM was designed to prevent.
International - Glen Falkenstein - 10 comments
 
It is evident that the most important goal of diplomatic activities launched by Washington and Tel Aviv in the region is to maintain the status quo.
International - Ali Omidi - 4 comments
 

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