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August 18, 2017
'We are satisfied that confession is a forum where Catholic children have disclosed their sexual abuse and where clergy have disclosed their abusive behaviour in order to deal with their own guilt.'
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 24 comments
 
Queensland’s new beggar-my-neighbour state purchasing policy, apart from being a dog whistle to neo-protectionist One Nation voters, guarantees falling living standards for all of us.
Economics - Graham Young - 3 comments
 
What happened to the sentiment of 'never again' that was universally embraced in the wake of World War II to prevent calamities such as this from occurring?
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 12 comments
 




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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Our own history calls the necessity of this plebiscite into question, and shows that a postal vote regarding marriage equality signals a new era in Australian plebiscites.
Law & Liberties - Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Chris Peppel - 23 comments
 
There was an almost religious belief that the environment simply needed more water...despite the fact that water can do more harm than good...
Environment - David Leyonhjelm - 2 comments
 
My problem with the GST carve up is that Western Australia is being punished because it hasn't embraced gambling in the way that it has been embraced in other states.
Economics - Ian Cook
 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

There would be no glorious immolation, no sacrifice to the sacred text of constitutional law.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
 
The federal government could immediately make electricity GST-free without seeking support from the states.
Environment - David Leyonhjelm - 6 comments
 
As the IAAF president Lord Coe acknowledged, he could not guarantee that the 2017 World Athletics Championships will be drug free on the basis that 'people will always seek to cheat'.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A nation whose way of life had more faults than merits would not find itself in a situation where more people seek to move here than can be feasibly absorbed.
Society - Rex Drabik - 1 comment
 
Inequality of wealth is certainly an economic phenomenon worthy of study. However, significant levels of inequality are not an economic problem in itself.
Economics - Darren Nelson - 2 comments
 
Yes, Bill has a republic you just can’t pass up, except you have no idea what it looks like, what it’ll do and how it’ll operate.
Political Philosophy - Stephen Cable - 9 comments
 

Monday, August 14, 2017

There is an awareness that the wealth to the south, across the DMZ, is not to be sneered at. Nor is suffering to be cherished.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 
Joseph Mercola is the face of a faceless corporation that has no conscience about what it sells.
Health - Amanda Midlam - 15 comments
 
Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company he currently backs, Ionic Materials, unveiled a solid-state alkaline battery design.
Science & Technology - Tsvetana Paraskova - 4 comments
 

Friday, August 11, 2017

We are highly vulnerable to either a trade war involving the US and China, or to disruptions caused by a military conflict in our export markets.
International - Brendan O'Reilly - 20 comments
 
Broadcaster Alan Jones is a climate sceptic who campaigns against renewables, drilling gas and digging coal. Which makes it pretty hard to live.
Environment - Gary Johns - 8 comments
 
We are dominated by ideas of the sufficiency of the common man and of egalitarianism. It is enough, we think, for the common man to sit alone and read the Bible.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 30 comments
 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A 2013 ruling, upheld on appeal to the Victorian Court of Appeal, that the sharing of faith by students who had attended religious instructions classes did not amount to a “detriment” to those with whom they shared.
Law & Liberties - Mark Fowler - 15 comments
 
I don’t believe that any athlete should be booed after serving a drug ban and being allowed by the relevant sporting organisation to compete again.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 2 comments
 
Any fanfare trumpeting yet another round of negotiations without such tripartite agreement will inevitably see those new negotiations being eventually buried.
International - David Singer - 10 comments
 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Passchendaele became the code for blood needlessly spilt; for decisions that should have, in any other context, demanded the trial and execution of its initiators.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
 
Reflections of a survivor of the 60s: how has Australia changed in this half century, and are we now a more ethical society?
Society - Noel Preston - 9 comments
 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Too much is made of the importance of the Olympic Games in an era where increasing importance is given to world championships for a number of reasons.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 4 comments
 
Higher cognitive functioning is disrupted. There is no time to ponder ambivalence or consider a range of possibilities.
Law & Liberties - Lyn Bender - 16 comments
 
Iraq, once the cradle of civilization, has and continues to experience one of the most horrific violent conflicts in modern history that defies any semblance of civilized humanity.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 7 comments
 

Monday, August 7, 2017

As to the alternative government, Shorten Labor is moving unerringly left. More cringe-worthy government decisions await.
Economics - Gary Johns - 9 comments
 
'Australian Ninja Warrior' was a great success, by all accounts. It rated its socks off. And maybe it encouraged males to get out and exercise.
Health - Peter West - 13 comments
 

Friday, August 4, 2017

If tax cuts are so bad, then why did he promote and implement previous rounds of corporate tax cuts? The company tax rate fell under his watch from 49% to 39% in 1988, and again to 33% in 1993.
Economics - Michael Potter - 9 comments
 
There are several significant reasons why oil prices have regained most of the lost ground since the end of May.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 2 comments
 
A PLO-governed State located in the remaining 5% between Israel and Jordan represents a threat to both Jordan and IsraeL.
International - David Singer - 25 comments
 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Unless we are slaves, we should be free to offer our time to do odd jobs and to offer our goods for sale.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 8 comments
 
In one document, the Department banned discussing Nelson Mandela's belief in forgiveness because using the words 'blacks' and 'whites' might 'draw unwanted attention to students within the class'.
Law & Liberties - Bill O'Chee - 80 comments
 
No, architects and designers do not need to counteract terrorism.
Nation Building - Riley Flanigan - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mr Shorten would surely know that, with the costs of living and housing affordability on the rise and with stagnant wage growth, the last thing on the minds of working Australians at present is whether Australia should become a republic.
Law & Liberties - John de Meyrick - 15 comments
 
Ironically, HT has done Australians an unintended favour by challenging them to investigate and debate the merits of HT's theocratic detestation of secular Western liberal democracy.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 3 comments
 
A not very bright young woman, propelled on a wave of the pre-Kardashian phenomenon of celebrity for its own meaning; a youthful flower, gathered by the Grim Reaper while speeding off with her lover in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris.
Media - Binoy Kampmark - 15 comments
 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Over the decades, there was one distinct name in the commentary box that broadcast through the stands and in the homes of immigrants and naturalised Australians.
Sport - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment
 
Up until the end of the 19th century, marriage was primarily a loveless thing with little emotion or tenderness shown between man and woman or indeed between parents and children.
Society - Peter Curson - 5 comments
 
Trump’s electoral success and ongoing shenanigans proves beyond doubt the failure of contemporary democracy - so here’s a possible alternative.
Political Philosophy - Mark Manolopolous - 11 comments
 

Monday, July 31, 2017

The recent public concerns raised by Bill Shorten, leader of the Labor opposition, and others, about the widening income inequality in Australia is not before time.
Economics - Matthew Smith - 24 comments
 
The first generation of the 'New Chinese' – the Chinese baby boomers – grew up experiencing harsh living conditions.
International - Barry Li - 4 comments
 
Having said the above, we must recognise that our unsought experiences of God, by definition, cannot be appropriated.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 31 comments
 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Given the High Court's rigid, formal interpretations of section 44, the chances for exemption are questionable.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments
 
Eighty-five per cent of brain development takes place in the first few years of life.There is a great opportunity here.
Media - Patricia Edgar - 8 comments
 
The problem here is that both Israel and Hamas are living in self-denial, as if they can wish the other away. Both are guilty of playing politics.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 8 comments
 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Clearly, it is long overdue to reform Australian politics and voters are now in a mood to take a huge hit at a complacent Establishment which is serving us badly.
Law & Liberties - Everald Compton - 12 comments
 
Will we become, as some noted scientists and technologists have suggested, a species surpassed and then subjugated by its own machinery?
Science & Technology - Mal Fletcher - 5 comments
 
Is it fair that, when both parties are drunk and engage in impulsive ill-considered sex, that blame is placed solely on the male?
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 15 comments
 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Not so on this occasion. The individual who is said to have pulled the trigger was a black Somali-American, whose hiring by the police department supplied politically correct, multi-culti gold.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 
A replication of previous political outings with closed shop decision making will only go so far as the political graveyard testifies.
Domestic Politics - Stephen Cable - 5 comments
 
Trump needs to identify a new Arab partner to replace the PLO and join Israel in allocating sovereignty of the disputed territories between Jews and Arabs.
International - David Singer - 7 comments
 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

In its attack on the very foundations of science, Trumpism constitutes an epistemic disaster: we are facing a crisis in terms of knowledge and objective inquiry.
Environment - Sam Ben-Meir - 26 comments
 
The crime of child sexual abuse is not in the image, nor is it in the looking; it is in the abusive act itself.
Law & Liberties - Bob Ryan - 21 comments
 

Monday, July 24, 2017

President Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate Accord seems to have had an outcome in the intensification of alarm.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 69 comments
 
Not only are Millennials snubbing oil and gas because of its negative image, they also seek different job perks than previous generations sought.
Economics - Tsvetana Paraskova - 6 comments
 
We decided to introduce democracy, a totally alien concept to a land historically governed by tribes, and which no foreign power has ever been able to govern or fully conquer for long.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 8 comments
 

Friday, July 21, 2017

It is a provision that nabs the unsuspecting member of Parliament who discovers, by self-pursuit or otherwise, that he or she is, in fact, seized of the loyalty of another state.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 56 comments
 
The key factor in studying the birth rate, an obvious factor sometimes overlooked by men, is that it is women, not men, who decide.
Society - Paul McFadyen - 20 comments
 
We don’t seem to have noticed that when it comes to the state of the nation, the Blues (and Victoria) are all over us.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 7 comments
 

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