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October 7, 2015
Who do you trust most to handle Australia's affairs when global crises of one kind or another eventually hit us?
Domestic Politics - Syd Hickman - 4 comments
The facts indicate that the problems of Kiribati may be due to factors other than climate change – that’s the conclusion of a Kiribati government/UN report.
Environment - Peter McCloy - 3 comments
The initiative of Rohingya refugees in KL captures the spirit of the SDGs, perhaps as well as, if not better, than most hasty, headline-based government policies.
International - James Rose - 1 comment

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First poll says Turnbull can get the blue collar voter

Ambit Gambit Gary Morgan is the first pollster out with a result, using his SMS methodology. His release is produced below. Despite my suspicion that Turnbull will have trouble with the blue-collar conservatives, this poll shows him doing very well with Ind/Other supporters – 68% Turnbull to 29% Shorten. The Liberal vote has also coalesced hard behind […]

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Turnbull was effectively toeing the line pushed by feminists that intimate partner violence is the result of society condoning aggressive behaviours perpetrated by men.
Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 26 comments
Siedentop gives us an accessible journey through the transformations of the self from the preclassical Western family, through ancient Greece and Rome and the rise of the church in Europe to the sixteenth century.
Political Philosophy - Peter Sellick - 26 comments
PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's speech to the UN General Assembly last week contained a concoction of half-truths and outright lies that everyone listening to him should question.
International - David Singer - 18 comments

Monday, October 5, 2015

If Treasurer Scott Morrison really believes Australia is faced with an expenditure problem, rather than a revenue shortfall, he need look no further than the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) to reduce government expenditure by $1.4 billion.
Environment - Mike Pope - 16 comments
Contrary to the Act, the common law has always regarded conduct such as 'to offend, insult, humiliate' (but not 'intimidate') to be within everyone’s right of free speech.
Law & Liberties - John de Meyrick - 16 comments
Tangling sharply against these kinds of ideas was a young Tony Abbott who, as a student, seemed under constant threat from radical university peers.
Domestic Politics - Sean Jacobs - 12 comments

Friday, October 2, 2015

Many of the droughts that Australia faces aren't really water droughts, but more infrastructure droughts, or dam droughts.
Environment - Harriet Smith - 10 comments
Over three decades, Al-Qaeda has undergone a number of changes. Faced by an alliance of powerful governments and the Islamic State rival, a new change is required.
International - Felix Imonti - 13 comments
Obama's acceptance of Russia and Iran as acceptable partners, but not Syria, makes no sense.
International - David Singer - 2 comments

Thursday, October 1, 2015

This deviation represents an adherence by Rosie to the Duluth Model, a theory which states that domestic violence is committed by men for the purpose of power and control over women.
Society - Percival Blake - 22 comments
DOTE2015 also confirms the enduring cumulative social disadvantage of a small number of localities across Australia.
Society - Jaime de-Loma Osorio Ricon - 13 comments
Indirect pressure via China to head off a launch and a less confrontational stance post-launch are advised.
International - Liang Nah - 2 comments

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

There are two stories floating around about the state of the earth’s atmosphere. Both are believed true by government-funded scientists and the environmentally minded. The situation is curious because the stories don’t mesh.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 79 comments
When population concern was more popular, many progressives supported it, including Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Pete Seeger and Jane Fonda.
Society - Simon Ross - 19 comments
Analysis of the Iranian nuclear deal conclude that Tehran’s submission to economic pressure promoted negotiative flexibility.
International - Liang Nah - 1 comment

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

There are at least ten reasons the ALP will be crushed at the next election, to be held when it suits the government.
Domestic Politics - Syd Hickman - 10 comments
The title of my paper is 'The Deconstruction of Gender', but it is really about the deconstruction of reality and what is bordering on a collective insanity.
Society - Babette Francis - 26 comments
At worst, it could lead to a 1964 Tonkin Gulf-type incident at sea that leads to war. China's unlikely to want that.
Environment - Stewart Taggart - 5 comments
However for many in today's younger generation the ABC would be almost irrelevant as they source news, information and entertainment from very different mediums.
Media - Rod McGarvie - 10 comments

Monday, September 28, 2015

The resulting catastrophic flooding of Brisbane is now recognized as a 'dam release flood', and the subject of a class action lawsuit by Brisbane residents against the Queensland government.
Environment - Jennifer Marohasy - 47 comments
'Hate speech' is no more than an ideological label used to dress up the latest manifestation of the ever-present human impulse to gag other human beings from expressing opinions which differ from the censors' approved opinions.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 14 comments
At its core, nanny-statism involves enacting laws and enforcing policies that interfere with or manage personal choices, when the only consideration is the individual's own good.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 19 comments
America's ongoing insistence on wanting Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, removed from power continues to hinder American policy on removing Islamic State.
International - David Singer - 13 comments

Friday, September 25, 2015

Not much separates the human from the non-human animal. And humans have never been comfortable with this obvious familiarity.
Law & Liberties - Evelyn Tsitas - 10 comments
Efficient, rapidly re-chargeable batteries offer huge advantages to owners and users of solar energy.
Environment - Mike Pope - 21 comments
Many people's attitudes to financing the social impact sector are entrenched in the well meaning but somewhat patronising amateurism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Society - Richard Meredith - 2 comments
According to the left it is preferable to have policies which incentivise dangerous, deadly, and immoral behaviour such as people smuggling, because the alternative, is considered personally unjust.
Political Philosophy - Harriet Smith - 11 comments

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Grid iron politics. A tough opposition leader to get the troops into office, when he is replaced by a smooth-talking, all-things-to-all-people facilitator who does his best not to upset the horses.
Domestic Politics - Don Aitkin - 36 comments
But to Egypt, it was about the rule of law, as the Global Media news outlet tweeted on Saturday; The defendants were not registered as journalists in #Egypt – said the EgyptianCourt.
Law & Liberties - Andrea Baker
Jarry Hayne has managed to carry the ball across the try line in the US, but the culture will require finer skills.
International - Peter West - 3 comments
Today, Somalia has come a long way, Al Shabab has almost been defeated as a military force and nearly all areas under their control have been liberated.
International - Bashir Goth - 1 comment

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

As a special treat he may hear patients being called by their boat number because, after all, there are so many people named Mohammad on the Island.
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 14 comments
Europe's refugee crisis will continue to inspire heated debates about the tension between humanitarianism and manageability. When governments err, they should err on the side of compassion.
International - Mal Fletcher - 16 comments
Today even lesser known artists maintain factory style production for their galleries and collectors. Their pieces are even booked in advance in massive quantities.
The Arts - Murray Hunter and Kovach Imre - 6 comments
Is it possible, in the current climate, for the service provider's top management to become genuine public advocates for an ethos of equality across the entire organisation.
Society - Peter Gibilisco and Bruce Wearne

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Australia has had four Prime Ministers in a bit over two years. But the ALP has had ten leaders in the last twenty.
Political Philosophy - Syd Hickman - 11 comments
Pumping and nursing are not equivalent activities and if mothers are to fully participate in working life, including politics, their embodied relationship to infants must be taken into account.
Law & Liberties - Petra Bueskens - 33 comments
It might be interesting to see how Australia might look by the year 2100, compared with some of our major trading partners or world powers.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 18 comments
By using the metaphor of
Science & Technology - Simon Mundy - 11 comments

Monday, September 21, 2015

Besides causing road accidents, kangaroos are also without a doubt the greatest single cause of unwanted grazing pressure on Australian crops and pastures, and probably exceed bushfire as the biggest single cause of damage to agricultural fencing.
Environment - Brendan O'Reilly - 17 comments
There is evidence that at present, climate change is not the main cause of coastal erosion, water shortages or overcrowding. Other issues, especially population growth and the move to Western lifestyles, are having a more immediate impact.
Environment - Peter McCloy - 23 comments
But overall, rising global demand and shrinking U.S. production (and other areas as well) will begin to eat away at inventory. It just requires some patience.
Environment - Dan Doyle - 7 comments
American and Russian distrust of the other's possible motives in Syria were successfully put aside when they co-operated to have all chemical weapons in Syria held by Assad and his opponents destroyed.
International - David Singer - 52 comments

Friday, September 18, 2015

Idealists in the population will often project their visions of a better future onto ideologues, whose intransigence on issues is often mistaken for a sign of prescience.
Political Philosophy - Mal Fletcher - 41 comments
In June 2015 60 million refugees were looking for refuge. They are still looking and the number is being added to at a rate of 50000 per day.
International - Guy Hallowes - 26 comments
We like what our friends like not because we have thought about it but because having friends is sometimes more important to us than having integrity.
Media - Michael Thompson - 1 comment
It looks as though we are their servants, grist to their mill, not the other way round. Their trick is to pretend this is not so.
Political Philosophy - Max Wallace - 1 comment
People could save electricity by housework in which they bent their knees, stretched their arms, strengthened their arm muscles, tuned up their wrists, and reduced their waistline.
Society - Valerie Yule - 2 comments

Thursday, September 17, 2015

His friends could provide some real problems – in particular the US, the churches and big business.
Domestic Politics - Syd Hickman - 19 comments
Hopefully under your leadership the Liberals will now remain within their mandate. No cuts to education, no changes to pensions, no cuts to the ABC and SBS.
Domestic Politics - Tristan Ewins - 7 comments
The change is made more confusing by the fact that the new PM is probably Labor's best performing MP, even though he now leads the Liberal Party.
Domestic Politics - Bernard Gaynor - 9 comments
The most troubling aspect of Israel's preventive detention policy, however, is how dangerously Israel's moral standing is sliding.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

He’s on record as regarding ‘digital literacy’ as important as reading and supporting open access to government data.
Domestic Politics - Al Blake - 14 comments
Aborigines came to Australia and burnt out most of the trees and bushes. The megafauna starved whilst eucalypts, herbs, grasses and mesofauna flourished.
Environment - Vic Jurskis - 13 comments
Indonesia would have a treble rationale for immediately claiming all the areas disputed by East Timor.
International - Jeffrey Feynman - 10 comments
A study of eight countries concludes there's a strong correlation between obesity and the size of supermarkets. The authors suggest large supermarkets emphasise quantity over quality.
Health - Alan Davies - 6 comments

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Turnbull is a centrist and pragmatist, which means he will struggle to carry the hearts, although he may capture the votes, of the grass roots of the Liberal Party.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 55 comments
In Turnbull, spit and polish will be employed to cover what essentially will be policies similar to Abbott.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments
Yet two-in-five stroke patients continue to be treated on general wards, which appears to be a result of hospitals lacking bed space.
Health - Kelvin Hill
The court decided that the IPCC's AR5 was, as it were, the scientific Bible, and based its resort to science on what it found there.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 59 comments

Monday, September 14, 2015

Jarryd Hayne will have the money, the power, and the glory. I hope he knows the risks.
Society - Peter West - 20 comments
This is a speculative essay. It asks why, in a modern democracy, Australia should elect a Prime Minister who is widely and internationally criticised as overly militaristic and not that caring of the welfare of its people.
Society - Peter Bowden - 70 comments
Attempting to secure the Congressional vote required to confirm President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran has necessitated pledging diplomatic support and increased military assistance for Israel.
International - David Singer - 14 comments
My difficulty is with the idea that we as a community can simply decide to end violence in the home.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 14 comments

Friday, September 11, 2015

We increasingly blur the line between what is considered private and what is open to outside scrutiny. The Queen has demonstrated that one can be accessible to the outside world, without pandering to rampant voyeurism.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 14 comments
Diplomatically, for nearly two decades successive Indian governments have opposed India signing the CTBT, offering only a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing.
Environment - M V Ramana - 4 comments
We lived close to the self-sufficient sustainable life style that today's green zealots babble about. But life was no picnic.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 15 comments
The vast majority are likely to be climate refugees forced from their homeland by coastal flooding and food scarcity.
Environment - Mike Pope - 60 comments

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Today is International Suicide Prevention day. Tomorrow the UK House of Commons will debate the latest push for assisted suicide
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 19 comments
Can we continue to turn a blind eye to the vast majority of those caught up in prostitution who are not there not by choice, but because they had no other choice.
Law & Liberties - Wendy Francis - 24 comments
The very real possibility that a politician from the left will assume leadership of a mainstream political party has sent British commentators into hysterics.
Political Philosophy - Aidan Anderson - 26 comments
Climate change models are built upon limited sets of assumptions which make them far too simplistic for the task of making accurate predictions about global warming.
Environment - Murray Hunter - 12 comments

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The latest Australian position on refugees is fundamentally consistent with its broader discriminatory practices.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 20 comments
These are not the sort of people who will come here to be dole bludgers; they have given up too much, taken too many risks not to want to make a success of their lives.
International - John Töns - 14 comments
In truth, China actually has plenty of people. But thanks in part to the impact of the one child policy on its demography, it is fast going to find itself with a shortage of working age people.
International - Ross Elliott - 1 comment
What it throws doubt on is the claim that the walking inherent in public transport delivers important health benefits across the whole community.
Health - Alan Davies - 2 comments

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The almost universal abdication of ordinary people from any active role in political parties has resulted in a very weird political landscape.
Domestic Politics - Syd Hickman - 22 comments
Ismail al-Wahwah, spiritual leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir, accused Jews of corrupting the world, describing them as 'the most evil creature of Allah'.
Law & Liberties - Vic Alhadeff - 31 comments
I am proposing that Australia should generate its own unique teacher education policy reform so as to position itself as a global leader.
Education - Susan Ledger - 11 comments
If the Greens are going to achieve their target of 100% renewable energy there are a few obstacles to overcome, as our mutual experience indicates. Certainly it can never be achieved by relying on solar and/or wind power.
Environment - Peter McCloy - 16 comments


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