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January 30, 2015
Marking the liberation of Auschwitz forces us to remember that the general principles undergirding this forlorn place were supported by popular sentiment among some very learned people.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 29 comments
 
'Reconsidering Ocean Calamities' is by Carlos Duarte and seven others, most of them Australian, and it is thought important enough for Nature to have devoted an editorial to its message.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 8 comments
 
The country now faces slowing economic growth, a depressed ruble, and runaway inflation estimated to be up to 150 percent on basic foodstuffs.
International - Andrew Topf - 2 comments
 
Can we have the empathy and the ability to imagine being a member of a racial minority and thinking through how difficult it must be to explain to one’s children why the family members are subjected to constant insults?
Law & Liberties - Peter Gibilisco - 3 comments
 




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Thursday, January 29, 2015

This refers to the culture and climate of a school involving factors like classroom discipline, having high expectations, consequences for success and failure and the belief, with hard work and application, that students can succeed.
Education - Kevin Donnelly - 3 comments
 
My American visitors sometimes comment that 'Australia seems a lot like America'. There are some superficial similarities.
Society - Peter West - 1 comment
 
The time has come to question neo-liberal shibboleths around 'small government' and 'the market'.
Economics - Tristan Ewins - 22 comments
 
The events in Yemen represent a spectacular collapse of President Obama’s policy for similarly countering Islamic State in Iraq by training supplying and using Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State on the ground.
International - David Singer - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Experiment to find out if people can read spelling without traps, to help them read normal spelling.
Education - Valerie Yule - 11 comments
 
Abstracted to distraction, artists shouldn't complain when no one sees the point in their pieces. Their fault lies in them.
The Arts - Peter Sellick - 8 comments
 
The capitulation by the government to the naked self-interest of the Australian Medical Association regarding changes to GP funding not only reaffirms the premier protection racket of the AMA.
Health - Michael Keane - 2 comments
 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The rest of us – with the partial exception of the US – have buckled. There are widespread restrictions on speech, in France and elsewhere. Australia has 18C, among many others.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 12 comments
 
Exporting crude oil and natural gas from the United States are among the dumbest energy ideas of all time.
Economics - Arthur Berman - 9 comments
 
Yesterday, India and Australia both celebrated our respective national holidays. What takes place in India on and around Monday could have repercussions for international climate politics in 2015.
Environment - Guy Ragen - 8 comments
 
The notion of turning the Predator into a predator had finally been realized. Within a year, the Predator was preying on live targets in Afghanistan.
Law & Liberties - Neve Gordon - 10 comments
 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Between 2005 and 2006, Chérif Kouachi, one of the two Charlie Hebdo attackers, was imprisoned in the Fleury-Mérogis jail. While this appears to have facilitated his behavioural transition to violent extremism, it did not constitute a 'triggering event'.
Law & Liberties - Romain Quivooij - 20 comments
 
Indeed, in a time when journalists are imprisoned, jailed or killed for reporting the truth, when cartoonists are gunned down to silence their critical pens, The Sun editors had a bigger dilemma on their hands than freedom of speech.
Media - Evelyn Tsitas - 70 comments
 
Elle Hunt argued that Triple J listeners are 'over-intellectualised, indie blowhards'. The proof of this claim the absence of Taylor Swift from the playlist.
The Arts - Allison Orr - 5 comments
 
Still, it is not as if American shale will suddenly go into decline. Oil production across the U.S. continues to rise. In the first full week of January, oil production ticked up by an additional 60,000 barrels per day.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham
 
Of much greater concern are citizens' anaemic level of confidence in the institutions of Churches, Unions, and Federal Parliament, receiving an abysmal 11%, 6%, and 6% respectively.
Political Philosophy - Dino Cesta - 12 comments
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Too much polarisation results in a shrinking middle ground and the growth of alienation, bitterness and recrimination.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 53 comments
 
Although today's lecture theatres are more comfortable than those of the past, what goes on inside them has not changed for centuries. It takes the same amount of time to deliver a one-hour lecture as it did in the 19th century.
Education - Steven Schwartz - 17 comments
 
The global economy is condemning old analogue states such as South Australia to a future of high unemployment, falling revenue and economic stagnation.
Economics - Malcolm King - 14 comments
 
An indigent state such as PNG, with limited infrastructure and facilities to process refugees, let alone resettle them, actually imperils applicants once their claims are fully processed.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 55 comments
 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

If social media is anything to go by, the chattering classes have been preoccupied with only one question for the past week: to be or not to be Charlie?
Law & Liberties - George Morgan - 15 comments
 
Our approach to developing countries in the face of population growth, climate change and corruption is entirely inadequate.
International - Guy Hallowes - 34 comments
 
Riots and protests in Algeria, Somalia, Pakistan and Jordan have added fuel to the rapidly growing feeling of resentment and hostility that Charlie Hebdo has inflamed.
Law & Liberties - David Singer - 15 comments
 
The only way to avoid risk completely is to lock people up alone for a long time - and that kind of risk-averse behaviour has its own problems.
Health - Peter Baume - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

'It empowers negative campaigns, privileges sectional and special interests over the national interest … and confronts a conflict between long-run policy and the short-term tyranny of the polling and media cycle.'
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 18 comments
 
Underpinning the exhortation to restrict free speech are the ideas that free speech is a zero-sum game where the 'loser' is almost always a minority community.
Law & Liberties - Trisha Jha - 22 comments
 
What he should not have done is to use the tragic death of Phil Hughes to mount a personal attack on the entire Australian cricket team.
Sport - Adam Henry
 

Monday, January 19, 2015

It should go without saying that not every Muslim is a terrorist or a murderer, but by the same token it apparently needs spelling out that globally there is only one religion in whose name unabated violence is routinely committed.
International - Chris Ashton - 73 comments
 
Soon, maybe in a few weeks, maybe longer, the Republic of Indonesia will execute two Australian heroin traffickers, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Law & Liberties - Jonathan J. Ariel - 19 comments
 
In most cases though, the environment isn't the main winner from big transport projects; even ones aimed at public transport users.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 3 comments
 
It is an entirely different matter to use the occasion to call on French Jews to immigrate to Israel to avoid anti-Semitism and 'live secure and peaceful lives.'
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 8 comments
 

Friday, January 16, 2015

But it is forgotten that eugenics was originally a doctrine of the Left who believed in what might be described as a perversion of liberalism.
Law & Liberties - Gregory Melleuish - 29 comments
 
We need stronger gun control measures, not more people with guns.
Law & Liberties - Stuart Horrex - 40 comments
 
Public opinion does not spring into life in one swoop. Its formation is a slow and contested process. Think of John Howard's campaign to change the GST.
Political Philosophy - Ian Marsh - 10 comments
 
Between 2006 and 2008, dozens of tribal entities were actively involved in the Anbar Salvation Council (ASC). This regional coalition successfully opposed Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the former incarnation of the Islamic State.
International - Romain Quivooij - 2 comments
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

But I can’t say, 'I am Charlie Hebdo.' That would be a travesty of the work of Steven Sotloff and James Foley, the journalists beheaded last year by the Islamic State.
Law & Liberties - Jamil Flores - 23 comments
 
Potentially, India and China have the most to gain – and the most to lose – from the defeat of long-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa by his former ally and Cabinet Minister, Maithgripala Sirisena.
International - Graham Cooke - 4 comments
 
The US State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs has featured a map on its website - which both rejects and corrects the misleading use of the terms '1967 boundaries' and '1967 borders'.
International - David Singer - 12 comments
 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

There is a struggle for the soul of Islam. How is Islam to be reconciled with the modern world?
International - Keith Suter - 77 comments
 
Following Charlie Hebdo's example means not being half hearted about freedom of speech. No holds barred irreverence may be problematic but self censorship can mean a blind eye to intolerance.
Law & Liberties - Stuart Rees - 4 comments
 
As a result, the psychological response of both the occupiers and the occupied has led to fear, loss of trust, helplessness, anger, and grief, as well as indiscriminate rage and brutalization.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 
Children who grow up in welfare-dependent families are much more likely to be dependent upon welfare as adults. This is the unsurprising finding of Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark in the Youth in Focus research project.
Society - Gary Johns - 24 comments
 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We need to avoid an escalation of rhetoric which would only polarise our society along religious and ethnic grounds. Here,freedom should ideally be balanced with honest self-criticism.
Law & Liberties - Tristan Ewins - 35 comments
 
Every year Australia effortlessly pumps out an enormous cohort of potential trade envoys to the region and with no cost to the Australian taxpayer.
International - Oliver Theobald - 2 comments
 
The argument that any criticism of Islam should be immediately conflated with racism or Islamophobia is nothing less than the censorship of free speech and thought.
Law & Liberties - Tim Napper - 29 comments
 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Politicians and some Church leaders have mouthed platitudes about Islam being a religion of peace and portraying those who murder in its name as betraying the ideals of Islam.
Law & Liberties - Babette Francis - 205 comments
 
Many believe we now only have tariffs on cars and clothing. In fact, we impose tariffs on nearly all categories of imported products, in an absurd and scattergun way.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 17 comments
 
We're not where we want to be; we're not where we ought to be; we're not where we're going to be; but thank God we're not what we were.
Political Philosophy - Simon Mundy - 5 comments
 
Newman is one problem. He's a short aggressive man with the reputation of being often charming, frequently distant, and a bit of a martinet.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 20 comments
 
The Queensland cabinet will look very much the same after the election, with the notable exception of its Premier Campbell Newman.
Domestic Politics - Gary Johns - 4 comments
 

Friday, January 9, 2015

'Old age is not a battle. Old age is a massacre': Philip Roth in Everyman
Health - Jonathan J. Ariel - 16 comments
 
Older Australians are wealthy and getting wealthier, while the young are going backwards.
Economics - Angus Taylor - 17 comments
 
As household debt has boomed exponentially over the last two decades, the savings of the household sector has plunged.
Economics - Paul Egan and Philip Soos - 7 comments
 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

We must stare down this new form of fascism with the same clear thinking and bold resolve our forebears demonstrated in their battles with twentieth century varieties.
Law & Liberties - Mal Fletcher - 151 comments
 
Can an illogical interpretation be good history? This is an issue which arises regarding Mr Kelvin Crombie's Gallipoli - The Road to Jerusalem.
International - David Faber - 5 comments
 
Low oil prices today may be setting the world up for an oil shortage as early as 2016. Today we have just 2% more crude oil supply than demand.
Economics - Dan Steffens - 22 comments
 
'O' is a letter of the alphabet, and 'zero', or 'nought', is the numerical expression. How often do we hear people confuse these two?
Education - Ian Nance - 10 comments
 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

If the runes of popular culture are anything to go by, marriage is far from a moribund institution. Yet creating something called Divorce Day arguably trivialises family breakup.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 4 comments
 
Three centuries ago, the world ran on green power. Wood was used for heating and cooking, charcoal for smelting and smithing, wind or water-power for pumps mills and ships, and whale oil for lamps.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 32 comments
 
The question this essay addresses is whether there is a form of worship that is more faithful to the gospel than any other.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 20 comments
 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I trust you will also record the role of Putin's FSB in bringing Ianukovich to power in 2010, in controlling his government thereafter, and in the events of 2013-14.
International - Stephen Velychenko - 10 comments
 
Once, keeping everything the same made people feel comfortable. Now we've become the ­disruption generation, accommo­da­ting disruption in deeply personal ways.
Society - Ken Phillips - 10 comments
 
Pakistan may be Modi's most intractable foreign policy challenge, but the BJP is also in trouble at home over allegations of forced conversions of Christian villagers by right-wing Hindu nationalist groups.
International - Graham Cooke - 3 comments
 

Monday, January 5, 2015

The explanation, while difficult to prove, may revolve around control of oil and gas in the Middle East and the weakening of Russia, Iran and Syria by flooding the market with cheap oil.
International - Andrew Topf - 22 comments
 
A left- leaning commentariat, security agencies that often failed to keep the lone actor under surveillance and terrorist experts dismiss the incident as the one-off act of a deranged lunatic.
Law & Liberties - David Martin Jones - 6 comments
 
When state action assists the poor it is trenchantly attacked by our erstwhile neoliberals but when aiding the rich it is quietly left aside if not readily applauded.
Economics - Marko Beljac - 16 comments
 

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Department of Veteran's Affairs announced last March that the centenary of the Battle of Broken Hill on 1 January 2014 would not be formally commemorated by the Australian Government.
Society - David Singer - 25 comments
 
The idea seems to be that children are no longer a social good and to be supported by the community, but a private indulgence for those who can 'afford' them.
Society - Clara Geoghegan - 64 comments
 
It is more than passing odd that a prominent feature of the ensuing discussion and debate has been the unequivocal claim, especially voiced by the Fairfax/ABC media alliance, that the killer's actions had nothing to do with religious faith.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 22 comments
 

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