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February 20, 2017
While the chaos has political meddling written all over it, its roots are actually technical. That is, the NEM was not designed to be a vehicle for appeasing our environmental conscience.
Environment - Mark Christensen - 17 comments
 
North Korean state sponsored terrorism, whether via mass bombing or targeted assassination must not be tolerated. Firm action needs to be taken.
International - Liang Nah - 3 comments
 
Our governments are elected by the middle class to serve the middle class, so it’s hard to see how any of this is going to change.
Domestic Politics - David Leyonhjelm - 13 comments
 




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Friday, February 17, 2017

It's been 2 years since our son graduated from high school. There were times I never thought he would, but the night of the graduation was our family's proudest moment.
Education - Randa Habilrih - 2 comments
 
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's reported remarks urging parties demanding new measures for DV offenders to first discuss the issue, seems to ignore her Government's own DV taskforce recommendations of 2015.
Law & Liberties - Cassandra Pullos - 27 comments
 
There is no let up in the lies, ignorance and dissembling that passes for debate on Australian energy policy.
Economics - Alan Moran - 19 comments
 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The second is the Government knows the system is not working well but since it has no intention of changing it, it sees no point in admitting it.
Economics - Peter Costello - 14 comments
 
I am your ordinary, middle-class, working mother that happens to be a practising Muslim who profoundly opposes terrorism and is ardently seeking harmony.
Society - Najla Turk - 132 comments
 
To establish Netanyahu's lack of commitment, one has to simply observe his actions in the occupied territories and listen to his public narrative.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 14 comments
 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

When they meet and mate another set of influences comes to bear: the needs of their children and what is right for them.
Society - Don Aitkin - 5 comments
 
Boardrooms will turn their backs on us unless we deal with energy costs and reliability.
Economics - Innes Willox - 6 comments
 
There is also the risk that dismantling legislation would be mishandled, in the way that Work Choices was not preceded by public analysis.
Economics - Adam Bisits - 4 comments
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The real distortion to the system is the treatment of wind generated power.
Environment - Tom Quirk and Paul Miskelly - 31 comments
 
Netanyahu's visit to the White House presents the perfect opportunity to personally hand his evidence to President Trump.
International - David Singer - 22 comments
 

Monday, February 13, 2017

The latest Australian Energy Market Operator report on the state's electricity market illustrates much more than the inevitable problems associated with integrating intermittent renewables.
Environment - Tom Quirk - 26 comments
 
They have woken up that morning in a parallel universe in which Donald J Trump, billionaire, is President of the US and they want me to explain to them what he is doing.
International - Michael Knox - 9 comments
 
Seize the moment Mr. President, the people desire to see you as a President whose decision doesn't come from Addis Ababa, Nairobi or elsewhere.
International - Bashir Goth - 2 comments
 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Politicians are starting to get the message, but is it all too late? Has the affordability horse bolted, permanently?
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 24 comments
 
But in all of them, to repeat, the real and sometimes hidden engine of social life is the production of children and their maturation into adults.
Society - Don Aitkin - 29 comments
 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

It is exquisite that we are to place our energy future in renewables, the energy source most prone to the beast that we are trying to slay: climate change.
Environment - Gary Johns - 29 comments
 
How to attain a major breakthrough from a potentially disastrous fallout.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 9 comments
 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fiddling with the past is all too reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984. Maybe there are good reasons, and maybe if I did a lot of work I would find them.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 32 comments
 
The data actually shows that, after an initial period of relatively high unemployment, labour force participation and employment rates amongst migrant communities eventually reach parity with the rest of the population.
Society - John van Kooy - 18 comments
 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Why the Victorian Government cosied up to Roz Ward and stuck with her for as long as they did remains a mystery.
Education - Greg Donnelly - 11 comments
 
So, both OPEC's Middle East members and the US are seen increasing oil and liquids production in the next two decades.
Economics - Tsvetana Paraskova - 12 comments
 
Outrage at Trump possibly not confirming the Obama-Australia Commitment stands awkwardly alongside the deafening silence following Obama's repudiation of the Bush-Israel Commitment.
International - David Singer - 2 comments
 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Contrary to the claims of the Report, the most developed nations must urgently make a fundamental transition
Environment - Samuel Alexander, Jonathan Rutherford and Josh Floyd - 19 comments
 
If we are not free to end our lives, with assistance if necessary, then we are not free at all.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 25 comments
 
To consolidate his reign, he intimidated his political opponents, emasculated the military, silenced the press, and enfeebled the judiciary.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Brexit debate: down the rabbit hole with parliament
International - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments
 
So, what happens after a euthanasia or assisted suicide death occurs and the doctor is found not to have fulfilled one or more of the criteria set down in the law? There should be a charge of homicide.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 20 comments
 
The contrast between the sexes can be seen early. Simon Baron Cohen says 99 per cent of girls play with dolls at age six. Barely 17 percent of boys do.
Society - Peter West - 14 comments
 
Strengthening international solidarity is a crucial task for promoting universal peace.
Political Philosophy - Ioan Voicu - 13 comments
 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

It is an article of faith for propagandists that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.
Nation Building - Anthony Albanese - 49 comments
 
Once the old plants are retired or electricity demand increases sufficiently, Australia will need investment in coal-fired power.
Economics - Gary Johns - 13 comments
 
Secular society largely rejects the division between mortal body and immortal soul and has called the Church's bluff on what happens after death.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 8 comments
 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Even calling used nuclear fuel 'waste' is an appalling misnomer. It is more like an ore that requires processing and conditioning.
Environment - Ben Heard - 31 comments
 
The current calls for a ban on President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK are heartfelt. Yet in certain important respects they are also perhaps misguided or even, in some cases, disingenuous.
International - Mal Fletcher - 10 comments
 
For Erdogan, the coup attempt was a 'gift from God' that gave him the license to purge any individual or organization perceived to be his foe, particularly when his popularity was waning.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Why then should the estates of Indigenous persons be treated differently? His Honour identified two reasons.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 9 comments
 
Based on the last Census, the number of people who used rail – either in whole or in conjunction with some other form of transport – was 65,212. Not a big number.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 3 comments
 
If we participate in illegal military incursions into sovereign nations, what responsibilities do we have for documenting the loss of life? If we honour lives shouldn't we also value them? Lest we forget the innocents?
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 12 comments
 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Guilt doesn't create the basis for reframing our relationships or enabling us to see new alterative futures together.
Society - Sarah Russell - 12 comments
 
Trump likes bilateral trade agreements, not multilateral trade agreements. Australia is good at both.
Economics - Michael Knox - 5 comments
 
Australia now faces a problematic social issue, in conveying a message that clearly deals with the tragedy and successfully separates the Islamic State connection to avoid further and unnecessary divisive discourse.
Law & Liberties - Kendall Galbraith - 13 comments
 

Friday, January 27, 2017

We celebrated two Australia Days this year. The bad news is that they were on the same date as each other and not only will there be no extra holiday but half the population wasn't able to see what the other half celebrated.
Society - Graham Young - 27 comments
 
We find out whether we are in recession on the 1st of March 2017, and there are only seven sitting days in the Senate prior to this.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 2 comments
 
Karen is at the mercy of her adoptive family's personal spending habits, which often take priority over her disability needs.
Law & Liberties - Patricia Eisele - 5 comments
 
Looking to the historical records of democratic governments worldwide, we find many instances of governments acting within the law, but against the wishes and intentions of their people.
Domestic Politics - Bob Ryan - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Grand Mufti’s approach is draconian, oppressive and stifling of the fundamental value of free speech.
Law & Liberties - Amanda Stoker - 29 comments
 
Debating the date of Australia Day
Indigenous Affairs - Stephen Chavura - 15 comments
 
In the age of the internet, we seem to have lost touch with civility and good judgement.
Media - Bashir Goth - 7 comments
 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mayor Cotter, standing in front of an Australian flag, gave an impassioned speech about what it meant to be Australian and why we must engage in public life.
Society - Saeed Khan - 50 comments
 
These are hippies turned conservative protectors of the status quo, doves genetically modified to be hawks in Hillary Clinton's laboratory of politics.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 62 comments
 
Today I went down to get a lettuce from the box my partner and I had been tending, and its entire contents had gone.
Economics - John Wright - 12 comments
 

Monday, January 23, 2017

So the result in two years could be that the US has shifted from a two party system in which both parties support globalism to a two party system in which both parties oppose globalism.
International - Arthur Dent - 15 comments
 
If Britain's domestic politicos are to navigate the choppy waters of Brexit, they will need to shape negotiation positions that are inclusive in tone and intent, while not vague in terms of strategic goals.
International - Mal Fletcher - 3 comments
 
Of main concern to the conferees was Trump's campaign promise to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
 

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