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October 31, 2014
Labor oppositions campaigning against the privatisation of assets by state and federal governments should think again. It's in their political and economic interests to allow them to proceed.
Economics - Graham Young - 17 comments
 
Censorship should be resisted in all its insidious forms. We should be vigilant of the gradual erosion of our freedom to know, to be informed, and make reasoned decisions.
Law & Liberties - Barry York - 9 comments
 
Recently, the head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Greg Medcraft, called Australia a 'paradise' for white-collar criminals.
Law & Liberties - Philip Soos - 7 comments
 
It should first be noted that while they deny each other's right to exist, the fact that they are negotiating, albeit indirectly, amounts to a de facto recognition of each other's reality and certain prerogatives.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 
The great strength of the bible is that it incorporated contradictory ideas. Thus robust affirmations that God is on the side of the righteous exist alongside despairing expressions of the absence of God.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 8 comments
 




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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Campaigners in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, led by convicted Hilton bomber Evan Pederick, have followed national church policy adopted earlier in the year and forced the Perth synod to dump all its fossil fuel investments.
Economics - Peter Kurti - 23 comments
 
It is difficult for those of us who were the beneficiaries to pick those we endorse the most. Education must be high on the list.
Domestic Politics - Peter Bowden - 3 comments
 
Since the 'Enlightenment' a rising tide of doubt has surrounded Christianity, the Bible's authenticity, and Jesus.
Religion & Spirituality - Brian Morris - 27 comments
 
We all have an obligation, both to ourselves and to society, to speak out and to act when we see unfairness, injustice and the orchestrated manipulation of true discussion of issues that affect us all.
Law & Liberties - Kellie Tranter - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In reality, there has not been a single death caused by a terrorist attack on Australian soil in the past three decades at least.
Law & Liberties - Richard Jackson - 16 comments
 
The cuts are binding on the EU as a whole but voluntary for individual countries and, the biggest escape clause of all, depend on other countries agreeing to similar targets at the Paris climate talks next year.
Environment - Mark S. Lawson - 31 comments
 
The response from the Jakarta commentariat to the Cabinet has been lukewarm, tinted with concern, largely because 14 politicians have been included, apparently for supporting the PDI-P rather than for their expertise and achievements.
International - Duncan Graham - 2 comments
 
Ukraine after the collapse of communism in 1991 and Estonia in 1920 share similar histories – both wanted to form democratic republics, in control of their economic and cultural futures.
International - Sylvia McNeall - 11 comments
 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

So far 120,000 people have reported being infected but the real figure is probably closer to 200,000.
Health - Peter Curson - 16 comments
 
What we did have was a continent filled with a conveniently idiosyncratic, even weird, assortment of native animals and some very profitable introduced species to share it with.
Society - Kevin Markwell and Nancy Cushing - 8 comments
 
The approach to leadership and community development that is spelled out in this slim volume is one of the more durable products of the consciousness-raising movement of the 1960s which had its epicentre in Southern California.
Economics - Rafe Champion - 3 comments
 
How much science does Australia produce for the amount of money it spends; what is the quality of its science and what makes for high quality anyway?
Science & Technology - Allen Greer - 5 comments
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Many people will wince on reading those words. Just as we will have winced if we happened upon those photos of well-known women doing porno poses or ­engaging in shocking sex talk in videos shot by their boyfriends.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Neill - 21 comments
 
Gough said 'maintain the rage' and my father had spoken at a protest rally that day, so as 10-year-old, this was my response to the call.
Domestic Politics - Tim Harcourt
 
Though it has become customary to refer to Turkey’s long running conflict with its Kurdish population as a ‘civil war’, the historical record and weight of evidence unambiguously indicates a more one-sided and criminally suffused scenario.
International - Jed Lea-Henry - 2 comments
 
The perception of an oversupply of teachers in NSW depends on where, and over what time scale, you look.
Education - James Deehan
 
There is no way we can bridge the gap between the material and our experience of being conscious.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 29 comments
 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Taxpayers are being rorted by the Government's policy of offshore detention.
Law & Liberties - Toby O'Brien - 33 comments
 
Whitlam believed that a foreign power should not control his country's resources and dictate its economic and foreign policies.
Domestic Politics - John Pilger - 13 comments
 
It isn't just the Barry Spurrs of the world. The male of the species is in deep trouble and he doesn't seem to have the foggiest notion why.
Law & Liberties - Andee Jones - 119 comments
 
Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead predicted that US drilling companies could begin to seriously start removing rigs from operation if prices drop to around $75 per barrel.
Environment - Nicholas Cunningham - 5 comments
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ms Bishop - meeting Putin again in Brisbane on the sidelines of the G20 Summit - could be the catalyst persuading Putin to back a Security Council resolution to eradicate the Islamic State.
International - David Singer - 20 comments
 
His comments on nuclear power ignore the repeatedly-demonstrated pattern of peaceful nuclear programs paving the way for WMD proliferation.
Environment - Jim Green - 17 comments
 
In short, it appears a major corporate health provider has assumed control of a health insurer as a deliberate strategy for underwriting and expanding the demand for the services it delivers.
Health - David Gadiel - 3 comments
 
There is a lot of pessimism about the CBD office market in Brisbane at present but is all of it warranted?
Economics - Ross Elliott - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

He did not enjoy criticism from someone like me, 21 years his junior, who wrote a weekly column in the National Times. And he loved to score off others, sometimes when it really was not to his advantage to do so. I got my share of it.
Domestic Politics - Don Aitkin - 10 comments
 
An ordinary Labor Party and born to rule conservatives did Gough in.
Domestic Politics - Peter Coates - 35 comments
 
Over the last few years, there has been a boom in Young Adult dystopian fiction. The most notable is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, a trilogy of novels set in a post-apocalyptic North America.
The Arts - Lorraine Campbell - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Under Mr Abbott's policies, parents, families, communities and countries will lose their children and children will also suffer when their links with those parents, families, communities and countries are severed.
Law & Liberties - Evelyn Robinson - 12 comments
 
To summarise, various 'stakeholders' wanted the ANU to divest from all fossil fuels. Professor Young wanted a more nuanced approach, so he hired a consultant, and came up with something that looks like what Stanford University does (so it must be kosher).
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 6 comments
 
By mid-2015 the NBN will have cost taxpayers more than $12 billion, while only 12 percent of premises will be connected.
Nation Building - David Leyonhjelm - 11 comments
 
Does the nature of the IMF as a safeguard lead to an economic system of poor management and unsustainable government debt; the very system that the IMF was created to prevent?
Economics - Jack Feeney - 2 comments
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

A recent global study put the lives saved by nuclear power over the past few decades at about 1.8 million.
Environment - Geoff Russell - 36 comments
 
Out in Dandenong, where many asylum seekers now reside, one woman has devoted her life to helping improve their quality of life in a unique way.
Law & Liberties - Isobel Blackthorn - 11 comments
 
Politicians, climate activists and influential Hollywood celebrities are misusing the 98% figure derived from studies to justify an alarmist point of view.
Environment - Barry York - 69 comments
 
Pregnancy ought not to be seen as a tradeable commodity and babies should not be viewed as a workplace perk to be offered or denied.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 4 comments
 
A dignified solution is what the refugees deserve to restore their self-esteem – not a continuing handout to perpetuate a life-long stigma.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Of course Doureihi would not condemn Islamic State because that is what Hizb ut-Tahrir wants. A caliphate is their objective.
Religion & Spirituality - John Perkins - 40 comments
 
This paradigm has been shattered in the 21st century with the global ascendance of technology-enabled psychological warfare, with the spectre of terrorism emerging as a universal trigger for a hysterical emotional response.
Society - Bill Calcutt - 57 comments
 
Since its inception, ACARA's curriculum provisions for the teaching of all three of the 'literacy basics' have been ludicrous to the point of profound embarrassment.
Education - Chris Nugent - 6 comments
 
Unfortunately, political considerations get in the way. The politicians want headline-grabbing, vote-catching projects they can announce now, and never mind the details, or the cost-benefit analysis.
Nation Building - Mark S. Lawson - 4 comments
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This week is anti-poverty week. For the homeless every week is poverty week.
Society - Lyn Bender - 18 comments
 
It is time for a new political paradigm to address our chronic budget issues.
Economics - Paul Bailey - 13 comments
 
Australia has not always been the richest nation. It topped the table during the global financial crisis, thus bolstering the view of Joseph Stiglitz, Tim Harcourt and others that Australia handled the GFC particularly well.
Economics - Alan Austin - 4 comments
 
It is a bizarre circus for the unwell, a competitive market, each stall-holder trying to lift the public consciousness of a particular disease.
Law & Liberties - Peter Sellick - 8 comments
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In past decades, the most ideal form of masculinity in Australia was, indeed, epitomised by strength, brawn, roughness, larrikin behaviour and the refusal to let women and 'less-masculine men' dominate.
Society - Rob Cover - 38 comments
 
If life is a fatal sexually transmitted condition, then more of us should be familiar with dying and death. It is the health care workers who see death and suffering - and it should be more of the community as a whole.
Health - Peter Baume - 8 comments
 
Hundreds of thousands of children struggle with reading at even the most basic level, because they haven't been taught properly, even after spending years at school.
Education - Jennifer Buckingham - 15 comments
 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

While accepting the review's broad recommendations opposition education spokesperson Ms Kate Ellis said the review provided a distraction from the coalition's funding cuts to schools from 2018.
Education - John Benn - 6 comments
 
Diseases that kill thousands are less of a challenge to the UN than diseases that kill millions.
International - David Singer - 6 comments
 
Allow us some voice as a group and hope for the future by seriously considering some of our recommendations in addressing those concerns.
Society - Brian Murphy - 6 comments
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

We have a problem with social attitudes towards ageing and it's not just with politicians and policy bureaucrats.
Society - Patricia Edgar and Don Edgar - 12 comments
 
Capitalism celebrates individuals as independent creators of self-identity through the way we choose to conduct ourselves, the things we choose to buy, and particularly in the way we choose to dress.
Law & Liberties - Andrew Glover - 43 comments
 
What passes for left-wing today strikes me as antithetical to the rebellious optimistic outlook we had back then.
Political Philosophy - Barry York - 135 comments
 
A grim new census of the world’s dwindling wildlife populations should force us to confront a troubling question: are humans capable of acting in ways that help other species at a cost to themselves?
Environment - Verlyn Klinkenborg - 23 comments
 

Friday, October 10, 2014

The recent case of Baby Gammy has drawn attention to the ethical pitfalls posed by international surrogacy.
Law & Liberties - Helen Freris - 7 comments
 
Only Blind Freddy and possibly Cheech and Chong, believe the ABS unemployment methodology bears any resemblance to reality.
Society - Malcolm King - 3 comments
 
Only when 'we' recognise the war criminals in our midst will the blood begin to dry.
International - John Pilger - 20 comments
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Those Muslims who cry Islamophobia repeatedly when asked about terrorism and Islam do themselves a disservice by not ­engaging with the ideas inherent in Islam that might lend themselves to actions of violent ­confrontation.
Religion & Spirituality - Tanveer Ahmed - 81 comments
 
October 1 marked an important anniversary: 18 years during which the earth average temperature has remained unchanged.
Environment - Alan Moran - 43 comments
 
Ukraine is on the brink of committing economic suicide after imposing a crippling 55 percent tax on private gas producers, while parliament prepares to vote on next year's budget, which aims for a continuation of the same.
International - James Stafford - 7 comments
 
By spinning your achievements, or arranging with a famous author to include you in a book, you may convince voters that you are the right person to go the top, or return there, if they will back you right now.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

For Nature to do this is another straw in the breeze, because it has been a bastion of the orthodoxy, and the 2C target is part of the orthodoxy.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 100 comments
 
4,000 years of Kurdish national self-determination was first broken by the Ottoman Empire, and sustained upon its collapse, by the rise of arbitrary, modern state divisions in the aftermath of the First World War.
International - Jed Lea-Henry - 4 comments
 
Even if strict safeguards were in place, uranium sales to India would create an intractable problem: uranium exports freeing up India's domestic reserves for weapons production.
Environment - Jim Green - 7 comments
 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Some of us are in the process of becoming a central character in our own Truman Show: except, of course, that we are turning the invisible cameras on ourselves.
Media - Mal Fletcher
 
Previously derided for his errant pugilism and relentless negativity as well as his penchant for wearing skimpy Speedos and a swim cap, our PM has shown what a prolonged regime of physical fitness can achieve.
Humour & Satire - Richard Hil - 31 comments
 
The PLO, pursuant to Article 20 of its 1968 Covenant, has never accepted the legal validity of the Mandate for Palestine, nor Great Britain's 1923 decision.
International - David Singer - 16 comments
 
Despite overwhelming evidence linking the CIA to drug traffickers, that sordid reality remains one of the great taboos of the mainstream US media, which rallies to destroy anyone who points out the facts, a fate that befell journalist Gary Webb.
International - Greg Maybury - 11 comments
 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Perhaps the most striking feature of the budget debates is the government's refusal to discuss the question of fairness.
Economics - Max Atkinson - 14 comments
 
Mr Sims and the ACCC spend around $175 million a year manipulating markets as if they were playing a computer game.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 5 comments
 
These pre-democracy leftovers seem determined to ensure that commoner upstarts like Jokowi, a former small-town mayor and furniture manufacturer, will never again be able to break into their exclusive club.
International - Duncan Graham - 7 comments
 
But the tragic truth is that in addition to counter-terrorism raids and airstrikes lasting days and weeks, we must prepare for a centuries-long ideological struggle with an enemy who is opposed to fundamental human rights.
Law & Liberties - Benjamin Herscovitch - 4 comments
 
Next time you get into your car and drive to the supermarket, think about how much energy you consume on an annual basis.
Environment - Andrew Topf - 5 comments
 
Arab countries in particular accused Erdogan and AKP of having taken a sectarian approach in their relations with the Middle East due to an ideological affinity between AKP and the Muslim Brotherhood.
International - Osman Softic - 1 comment
 

Friday, October 3, 2014

In short, the west is engaged in a 'long war' of low intensity conflict. But politicians and media just bounce along from one event to another without seeing the big picture.
International - Keith Suter - 117 comments
 
But it's the middle class who know that the system isn't working. That for all the promises made, few have been kept. They will ultimately push for radical change.
Economics - Malcolm King - 31 comments
 
As someone who has consistently advocated a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians based on a two-state solution, I was appalled to hear the speech delivered by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 6 comments
 
From those promoting civil rights to those condemning the use of nuclear weapons, history has shown that peaceful protest can be a powerful mechanism for inciting political change.
Environment - Hasmukh Chand - 8 comments
 
Despite the accusations of media bias, restrictions on candidate nominations and a bizarre exhibition of Fijian military force the day before the election, the Fiji First Party won a clear majority of votes nationally and in most regions.
International - Matt Thistlethwaite - 2 comments
 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Assuming a sale of Medibank, who benefits from the IPO?
Economics - Jonathan J. Ariel - 13 comments
 
The renewable energy target is now being targeted by the Government precisely because it is working so well to reduce pollution.
Environment - Guy Ragen - 35 comments
 
In terms of geopolitics Turkey sought to position itself as a major regional player and initially it achieved some influence in the Middle East, the Balkans and the Caucasus.
International - Osman Softic - 2 comments
 
California has entered into a partnership with the Canadian province of Quebec to link up their carbon markets. It's a small step, but the two have already created the largest carbon market in North America.
Environment - Nicholas Cunningham - 14 comments
 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Direct defiance of Beijing could be fatal for protesters - but they are hoping and expecting that the international media and Hong Kong's special economic status will dissuade the authorities from cracking down too hard.
International - Peter Coates - 20 comments
 
Clearly, the actual outcome under the Coalition is a cool $24.36 billion more than the debt forecast had Labor stayed on. Up 13.7%.
Domestic Politics - Alan Austin - 33 comments
 
While we were proposing to extend your liberty, we are now proposing not to do so, because this push for greater liberty is standing in the way of greater unity, and this greater unity will prove essential to our plans to chip away at your liberty.
Law & Liberties - Richard King - 20 comments
 
Alternative energy is so expensive that it can barely pay for itself, let alone support a civilisation.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 26 comments
 

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