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September 28, 2016
The Sanders campaign mobilised millions: especially amongst the young. Clinton would be well advised to go further in remobilising those people.
International - Tristan Ewins - 1 comment
 
So the state would get to decide if a Jewish school can refuse to hire a Muslim maths teacher (and vice versa) and whether a Christina church can refuse to hire a Buddhist as a youth leader or pastoral care worker.
Religion & Spirituality - Mark Sneddon - 2 comments
 
The alarming aspect of identity politics is that as a response to discrimination it becomes discrimination's other side.
Political Philosophy - Peter Sellick - 7 comments
 




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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Last week, Polynesian activists accused Disney of promoting “brownface” after it advertised a full body children’s costume depicting the tattooed Pacific demi-god Maui.
Society - Marion Gray - 9 comments
 
Is the Donald being run by the Clintons, the Russians, or just the tides of history?
International - Simon Caterson - 3 comments
 
From the time Kurdistan was dismantled, and despite the discrimination against the Kurds and the precarious environment in which they found themselves, they remained relentless in preserving their way of life.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Monday, September 26, 2016

However the act doesn't give respondents any recourse against a DMCA takedown notice before any material is taken down by the ISPs and OSPs.
Law & Liberties - Murray Hunter - 5 comments
 
In August this year, that journal of inner city indulgence The Sydney Morning Herald published a front page story boldly declaring 'Sydney’s ten most liveable suburbs revealed.' Attention grabbing headline? Tick. Rigorous methodology? Fail.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 4 comments
 
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked 'Is the Labor party’s foreign policy for sale?' yet consecutive Liberal and Labor governments have been selling Australia’s foreign policy to Israel for decades with cash and free trips.
International - Ali Kazak - 20 comments
 

Friday, September 23, 2016

As the Sydney Morning Herald observed, the US program 'echoes Australia's use of Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea'.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
 
Since 2012, Karen has been held in a carefully managed prison of silence, while her family uses her disability cash to fund their mortgage payments, household expenses and home renovations.
Health - Patricia Eisele - 32 comments
 
That also means it won't generate any extra revenue that could be applied to public transport infrastructure. It might also hobble the extent to which pricing can be used as a tool to manage traffic.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 12 comments
 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

At 10% of AWE before tax, it takes 12.2 years to put aside a 20% deposit today versus 8.9 25 years ago. That’s a significant increase, and many purchasers just don’t have that much patience.
Economics - Graham Young - 11 comments
 
How much does the GP actually value the patient? Has the client now little more than a retail customer, to be dispensed with as quickly as possible and with the bare minimum of attention and care?
Health - Mal Fletcher - 4 comments
 
My particular focus in this essay is on how writers of the gospels use the imagery of the end of the world to interpret the death of Jesus.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 8 comments
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It is clear that our two governments and the Crown are jointly and severally responsible for all this and owe them compensation.
Indigenous Affairs - Rodney Crisp - 84 comments
 
The supporters of Hanson, Xenophon, Lambie and Katter do not feel that the present arrangements in parliament are working for them and we should not rush to dismiss them.
Domestic Politics - William Hill - 13 comments
 
'We have frankly said, and always will say: If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won't agree to the presence of one Israeli in it...'
International - David Singer - 30 comments
 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Furthermore, to the extent that racist attitudes are present in society, it assumes these will change if it is unlawful to express them.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 36 comments
 
A former child soldier in Sudan, Deng fled his homeland, arriving in Australia as refugee in 1998. Here, in Western Sydney, he taught himself English and put himself through law school.
Society - Brett Bowden - 14 comments
 
The next administration must stop enabling Israel to pursue policies which are to its detriment and insist that Israel genuinely engage in the process of reconciliation.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 17 comments
 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Our prosperity is largely dependent upon us being able to sail through international waters and should this be impeded then the costs to trade would soar as longer shipping routes and higher insurance rates would be incurred.
International - Simon Louie - 11 comments
 
A group with formal party status, however, should understand that it has duties to the parliament that extend beyond those of an individual member.
Domestic Politics - Richard Laidlaw - 36 comments
 
What is not to be found in the Convention (although it may be implied by other provisions) is the exploitation of children who are used in ways that are intended to promote and advance the opinions of their parents.
Law & Liberties - John de Meyrick - 5 comments
 

Friday, September 16, 2016

At high altitudes, the greenhouse gases provide the only mechanism for the radiation of heat from the atmosphere to space.
Environment - John Nicol and Jennifer Marohasy - 130 comments
 
Hanson and Roberts hail from a long line of populists suspicious of the 'international institution', which they regard as something of a meddling, threatening Frankenstein.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 41 comments
 
Donald Trump's absurd candidacy for the presidency has obscured the broad-based resentment at continuing levels of immigration and the problems faced by lower income Americans.
International - William Hill - 15 comments
 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

There are many examples of countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe where the demise of economics as a foundation for policy became a first step to economic demise.
Economics - Tony Makin - 15 comments
 
What you will never see is a similar full-page advertisement calling for Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, or indeed any of China’s political prisoners, to be released.
International - Dan Ryan - 8 comments
 
The social and mental wellbeing of a free citizenry outweighs the concerns of those who wish to restrict and control non-violent behaviour like smoking a hookah or having a beer outdoors after 11pm.
Law & Liberties - Fotis Kapetopoulos - 12 comments
 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Is the plan to dump this sub design in a few years time and go nuclear, or to dump the French completely and get back to the Japanese who by then will have something to sell?
International - Syd Hickman - 36 comments
 
'About one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. That means if you don't get it, the person sitting next to you will.'
Health - Duncan Graham - 4 comments
 
Netanyahu's description of any potential evacuation of the West Bank colonies reflects the ethics of settler colonialism in which any attempt to dislocate the settlers is now equated with injustice.
International - Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon - 15 comments
 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Brisbane Writer's Festival has touched on a sore point of identity politics when the opening address by Lionel Shriver challenged the concept that only those who feel oppressed should be permitted to write or speak about it.
The Arts - Michael Thompson - 27 comments
 
While both parties have rebuked Sam Dastyari, and Labor is talking about banning foreign donations, neither is interested in substantive reform.
Domestic Politics - Max Atkinson - 3 comments
 
The United Nations has allowed the conflict between Hamas and the PLO to career out of control for the last 10 years.
International - David Singer - 53 comments
 

Monday, September 12, 2016

On October 15th the citizens of the Australian Capital Territory will go to the polls to elect their representatives, and through them their government.
Domestic Politics - Don Aitkin - 10 comments
 
The move for an inquiry into how banks treat small business customers should not overshadow the ongoing call for a broader royal commission on banks.
Economics - Thomas Clarke - 6 comments
 
Why should he worry about it now, when the international community is preoccupied with so many other conflicts in the Middle East?
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 8 comments
 

Friday, September 9, 2016

There are many people living here from Malaysia, Taiwan, and other places whose people identify as Chinese or as Chinese-Australians. Should they be celebrating Mao's anniversary?
International - Peter West - 42 comments
 
Those imaginative creatures scribbling for Rumiyah, an Islamic State publication that combines wishful thinking with equally wishful views of the world, decided to shine a spotlight on Australia.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 15 comments
 
In other parts of the country, bargain hunters are snagging expensive oil and gas equipment at auctions for a fraction of their original cost.
Economics - Zainab Calcuttawala - 3 comments
 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Warburton, for example, has received a $266,000 grant to open a hairdressing salon. A hairdresser opening their own shop or working door to door could achieve more with much less.
Indigenous Affairs - Vladimir Vinokurov - 29 comments
 
And I find myself saying, yet again, this awful, poorly argued, self-seeking paper has passed peer review? What have we come to in the journal world?
Environment - Don Aitkin - 121 comments
 
It's a common charge but Melbourne's city centre apartment towers aren't remotely like real slums and nor are they likely to be in the forseeable future.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The re-elected Turnbull Government has serious challenges in terms of implementing its school funding policies and little time to resolve them.
Education - David Robertson - 7 comments
 
If Christian organisation will be forced to employ those whose sexual practices contravene their beliefs and values, why should homosexual organisations not be forced to do similar things?
Law & Liberties - Bill Muehlenberg - 36 comments
 
Will 'the gay vote' have an influence in the upcoming City of Sydney Council elections?
Domestic Politics - Garry Wotherspoon - 9 comments
 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

In 1996, Hungary introduced what have become known as 'Percentage Laws', which allow taxpayers to allocate a percentage of their income tax to specific not-for-profit organizations
Society - Matthew Turnour - 2 comments
 
And there are those who are down and out racists, cruel and crude or those who are conniving and calculating who want to repeal section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Indigenous Affairs - Bruce Haigh - 50 comments
 
Australia should not allow the Hellenic Republic and its lobbyists in Australia to hold its foreign policy on Macedonia hostage to discredited ultra-nationalist politics from the 19th century.
International - Ordan Andreevski - 11 comments
 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Each area of government spending should be pared back, with welfare properly targeted to the poor and duplication between the Commonwealth and States in areas like health and education eliminated.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 61 comments
 
The oldest political trick of a leader in domestic strife is to emphasise the unholy nature of a threat from without.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
 
It is not in the interest of any teenager - gay, straight, transsexual, or non-sexually identifying – to be told that suicide is a natural reaction to their reality.
Law & Liberties - David van Gend - 31 comments
 

Friday, September 2, 2016

In any other group, a request for death would alert a doctor for urgent psychiatric review: why is this group of patients being treated so differently?
Law & Liberties - Megan Best - 26 comments
 
The great political party, The Liberals, formed by Robert Menzies seven decades ago, is in its death throes. It has been assassinated by right wing zealots.
Political Philosophy - Everald Compton - 60 comments
 
Just because money is pouring into the Permian, it does mean that things will end well for Permian drillers.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 10 comments
 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

I, like my fiancé, am an Australian citizen, so the natural question is, why should we be forced to leave our own country to get married?
Law & Liberties - Stuart Horrex - 37 comments
 
Anti-democratic movements whether left or right have much more in common with each other than their democratic left and right opponents.
Political Philosophy - William Hill - 21 comments
 
The difference between the official-adjusted maximum temperature for Rutherglen on 13th January 1939 versus the actual measured value is rather large - more than 5 °C.
Environment - Jennifer Marohasy - 34 comments
 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

In other words, unlike Australian citizens, an asylum seeker can be detained for anything from a traffic infringement to spitting in public or hosting a noisy party.
Law & Liberties - Shira Sebban - 5 comments
 
Whilst there has been only three federal plebiscites (as distinct to referenda), they have been used by our states to gauge public opinion on a range of issues.
Law & Liberties - John de Meyrick - 15 comments
 
Belief in the substance of ethics and morality is an inconvenience, to the promotion and advancement of self, a catechism of the Right.
Domestic Politics - Bruce Haigh - 17 comments
 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pauline Hanson would have won under any system. One Nation’s vote of 9.14 per cent in Queensland means that Hanson comfortably achieved a quota in her own right.
Domestic Politics - Gideon Rozner - 12 comments
 
Democracy requires a public sphere in which people can participate and speak without fear of humiliation, intimidation and offense.
Law & Liberties - Eric Porter - 18 comments
 
Computers with very sophisticated software 'would be no more capable of being harmed, as distinguished from damaged­ – than the toaster'.
Science & Technology - Peter McMahon and Sebastian Trew - 4 comments
 
'Health care', has been the most popular pair of words for the promotion of medicine since time immemorial, but medicine treats disease and ony obliquely promotes health.
Health - Ariel Gallo - 8 comments
 

Monday, August 29, 2016

This one is about the existence of a website on which schoolboys are sharing images of schoolgirls, which are, apparently, principally the work of those girls themselves in the form of 'selfies'.
Law & Liberties - Craig Minns - 33 comments
 
We clearly see a progression or, perhaps more accurately, an evolution, that stretches back to organisations once upon a time more accurately called 'Voluntary Euthanasia' or 'Hemlock' societies.
Law & Liberties - Paul Russell - 8 comments
 
With all of this in mind, an agreement between OPEC and Russia is more feasible in Algiers than it was in Doha. It might not mean much though.
Economics - Rakesh Upadhyay - 4 comments
 

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