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August 20, 2018
While it can sometimes be difficult to discern the principles motivating some of my fellow crossbenchers, especially when they change their position, they are never voting contrary to their own views.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 6 comments
 
They offer their people excuses to justify their dismal failures instead of focusing on building the infrastructure of a viable state and providing opportunities for economic development.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 




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Friday, August 17, 2018

The professor made a number of claims that were just flat out wrong, surprising in an academic with some expertise in this area, having been at one time an electricity regulator.
Nation Building - Graham Young - 18 comments
 
Israeli and Jordanian negotiators - armed only with pencils, sharpeners and erasers - can achieve this new dividing line between their respective states.
International - David Singer - 3 comments
 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

What quality of life would we have with a population of 50 million?
Nation Building - Kevin McCracken - 13 comments
 
The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large Middle Eastern producers.
Economics - Tsvetana Paraskova - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

An independent panel will be convened (independence being in the eye of the beholders), which might decide to refer Johnson to the party's board. From there, the power of expulsion can come into play.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 21 comments
 
Utter baseness is a distinctive trait of Malthus - a baseness which can only he indulged in by a parson who sees human suffering as the punishment for sin.
Political Philosophy - Barry York - 20 comments
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Why is the public broadcaster, of all entities, employing its diminishing coin in enjoining us to enter the war on waste as private soldiers?
Environment - Don Aitkin - 13 comments
 
The spent fuel was loaded onto the BBC Austria, owned by Briese Schiffahrt, a shipping line condemned across the world for dangerous and illegal practices.
Environment - Natalie Wasley - 7 comments
 

Monday, August 13, 2018

There is already some evidence that creation of collective social memories, through media narratives, images and memes, can raise awareness for the potential threats of global warming.
Environment - Misia Temler - 36 comments
 
The Palestinians have been led astray, believing that there is still a prospect for the Palestinian refugees to return to their original homes in today's Israel.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 9 comments
 

Friday, August 10, 2018

What they have done has certainly paid off: GDP per capita is about $US7000 per annum and on a PPP basis is about $US 17000 per annum.
International - Guy Hallowes - 5 comments
 
We have been seeing over the last few decades the birth of the non-university, an institution hollowed out of its seminal functions: teaching and scholarship.
Education - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
 
I can remember, in my first Parish, standing before the congregation as a divorced man having married a divorced woman to preach.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 21 comments
 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Nation-building is a 'new world' discourse applied to large continents (e.g. Africa, Asia, North and South America) where colonising forces decided on innovations in policy and infrastructure.
Education - Fiona Mueller and Deidre Clary - 6 comments
 
The converse is claimed to be true: that concentration, oligopolistic power, and strings pulled by a few players is the way to keep innovation alive.
Science & Technology - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Within minutes she was complaining about President Xi Jinping who, after being appointed leader in 2012, had raised hopes for a more open society.
International - Brian Hennessy - 9 comments
 
In order to receive aid, Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s ‘enforcer’, will try to persuade Western governments that he will reduce corruption and revive the agricultural sector. But nothing has changed.
International - Guy Hallowes - 9 comments
 
Why concentrate population growth in mega-cities already under strain while smaller cities and regions stagnate?
Domestic Politics - Ross Elliott - 8 comments
 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

As Hartcher pointed out, India offers tremendous market opportunity for Australia, but has to date largely slipped under the radar.
International - Kevin McCracken - 4 comments
 
One of the most critical aspects of Radio Australia is its ability to serve as a counter-emergency alerting and information system for natural disasters or civil disturbance.
Media - Ian Nance - 3 comments
 
Humans are a funny species. They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands.
Nation Building - Binoy Kampmark - 9 comments
 

Monday, August 6, 2018

The problem in this case is that a Religious Freedom Act could ultimately be used, paradoxically, to undermine the very freedoms it is meant to protect.
Law & Liberties - Lorraine Finlay - 21 comments
 
In my previous life as a veterinarian I lost count of the number of domestic animals I euthanised.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 16 comments
 
The PLO claim to East Jerusalem is based on its own propaganda and that of the United Nations which claims East Jerusalem to be 'occupied territory'.
International - David Singer - 7 comments
 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Yes, there are people who are battling on. There are people making squillions. There always were, and there always will be.
Society - Don Aitkin - 26 comments
 
Banned from promoting his dangerous Islamic agenda across the European Union, Turkish President Erdogan is now seeking to use his growing influence in the Balkans against the Western countries.
International - Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 5 comments
 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Marks, in slanting the emphasis towards generating revenue, ignores the actual practice of meaningful, investigative journalism.
Media - Binoy Kampmark - 15 comments
 
It is also common for politicians to arrange a 'work' meeting as a pretext for a holiday, social or campaigning event so that the taxpayer bears what should be a private travel cost.
Economics - Brendan O'Reilly - 11 comments
 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The radioactive waste resulting from Australian use of medical isotopes is only a very small fraction of the overall Lucas Heights' wastes, all of which could easily be stored indefinitely at Lucas Heights.
Health - Noel Wauchope - 10 comments
 
Even Donald Trump is a bit wary of the strengthening dollar, recognizing that it poses challenges to the US economy.
Economics - Irina Slav
 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The bulk of 'Black Economy' activity occurs through undisclosed cash payments in industries such as construction and opaque activities over the internet. None of these proposals provide tools to deal with these practices.
Economics - Rohan Indra - 10 comments
 
The law will alarmingly increase the alienation of world Jewry (largely reform Jews) from Israel and may well unravel the historic bond between all Jews.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 28 comments
 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Once within the megacity of 11-12 million residents just one case of the disease could have set off a deadly epidemic with contact rates multiplying exponentially.
Health - Kevin McCracken - 1 comment
 
Big Australia may be where we are heading, but without a plan or a vision of what that actually entails and how to get there, the quality of life for Australians and future generations will be eroded.
Nation Building - Tristan Prasser - 15 comments
 
But all of the words spoken here in New York do not feed, clothe, or educate a single Palestinian child. All they do is get the international community riled up.
International - David Singer - 5 comments
 

Friday, July 27, 2018

I then got through to said 'cancellations department' who told me that the record that had been established could not be expunged altogether.
Health - Guy Hallowes - 11 comments
 
They’ve raised political zombies to new life, trying to frighten voters with the spectres of long-departed state premier Campbell Newman, and a “Mediscare” 2.1 based on the Caboolture hospital.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 10 comments
 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The problem here is that the something being considered may actually make things worse, not better.
Law & Liberties - Lorraine Finlay - 12 comments
 
When trying to mix renewables with reliability, politicians face biased incentives. The consequences of not supplying enough capacity for a given reliability standard emerge after the event.
Nation Building - Geoff Carmody - 53 comments
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Don’t deny yourself an opportunity to own and control your health data.
Health - Saeed Khan - 7 comments
 
The only real news came from the press conference, where Trump, as is his wont, denied the obvious Russian meddling in US elections, even when told by his own intelligence agencies.
International - Gray Connolly - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Guo alleges that the families of the Shanghai Clique now dominate China's economy.
International - Margo King - 3 comments
 
Coincidentally with the release of the McGill University report, Mr Trudeau weighed in again denouncing the US Government's treatment of illegal immigrants.
International - Russell Grenning - 4 comments
 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Free speech is under threat in Australia. I am trying to do something about it, with four weighty bills to remove unwarranted restrictions on free speech from Commonwealth law.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 31 comments
 
Trump has become a marionette manipulated by a master puppeteer, Putin.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 32 comments
 
About 200 Yale University law students signed a hysterical letter bitterly attacking Kavanaugh declared 'People will die if he is confirmed'.
International - Russell Grenning - 10 comments
 

Friday, July 20, 2018

With Australia's population set to hurtle past the 25 million mark in August there are renewed calls in Canberra for a significant reduction in the country's sky-high immigration intake.
Nation Building - Rex Drabik - 33 comments
 

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