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June 26, 2019
ndeed, if we look at the best proxy for long-term climate-change - the Central England Temperature record - we see that the end of the 20th century is very far from unusual with several periods of similar scale change.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 15 comments
 
Mass market surveillance, much of it manufactured in the private sector, the ubiquity of spyware, and the ease with which such material can be acquired, has eclipsed such quibbles.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 




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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

With 'institutionalization' you get up when you're told to; you eat when you're told to; you go to bed when you're told to.
Domestic Politics - Tristan Ewins - 15 comments
 
A once-tolerant Malay society has been subsumed into a theocracy.
International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments
 

Monday, June 24, 2019

The central question nevertheless remains: how to increase the quantum of public funds available for investment in new infrastructure?
Economics - Flavio Romano - 6 comments
 
If you've said or done anything on the scale of remotely off-taste to glaringly stupid, you'll be raked over the coals for it. Even if it was when you were young and silly.
Law & Liberties - Sonia Bowditch - 14 comments
 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Abbott blocked good policy; It wasn't without reason that he earned the nickname 'Dr No'. Now Labor has a right to block sweeping tax cuts that will indirectly hurt millions of its constituents.
Economics - Tristan Ewins - 26 comments
 
Why is every proposal to develop an outback mine, dam, irrigation scheme or a real power station now labelled 'controversial' by the ABC and opposed by the ALP/Greens?
Nation Building - Viv Forbes - 22 comments
 
Malaysia has also been able to successfully maintain a balance between a competing China and the US in the region through a pseudo-non-alignment.
International - Murray Hunter - 3 comments
 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

If the world is going to get the energy revolution it requires, it needs realistic energy policies that are scientifically sound and promote a fuel that provides plentiful energy on demand, while doing the least harm to nature. That fuel is nuclear.
Environment - Wade Allison - 41 comments
 
The worship of the Church remakes an enchanted word in which strangers from another time and place become our forefathers and in which God comes to dwell with His people.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 11 comments
 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The second Convention of Peking, signed on June 9, 1898 was never recognised either by the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek nor Mao Zedong's victorious communists.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
 
We can learn lessons from cities like Paris, but we must be alert to the dangers in importing solutions that might work well elsewhere but aren't well matched to local circumstances.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 5 comments
 
Two weeks ago, a 29-year-old Roma woman was physically attacked in the middle of the day in Kosovo, after a false accusation.
International - Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The consequence of turning formerly estuarine lakes into man-made fresh water lakes is that annually 900GL of precious fresh water evaporates from the lakes, instead of sea water.
Environment - Max Rheese - 12 comments
 
Reform must tackle the 'state of mind' that engulfs Malaysian public universities to make them relevant to contemporary society and regionally competitive.
Education - Murray Hunter - 5 comments
 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Despite the dam’s present low water level, media is being swamped with contentious arguments about Sydney Water’s proposal to raise the height of Warragamba’s wall by a further fourteen metres.
Nation Building - Ian Nance - 12 comments
 
The issue of Assange’s failing health is critical
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 
US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has set a cat among the pigeons with his claim that, 'Under certain circumstances I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank'.
International - David Singer - 13 comments
 

Friday, June 14, 2019

As the major parties and commentators seek explanations for the latest federal election results, they should re-visit the lessons of the 2004 federal election.
Domestic Politics - Rick Brown - 8 comments
 
The $45 billion from the Telstra sale is now increasingly surpassed by the NBN's costs of $51 billion and counting (ABC 2018).
Economics - Flavio Romano - 3 comments
 
If the 20th Century was the age of the victory of democracy and freedom over tyranny, the 21st century is showing up to be the era where our rights are slowly being taken away.
Law & Liberties - Murray Hunter - 11 comments
 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

In our country, and others like them, at election times, and indeed pretty well all the time, poverty is seen as being somehow wrong in principle, and my political party or yours will end it, or at least reduce it.
Economics - Don Aitkin - 47 comments
 
Those who claim to know the truth are the very sort who are happy to fill the morgues, ban the theatres and destroy musical instruments.
Media - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Since when did the Australian people vote to share government with the Holy See? This undermines the separation of church and state.
International - Meg Wallace - 16 comments
 
The daughter of the deputy prime minister disassociated herself from the government, quitting all her government and party posts because she believes the government is on the wrong track.
International - Murray Hunter - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

What empowers people and nurtures a shared sense of purpose and belonging is individuals, business and community leaders working together, in good faith, on solutions that reflect local conditions.
Political Philosophy - Mark Christensen - 5 comments
 
Denmark's 2019 election victors: a party of the left combines left-wing economic policies with a right-wing immigration stance
International - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
 
All nations ought to take measures to prevent future genocide. We must remain vigilant and do whatever it takes to prevent mass killings.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Almost one-third of the players in the State of Origin on last Wednesday night refused to sing the national anthem because of a quibble over one word.
Political Philosophy - Graham Young - 33 comments
 
China through Confucius Institutes located at several Australian Universities already yields some influence within university campuses.
International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments
 
Targeting Page would give the FBI access to all his emails - past and present, sent and received
Law & Liberties - David Singer - 3 comments
 

Friday, June 7, 2019

When the archaic official secrets provisions of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) were repealed in June 29 2018 those dealing with publishing such material felt slight relief.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 36 comments
 
I agree that it would be absurd to equate Johnson with Churchill at this or any other stage, which of course is precisely what Sheridan is doing.
International - Arthur Dent - 6 comments
 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Plastic in all its various forms has transformed our world.
Environment - Ken Calvert - 15 comments
 
Falling forward property revenues will see infrastructure spending curtailed (even though we continue to have an infrastructure deficit) or we will go into more debt to keep the tap.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Obviously it would cost money and it’s likely the Commonwealth would have to assist the state government, which is seriously indebted.
Environment - David Leyonhjelm - 1 comment
 
Anti-LGBTI prejudice has found euphemisms to hide behind like 'religious freedom', 'freedom of speech', 'freedom of conscience' and 'parental rights'.
Law & Liberties - Rodney Croome - 12 comments
 
As a traditional 'small government' Republican Eisenhower worried about how a new expensive industrial complex had been created to exploit the new military era.
International - Keith Suter - 7 comments
 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Of course, factional power doesn't go away overnight and it was no surprise when the inaugural contenders in the first party-wide ballot for the Labor leadership were factional heavy-weights from the Right and Left.
Domestic Politics - Tim O'Hare - 6 comments
 
We are genetically wired to follow our leaders.
Domestic Politics - Peter Bowden - 8 comments
 
These poll results are a better reflection of likely votes at a general election than the EU election results and are, as expected, less catastrophic for the two previous 'mainstream' parties
International - Arthur Dent - 3 comments
 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Australia’s government spending is high and a huge public debt overhang creates uncertainty for the private sector. The new government’s reform program should include reduced public spending, tax reform and industrial relations reform.
Economics - Tony Makin - 5 comments
 
The politician is a creature of deception and dissimulation, and avoiding the compromising wet by keeping to high and dry moral ground may be a difficult thing.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 

Friday, May 31, 2019

It's impossible to relive the past, but a better future can be forged. Australia is best served by two major parties whose 'inclusion' doesn't feel like exclusion for a vast swathe of voters.
Domestic Politics - Kurt Mahlburg - 11 comments
 
Why should we care about Julian Assage? His sad situation shows our future freedoms are threatened in a world becoming less transparent, more totalitarian.
Law & Liberties - Murray Hunter - 28 comments
 
Waging another war in the Mideast, this time against Iran, would have not only disastrous consequences for the US but will also engulf our allies.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

It is a valuable source of information and communication, but the internet is also patrolled by rival gangs who seek to intimidate each other under cover of anonymity.
April Feature - Betsy Fysh - 9 comments
 
The Labor Party campaigned on the cause célèbres of any number of inner urban hipster coffee shops, bistros or university campuses.
Domestic Politics - Ross Elliott - 9 comments
 
These allegations could result in the uncovering of a scandal for the Democrats far worse than the Watergate break-in.
International - David Singer - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

While it’s virtually impossible to be certain even about the exact details of the past, it is completely impossible to be certain about the future.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 10 comments
 
Homosexuality spreads the closer one gets to the holy of holies
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 11 comments
 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Did the constant reference to 'True Believers' and 'Faith' by the major Leaders show that both parties have gone back to their roots with their slogan efforts this year?
Domestic Politics - Greg Bondar - 8 comments
 
Shapiro surveys Western civilisation with two questions in mind: what underpins its incredible achievements and why, after so much toil and suffering, are we now so keen to blow it?
Religion & Spirituality - Mark Christensen - 5 comments
 

Monday, May 27, 2019

In Australia, our political system promotes all the wrong childhood, competitive behaviours like tactical play, groupthink, manipulating, and even backstabbing over our more mature adult behaviours.
Domestic Politics - Tony Holmwood - 10 comments
 
The standout feature of this angle is that Chelsea Manning, the key source for WikiLeaks as former intelligence analyst for the US Army, is less important than Assange.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 10 comments
 

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