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May 24, 2019
Twenty years ago, Trade Union legend Bill Ludwig introduced me to Bill Shorten, telling me that here was a young guy who was going places.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 12 comments
 
In my opinion judicial activism is not that much different to a (limited) bloodless coup d'état, except that there is no penalty potentially applying to offending judges.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 9 comments
 
The massive emigration of nearly 100,000 people that occurred in 2013 alone is so alarming demanding that the Kosovo's government tackle the problem head-on with the support of the US and the EU.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 




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Thursday, May 23, 2019

The scenario technique identifies three possible futures to aid critical thinking about climate change. Will basic social and political values survive?
Environment - Peter McMahon - 14 comments
 
In Queensland, the ALP was devastated electorally because voters put jobs above climate change.
Domestic Politics - Bernie Masters - 17 comments
 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The pollsters got it wrong, the bookies got it wrong, the punters got it wrong the ABC and most of the mainstream media got it wrong and obviously Bill Shorten got it very wrong.
Domestic Politics - John Mikkelsen - 11 comments
 
Acting in breach of its own Charter has reduced the UN to an organization held hostage by the 134 anti-Israel nations.
International - David Singer - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Throughout the Howard years, federal Labor found itself constantly incapable of recovering the 'aspirational' blue collar voters who had found comfort in the arms of the conservative Coalition government.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 15 comments
 
The utopian renewable future promised by Labor and the Greens is based on more fiction than fact, underpinned by faux moralism and will come with an undetermined price tag for little environmental benefit.
Environment - Tristan Prasser - 28 comments
 
The sleeper cells I'm thinking of were not highlighted in the mass media coverage. They weren't mentioned in what I heard and read after the voting.
Domestic Politics - Spencer Gear - 10 comments
 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Death is rarely a matter of good timing but it can be part of a good career move or the perfect conclusion to his political party's attempt to reclaim office.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 
Open-records litigation ... and superb investigative journalism .... have unearthed three critical State Department documents
International - David Singer - 1 comment
 
A single thread runs through the narrative as the various plots unfold; the intentional basis of human action.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 10 comments
 

Friday, May 17, 2019

It is business and malpractice as usual after revelations by Australia's national broadcaster that Australian universities have been adjusting admission requirements to boost student numbers.
Education - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
 
Federal Labor's promise to contribute $10 billion toward the cost of the $50 billion Melbourne suburban rail loop shows it's prepared to see a generation or two of infrastructure funding pissed away if it offers a political advantage.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 7 comments
 
In 2013, the federal Labor government fundamentally changed the Act to make gender identity and sexual orientation protected attributes.
Law & Liberties - Pat Byrne - 43 comments
 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Things are different in 2019. The liberalising agenda around the world has all but petered out, while on the left there is a resurgence of belief and confidence in government intervention.
Domestic Politics - David Alexander - 6 comments
 
Well, all he did was ask a reasonable question which should have received an honest answer.
Domestic Politics - John Mikkelsen - 6 comments
 
The arable land per capita in China is 40% of the world average.
Economics - Zegang Ren - 1 comment
 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The details of what was said, what was breeched, who was offended, and what freedoms are protected, just don't matter when it comes to the question of what should be done about Israel Folau.
Law & Liberties - Jed Lea-Henry - 11 comments
 
The only hint of something amiss is the hundreds of makeshift military camps and checkpoints along the roads, often manned by troops in full combat gear.
International - Murray Hunter - 2 comments
 
In 2018, total deployment of renewable energy stood at about 180 gigawatts (GW), which was the same as the previous year.
Environment - Nicholas Cunningham - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

This is a far cry from the supposedly mighty role the use of social media was meant to have in participatory politics.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
 
This article is mainly concerned with the issues that gave rise to the review, and supports the view that a Code of Conduct could only be effective if the University in question is actually committed to free speech.
Law & Liberties - Augusto Zimmermann - 4 comments
 
Netanyahu has deliberately perpetuated the conflict with Hamas as a means by which to promote his sinister political agenda.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Electric vehicles may be the next big thing, but the ALP's policy will do little to help the environment and will do more to waste taxpayers money and hurt consumers.
Science & Technology - Tristan Prasser - 16 comments
 
Instead of doing merely this, Labor could not resist announcing a raft of big-spending policies, the removal of many tax concessions, and an expansion of an already radical climate-change policy.
Domestic Politics - Brendan O'Reilly - 8 comments
 
The LNP thinks it will hold most seats in Queensland but that confidence could yet be as misplaced as it was during the Super Saturday by-elections.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 3 comments
 

Friday, May 10, 2019

.... social hostilities have a habit of crystallising upward into the policies and laws that order our common life
Domestic Politics - Andrew Cameron - 26 comments
 
The question is, what would it take to stop Iran from its destabilizing activities and help make it a constructive member of the international community?
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 8 comments
 
If a person were to stand outside Dr Portman’s abortion clinic with a sign saying, 'Abortion kills babies' they would be arrested and potentially fined.
Law & Liberties - Graham Preston - 141 comments
 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

They conform to the trappings and symbols of religious assimilation by wearing the 'whites' every Sunday as an act of racial contrition to a White Preacher Man's own contrived rules.
Law & Liberties - Max Wallace - 18 comments
 
There is little doubt that failure to vaccinate is placing many people at risk.
Health - Peter Curson - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

John Howard would have grabbed the ball and run with it - and Kim Beazley would have been wrong-footed.
Law & Liberties - Graham Young - 15 comments
 
The future, we were confidently assured, was one where the inner city apartment 'lifestyle' would be the preferred housing option, for a range of demographic, work and lifestyle reasons.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 2 comments
 
Palestinians have never had a Mabo moment whereby their historical occupancy of the land of Israel has been recognised by Israel and its courts.
Political Philosophy - Ron Witton - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world today, with significant levels of persecution in 144 countries, according according to 2016 data.
Law & Liberties - Augusto Zimmermann - 14 comments
 
Electoral reform is the key to eradicating “Malay-Nationalist” hegemony and feudalism in Malaysia
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment
 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Covert policing is the last bastion of pure policing 'and is one of the best methods of getting the highest numbers of convictions.'
Media - Peter Bowden - 16 comments
 
Why the ban on commercial surrogacy? One family gains much-needed money, the other a much-desired child
Law & Liberties - Philip Lillingston - 7 comments
 

Friday, May 3, 2019

As the authors explained in Areo, something had 'gone wrong in the university', notably in the humanities.
Education - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 
The crucial battery metal, also known as 'white petroleum', struggled through a 50 percent price correction as supply soared and demand fears spread like wildfire.
Economics - Charles Kennedy - 3 comments
 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Malay privilege, an entrenched bureaucracy, a recalcitrant royalty, and a deep state combine.
International - Murray Hunter - 2 comments
 
In standard rationalistic approaches to animal ethics moral consideration is incrementally extended out from an established human 'moral club' to grant moral status to 'others'.
Law & Liberties - Sam Ben-Meir - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

But, with all the media focus on Clive Palmer's Australia United Party preferences, Labor's traditional ties with best mates, the Greens, continue to fly under the radar.
Domestic Politics - John Mikkelsen - 5 comments
 
A stunning phenomenon has overturned the way in which we in the West regard the public sphere in particular, and democracy in general, in the twenty-first century: the re-emergence of religion.
Society - Pablo Jiménez Lobeira - 37 comments
 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The upper echelon believe it's in their interests to go on persuading the masses that politicians, lawyers and executives are at the top because they possess a formal solution to whatever ails us.
Society - Mark Christensen - 4 comments
 
The result of the recent municipal elections in Turkey represents a major shift in public sentiment toward President Erdogan.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 

Monday, April 29, 2019

It's an issue that appears to be missing from this federal election, with the two major parties brawling over issues of pay and tax, but what is the use of either if you're out of a job?
Economics - Graham Young - 20 comments
 
To woo the unions, he will have to tantalise and deceive by enlisting the bidding of corporate America.
International - Binoy Kampmark
 
The gospel of Jesus amounted to a social revolution that sought justice for the economically, socially, religiously and politically oppressed, ie it was a revolution from below.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 22 comments
 

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