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June 5, 2020
The elephant-in-the-room is the vast number of identified Centrelink overpayments that are real but may now never be repaid.
Economics - Brendan O'Reilly - 20 comments
The death of Floyd is no longer seen merely as an act of police brutality but the final crack in the dam, revealing the insidious socio-economic and healthcare malaise that continues to be inflicted disproportionately on the African American community.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 18 comments

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

The imperfections of any liberal democracy are exposed yet such societies remain vastly superior to what exists in China under the dubious leadership of the CCP.
International - Chris Lewis - 3 comments
Reconciliation Week is exhausting at the best of times. Now more than ever, we are bombarded with tidal waves of racism and ignorance.
Indigenous Affairs - Samantha Cooper - 83 comments
Sophisticated new reconnaissance techniques set alarm bells among Malays.
International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

What is happening across the United States cannot simply be labelled as a looting-leads-to-shooting episode. It ranks as another chapter of enraged despair and untidy opportunism.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 31 comments
We can't put a price on peoples' lives and peoples' health. But many people will need to sacrifice to 'spread the burden' of funding recovery.
Economics - Tristan Ewins - 22 comments
For a considerable time, the state forestry agency, VicForests, has been the focus of sustained attack in the media. A boilerplate view has emerged of an untrustworthy, unsustainable and unprofitable institution.
Environment - David Hutchens - 11 comments

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

During the coronavirus lockdown, many of us are spending more time on social media. It is a golden era for lawyers to scroll though Facebook and Twitter looking for even the most mildly offensive comments.
Law & Liberties - Sarah Russell - 6 comments
The Paul Ramsay Foundation has pledged to tackle disadvantage. The biggest foundation in Australia has already allocated 84 million dollars so far in 2020.
Religion & Spirituality - David Hale - 12 comments

Monday, June 1, 2020

So-called western science, promulgated by acclaimed experts such as Bowman and Bradstock, doesn't have the answers because it's based neither on experience, nor on the scientific method.
Environment - Vic Jurskis - 15 comments
The ABC has been gripped by an institutionalised animosity towards the 45th President of the United States exemplified in its role as a spruiker for that part of the prolonged anti-Trump crusade embodied in the 'Russiagate' controversy.
International - Laurence Maher - 27 comments
What does Hegel's philosophy of nature contribute to our understanding as we face a time of unprecedented environmental degradation.
Environment - Sam Ben-Meir - 2 comments

Friday, May 29, 2020

The higher up the food chain of power, the more likely the powerful will misbehave and change the meals.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 10 comments
So George has identified the criminals in the global warming crime, the rich (that's us), and the innocent, the poor (largely black and brown people). He identifies us as racist too.
Environment - Eric Claus - 22 comments
Queensland’s border closures are short-sighted and risk-averse based on little to no medical evidence and are only damaging the future prospects of the Sunshine state in a post-COVID-19 world.
Health - Tristan Prasser - 22 comments
Outside Australia’s doorstep, there are additional concerns about China’s growing political clout in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific islands like Vanuatu, where there is fear and speculation China may build a military base.
International - Murray Hunter - 13 comments

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Is Scott Morrison's industrial reform agenda a serious attempt to make industrial change, or is it #ScottyfromMarketing looking for a mechanism which shifts blame away from him if the economy fails to recover quickly?
Economics - Graham Young - 26 comments
In Victoria's Westernport Bay, a battle has ignited over energy corporation AGL's plans to build a massive new gas import terminal at Crib Point.
Environment - Victor Komarovsky - 12 comments
Turkey is a country that has unlimited potential, vast human and natural resources, and cultural riches that could rival any developed country in just about every walk of life.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The global response to the impact of the Coronavirus seems consistent in at least one respect: everything we previously took for granted is now up for grabs.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 11 comments
...... turning an inconsequential scientific ‘comment’ into something far more significant than what it actually is.
Science & Technology - Mark Poynter - 7 comments
The welfare state is about helping the same people Christians are called to help.
Political Philosophy - David Hale - 28 comments

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

When the Federal Government decided to proceed with the Melbourne to Brisbane section of it, they dispensed with me without making contact to acknowledge that I had spent over two decades of my life strenuously advocating it.
Nation Building - Everald Compton - 14 comments
The Lockdown Depression is rushing towards us. Many in politics, media and industry are digging the hole deeper.
Economics - Viv Forbes - 7 comments
In the context of the Israel/Palestine conflict, balance conceals truths and is an obscene notion.
Political Philosophy - Stuart Rees - 6 comments

Monday, May 25, 2020

After almost three decades of refusing to agree to it, Australian parliaments are slowly beginning to warm to the idea of voluntary assisted dying (VAD).
Law & Liberties - Andrew McGee - 26 comments
By pooling intellectual property rights any Coronavirus vaccine or COVID-19 cure developed by anyone, anywhere can be made affordably available to everyone
Law & Liberties - Nicole Murdoch - 5 comments
Obama had, supposedly, committed 'the biggest political crime in American history, by far', one that made 'Watergate look small-time'.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 31 comments

Friday, May 22, 2020

International tourism in the Asian region has been decimated by border closures
International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments
As Israel celebrates the 72nd anniversary of its independence, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to simmer as neither side seems to have learned anything from their seven decades-old conflict.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 26 comments
It is such a shame that the PM and our Foreign Minister felt the need to goad China.
International - Chek Ling - 71 comments

Thursday, May 21, 2020

US public broadcasting only gets 27% of its total $3.04 billion revenue from government taxes and grants
Media - Chris Lewis - 35 comments
Why are churches being restricted more than other places where people gather? How will this impact religious freedoms into the future?
Religion & Spirituality - Tania Hall - 8 comments
As far as I can make out, Australia is now fully committed to a policy of 'Adapt and Control' as opposed to 'Eradicate'.
Health - Arthur Dent - 4 comments

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Yet when an actual crisis hits home, it has shown a less than heroic side of the nation and its people.
Society - Hsin-Yi Lo - 30 comments
I now watch SBS (and Sky and international channels) more these days than the ABC because it aims to operate by its charter.
Media - Charles Essery - 24 comments
Most people declare they are atheists because atheism solves the intellectual problem of believing in the existence of God as the old man in the sky.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 30 comments

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

In the world, the number of people dying each year from car crashes, is more than one million.
Health - David Hale - 15 comments
No German company would entrust themselves with the task of creating such a vaccine that would be merely for exclusive US use.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
None of the main meteorological organisations genuinely saw the severe drought coming, could adequately explain its cause, or picked the recent big break in the weather.
Environment - Brendan O'Reilly - 15 comments

Monday, May 18, 2020

Social isolation, unemployment and the destruction of careers and businesses as a result of the corona virus restrictions are already responsible for an increase in the rate of suicides.
Health - David Leyonhjelm - 31 comments
Jack Mundey undoubtedly had a long lasting impact on Sydney, but perhaps in ways most commentators fail to acknowledge.
Environment - John Muscat - 1 comment
Have there not been enough integrity scandals in recent decades to give all voters pause before simply rolling over to government demands for more power?
Health - David Pellowe - 5 comments

Friday, May 15, 2020

NDIS suffers from a lack of ambition: it's not interested in research to improve the lives of those living with disability
Health - Adam Johnston - 7 comments
Let them come here at least on a temporary basis, and even increase the numbers.
Nation Building - David Hale - 38 comments
There is no denying that the demographics of many congregations make sanctuaries a risky place for gatherings to resume.
Health - Greg Bondar - 7 comments
Queensland’s parliamentary majority stands on a very jagged knife’s edge. Out of 93 seats the ruling ALP holds 48.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 11 comments

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Scott Morrison has, in many ways, been ‘saved’ by the coronavirus. At the end of February and heading into March, his public standing was at rock-bottom.
Health - Mark Buckley - 14 comments
There are strong disincentives to exploring Australian economic issues, in contrast to other social science disciplines.
Economics - Tony Makin - 2 comments
The appointment of a former uranium mining company executive to the EPBC Review Committee suggests that there may be some support within the government for a weakening of uranium mining regulations.
Environment - Mia Pepper - 13 comments

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

For decades the major parties have deliberately kept the immigration issue off the political agenda and keep the migrant intake at supercharged levels.
Economics - Alex Walsh - 20 comments
Much speculation falls into the category of what USA President John F Kennedy once described as 'the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought'.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 5 comments
A cash drawer to fund dark projects slides shut.
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In the past few weeks, all around the world, governments have held their own citizens hostage in the name of 'protecting the people'.
Law & Liberties - Edmund Shieh - 24 comments
The budget outlay was about 4.4 billion in 2019. The doubling of rent assistance to 8.8 billion would still be less than many other benefits.
Economics - David Hale - 11 comments
After almost seven weeks under lockdown, here in Victoria, there is a new mood of hope.
Health - Jason Beale - 6 comments

Monday, May 11, 2020

It also produces a wave of human response characterised by fear, hysteria and panic which often overwhelms the number of cases and deaths.
Health - Peter Curson - 5 comments
Now, with dedication mixed with some confusion, the Democratic establishment is attempting to build the dykes around Joe Biden, hoping that he won't drown in the allegations of sexual impropriety.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments

Friday, May 8, 2020

Separating the diverse functions of money removes the conflicts that can arise between them.
Economics - Shann Turnbull - 14 comments
'Australia's treatment of international students during its response to a once-in-a-century pandemic has been heartless, narrow-minded and potentially economically shortsighted.'
Health - Warren Reed - 25 comments


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