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June 18, 2021
Few are aware of the work of Richard Cobden and John Bright in repealing the Corn Laws in the 1840s, and the exponential prosperity which flowed from their free trade policies.
Economics - Peter Fenwick - 11 comments
After the dust settles later this week, the new government, if there is to be one, must focus on governing, and solving the country's immediate issues.
International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

One of the most peculiar characteristics of contemporary Australia is that opponents of religious expression often assume that Christian beliefs are irremediably divisive, bigoted, and irrational.
Law & Liberties - Augusto Zimmermann - 13 comments
Australia is, in my book, just like Sweden, and it is two and half times bigger in terms of population, and very similar in terms of wealth per head of population.
International - Don Aitkin - 15 comments

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Places such as Victoria have brought in laws that will effectively penalise Christian teaching around sexuality and gender.
Law & Liberties - Akos Balogh - 21 comments
Never let contradiction get in the way of such a united front. Babbling about liberal democratic values matters little when it comes to crusty realpolitik.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

For many Australians, Pascoe's book is a 'must-read', speaking truth to power. For such readers, Dark Emu seems a breakthrough text. Not so, in Sutton and Walshe's estimation. Nor mine.
Indigenous Affairs - Christine Nicholls - 29 comments
Although Malays tell the Chinese they were there first, the country’s true natives are marginalized.
International - Murray Hunter - 2 comments

Monday, June 14, 2021

The Prime Minister was on message when he committed Australia to fighting economic and other coercion in our region. But the time has come to match the rhetoric with real and substantial action.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 3 comments
On June 25, the Pentagon's UAP Task Force will release a declassified report to Congress that will do little to shift ground or alter debate on the nature of such phenomena.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments

Friday, June 11, 2021

Actually, the Australia I live in is pretty good, if I compare it to other countries in which I've lived and/or worked.
Society - Don Aitkin - 40 comments
The idea for a national unity government gained steam last month when activists and regular political commentators issued an open letter calling for such a government.
International - Murray Hunter - 12 comments

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Other state governments should not copy this misguided tax, which will stymie development and push up house prices.
Economics - Graham Young - 7 comments
The US is the most religious of all developed countries, with a widespread belief in the existence of god, yet it has created these crazy cults.
Political Philosophy - Peter Bowden - 34 comments

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Behind every pest outbreak on the Australian continent is a human hand operated by a muddled mind.
Environment - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
Universities are under fire from both sides of politics. And I don't like it. Not that I think that counts for anything.
Education - Joan Beckwith - 18 comments

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Australia has, via the Pacific Step Up program, made very little difference. The simple truth is that China's domination of these key sectors has not slowed at all.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 5 comments
An amalgam of eight leaders trading insults and denigrating each other - whilst their parties have adopted policies that are totally irreconcilable on critical issues – is not the foundation for any stable Government.
International - David Singer - 22 comments

Monday, June 7, 2021

It was only a matter of time before the quasi-religious contemporary ideology of identity politics began to collapse under the weight of its inherent authoritarianism, contradictions and absurdities.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 34 comments
There has never been an Israeli government representing the entire political spectrum from the extreme left to the extreme right.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 11 comments

Friday, June 4, 2021

The New York Times and the Washington Post have once again engaged in Israel bashing - spewing out fake maps and phony history about Israel.
International - David Singer - 37 comments
There seems to be an absence of belief or intention on partnering with Aboriginal people to develop employment and training opportunities in communities in the Territory.
Indigenous Affairs - Roger Steele and Don Fuller - 16 comments

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The case was always going to be difficult to prove because it rested primarily on whether a casual reader would know 'beyond any doubt' that the unnamed cabinet minister was actually Porter.
Law & Liberties - Augusto Zimmermann - 28 comments
Like many Jews around the world, I've spent much of the last few weeks scanning social media, looking for news and messaging friends to check if they are safe.
International - Jordana Silverstein - 14 comments

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Let's start with a premise that everyone would agree with: Racial inequality persists across many dimensions.
Political Philosophy - Eric Silver and John Iceland - 13 comments
For Hungary's Viktor Orbán, migration has been an opportunity to make valuable enemies and court new friends.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

If a country that signed up to a loan cannot repay, then China takes over the facility. That has already happened with a major port in Sri Lanka which the government defaulted on.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 5 comments
Today's essay is about the proposed amendment to our Constitution to acknowledge the fact that indigenous Australians were here first.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 25 comments

Monday, May 31, 2021

Of course, for left of centre academia just being a so called ‘moderate’ like Peacock means everything, yet such praise misunderstands the complex nature of the Liberal Party.
Domestic Politics - Scott Prasser - 7 comments
The Herero found no water or food as the German troops systematically poisoned all water holes and closed all escape routes.
International - Peter Curson - 3 comments

Friday, May 28, 2021

An unpopular government seeks to suppress unpopular opinion.
International - Murray Hunter - 9 comments
The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response was never likely to hand down a rosy report with gobbets of praise.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments

Thursday, May 27, 2021

If public trust is a currency, the BBC will be dipping into its savings for some time to come.
Media - Mal Fletcher - 4 comments
PNG Water, a state owned entity, committed to a Port Moresby water project that will cost K450 million – or more than three times Australia's generous grant announced almost at the same time.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 10 comments

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Condensing a thousand-year history of any country into an informative and insightful book of less than 250 pages is not an easy task.
International - Rex Drabik - 4 comments
Cheney has felt her party to be the hostage of a ghoulish monster who refuses to be slayed. And she fears her party has fallen out of love with the rule of law.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

When the Menzies Government was elected in 1949 two of the top four positions in the cabinet were held by Queenslanders.
Domestic Politics - Jeffrey Wall - 2 comments
No one should have the illusion that once a ceasefire is established, Israel and the Palestinians can negotiate a peace agreement.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 15 comments

Monday, May 24, 2021

Your smartphone has seven million times the memory and 100,000 times the processing power of the guidance computer onboard Apollo 11. Have you wondered what we're collectively doing with all that power?
Society - Mal Fletcher - 6 comments
Al Jazeera and Associated Press (AP) reports on Israel's demolition of the 14 storey building in which their respective offices were located illustrates media anti-Israel bias.
International - David Singer - 76 comments

Friday, May 21, 2021

When the Hawke-Keating Government in 1991 announced the Better Cities program to revitalise previously run down (mostly inner city) areas, it was the New Farm–Teneriffe area identified by then Brisbane Lord Mayor Jim Soorley as one ripe for renewal.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 2 comments
Amanda Stoker is a Queensland Senator of immense talent, traditional views and spine. A rare combo in the Liberal Party these days.
Domestic Politics - Paul Collits - 33 comments


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