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April 21, 2021
Who would have expected, for example, that one of (classically) liberal inclinations might find himself cheering on Piers Corbyn at demonstrations or avidly reading the articles from Left Lockdown Sceptics?
Law & Liberties - Paul Collits - 8 comments
 
It had to be symbolic, and was represented as such. Forces of the United States will be leaving Afghanistan on September 11 after two decades of violent occupation.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 
Erdogan's decision to withdraw Turkey from the 2011 Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women is by far the most despicable turn he has yet taken against women.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 




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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

As even Gough Whitlam acknowledged, Andrew Peacock in that short period laid the ground work for PNG gaining self-government in 1973
International - Jeffrey Wall - 6 comments
 
We were reminded that history had repeatedly shown that decisions to shun peace and embrace extremes in any form can trigger conflict and discontent and ultimately lead to war and untold suffering.
International - Ioan Voicu - 2 comments
 

Monday, April 19, 2021

In that 510,000 wellbeing years is all the misery caused by lockdowns and social distancing: all the cancelled weddings, all the additional cases of depression, all the extra anxiety.
Health - Paul Frijters - 21 comments
 
This has deeply split the student movement, were some groups want to focus on reforming democracy, rather than criticise the monarchy.
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment
 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Not only will the Australia that emerges from the pandemic have more debt, higher unemployment and bigger, more-intrusive government; it’s likely to be more lost about what holds us together.
Political Philosophy - Tony Abbott - 13 comments
 
Economics has traditionally been based on prioritizing scarcity and allocation. Now we seem to be moving to an era of abundance (if not over-supply).
Economics - Keith Suter - 7 comments
 
While a peace accord was reached in February 2020 to end civil war in South Sudan, the agreement remains extremely fragile and needs international support to hold together.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Women have striven to assert their right to equity, but it was not until the late nineteenth century that real progress started to take place. Today we are at another watershed moment in our nation's political history.
Law & Liberties - Shirley Owen - 11 comments
 
For me, the primary leadership lesson the Duke taught us is this. A lifelong commitment to curiosity, maintaining an enquiring mind, is the only thing that guarantees longevity in leadership and influence.
Political Philosophy - Mal Fletcher - 8 comments
 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Part of the monumental failings of the government can be put down to its stubbornness in prioritising the use of one vaccine.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 
Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands have a common link via the Crown. We are not just members of the Commonwealth, the Queen is our head of state.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Over the next few decades, we face the major task of making our society more resilient and safer when faced by pandemics, epidemics, the threat of biological warfare and environmental crises as well as physical threats to our nation’s stability.
Health - Peter Curson - 3 comments
 
Tough-minded people like 'facts', and they are materialistic and pessimistic. The tender-minded rely on principles, and they are idealistic, dogmatic and optimistic.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 19 comments
 

Monday, April 12, 2021

A man such as the Duke of Edinburgh operated in a different dimension, distanced from revolutionary tremor and social evolution, even as the country he presided over with Queen Elizabeth II changed.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 
He said that 'just because the Australian government may have put most of their eggs in the AstraZeneca basket, this is no reason to continue jabbing Australians with this vaccine'.
Health - Brendan O'Reilly - 6 comments
 

Friday, April 9, 2021

We also need to focus on the
International - Jeffrey Wall - 4 comments
 
The WHO has failed to get a proper answer on COVID from China, and indulges in progressive tokenism, neglecting the real task.
Health - David Leyonhjelm - 4 comments
 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Immunologist Professor Peter Doherty was indignant at the merciless cuts to courses and subjects in Australian universities.
Education - Binoy Kampmark - 10 comments
 
Just recently, Sam Kerr, Australia's highest paid female footballer, signed a lucrative contract with Chelsea reportedly worth around $2 million for a two-and-a-half year deal.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Nowadays the worst crimes you can commit appear to be 'hate' crimes, a failure to be empathetic, or affirmative, enough to a member of a 'marginalised' group.
Law & Liberties - Graham Young - 25 comments
 
Although GLCs like Maybank, Petronas, and Sime Darby have been run extremely well by a groomed professional Malay class, countless thousands of these companies are inefficient, mismanaged, embezzled, insolvent entities.
International - Murray Hunter
 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

In reality, the 2021 Bluesfest was cancelled mainly because Byron is now an outer suburb of Sydney, and returning Bluesfesters were at risk of becoming 'superspreaders' who re-ignited 'outbreaks' in the state capital.
Health - Paul Collits - 14 comments
 
This is why then-US President Donald Trump is to be lauded for, in 2017, refusing to recertify the Iran nuclear deal.
International - Slater Bakhtavar - 6 comments
 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The EU has long sought to impose its carbon dioxide abatement policies on the rest of the world. A major setback to this was the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009.
Environment - Alan Moran - 43 comments
 
Life in Thailand’s southernmost border provinces, Narathiwat, Yala, and Patani has taken on a sense of normality over the last 12 months that belies a media-preoccupied insurgency that has largely disappeared.
International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The time has come for the Australian Government to actively promote in the community its generous aid program in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 5 comments
 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

'A coloniser artist intending to produce art with the actual blood of colonised people is abusive, colonising and re-traumatising.'
The Arts - Binoy Kampmark - 32 comments
 
Policies on offer in 2021 are determined from within a corporatist economic system which has a very different structure of influence to the post World War II mixed economic system based upon the economics of John Maynard Keynes.
Economics - Ben Rees - 2 comments
 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Vaclav Smil, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, has written a clear and accessible article suggesting that 2050 is far too soon a target-year for all of this to take place.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 16 comments
 

Friday, March 26, 2021

What Australian politicians call carbon tariffs, the European Union labels a carbon border adjustment mechanism.
Law & Liberties - Felicity Deane - 6 comments
 
The decimated ratings and revenues of American sports codes which have embraced political virtue-signalling is evidence of the truism, 'go woke: go broke'.
Law & Liberties - David Pellowe - 10 comments
 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Exactly what should be done is not always clear, but who should do it is always obvious: 'they', usually meaning the government, council, corporation or whatever.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 5 comments
 
Particular concern was expressed regarding claims of economic coercion exerted by Beijing towards US allies, with Australia featuring.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

By its perverse logic, Jews are first and foremost members of the oppressor class, bearing guilt for any wrong done to any non-white group by any white people.
Political Philosophy - Eleanor Krasne - 18 comments
 
The New York Times, CNN and ABC – who had run with the original Washington Post story - also made similarly embarrassing back downs.
International - David Singer - 37 comments
 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The last thing we need to see in our northern neighbour is more meddling in the PNG health system by the Chinese government and its apologists within the PNG government.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 26 comments
 
For the hardliners, there is no excuse or sympathy for a positive drug test. According to Dick Pound, former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, 'Everybody who's caught doping says I have no idea...'
Sport - Chris Lewis - 1 comment
 

Monday, March 22, 2021

In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 'there are still critical unknowns regarding the efficacy of vaccination'.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 
'I pledged to take care of the citizens of Israel and I do so with a deep mission. I brought vaccines and four peace agreements, there are four more on the way.'
International - David Singer - 9 comments
 

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