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May 7, 2021
At a time when we need analysis that defends the virtues of the liberal democratic experience, we often have simplistic academic analysis that downplays our own social achievements.
Law & Liberties - Chris Lewis - 14 comments
We use the word 'crusade' advisedly, since the frenzy over climate resembles the medieval crusades against foreign infidels and home-grown heretics. There is even a children's climate crusade.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 9 comments

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Our 9,000 fellow Australian citizens stranded in India are now threatened with a five-year jail sentence, a $66,000 fine, or both, if they return home during the temporary ban.
Law & Liberties - Jane Hasler - 14 comments
Book extract from The Chief Witness: the harrowing testimony of a Kazakh Muslim woman who escaped from a modern-day concentration camp
International - Sayragul Sauytbay and Alexandra Cavelius - 3 comments

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The history of successful Christian engagement in Papua New Guinea since the late 19th century is in general a very honourable and proud one.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 3 comments
He's not the only environmentalist to downgrade and misclassify homo sapiens, but it is a damaging mistake to pretend that, somehow, we are not members, albeit the most outstanding members, of nature.
Environment - Graham Young - 34 comments

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The obstacles we have placed in the path are to do with a reliance on radical scepticism and hence the refusal to take anything on faith. We are spiritually risk averse.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 15 comments

Monday, May 3, 2021

Currently the developed world's response is just to try to prevent migrants from entering their territories.
International - Guy Hallowes - 32 comments
It is hard to fathom how in a country that boasts about its technological advancements, scientific breakthroughs, economic prosperity, and military prowess, 23 percent of its population lives under the poverty line.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments

Friday, April 30, 2021

Those madly titillated by conflict have become bolder of late in the corridors of the isolated Australian capital.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 12 comments
The Canadian humourist Rick Mercer has had a series called 'Talking to Americans', and in one interview he asks a group of women what they think about the Russian proposal to bomb Chechnya and Saskatchewan.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 4 comments

Thursday, April 29, 2021

There are some key aspects of the PNG system of government that have definitely 'failed', but there remains time for PNG to pull back from being a total 'failed state'.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 8 comments
It is hard to know who is to blame for this current sorry state of affairs: the electors, or the politicians.
International - David Singer - 5 comments

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Many Australian CBDs continue to languish, with major CBDs only at from one third to two thirds of their pre-pandemic occupancy levels, despite the end of lockdowns and the lifting of many restrictions.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 6 comments
That nasty formulation is intended to have consequences for urban planning, taking into account the percentage of immigrants and descendants present in that area of 'non-Western background'.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Many women on the centre-right either set themselves up in opposition to 'feminism' or have their female card taken from them.
Political Philosophy - Dara Macdonald - 19 comments
Should Western societies respond to the Communist Party of China (CCP) through sporting boycotts?
Sport - Chris Lewis - 9 comments

Monday, April 26, 2021

Apart from being amongst the lowest income earners in the ‘creative’ sector recent studies have spotlighted the severe mental health issues that characterise the lives of this professional group.
Health - Dafna Kronental - 10 comments
Americans have a disturbing tendency to refer to themselves as 'exceptional'. For the rest of us, or even for the odd critical thinker within the United States, this can certainly be irritatingc- exceptionally irritating.
International - Howard Burton - 9 comments

Friday, April 23, 2021

Even though Anzac Day is no longer a national holiday in PNG, it has always been a focus for visiting defence and ex-service personnel to visit the impressive war cemeteries and some of the more significant battle zones.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 8 comments
What I have issue with, is people, who push the case for rail transport to the point of advocating projects that clearly have no hope of ever being economic.
Nation Building - Brendan O'Reilly - 50 comments
Over 500,000 civilians have been murdered and many more imprisoned and tortured by the Indonesian government in what's being called a 'silent genocide'.
International - Calum Rosie - 4 comments

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Russia is massing troops on the borders of the Ukraine at the same time the Chinese are increasing their unauthorised flights of military aircraft into Taiwanese airspace. This can't be coincidental.
International - Graham Young - 42 comments
Initially called the Emirate of Transjordan - the Hashemites - hailing from the Hejaz - now called Saudi Arabia – were anointed as Transjordan's future rulers by Britain at the 1921 Cairo Conference.
International - David Singer

Wednesday, 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 - 12 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 - 5 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

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 - 7 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 - 5 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 - 34 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


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