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July 23, 2021
The objective should be to give the people of Daru – upwards of 15,000 – the same level of basic services that are enjoyed by the people of Thursday Island and the Torres Strait, including the islands closest to Daru and Papua New Guinea.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 6 comments
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Thursday, July 22, 2021

The report of the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services tells how the fire was attended by 47 fire trucks from 15 brigades and 235 fire fighters of whom 2 were killed.
Environment - Wade Allison - 5 comments
Over the past month, Malaysians have been using social media to call on those who have run out of food and essential items not to feel shy and to raise a white flag outside their homes.
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The second reason is that some national leaders, namely those in countries where the government is not accountable to voters or taxpayers, seek to demonstrate political and economic power.
Sport - Chris Lewis - 4 comments
Now Australia faces a shortage of timber for farms, industry, homes and furniture. While our vast forests lie idle or burnt, we import timber.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 9 comments

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

'These are not the robber barons of the 1800s... They are Apollo's children.'
Nation Building - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
Fraudulent financing and investment activities have cost Indonesia around AUS$ 13.2 billion in the last ten years.
International - Bitra Suyatno - 4 comments

Monday, July 19, 2021

With the notable exception of Fiji where democracy was sadly derailed by military coups, parliamentary democracy has largely survived, with imperfections.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 10 comments
The thinkers and ideas that are in transcendence give meaning more than mere political ideologies. These are religious ideas, and not by accident.
Political Philosophy - Dara Macdonald - 32 comments

Friday, July 16, 2021

Women make up 53.5% of the Australian Olympic team. Is this affirmative action gone rogue, or a fair representation of the preformance of the sexes?
Sport - Chris Lewis - 9 comments
Our community deeply objects to the provocative nature of the AHC letter which singles out Macedonians as not deserving of an identity of our own choosing here in democratic Australia.
International - Ordan Andreevski - 10 comments

Thursday, July 15, 2021

If the first sign of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, how are we to describe the state of mind that implements the same failed policy twice as hard and expects an even better result?
Education - Graham Young - 6 comments
The meeting between Jordan's King Abdullah and President Biden at the White House on 19 July seems set to achieve absolutely nothing towards resolving the 100 years-old conflict between Jews and Arabs.
International - David Singer - 8 comments

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The most telling element behind the surge of cases is the blithe approach taken to the health orders by the citizenry of Australia's largest city.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 12 comments
Despite all the debate and discussion about Covid-19 and working from home (WFH), the increase in the overall proportion of people working from home won't be as great as much of the media might have you think.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 3 comments

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Ominously there will be a decline in the proportion of working Australians (the number of people working to support school/ welfare recipients).
Economics - Keith Suter - 26 comments
The world's longest serving political prisoner Dr Chia Thye Poh, was incarcerated under the ISA, and restriction orders for 32 years, five years longer than Nelson Mandela.
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment

Monday, July 12, 2021

Last week the PNG Prime Minister, James Marape, and the ABG President, Ishmael Toroama, met to try and agree on a 'road map' towards independence.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 15 comments
Yes, giving up is no longer an option for Barty. Having rolled over brilliant Gerber in the semi-final, she was not going to be a wilting flower.
Sport - Andris Heks - 107 comments

Friday, July 9, 2021

We have now struggled to come to terms with the Coronavirus pandemic for almost two years. For those who can still remember past pandemics it is like reliving that world again.
Health - Peter Curson - 13 comments
Even with youth unemployment out at 10.5 percent, with the Reserve Bank of Australia warning unemployment is likely to worsen, rural Australia’s most pressing problem is a chronic shortage of labour.
International - Murray Hunter - 25 comments

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Throughout Australia's longest war, locally engaged Afghans including interpreters, aid workers and other staff, were crucial to every aspect of what we set out to achieve.
International - Stuart McCarthy - 20 comments
Kosovo's Prime Minister Kurti stands an excellent chance of succeeding to make Kosovo a model of progressive democracy, advanced economy, and social equality that no other Balkan state can rival.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

As the pandemic continues to dominate people's lives and our national conversation, Australians are starting to get angry at Australia's failing response.
Economics - Julian Hill - 39 comments
This UN regional body, the only one in which all five permanent members of the Security Council are full members, also reaffirmed its commitment to multilateralism in response to global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
International - Ioan Voicu - 2 comments

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Even the FWC, by delaying wage increases in industries most affected by lockdowns, has given some acknowledgement that their latest decision poses risks to small businesses.
Economics - Sebastian Tofts-Len - 28 comments
In responding to the attacks of September 11, 2001 on US soil, Rumsfeld laid the ground for an assault on inconvenient evidence.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments

Monday, July 5, 2021

There seems to be an air of total unreality in the federal government, and especially in DFAT, when it comes to how the governments of our regional neighbours are responding to the virus, testing and vaccination.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 11 comments
President Biden may well succeed in forging an Israeli-Palestinian peace by restating in the strongest terms that a two-state solution remains the only viable option and works to create the conditions on the ground to that end.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 23 comments

Friday, July 2, 2021

If Ridd loses, then, without remedial action by the government, academics become mere cyphers of their universities, unable to strenuously critique the work of their colleagues.
Education - Graham Young - 50 comments
It had all the makings of a tabloid fix: the minister's name (Hancock), an aide, kissing, a leaking mole and CCTV.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
If you start reading the bible from the beginning, you will find that God is very busy. He creates the world (twice) has conversations with Adam and Eve, floods the earth, calls Abraham, etc
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 19 comments

Thursday, July 1, 2021

This leaves us in a position of having to accept rolling lockdowns, travel restrictions within the country and even within individual states, and closed international borders.
Health - Rhys Jones - 26 comments
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres was at it again this week repeating the failed decades-old UN mantra supposed to end the 100 years old Jewish-Arab conflict.
International - David Singer - 9 comments

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Urban planning Twitter is full of laments, mostly from Americans, about the impact of freeways built since the 1950s on inner-city precincts. Many claim they were created with racist intentions.
Nation Building - John Muscat - 4 comments
It is time for all Australians to 'Reclaim the Rainbow' and for all of us to call out the inconvenient truth about LGBTQIA+ (Alphabet) activism.
Religion & Spirituality - Greg Bondar - 10 comments

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The question is can Australia and other Western nations work towards untying the China bell around their neck?
International - Teck Lim - 25 comments
Most of the price increases in the last year are in the petroleum sector and in the energy sector. The ones that are outside that group were still automotive.
Economics - Michael Knox - 3 comments

Monday, June 28, 2021

The Lowy Institute survey out last week contains some very re-assuring statistics on public attitudes to supporting Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 5 comments
I became more and more sceptical as I read on, explored much more stuff and then started to give addresses and write essays on the subject.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 23 comments


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