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August 16, 2019
Many abortion advocates are strenuously denying that sex-selection abortion occurs in Australia, yet there is both anecdotal and research evidence that it does.
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The debate on prosecution of 'whistle-blowers' is characterised by hypocrisy and posturing all round.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

A high proportion of Tory votes will return to the Brexit party after Bojo's promises to deliver on October 31 implode.
International - Arthur Dent - 3 comments
History shows that a much smaller population could indeed survive in Australia without using mineral hydrocarbons, but life with zero man-made emissions would be grim.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 9 comments

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

We will acknowledge that the world of 1901, when Australia was founded, no longer exists and Australians are now very different.
Nation Building - Everald Compton - 9 comments
Trump spent over a million dollars on Facebook ads with the word invasion in big letters to spread fear among his constituents.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 31 comments

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

But in the light of the threat of domination by a foreign power not interested in human rights, Australians chatter about things of very small significance.
International - Peter West - 28 comments
Was Jeffrey Epstein murdered? Accepting the premise without qualification, the next question followed: Who did it? MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was not giving anyone time to wonder.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments

Monday, August 12, 2019

The IPCC summarises: estimates of global annual economic losses for an additional temperature increase of 2°C are between 0.2 and 2.0 per cent of income.
Economics - Don Aitkin - 26 comments
By 1934, Joseph Schumpeter and Wesley Mitchell had written that the business cycle contained a self-correcting normal rhythm which should be left to itself to do its work.
Economics - Ben Rees - 3 comments

Friday, August 9, 2019

Is the right to bear arms an antiquated concept or a means of maintaining limited parity between the citizen and the state?
Law & Liberties - Zeke Anderson - 26 comments
On 25 November 2016, two young men, Ahmed Mohamed and Abdullah Chaarani, deliberately set fire to a mosque, the Imam Ali Islamic Centre.
Religion & Spirituality - Laurence Maher - 41 comments
Becoming the US running dog on enforcement was not going to sit well with Iran. The Mullahs are spoiling for a fight.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 17 comments

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Each in its own way highlights the importance of knowing the back story rather than just a present day one-dimensional interpretation of it.
International - Warren Reed - 9 comments
The Democratic National Committee's (DNC) decision to exclude Fox News from hosting any of the 12 planned presidential primary debates has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Fox News.
International - David Singer - 2 comments

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

There is a considerable risk that the Morrison government might be contemplating the enactment of discrimination laws that could ban so-called 'hate speech' on the basis of severe criticism of religion.
Law & Liberties - Augusto Zimmermann - 7 comments
The difference from what has come before is that Trump is not troubled by any sense of enduring history. There are no restraints, nor caveats. Pre-Trump history had to be bad, if not altogether rotten.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Who wants freedom of speech folks taking a stand for Israel Folau's cousin, Josiah, who lost his job at a Roman Catholic College over his anti-Catholic rants?
Law & Liberties - Spencer Gear - 17 comments
This essay rises from musing about British PM Boris Johnson, Brexit and the European Union, and of course musing about our own situation in Australia.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 1 comment

Monday, August 5, 2019

The processing of visitor visas has become secretive and completely divorced from applicants.
Law & Liberties - Murray Hunter - 5 comments
There is a growing consensus among Israelis that if Prime Minister Netanyahu forms the next government, Israel will lose an historic opportunity to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on a two-state solution,
International - Alon Ben-Meir and Shabtai Shavit - 4 comments

Friday, August 2, 2019

Facing him as I hand over my passport. Trying unsuccessfully to look him in the eye. He quickly checks my face against the passport photo.
International - Brian Hennessy - 21 comments
The case presented in the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York was never convincing but remains an aspect of a broader effort to inculpate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in assisting the Trump campaign triumph.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 21 comments
The insistence by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler to subpoena a reluctant Robert Mueller to testify before the Committee has proved an unmitigated disaster.
International - David Singer - 6 comments

Thursday, August 1, 2019

It has to be a game changer when a book espousing communism is the talk of the town. It has done this by putting the discussion on a firm footing.
Political Philosophy - David McMullen - 14 comments
The HILDA report, released this week, showed that median disposable income in Australia dropped by $542 from 2009 to 2017, despite the fact that Australia has had the highest population growth rate in the developed world.
Economics - Eric Claus - 28 comments

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

One of the great failings of our Canberra system is its continuing aversion to prosecuting identified traitors in the court system.
International - Warren Reed - 10 comments
Terrorism, piracy, smuggling, narcotics trade, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants are all major problems that need to be tackled at the country’s boundaries.
International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The pressure on the captains, Joe Root and Tim Paine, will be intense, with every strategic and tactical decision subjected to rigorous scrutiny by cricket professionals and fans alike.
Sport - David Rowe, Keith Parry and Matt Smith - 3 comments
Chromosomes are the strings of DNA packed into the cell nuclei that makes you and me what we are. They are 46; we get 23 from our mother and 23 from our father.
Education - Peter West - 32 comments
He had all the attributes of the ruthless frontiersman: patriarchy, a tendency to sow his not-so-royal oats, a capacity for a certain work regimen, a firm disciplinarian.
Society - Binoy Kampmark - 9 comments

Monday, July 29, 2019

The Australian Labor Party – which promised a sweeping range of climate initiatives – recorded its worst vote in decades with just one in three votes. In the resource rich state of Queensland.
Domestic Politics - Ross Elliott - 9 comments
As trust develops, Alliance links strengthen: government, institutional, professional, and individual.
International - Don DeBats - 5 comments

Friday, July 26, 2019

When I was young and naive I believed that I was Australian.
Political Philosophy - Alexandra Marshall - 27 comments
Thus the nature of the Resurrection of Jesus is still a burning issue surrounded by vigorous debate. At the risk of misinterpretation, I will call these two views of the Resurrection, the physical and the spiritual.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 50 comments

Thursday, July 25, 2019

If we can't get this right, we will surrender all right to lecture the world on democratic principles, or to brag about Westminster being the mother of all parliaments.
International - Mal Fletcher - 8 comments
The new British PM and Tory leader is a piece of truly befuddled work, one who still manages to play the card of the electable clown.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
Pelosi’s concern for prolonging the stay of illegal immigrants rather than showing compassion for grieving American citizens is puzzling.
International - David Singer - 9 comments

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Nasr's move to stabilize the market is praiseworthy but should be seen as an attempt to quell fears of traders and financial analysts, especially just before the OPEC+ meeting in Vienna next week.
Economics - Cyril Widdershoven - 5 comments
The critics are right – the reason for entering politics ought to be service to the country rather than a lucrative professional career.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 7 comments

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

While Australia played its part in 1969, we need reminding of how Australia (especially the ACT) squandered its heritage from NASA.
Science & Technology - Brendan O'Reilly - 3 comments
Most Australians currently working, or who have worked in our country's broader intelligence community, have a marked degree of sympathy for the AFP.
Law & Liberties - Warren Reed - 6 comments

Monday, July 22, 2019

Combating the Soviet Union, and communism more broadly, was simply one aspect of an aggrandised fist fight, to be fought on the ground, the seas, and in space.
Science & Technology - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments
If the bill is passed, the option of 'buying a womb' to address perceived reproductive injustices will be added to existing family formation options for men, that already allow them to adopt and foster.
Law & Liberties - Charles Smith - 8 comments

Friday, July 19, 2019

The show delighted commentators dazzled by the fireworks. It was seen as historic, because it was the first time in over a century a President had received such a vote of disapproval.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 19 comments
All of this, say the terms and conditions, applies in perpetuity. This should make even the most cloud-friendly AI advocate wary.
Media - Mal Fletcher - 2 comments


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