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June 5, 2019
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Of course, factional power doesn't go away overnight and it was no surprise when the inaugural contenders in the first party-wide ballot for the Labor leadership were factional heavy-weights from the Right and Left.
Domestic Politics - Tim O'Hare - 6 comments
 
We are genetically wired to follow our leaders.
Domestic Politics - Peter Bowden - 8 comments
 
These poll results are a better reflection of likely votes at a general election than the EU election results and are, as expected, less catastrophic for the two previous 'mainstream' parties
International - Arthur Dent - 3 comments
 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Economics - Tony Makin - 5 comments
 
The politician is a creature of deception and dissimulation, and avoiding the compromising wet by keeping to high and dry moral ground may be a difficult thing.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 

Friday, May 31, 2019

It's impossible to relive the past, but a better future can be forged. Australia is best served by two major parties whose 'inclusion' doesn't feel like exclusion for a vast swathe of voters.
Domestic Politics - Kurt Mahlburg - 11 comments
 
Why should we care about Julian Assage? His sad situation shows our future freedoms are threatened in a world becoming less transparent, more totalitarian.
Law & Liberties - Murray Hunter - 26 comments
 
Waging another war in the Mideast, this time against Iran, would have not only disastrous consequences for the US but will also engulf our allies.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

It is a valuable source of information and communication, but the internet is also patrolled by rival gangs who seek to intimidate each other under cover of anonymity.
April Feature - Betsy Fysh - 9 comments
 
The Labor Party campaigned on the cause célèbres of any number of inner urban hipster coffee shops, bistros or university campuses.
Domestic Politics - Ross Elliott - 9 comments
 
These allegations could result in the uncovering of a scandal for the Democrats far worse than the Watergate break-in.
International - David Singer - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

While it’s virtually impossible to be certain even about the exact details of the past, it is completely impossible to be certain about the future.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 10 comments
 
Homosexuality spreads the closer one gets to the holy of holies
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 11 comments
 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Did the constant reference to 'True Believers' and 'Faith' by the major Leaders show that both parties have gone back to their roots with their slogan efforts this year?
Domestic Politics - Greg Bondar - 8 comments
 
Shapiro surveys Western civilisation with two questions in mind: what underpins its incredible achievements and why, after so much toil and suffering, are we now so keen to blow it?
Religion & Spirituality - Mark Christensen - 5 comments
 

Monday, May 27, 2019

In Australia, our political system promotes all the wrong childhood, competitive behaviours like tactical play, groupthink, manipulating, and even backstabbing over our more mature adult behaviours.
Domestic Politics - Tony Holmwood - 9 comments
 
The standout feature of this angle is that Chelsea Manning, the key source for WikiLeaks as former intelligence analyst for the US Army, is less important than Assange.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 10 comments
 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 13 comments
 
In my opinion judicial activism is not that much different to a (limited) bloodless coup d'état, except that there is no penalty potentially applying to offending judges.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 47 comments
 
The massive emigration of nearly 100,000 people that occurred in 2013 alone is so alarming demanding that the Kosovo's government tackle the problem head-on with the support of the US and the EU.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The scenario technique identifies three possible futures to aid critical thinking about climate change. Will basic social and political values survive?
Environment - Peter McMahon - 15 comments
 
In Queensland, the ALP was devastated electorally because voters put jobs above climate change.
Domestic Politics - Bernie Masters - 17 comments
 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The pollsters got it wrong, the bookies got it wrong, the punters got it wrong the ABC and most of the mainstream media got it wrong and obviously Bill Shorten got it very wrong.
Domestic Politics - John Mikkelsen - 11 comments
 
Acting in breach of its own Charter has reduced the UN to an organization held hostage by the 134 anti-Israel nations.
International - David Singer - 7 comments
 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Throughout the Howard years, federal Labor found itself constantly incapable of recovering the 'aspirational' blue collar voters who had found comfort in the arms of the conservative Coalition government.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 15 comments
 
The utopian renewable future promised by Labor and the Greens is based on more fiction than fact, underpinned by faux moralism and will come with an undetermined price tag for little environmental benefit.
Environment - Tristan Prasser - 32 comments
 
The sleeper cells I'm thinking of were not highlighted in the mass media coverage. They weren't mentioned in what I heard and read after the voting.
Domestic Politics - Spencer Gear - 10 comments
 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Death is rarely a matter of good timing but it can be part of a good career move or the perfect conclusion to his political party's attempt to reclaim office.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 
Open-records litigation ... and superb investigative journalism .... have unearthed three critical State Department documents
International - David Singer - 1 comment
 
A single thread runs through the narrative as the various plots unfold; the intentional basis of human action.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 12 comments
 

Friday, May 17, 2019

It is business and malpractice as usual after revelations by Australia's national broadcaster that Australian universities have been adjusting admission requirements to boost student numbers.
Education - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
 
Federal Labor's promise to contribute $10 billion toward the cost of the $50 billion Melbourne suburban rail loop shows it's prepared to see a generation or two of infrastructure funding pissed away if it offers a political advantage.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 7 comments
 
In 2013, the federal Labor government fundamentally changed the Act to make gender identity and sexual orientation protected attributes.
Law & Liberties - Pat Byrne - 43 comments
 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Things are different in 2019. The liberalising agenda around the world has all but petered out, while on the left there is a resurgence of belief and confidence in government intervention.
Domestic Politics - David Alexander - 6 comments
 
Well, all he did was ask a reasonable question which should have received an honest answer.
Domestic Politics - John Mikkelsen - 6 comments
 
The arable land per capita in China is 40% of the world average.
Economics - Zegang Ren - 1 comment
 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The details of what was said, what was breeched, who was offended, and what freedoms are protected, just don't matter when it comes to the question of what should be done about Israel Folau.
Law & Liberties - Jed Lea-Henry - 11 comments
 
The only hint of something amiss is the hundreds of makeshift military camps and checkpoints along the roads, often manned by troops in full combat gear.
International - Murray Hunter - 2 comments
 
In 2018, total deployment of renewable energy stood at about 180 gigawatts (GW), which was the same as the previous year.
Environment - Nicholas Cunningham - 8 comments
 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

This is a far cry from the supposedly mighty role the use of social media was meant to have in participatory politics.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
 
This article is mainly concerned with the issues that gave rise to the review, and supports the view that a Code of Conduct could only be effective if the University in question is actually committed to free speech.
Law & Liberties - Augusto Zimmermann - 4 comments
 
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment
 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Electric vehicles may be the next big thing, but the ALP's policy will do little to help the environment and will do more to waste taxpayers money and hurt consumers.
Science & Technology - Tristan Prasser - 16 comments
 
Domestic Politics - Brendan O'Reilly - 8 comments
 
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 3 comments
 

Friday, May 10, 2019

.... social hostilities have a habit of crystallising upward into the policies and laws that order our common life
Domestic Politics - Andrew Cameron - 26 comments
 
The question is, what would it take to stop Iran from its destabilizing activities and help make it a constructive member of the international community?
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 8 comments
 
If a person were to stand outside Dr Portman’s abortion clinic with a sign saying, 'Abortion kills babies' they would be arrested and potentially fined.
Law & Liberties - Graham Preston - 141 comments
 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

They conform to the trappings and symbols of religious assimilation by wearing the 'whites' every Sunday as an act of racial contrition to a White Preacher Man's own contrived rules.
Law & Liberties - Max Wallace - 18 comments
 
There is little doubt that failure to vaccinate is placing many people at risk.
Health - Peter Curson - 2 comments
 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

John Howard would have grabbed the ball and run with it - and Kim Beazley would have been wrong-footed.
Law & Liberties - Graham Young - 15 comments
 
The future, we were confidently assured, was one where the inner city apartment 'lifestyle' would be the preferred housing option, for a range of demographic, work and lifestyle reasons.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 2 comments
 
Palestinians have never had a Mabo moment whereby their historical occupancy of the land of Israel has been recognised by Israel and its courts.
Political Philosophy - Ron Witton - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world today, with significant levels of persecution in 144 countries, according according to 2016 data.
Law & Liberties - Augusto Zimmermann - 14 comments
 
Electoral reform is the key to eradicating “Malay-Nationalist?hegemony and feudalism in Malaysia
International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment
 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Covert policing is the last bastion of pure policing 'and is one of the best methods of getting the highest numbers of convictions.'
Media - Peter Bowden - 16 comments
 
Why the ban on commercial surrogacy? One family gains much-needed money, the other a much-desired child
Law & Liberties - Philip Lillingston - 7 comments
 

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