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View commentsView articleANU and Western civilisation course: time to punish unis that limit freedom of thought
The Australian National University's decision to cancel plans for a bachelor of Western civilisation has highlighted the rampant anti-Western bias that exists at many Australian universities.
By James Paterson - 19/6/2018
82 hours ago
View commentsView articleCan Saudi Arabia prevent the next oil shock?
Some insiders have, however, been opening up some doors, indicating that Aramco could have hit a possible production ceiling.
By Cyril Widdershoven - 19/6/2018
48 mins ago
View commentsView articleMeanwhile in Sweden...
The organisers found that while very few transgender people were making use of the program, the pool was invaded by men and boys taking the opportunity to perv on naked women.
By Russell Grenning - 19/6/2018
37 hours ago
View commentsView articleWestern Civilization, the media, and political irresponsibility
For the first time that I can remember, though, we are on the cusp of a sustained national conversation about the place of the humanities in higher education and in Australian culture.
By Dirk Moses - 18/6/2018
1411 hours ago
View commentsView articleErdogan's 'Trojan Horse' in Macedonia
For more than a decade, Turkey's dictator has been courting Macedonia's Albanian Muslim minority.
By Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 18/6/2018
333 hours ago
View commentsView articleLiberalism: a joke, literally
It's dangerously naïve to believe more-of-the-same secular liberalism, with or without Donald Trump, will eventually win out.
By Mark Christensen - 15/6/2018
92 days ago
View commentsView articleNet interstate migration to Queensland is on the rise. Does this mean we are about to boom?
For net interstate migration to have a similar economic impact relative to the existing population, that 1.7% would today need to equate to 85,000 people per annum.
By Ross Elliott - 15/6/2018
112 days ago
View commentsView articlePreparing for death
We live in a time of crisis in meaning. Without a robust practice of faith we find ourselves in bondage to the primal fear: nonexistence.
By Peter Sellick - 15/6/2018
235 hours ago
View commentsView articleIs Western Civilisation worth studying?
Today's universities, wherever they are, and there are about 24,000 of them, have been heavily influenced in notions of scholarship and research, in what they teach and how they teach it, by Western examples.
By Don Aitkin - 14/6/2018
352 hours ago
View commentsView articleBanning the burka is an accelerating trend
The Danish Parliament has voted, by an overwhelming vote of 75 to 30, to ban the Islamic burka and the niqab.
By Russell Grenning - 14/6/2018
1812 hours ago
View commentsView articleHow to foster famine
Today's warm climate is very farm-friendly and tends to have most effect on the cold lands of the northern hemisphere, thus increasing the acreage and productivity.
By Viv Forbes - 14/6/2018
73 days ago
View commentsView articleNo freedom to choose
And it's not just government departments who are guilty of it. Influential celebrities sometimes lever their popularity to try and change us for the better.
By Nicola Wright - 13/6/2018
102 days ago
View commentsView articleCommunity currencies
Community currencies help energize the local community (as distinct from the speculation and paper-shuffling of much of the high-end banking sector).
By Keith Suter - 13/6/2018
55 days ago
View commentsView articleWhat must we pay for our renewables protection policy?
Australian politicians are 'doubling down' again on their energy costs gamble. When their gambling goes awry, punters, and, inevitably, the economy, will pay.
By Geoff Carmody - 13/6/2018
135 days ago
View commentsView articleThe two 'fatal flaws lurking in American leftist politics': a humble attempt to help Jordan Peterson with his challenge
Most of the acts that cause subjective harm are verbal. My attitude towards what you say to me determines how much pain it will cause me.
By Izzy Kalman - 12/6/2018
56 days ago
View commentsView articleThe food of movement: Anthony Bourdain's Universal Eater
He also offers the advice that should be part of any diner's canon: avoid ordering fish on Mondays like the plague.
By Binoy Kampmark - 12/6/2018
37 days ago
View commentsView articleChristian origin of Australian financial institutions
The bank was to be a bulwark against exploitation and corruption, for the common good.
By Michael Jensen - 12/6/2018
134 days ago
View commentsView articleWhat should be in a study of Western Civilisatisation?
The problem is that the word ‘civilisation’, let alone western civilisation, is very difficult to define, not least because it is not so much a thing as something which develops over time.
By Gregory Melleuish - 11/6/2018
187 days ago
View commentsView articleSenate crossbench
Each of the senators who changed seats left a party that was not grounded in clearly defined principles.
By David Leyonhjelm - 11/6/2018
58 days ago
View commentsView articleElite atrocities: Australia's Special Forces in Afghanistan
Bensouda concluded 'that all legal criteria required under the Rome statute [of the ICC] to commence an investigation have been met'.
By Binoy Kampmark - 11/6/2018
175 days ago
View commentsView articleAn open letter to Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar
All this bloody mayhem could have been avoided had you concluded long ago that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rests on ending all violence and no longer perpetuating demands such as the right of return.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 11/6/2018
933 hours ago
View commentsView articleAn open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu
Not a single Israeli or Palestinian should die in a blood-soaked conflict that has not and will never yield any tangible or lasting gain for either side.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 8/6/2018
179 days ago
View commentsView articleThe only real regulation reform is deregulation
Deregulation is about reducing the economic and ethical burdens on businesses and consumers. This is done through removing both elements of, and entire, regulations.
By Darren Nelson - 8/6/2018
79 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Italian populist government – a crisis still waiting to happen
The Italian President created constitutional crisis by taking umbrage to a Plan B from a notable economist.
By Michael Knox - 7/6/2018
612 days ago
View commentsView articleFacing up to Facebook
Facebook shifted its business operations to Ireland in 2010 and, surprise surprise, laws protecting data in Ireland are 'widely considered' to be less stringent than anywhere else.
By Russell Grenning - 7/6/2018
411 days ago
View commentsView articleReasonableness and citizenship
The world is moving slowly and perhaps hesitantly to recognising that a person can 'belong' to two nations in a positive way, and act as a citizen in each.
By Don Aitkin - 6/6/2018
198 days ago
View commentsView articleDo terrorists view us as human?
Who - or what - do jihadis think we are? Less than human? Or human and a threat to the values they cherish.
By Shane Satterley - 6/6/2018
156 days ago
View commentsView articleRegulations are down but not out
The EPA, as well as other agencies and departments of the Trump Administration, should continue to focus on reducing, not ‘improving’, regulations in 2018 like they did in 2017.
By Darren Nelson - 6/6/2018
313 days ago
View commentsView articleGiant referendum
Voters have given up trying to find the right leader. So, their only hope lies in changing the rules under which Parliament operates.
By Everald Compton - 5/6/2018
1010 days ago
View commentsView articleGermany's rising anti-Semitism
Ms Merkel has never ever reconciled herself to the fact that inviting some one and a half million Muslim refugees to Germany she was also inviting a new virulent antisemitism.
By Russell Grenning - 5/6/2018
613 days ago
View commentsView articleEmerging market meltdown could undermine oil rally
The evidence is growing by the day. Turkey's currency, the lira, has lost 20 percent of its value over the past two months. Argentina is seeking a bailout from the IMF.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 5/6/2018
114 days ago
View commentsView articleIt’s time to cut union influence over government in Queensland
In the past 18 months, the union's Queensland branch has been hit with fines totalling $2.4 million after losing 10 cases brought by the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
By Deb Frecklington - 4/6/2018
514 days ago
View commentsView articleLibertarianism and optimism
When you look at nations that slash government red tape, protect private property rights and safeguard civil liberties, you see societies where opportunity abounds, people escape from poverty, and civil society flourishes.
By David Leyonhjelm - 4/6/2018
914 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy US must expand forces in Syria
The US cannot impact the development of events in Syria without a credible and strong military backing to deter any adversary.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 4/6/2018
713 days ago
View commentsView articleA genuine left would support Western Civilisation
I guess we are supposed to look back lovingly at all those civilisations that crumbled in the face of the western onslaught, for example, Czarist Russia, Qing China, Mughal India, Ottoman MENA and Aztec Mesoamerica.
By David McMullen - 1/6/2018
1911 days ago
View commentsView articleLet's establish a Makarrata Commission
We can design and create a Makarrata Commission that's a democratically elected, non-legislative body speaking on behalf of all our nation's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
By Rodney Crisp - 1/6/2018
5113 days ago
View commentsView articleReview: A Genuinely Theological Church
Keeping the substance of the gospel before us is not an easy task in an age flooded with ideology, cultural warfare, rampant populism and political correctness.
By Peter Sellick - 1/6/2018
317 days ago
View commentsView articleHow collaborative consumption will help solve our modern day dilemmas
Collaborative consumption is a powerful cultural and economic force, emphasising on not what we consume, but how we consume our goods or services.
By Michael Eddy - 31/5/2018
1014 days ago
View commentsView articleNo, it wasn't Bolton who screwed up the North Korea summit
It was a pair of jaw-dropping televised gaffes by the president and vice-president that sent the Trump-Kim lovefest into a downward spiral.
By Gary Gambill - 31/5/2018
2016 days ago
View commentsView articleUniversities, branding and Saudi Arabia
Scruples are best left to others, and most certainly not university managers, who prefer counting the sums rather than pondering deontological principles.
By Binoy Kampmark - 31/5/2018
219 days ago
View commentsView articleThe morality of taxation
The 'ability to pay principle' is no principle at all. It is a euphemism for 'take what you can get' and 'might is right'.
By David Leyonhjelm - 30/5/2018
2414 days ago
View commentsView articleEurope and Asia: together for a more secure world
Collectively, the EU and its Member States have the second largest defence budget in the world; the potential of greater European cooperation on defence matters is immense.
By Frederica Mogherini - 30/5/2018
913 days ago
View commentsView articleIs Snowy 2.0’s call to can coal an own-goal?
Increasingly, Australia’s total power supply is intermittent and either unreliable or more expensive, or both. We’ll pay more for power, not less.
By Geoff Carmody - 30/5/2018
1920 days ago
View commentsView articleWhen is a woman a woman?
David is only a transwoman on Wednesdays so there is no point his meeting Jeremy on any other day of the week, is there?
By Russell Grenning - 29/5/2018
2913 days ago
View commentsView articleSubtle shifts in concern
While there is a strong expectation that Labor could win the next election, it is a rebuttable presumption.
By Graham Young - 29/5/2018
1220 days ago
View commentsView articleBuy fantasy fun, light up, die young
More than 180 countries have banned tobacco advertising, but not Indonesia, where advertising agencies use every persuasive weapon in their arsenal to entice the young to smoke that first cigarette.
By Duncan Graham - 28/5/2018
622 days ago
View commentsView articleLet's teach history in a different and better way
As it is taught today, history is a chronicle of power struggles and war, told from a biased national standpoint. But the true history of humanity is a history of ideas, inventions, progress, shared knowledge, shared culture and cooperation.
By John Avery - 28/5/2018
1718 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump, Middle East and conservative Christians
Trump is, for them, a flawed warrior of Christ. He has immense moral imperfections but he can still also be a vehicle for God's plans.
By Keith Suter - 25/5/2018
785 days ago
View commentsView articleThe IAAF decision to limit female testosterone levels for certain female track events is stupid
The focus on certain events is ridiculous given that testosterone helps all events that rely greatly on muscular power.
By Chris Lewis - 25/5/2018
920 days ago
View commentsView articleSerbia, Turkey, and Russia: alarm bells for Europe
Erdogan has made his unscrupulous position clear to Western powers, stressing that Turkey will become as powerful and influential as the Ottoman Empire was during its heyday.
By Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 25/5/2018
1013 days ago
View commentsView articleDon't ban donations, ban donations from crooks
While there is a suspicion that some property development donations are corrupt (73 per cent), the suspicion is even higher for gaming (76 per cent) and still very high for unions (63 per cent), alcohol (60 per cent) and lawyers (51 per cent).
By Graham Young - 24/5/2018
925 days ago
View commentsView articleThe digital crack down on crypto: what does the future hold?
Here in Australia, a financial scandal involving the Commonwealth Bank of Australia sparked reforms to strengthen the anti-money laundering laws to include the likes of Bitcoin.
By Jessica Foreman - 24/5/2018
85 days ago
View commentsView articleMacron, Merkel and May should adopt Trump policy on Jerusalem
Refusing to move the French Embassy to Israel's designated capital now is bowing to the dictates and diplomatic blackmail of an illegal and undemocratic entity.
By David Singer - 24/5/2018
1522 days ago
View commentsView articlePostcapitalising post carbon for the win
Postcapitalism is not about inventing something new or imposing unrealistic utopias but is about building on existing movements, emerging successes and resilient ecosystems.
By Karun Cowper - 23/5/2018
1725 days ago
View commentsView articleConservatism and the demise of Israel
Once Iran has a missile and a nuclear warhead, they will be launched. Israel has atomic bombs also.
By Peter Bowden - 23/5/2018
1324 days ago
View commentsView articleWhich politician do we want to lead the country?
We do not want the Coalition to govern the country, but we prefer its leader, the current Prime Minister, to govern in preference to the leader of the alternative political party.
By Peter Bowden - 22/5/2018
2322 days ago
View commentsView articleIEA: high oil prices 'taking a toll' on demand
The inventory surplus has vanished, and more outages could push oil prices up even higher.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 22/5/2018
327 days ago
View commentsView articleIt's a marriage not just a carnival
A royal wedding offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the bonds that tie a society together and particularly the deepest of these, the family.
By Mal Fletcher - 21/5/2018
729 days ago
View commentsView articleA very republican sickness: loving royal weddings
Black spirituality tagged on to exaggerated feminist values mixed with traditional forms certainly gave an impression of difference, but these were daubs rather than extensive splashes.
By Binoy Kampmark - 21/5/2018
327 days ago
View commentsView articleKim Jong-Un’s survival strategy
North and South Korea had to convince Donald Trump that a small achievement is a grand victory.
By Felix Imonti - 21/5/2018
2121 days ago
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