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|Reforming the revolving door between banks, regulators and legislators|
The banks and the media outlets who carry their advertising can no longer fool us into believing that their interests are identical with our own.
By John Murray - 24/4/2018
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|Science should save lives, not take them|
Lab workers addict monkeys to drugs, drill holes into their skulls, burn off the skin of sheep and pigs, crush rats' spinal cords...and give rats seizures.
By Emma Hurst - 24/4/2018
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The problem with any discussion on nuclear power is that it is fraught with misinformation promoted by hysterical nuclearphobes.
By David Leyonhjelm - 24/4/2018
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|'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui'|
It is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler - recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade.
By Chris Golis - 24/4/2018
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|Why Trump's problems in Washington mean problems for Australia.|
A distracted president has the potential to leave power vacuums which will be filled by others. This is not in Australia's interest.
By Daniel Steedman - 23/4/2018
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|Cities can still grow without getting us stuck in traffic|
Governments have a long history of spending billions to knowingly build ‘roads to nowhere’ when they could have built efficient infrastructure instead.
By Vladimir Vinokurov - 23/4/2018
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|The reality of our northern cattle industry belies popular rhetoric|
Three years after opening its $100 million abattoir (employing about 200 people), AACo has launched a review into the underperforming asset.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 20/4/2018
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|The bullish and bearish case for oil|
While Barclays believes the risk of a disruption of Iranian supply is overblown, Goldman Sachs has a more nuanced take.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 20/4/2018
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|The life and death of a 'king'|
What lasting legacy has King and his civil rights movement bequeathed?
By Noel Preston - 19/4/2018
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|WHO needs Taiwan's contribution to a sound international health system|
Clearly, only the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) can represent its entire citizenry in international organizations and assume responsibility for their health.
By Bruce Hung - 19/4/2018
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|Trump pressure pushes Jordan to choose Israel or PLO|
This semantic sleight of hand could never change the historic and demographic reality that Jordan formed part of the territory comprised in the 1922 Mandate for Palestine.
By David Singer - 19/4/2018
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The tax penalty for buying a new car is a key reason why Australia has an old car fleet, with the average age of cars in Australia around 10 years.
By David Leyonhjelm - 18/4/2018
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|Sorry we're closed|
The Plan your Brisbane game launched recently by the Brisbane City Council shows us that for every planning decision we make there are trade-offs.
By Natalie Rayment - 18/4/2018
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|Israeli and Hamas leaders must face the bitter reality|
To reinforce its political agenda, Hamas' charter openly calls for Israel's destruction, knowing full well that such a goal is nothing but a pipedream that plays into the hands of Netanyahu's right-wing government.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 18/4/2018
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|Assault and batteries|
The Victorian batteries can power 39,200 homes for one hour. Ignoring industry, for homes this is a drop in the power demand bucket.
By Geoff Carmody - 17/4/2018
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|No offence: but you’re going to hell|
While pressuring corporations to pull their sponsorship to censor controversial views may not be an attack on free speech, it creates a culture that's hostile to it.
By Justin Campbell - 17/4/2018
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|Putin has lost his handle on Assad|
What Moscow really needs now is an internationally-endorsed political settlement that preserves and rebuilds the Syrian state apparatus.
By Gary Gambill - 17/4/2018
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|Further reflections on the ABC’s Employable Me|
This reminded me of a phrase I’ve heard bandied around in NDIS circles, and that’s working towards ‘a life more ordinary’.
By Bill Gamack - 16/4/2018
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|Expanding ASEAN: an idea worth burying|
The idea of big landmass, small population Australia (26 million), being welcomed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (600 million plus) is still being pushed, though up a gradient that needs crampons.
By Duncan Graham - 16/4/2018
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|The wanton worship of woody weeds|
Greens gaze in rapture at the trees but ignore the valuable grasses beneath their feet – native plants like Mitchell Grass and Kangaroo Grass and cultivated grasses like wheat, barley, oats, sorghum and sugar cane.
By Viv Forbes - 16/4/2018
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|Admiring Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg goes before congress|
Across the spectrum, from the banal views of everyday citizenry, to information hungry political groups keen to mobilise through the forum, Facebook has been, in various ways, tolerated, even celebrated.
By Binoy Kampmark - 13/4/2018
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|Make it all in, or all out, for political donations|
The ban on property developer donations is a huge breach in democratic and legal principles.
By Graham Young - 13/4/2018
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|With friends like this...|
All of this – and more – prompted Israel’s Labor Party to sever its historic relations with Corbyn’s Labour Party in early April.
By Russell Grenning - 13/4/2018
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|Cricket ball-tampering disease in all of us|
This predicament of what is behind ball-tampering runs through us and it springs from the heart.
By Spencer Gear - 13/4/2018
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|Trickle-down or trickle-up?|
Company tax cuts may benefit shareholders and executives rather than other employees, and Australia has sufficient incentives to attract foreign investment already.
By Mike Pope - 12/4/2018
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|A tale of two walls|
Hungary has slashed illegal immigration by more than 99 per cent
By Russell Grenning - 12/4/2018
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|Who says solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will bring Middle East Peace?|
Outside of Israel’s immediate conflict zones in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon, even Islamists don’t focus much attention on the Jewish state.
By Gary Gambill - 12/4/2018
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|Folau, ball tampering, protection for religious belief|
It is about religious belief, honesty, integrity, the corruption of sport by commerce, the corruption of commerce by personal interest, and the duty of individuals to stay true to their own moral code, even against overwhelming pressure.
By Graham Young - 11/4/2018
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|“Disease X” threatens our world|
..... we continually fail to appreciate the links between the animal world and our health
By Peter Curson - 11/4/2018
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|Is Cyril Ramaphosa another presidential chameleon?|
He is seen as business friendly but with a trade union pedigree, strongly anti-corruption but embedded in a corrupt political party, and a CEO president and champion of State Owned Enterprises.
By Benjamin Hale - 11/4/2018
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|Kosovo and Erdogan's dangerous Islamic agenda|
He views Kosovo as easy prey and a means by which to promote his wicked plans, and uses its submissive President Hashim Thaci to do his bidding.
By Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 11/4/2018
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|The Good Samaritan|
One religious story that we can all still learn from is the Parable of the Good Samaritan, which describes a conversation about what it means to live fully and how we should treat others.
By Scott MacInnes - 10/4/2018
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|Russia’s brutally mediocre military performance in Syria|
To hear officials in Moscow talk about the war in Syria, you'd think it was a coming out party for Russia's armed services and military-industrial complex.
By Gary Gambill - 10/4/2018
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|How we shirked our duty to offend|
It is inevitable that when we discuss issues of great consequence someone will be offended. In recent years we learned that there is no limit to what some will take offence to.
By Justin Campbell - 10/4/2018
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|Mattis-Bolton accord can sway Trump to dump PLO for Jordan|
If anything I would say to King Abdullah of Jordan – 'Be prepared to reassert Jordanian sovereignty over part of the West Bank – negotiate with Israel'.
By David Singer - 10/4/2018
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|Indulgent violence: the legacy of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela|
Her hands dripped with the blood of South Africa's people, went a reflective Xoliswa Falati, who formerly knew her and claimed to have gone to prison for her.
By Binoy Kampmark - 9/4/2018
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|Reflections on the first episode of the ABC’s Employable Me|
Employable Me, the ABC's current three-part documentary following people with disability as they look for work is well worth watching.
By Bill Gamack - 9/4/2018
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|Building the world's largest solar project|
Yet another uncertainty is what Saudi Arabia wants to do with 200 GW of power when its total electricity capacity only amounted to 77 GW in 2016.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 9/4/2018
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|Listen and learn: the importance of parking our predjudice|
Jon Faine's recent ABC radio interview with disability activist Carly Findlay in itself revealed how people with disability are treated differently in daily life and everyday conversations. Here's how to do it better.
By Bill Gamack - 6/4/2018
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|The importance of Critical Intelligence in navigating the VUCA world|
The way we understand intelligence is changing, and this is reflected in how we work, what employers look for in future employees, and how best to enable the skills required by the future workforce.
By Gianni Zappala - 6/4/2018
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|Army of Islam: Erdogan's plot against Israel|
Turkey's President Erdogan envisages a return of the Ottoman Empire, as a Turkish newspaper flags the idea of a 57 nation "Army of Islam" aimed at Israel.
By Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 6/4/2018
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The recent bioterrorist event in the UK casts an ominous shadow over the world.
By Peter Curson - 5/4/2018
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|The devil's dynamo|
A military-industrial complex involves a circular flow of money. The money flows like the electrical current in a dynamo, driving a diabolical machine.
By John Avery - 5/4/2018
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|An oil price rally is likely|
Ongoing declines in Venezuela and concerns about heightened tension between the US and Iran have significantly raised the risk premium for oil.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 5/4/2018
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|Have we lost our way when it comes to sport? |
Has Australia dropped the ball? As a country, we're less competitive and fewer of us are participating. Sport used to be about building character and mental toughness through competition and yes, failing. Like life.
By Glen Anderson - 4/4/2018
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|Can we afford a renewables-only power supply?|
It's incumbent upon die-hard fans of up to 100% renewables to respond publicly to the multiplied generation and storage capacity arithmetic outlined here.
By Geoff Carmody - 4/4/2018
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|Cynicism about Jesus as an Easter 'treat'|
Don't be so ridiculous as to expect Australian secular people to support the original meaning of Easter. We are into chocolate and not that religious stuff!
By Spencer Gear - 4/4/2018
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|How to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory – a lesson in hubris|
The honourable thing to do was for Daniel Andrews to stand-down one of his MPs for the vote to balance the missing vote from Carling-Jenkins who says she requested a ‘pair’.
By Nigel Catchlove - 3/4/2018
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|Why some ball tampering offences are more serious than others|
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, the Australian cricket players who have been found guilty of ball tampering, have now been handed hefty bans.
By Andrew McGee, James Duffy and Andrew Garwood-Gowers - 3/4/2018
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|Trump and Kim Jong Un: sailing on uncharted waters|
What has dramatically changed the dynamic of the conflict is the convergence of four major developments which made it possible for Kim to invite Trump to negotiate an end to the conflict.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 3/4/2018
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|NAPLAN and bullying|
The truth is that the instrument of anxiety-creation is NAPLAN
By Phil Cullen - 29/3/2018
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|China's new breakthrough: agriculture|
China’s important agricultural and rural sectors are a focus for reform as the 19th Congress sets out a strategy to stem the flow of population to the mega-cities and to ensure prosperity for rural residents.
By Zegang Ren - 29/3/2018
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|Is Guyana prepared for an oil boom?|
In a country where corruption is rampant and deeply engrained in the way matters are solved, the opposition is calling for the full disclosure of the oil production license concluded with ExxonMobil.
By Victor Katona - 29/3/2018
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|The Banking Royal Commission and the risk that dare not speak its name|
The Banking Royal Commission seems to be revealing a situation that looks like systemic risk, but because its terms of reference don't include systemic risk, this serious issue cannot be confronted.
By John Murray - 28/3/2018
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|On the dangers of selling 'defence assets'|
Can’t we please stick to exporting vegemite, wool and yes – coal?
By Babette Francis - 28/3/2018
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|Trump gets Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrein, UAE, and Oman talking|
Trump's 'ultimate deal' could see Israel negotiating with an Arab delegation to replace the PLO - comprising White House attendees Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrein, UAE, and Oman
By David Singer - 28/3/2018
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|We have been warned|
Peter Dutton, the Home Affairs minister who is leading the charge towards making Australia even less relevant to the world than it already is, was two months old when I arrived in Australia.
By Richard Laidlaw - 27/3/2018
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|The common good|
What we need is a new corporate world in which those who chair companies are independent leaders of social respect and honour.
By Everald Compton - 27/3/2018
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|The rise and fall of English Christendom|
The troubled relationship between theological and state power goes back to ancient Israel and the eventual failure of its experiment with kingship.
By Peter Sellick - 27/3/2018
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|The temptations of ball tampering: Steve Smith's Australian team in South Africa|
An injunction against ball tampering may well be enforced but players have been engaged in affecting the shape and constitution of that red cherry since the game took hold on the English greens.
By Binoy Kampmark - 26/3/2018
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|Trade war or trade bargain?|
The American President may be opening a trade bargain rather than beginning a trade war.
By Michael Knox - 26/3/2018
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|Should we step back from the marketing and data-mining phenomenon that is social media?|
There have been recent accusations that a political data firm, Cambridge Analytica, used the Facebook profile information of millions of Americans to finesse Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential victory.
By Glen Anderson - 26/3/2018
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