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|Deirdre McCloskey explains what makes Australia great|
The quaint idea that the intellectual property of Australia was somehow created by Aborigines, Anglos and (mostly) European postwar settlers misrepresents the truth.
By Gary Johns - 22/9/2017
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|Taiwan: a valuable partner for Sustainable Development Goals|
The UN is about people, yet the universality of human rights that the UN proclaims does not extend to Taiwan and its 23 million people.
By David Lee - 22/9/2017
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|King Abdullah’s dethronement threatens Jordan-Israel two-state solution|
What is needed is for the US to influence the Jordanian army and security agency to stand with the revolution the next time it breaks out.
By David Singer - 22/9/2017
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|Paying twice, and more – why renewables are a luxury good|
But renewables are in fact more expensive, and if you want to cure high prices, the last thing you would do is dose up on the problem.
By Graham Young - 21/9/2017
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|Opinions will continue to differ on same-sex marriage|
Some opponents of the same-sex survey insist there has been too much debate. That is part of the reason why the controversy will not go away.
By Laurence Maher - 21/9/2017
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|The Greens and the campaign for a woman’s right to choose|
Its defeat, when every member of the Liberal and National parties voted against it, ensured that NSW would continue to be out of step with modern medical practice and community opinion.
By Sylvia Hale - 21/9/2017
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|When government can't solve social and economic problems, what then?|
Around the world, governments work from an operating manual drawn straight from Henry Ford's car factories of the 1920s.
By Vern Hughes - 20/9/2017
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|Should we 'pupil' kids or 'NAPLAN' them?|
Australia's fixation with testing is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to our nation's development, ever.
By Phil Cullen - 20/9/2017
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|Energy policy: can we have a Carbon-Cutting Reliable Affordable Programme (C-CRAP)?|
The root cause of the 'trilemma' is renewable energy. We could deliver reliability and affordability, as we have in the past, if we didn't have renewable energy targets.
By Geoff Carmody - 20/9/2017
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|Death of the CET|
Coalition talk of dumping Finkel's Clean Energy Target leaves Australia's climate policy in tatters.
By Graeme McLeay - 19/9/2017
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|No winners with same-sex hate bill|
We're so mentally feeble that we can't bear to be called a homophobe or a bigot or hear someone say that they believe gays will go to hell.
By Nicola Wright - 19/9/2017
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|What a disaster!|
The Victorian Government is on the front foot putting together an innovative strategy to address one of the major failings of the existing emergency response protocols.
By Russell Grenning - 19/9/2017
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|Same-sex parenting and same-sex marriage|
To make a properly informed choice about same-sex marriage (SSM), people need to be aware of the shortcomings.
By Eric Porter - 18/9/2017
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|Marawi is a metaphor for Islamic extremism in Asia|
One of the reasons, if not the primary reason for the acceptance of the Wahhabi fundamentalist message is the anger and frustration engendered by poverty and the indifference.
By Bruce Haigh - 18/9/2017
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|Is there a doctor in the house? The gendered use of honorifics|
In April, the local arm of global banking giant HSBC started offering customers the choice of multiple
By Evelyn Tsitas - 18/9/2017
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|Africa's democracy outgrows foreign preaching|
Kenya's High Court has invalidated the result of the Presidential election held on August 8, demonstrating Africa can handle its own crises.
By Bashir Goth - 15/9/2017
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'Years of athletic training teach this; the necessity of relinquishing doubt and ambiguity and self-inquiry in favor of a pleasant, self-championing one-dimensionality which has instant rewards in sports.'
By Peter Sellick - 15/9/2017
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|The $10 trillion resource North Korea can't tap|
Pyongyang's deposits of coal, iron ore, zinc, copper, graphite, gold, silver, magnesite, molybdenite, and many others, are worth between US$6 trillion and US$10 trillion, as per South Korean projections reported by Quartz.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 15/9/2017
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|Are our universities holding back our education export potential?|
Education is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia, soon to reach number four spot as an employer – ahead of the traditional retail employment machine.
By Ross Elliott - 14/9/2017
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|Energy chaos in Australia: closing the Liddell Power Station|
A country with such abundant resources is incapable it seems, of handling matters of reliable supply, either in terms of affordability, or in terms of delivery.
By Binoy Kampmark - 14/9/2017
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|ABC and Media Watch continue to wipe Israel off the map|
This bizarre conduct came to light after the ABC had initially removed the segment 'Misplaced Map Outrage' from its Media Watch website.
By David Singer - 14/9/2017
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There are other wicked problems facing us, such as fundamentalist terrorism, global pandemic and runaway digital technology.
By Peter McMahon - 13/9/2017
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|God save the Queen?|
There is an outfit in Old Blighty called Republic which carries the flag – although surely not the Union Jack – for the republican cause.
By Russell Grenning - 13/9/2017
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|Good old Collingwood forever|
All of which serves to underline the point that the hierarchies that dictate policy are not just hierarchies of people, but also of knowledge.
By Nicholas Gruen - 13/9/2017
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|Uneasy riders on the nanny state|
More broadly, as a society we must stop trying to force other people to conform to our idea of what is safe, sensible or responsible.
By David Leyonhjelm - 12/9/2017
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|Australia Day and other great issues|
No one of indigenous descent seems to want to return to being a hunter-gatherer with traditional implements, no Western medicine, no vehicles, no Western food.
By Don Aitkin - 12/9/2017
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|UN, EU and Trump should heed 1989 Balfour Declaration|
The demand by the PLO to establish that third state – in addition to Jordan and Israel – in the territory comprised in the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine – remains unrealised in 2017.
By David Singer - 12/9/2017
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|A political win, but the devil is in the detail|
Until we see the actual reasoning of the High Court, fiscal conservatives won't know whether the postal survey case represents a small backwards step or a more substantial shift away from parliamentary oversight.
By Lorraine Finlay - 11/9/2017
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|The US has to accept North Korea as a nuclear power|
Short of a massive military attack on its nuclear facilities, which is unthinkable, no diplomatic efforts or incentives will compel Pyongyang to give up its nuclear arsenal.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 11/9/2017
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I find this particularly objectionable on what should be the standards showplace of correctness in speech and language style… the ABC.
By Ian Nance - 11/9/2017
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|Sexual consent: yes, no, maybe|
These are the cases highlighted by media promoting the feminist position that all sexual activity involving an intoxicated woman is sexual assault as she cannot give consent.
By Bettina Arndt - 8/9/2017
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|How the Energy Information Administration guestimates keep oil prices subdued|
The weekly figures have been much higher than what the monthly data reveal only later. And remember, it is the monthly data that tends to be more accurate.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 8/9/2017
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|Godiva: the first superheroine|
What do Lady Godiva and Wonder Woman have in common?
By Elizabeth Reid Boyd - 8/9/2017
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|Why won't women's advocates support banning the burka?|
Islamic communities within suburbia in our major cities seem to have struck an alliance with Labor and the Greens.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 7/9/2017
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|The accidental Zionist|
Truth be told, though, the biggest problem with the pro-Palestinian movement wasn't so much the antisemitism as it was the varying degrees of willful blindness displayed by its foremost advocates.
By Gary Gambill - 7/9/2017
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|Who can remember what 'ministerial responsibility' meant?|
'I, as Minister, must accept full responsibility for any mistakes and inefficiency of officials of my department, just as, when my officials bring off any success on my behalf, I take full credit for them.'
By Russell Grenning - 7/9/2017
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|Party discipline and democracy|
The expectation that the elected members of a party toe their party line is the complete antithesis of democracy.
By Peter Bowden - 6/9/2017
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|Latest ACMA research on kids' TV brings no comfort to Australian producers |
A lay person could therefore assume ACMA's regulations are achieving their aim. But dig into the data and a different, confused picture, emerges.
By Patricia Edgar and Don Edgar - 6/9/2017
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|Australia's contribution to nuclear proliferation risks|
Instead, Australia has fallen into the trap of bending over backwards to support its allies on an international scale.
By Bridget Mitchell and Jim Green - 6/9/2017
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|Marriage as a 'social institution'|
Indeed, if marriage were simply about love, it would render all the legal infrastructure redundant.
By Eric Porter - 5/9/2017
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|Alan Austin does himself a disservice|
If Austin is keen to do a 'Media Watch' review of reporting on the QUT case, he would do well to refresh his memory of the ABC's and Fairfax media's coverage.
By Calum Thwaites - 5/9/2017
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|Charlottesville and the first amendment: a tale of two parks|
The role of Judge Glen E Conrad of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Charlottesville Division has been overlooked in public consideration of the appalling breakdown of public order in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017.
By Laurence Maher - 5/9/2017
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|How soft on people's feelings should the law become?|
Although 18C was opposed by the Coalition when it was introduced by the Keating Government in 1994, it remained a ‘sleeper’ until recent events.
By John de Meyrick - 4/9/2017
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|A Brexit World? EU plus One|
This can hardly be considered to be a divorce. Britain and the EU do not have any children to care for. Indeed an EU+1 will be stronger than the current situation.
By Vince Hooper - 4/9/2017
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|Durable conspiracies: twenty years after Princess Diana's death|
Making the late princess into a myth served the ambitions of New Labour and the Blairite program, which promoted its own fictions through the dense web of spin and policy.
By Binoy Kampmark - 4/9/2017
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|Discovering the real history of our peoples|
The uproar over the use of the word 'discover' is the latest skirmish in a war over two equally mythical views of Australian history.
By Graham Young - 1/9/2017
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|It’s time to underline the importance of fathers|
Boys grew up expecting to become a father, breadwinner, head of the family and husband of a loving wife.
By Peter West - 1/9/2017
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|Princess Diana's death - the social impact|
Twenty years ago today, Britain and the world lost one of the seminal figures - at least in terms of public affection - of the millennial era.
By Mal Fletcher - 1/9/2017
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|Why we need more Springfields|
Australia's worsening housing affordability problem is a largely self-inflicted: we first restrict and then tax the supply of new land.
By Ross Elliott - 31/8/2017
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|Lobbyists parading as charities can account to donors and taxpayers|
Why does one of the richest countries in the world want international charity?
By Gary Johns - 31/8/2017
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|An open letter to President Trump|
There is no moral equivalency between white supremacists, Nazis, and the KKK, and law-abiding citizens who want to preserve America's moral values.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 31/8/2017
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|Beware the moral high ground|
Her central tenet of 'don't tell me what to think' is one that has been all too familiar in recent political debates.
By Peter Wilson - 30/8/2017
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|Resting Sea Shepherd: a pause in the whale war saga|
Against absurdly gargantuan odds, a small organisation's resources were mustered to save whale species from imminent extinction.
By Binoy Kampmark - 30/8/2017
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|Trump must question Abbas-PLO commitment to peace with Israel|
'We won’t accept the Jewishness of Israel. We are asking for the 1967 borders.' (Mahmoud Abbas 2014)
By David Singer - 30/8/2017
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|Sick and tired of the same-sex marriage debate? Here's why|
A Yes will further galvanise an ill-founded confidence in politics at the expense of the things that matter, including acceptance of minorities.
By Mark Christensen - 29/8/2017
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|Pendulum swing from globalization to protectionism?|
In effect, QE is Monetary Socialism and has encouraged greater moral hazard since 2010.
By Vince Hooper - 29/8/2017
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|Misconceptions about radioactive medical isotopes|
First of all, a nuclear reactor is not essential for making medical isotopes. The IAEA lists 39 countries that use cyclotrons to produce them.
By Noel Wauchope - 29/8/2017
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|Lying about citizenship: Australian politicians before the high court|
To read the section any other way, would result in a 'ridiculous' interpretation, one that would also disqualify up to half the population from sitting in Parliament.
By Binoy Kampmark - 28/8/2017
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|Facts about the phonics screening check|
It’s astonishing that much of what is written in opposition to the Phonics Screening Check is inaccurate.
By Jennifer Buckingham - 28/8/2017
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|Binging on racism|
So we should all give Hanson credit for it: she is very unique, not just a plain racist, but a 'creative performance racist'.
By Alice Aslan - 28/8/2017
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|Death of a parliament|
In my schooldays in the bush, the farmers around my little timber town often had the unpleasant task of putting down an animal.
By Everald Compton - 25/8/2017
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|Liberal, Green and ALP politicians conspire to destroy the economy|
The absurdity of this was underlined by Anthony Pratt informing us, 'Our cost of energy in America is 2½ times lower than Australia.'
By Alan Moran - 25/8/2017
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|Trump’s 'new' strategy in Afghanistan is doomed to fail|
Once the Taliban becomes a part of the government, they would develop a vested interest in the stability of Afghanistan.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 25/8/2017
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|The clock is ticking. Time to wear the burqa.|
An open letter to Pauline Hanson on the wearing of the burka.
By Najla Turk - 24/8/2017
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|The churches and gay marriage|
A public issue like gay marriage evokes a storm of protests from many groups all proclaiming themselves to represent the Christian view.
By Peter Sellick - 24/8/2017
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|The long, long story: 'Principled Realism', Trump and Afghanistan|
President Donald Trump did what US Presidents have done since George W. Bush: commit.
By Binoy Kampmark - 24/8/2017
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