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View commentsView articleDeirdre 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
618 hours ago
View commentsView articleTaiwan: 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
42 mins ago
View commentsView articleKing 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
717 hours ago
View commentsView articlePaying 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
1632 hours ago
View commentsView articleOpinions 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
82 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
253 hours ago
View commentsView articleWhen 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
172 days ago
View commentsView articleShould 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
73 days ago
View commentsView articleEnergy 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
123 days ago
View commentsView articleDeath 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
243 days ago
View commentsView articleNo 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
184 days ago
View commentsView articleWhat 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
34 days ago
View commentsView articleSame-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
253 days ago
View commentsView articleMarawi 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
144 days ago
View commentsView articleIs 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
193 days ago
View commentsView articleAfrica'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
47 days ago
View commentsView articleLife's boosters
'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
106 days ago
View commentsView articleThe $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
163 days ago
View commentsView articleAre 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
39 days ago
View commentsView articleEnergy 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
247 days ago
View commentsView articleABC 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
118 days ago
View commentsView articleWicked problems
There are other wicked problems facing us, such as fundamentalist terrorism, global pandemic and runaway digital technology.
By Peter McMahon - 13/9/2017
324 days ago
View commentsView articleGod 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
69 days ago
View commentsView articleGood 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
210 days ago
View commentsView articleUneasy 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
209 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralia 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
303 days ago
View commentsView articleUN, 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
109 days ago
View commentsView articleA 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
245 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
175 days ago
View commentsView articleBroadcaster bogans
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
175 days ago
View commentsView articleSexual 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
4911 days ago
View commentsView articleHow 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
414 days ago
View commentsView articleGodiva: the first superheroine
What do Lady Godiva and Wonder Woman have in common?
By Elizabeth Reid Boyd - 8/9/2017
515 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy 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
2511 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
110 days ago
View commentsView articleWho 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
916 days ago
View commentsView articleParty 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
1016 days ago
View commentsView articleLatest 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
317 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralia'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
1317 days ago
View commentsView articleMarriage 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
1084 days ago
View commentsView articleAlan 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
4525 hours ago
View commentsView articleCharlottesville 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
716 days ago
View commentsView articleHow 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
717 days ago
View commentsView articleA 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
812 days ago
View commentsView articleDurable 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
518 days ago
View commentsView articleDiscovering 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
1464 days ago
View commentsView articleIt’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
3615 days ago
View commentsView articlePrincess 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
2717 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy 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
823 days ago
View commentsView articleLobbyists 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
1022 days ago
View commentsView articleAn 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
2620 days ago
View commentsView articleBeware 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
2223 days ago
View commentsView articleResting 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
1820 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump 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
1022 days ago
View commentsView articleSick 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
2121 days ago
View commentsView articlePendulum 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
3819 days ago
View commentsView articleMisconceptions 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
425 days ago
View commentsView articleLying 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
2614 days ago
View commentsView articleFacts 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
825 days ago
View commentsView articleBinging 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
2518 days ago
View commentsView articleDeath 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
2726 days ago
View commentsView articleLiberal, 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
1427 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump’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
228 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
7124 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
4424 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
425 days ago
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