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|ANU 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
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|Can 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
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|Meanwhile 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
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|Western 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
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|Erdogan'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
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|Liberalism: 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
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|Net 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
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|Preparing 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
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|Is 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
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|Banning 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
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|How 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
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|No 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
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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
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|What 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
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|The 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
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|The 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
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|Christian 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
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|What 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
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Each of the senators who changed seats left a party that was not grounded in clearly defined principles.
By David Leyonhjelm - 11/6/2018
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|Elite 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
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|An 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
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|An 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
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|The 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
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|The 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
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|Facing 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
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|Reasonableness 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
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|Do 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
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|Regulations 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
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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
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|Germany'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
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|Emerging 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
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|It’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
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|Libertarianism 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
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|Why 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
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|A 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
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|Let'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
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|Review: 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
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|How 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
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|No, 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
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|Universities, 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
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|The 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
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|Europe 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
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|Is 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
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|When 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
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|Subtle 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
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|Buy 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
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|Let'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
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|Trump, 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
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|The 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
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|Serbia, 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
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|Don'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
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|The 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
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|Macron, 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
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|Postcapitalising 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
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|Conservatism 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
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|Which 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
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|IEA: 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
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|It'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
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|A 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
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|Kim 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
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