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View commentsView articleMeryl and her streeple
Why does she feel the need to turn the Golden Globes into her own political monologue?
By Louis O'Neill - 16/1/2017
202 hours ago
View commentsView articlePost-GFC trade slowdown indicative of a global malaise
Self-defeating protectionism and anaemic investment levels are taking their toll on the global economy.
By Tony Makin - 16/1/2017
711 hours ago
View commentsView articleTrump: 'Close the open hand out of love'
Do not give Netanyahu what he wants. If you do, you will rob the vast majority of Israelis and Palestinians of everything they aspire for.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 16/1/2017
105 hours ago
View commentsView articleSoviet Union proved there are worse choices than democracy
Nevertheless, there were at least four occasions when the ­soviet leaders, with or without bourgeois groups, might have taken power.
By Gary Johns - 13/1/2017
919 hours ago
View commentsView articleDismay over democracy: alternative policies for 2017
It requires a reversal of the market-oriented convention that tinkering with an economy must precede efforts to build a just society: economy first, society later.
By Stuart Rees - 13/1/2017
2010 hours ago
View commentsView articleAffair of Channel Seven's CEO exposes mixed societal mores
The other side of the coin is that those whose private lives are placed in the public spotlight against their wishes, can suffer great embarrassment.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 13/1/2017
52 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy just read for pleasure: the case of Michel Houellebecq
All the evidence we have suggests that people increasingly read things that comfort their pre-existing beliefs. This seems likely to create intellectual smugness and atrophy.
By Brendon O'Connor - 12/1/2017
25 days ago
View commentsView articleWarped welfare wailing
The concept of basic income is not really original. Finland is giving it a trial run in one of its regions and Scotland will do so this year in two of its counties.
By Everald Compton - 12/1/2017
212 days ago
View commentsView articleByron nightmare
Byron is not a 'green shire'. Money, greed and a complete inability of council to protect the natural assets and the beauty of this place will ensure its ultimate destruction.
By Sue Arnold - 12/1/2017
182 days ago
View commentsView articleA generation of offended snowflakes
'There is a real danger political correctness is getting out of control. We need to understand the world as it was and not to rewrite history as some might like it to have been.'
By Bill Muehlenberg - 11/1/2017
2113 hours ago
View commentsView articleEuthanasia and assisted suicide laws - no one is ever satisfied
When we cross that clear bright line drawn and held in the one place for millenia, we do not simply crossover for the supposed few. If we cross for some, we cross for all.
By Paul Russell - 11/1/2017
66 days ago
View commentsView articleSecurity Council Resolution 2334 violates UN Charter
The Security Council needs to ensure that this time round the Mandate and article 80 are put centre stage before the ICJ.
By David Singer - 11/1/2017
510 hours ago
View commentsView articleSo, what went wrong with section 18C?
None of what the (then) Government appears to have intended or proposed is what section 18C says or does.
By John de Meyrick - 10/1/2017
195 days ago
View commentsView articleCities of sickness: pollution, dementia and the modern condition
Health becomes a casualty, giving medical researchers and doctors their cue to seek more grant money and study this grand narrative of self-inflicted human decline.
By Binoy Kampmark - 10/1/2017
106 days ago
View commentsView articleEnsuring the success of the French initiative
Netanyahu feels confident that as president, Trump will restore the US' traditional support of Israel's position and provide it with political cover.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 10/1/2017
77 days ago
View commentsView articleIntent as the enemy of truth
When all 1,655 maximum temperature series for Australia are simply combined, and truncated to begin in 1910 the hottest years are 1980, 1914, 1919, 1915 and 1940.
By Jennifer Marohasy - 9/1/2017
386 hours ago
View commentsView articleGood debt, bad debt
This year the Government is increasing its gross debt by more than $80 billion. At least $25 billion of this is unmistakeably ‘bad debt’.
By David Leyonhjelm - 9/1/2017
106 days ago
View commentsView articleTwo resolutions for the whole year
We look at television to see the havoc that mankind is wreaking on the earth and in the sea. It is easy to think that this mankind is something other than ourselves.
By Valerie Yule - 9/1/2017
204 days ago
View commentsView articleFive New Year's resolutions to get workplace relations back on track
With potentially only two years left before a Shorten Labor Government takes the reigns a healthy dose of New Year's introspection could not come too soon.
By John Slater - 6/1/2017
72 days ago
View commentsView articleNSW government's $10m koala plan a recipe for extinction
The review completely fails to address the primary cause of catastrophic Koala decline in the state: government mismanagement.
By Sue Arnold - 6/1/2017
510 days ago
View commentsView articleTruthiness and factiness
If ‘truthiness’ is a gut feeling of truth whatever the facts, then ‘factiness’ is using actual facts to paint a misleading truth.
By Don Aitkin - 5/1/2017
286 hours ago
View commentsView articleAustralia Day 2017
It is unfortunate that, when reasonable Australians strive to unite us all as a nation, there still persists an objection to celebrating January the 26th as Australia Day.
By Bob Ryan - 5/1/2017
466 hours ago
View commentsView articleThree shrewd options for climate change
The first of the shrewd options is to withdraw from the Paris agreement and abandon the pledge to force Australian emissions in 2030 to be 26 to 28 per cent lower than emissions in 2005.
By David Leyonhjelm - 5/1/2017
119 days ago
View commentsView articleUndermining terror: the Moroccan plan to promote moderation
Also, simply replacing one interpretation of religion with another via the authority of the imam and the Moroccan king is problematic.
By Shane Satterley - 4/1/2017
1212 days ago
View commentsView articleBoxing Day trade restrictions a blast from the past
For retail's scores of part time and casual employees, longer opening hours often mean being able to work shifts that suit them best. This is especially true for school and tertiary students.
By John Slater - 4/1/2017
810 days ago
View commentsView articleThe deep mystery of consciousness
There is an infinite qualitative difference between physical processes that are subject to physical laws and hence cannot transcend those laws and a conscious being who can be self-aware and act with intention.
By Peter Sellick - 4/1/2017
375 days ago
View commentsView articleHere’s why non-government schools work better
The debate needs to shift from throwing more money after bad, a la Gonski, to identifying the most cost-effective way to use ­resources to raise standards.
By Kevin Donnelly - 3/1/2017
513 days ago
View commentsView articleChina is in for the long haul
They claimed Duterte would attempt to play the major powers off against one another and that he was looking for other states in the region to do likewise.
By Bruce Haigh - 3/1/2017
713 days ago
View commentsView articleGender representation in film
If award nominations were entirely proportionate to the number of female film-makers (16%) then instead of receiving 2/28 nominations, female directors would receive 4 or 5.
By Tim O'Hare - 3/1/2017
614 days ago
View commentsView articleThe reality of religiously-motivated terrorism in Australia
This was not a case involving a mental illness with an identifiable cause and treatment. What was of concern was MHK's 'adherence to ideas'.
By Laurence Maher - 30/12/2016
3213 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy we need a 'conservative spring'
There is a real danger here, just like Uber disrupted the taxi industry, that reactionary parties will displace the traditional conservative movement.
By Dominic Perrottet - 30/12/2016
1815 days ago
View commentsView articlePeople are funny cattle
Since NAPLAN destroys elements of cognitive behaviour in children, parents should actually give permission for their children to take the tests.
By Phil Cullen - 30/12/2016
1510 hours ago
View commentsView articleJohn Lang-like Shorten is betraying the workers
Labor has reverted to the dark days of Jack Lang. Early in 1931, in the depths of the Depression, Lang, the Labor premier of NSW, wanted to default on government borrowings.
By Gary Johns - 29/12/2016
1215 days ago
View commentsView articlePerson of the Year: time to look beyond the obvious
The men and women of Syrian Civil Defence, known as ‘Syrian White Helmets’, deserve the title as they sacrifice their lives to rescue those trapped in the war zone.
By Bashir Goth - 29/12/2016
3610 hours ago
View commentsView articleOn regulating banking and financial services
ASIC’s ability to protect the public is compromised by a culture of confidentiality and by the fact that, as a government agency, it cannot publicly question current business practice.
By Max Atkinson - 29/12/2016
415 days ago
View commentsView articleSuper way to buy home
Ownership rates for Australians aged 25-34 have fallen from 60% to 48%, because an affordable housing loan is only a theoretical concept when you can’t afford the deposit.
By Graham Young - 28/12/2016
126 hours ago
View commentsView articleBritain rebuffs Abbas' call to apologise for Balfour Declaration
It demonstrates Britain's vital role in creating a homeland for the Jewish people. And it is an anniversary we will be marking with pride.
By David Singer - 28/12/2016
1213 days ago
View commentsView articleUS shale is now cash flow neutral
Oil prices are probably already high enough to spark a rebound in shale production.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 28/12/2016
320 days ago
View commentsView articleGive yourself a break - limit social media
What the Copenhagen study doesn’t appear to mention is the disturbing fact that prolonged use of social media cuts down on our 'eyeball time'.
By Mal Fletcher - 23/12/2016
1219 days ago
View commentsView articlePreserving our forests should be a top priority
The magnificent old growth forests of East Gippsland are a national treasure. Yet state-endorsed logging continues in this region, undermining the rich tapestry of plants and animals that support human health.
By Dimity Williams and Katherine Barraclough - 23/12/2016
1524 days ago
View commentsView articlePalestine: France humiliated by Abbas but Israel remains focused
France’s blatant attempt to replace the conduct of direct negotiations between Israel and the PLO, as provided for in the internationally approved Oslo Accords and the Bush Roadmap has embarrassingly fallen flat on its face.
By David Singer - 23/12/2016
2516 days ago
View commentsView article18C requires non-racial remit without curbs on free speech
So abuse on public transport would be covered. But projecting challenging ideas - even those that offend, insult or humiliate, bringing culture shame - in newspapers wouldn't.
By Tim Wilson - 22/12/2016
720 days ago
View commentsView articleThe persecution of Christians in the Middle East
The fact that there is rampant unemployment, limited opportunities for higher education, and that tens of millions of Muslims live in poverty all fosters a sense of resentment against other minorities.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 22/12/2016
1020 days ago
View commentsView articleEucalypt politics
This is just a symptom of a prevalent phenomenon of Australian politics: it is rarely about values but often about power.
By Anica Niepraschk - 22/12/2016
621 days ago
View commentsView article Why Big Mining loves Big Green
Big Mining is not that dumb. Their climate 'concern' is more motivated by self-interest - they see long-term profits flowing from the silly green agenda.
By Viv Forbes - 21/12/2016
519 days ago
View commentsView articleThe year the music stopped
Malcolm Turnbull has reached rock bottom and few now listen to anything that he says. No matter whether people are left, right, centre or swingers.
By Everald Compton - 21/12/2016
2220 days ago
View commentsView articleHow far would you really go for the Syrians?
The harsh reality is that millions of Syrians simply won't be able to live in Syria in the foreseeable future. Which means they will have to live elsewhere.
By Marieke Jacobs - 21/12/2016
1518 days ago
View commentsView articleThe unborn are victims of domestic violence too
The unborn, who are often not accidentally impacted by acts of family violence, but rather the intended targets of perpetrators, deserve to be seen and treated as victims in their own right.
By Greg Donnelly - 20/12/2016
1818 days ago
View commentsView articleFrom white to black: the colours of Brexit
Variants of Brexit were being thrown around from the lightest form ('white Brexit') which would supposedly not defeat the referendum's aim while keeping Britain in the EU market system, to that of the darkest ('black Brexit')
By Binoy Kampmark - 20/12/2016
128 days ago
View commentsView articleThe end of coal is nigh – someone just needs to tell the Turnbull government
The senate committee recommends a comprehensive national energy transition plan for the orderly retirement of coal fired power generation.
By Suzanne Harter - 20/12/2016
2519 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump's victory - what it says to us
Large masses of relatively deprived and highly frustrated citizens of the rich countries are not looking forward to a better future in a democratic-leftist or eco-technological utopia.
By Saral Sarkar - 19/12/2016
578 days ago
View commentsView articleIt takes two to tango: discussing sexual health with older patients in primary care
We are gradually moving away from the biomedical definition of sex as intercourse, towards a more nuanced view of sex as consisting of non-penetrative practices that foster intimacy, arousal and, ultimately, satisfaction.
By Sue Malta, Meredith Temple-Smith and Jane Hocking - 19/12/2016
627 days ago
View commentsView articleNot so prolific: US shale faces a reality check
Overall, the notion that shale production can continue to rise for another 25 years is doubtful.
By James Stafford - 19/12/2016
329 days ago
View commentsView articleCoetzee and moral principles
The project of a rationally derived ethical system has been shown to be a fantasy. Not only does it presume that such a universal system could be formulated, it also presumes that people could act according to such formulations.
By Peter Sellick - 19/12/2016
515 days ago
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