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View commentsView articleNitschke awards bad behaviour with encouragement to suicide
The Fellows, by their own admission are not unwell but simply don't want to live in a nursing facility in their decrepitude.
By Paul Russell - 28/4/2017
54 hours ago
View commentsView articleWhy won't politicians stop lying about 'reliable renewables'?
What happens if politicians dont stop lying? Houston, we have a problem.
By Geoff Carmody - 27/4/2017
109 hours ago
View commentsView articleThe emptiness of the idea of values
I always get nervous when people talk of Christian values because, being a Christian for many years I do not know what they are.
By Peter Sellick - 24/4/2017
389 hours ago
View commentsView articleDrifting back to diesel power
When I was a kid on a dairy farm in Queensland, we relied on green energy. The only 'non-green' energy used was a bit of kerosene.
By Viv Forbes - 28/4/2017
1614 hours ago
View commentsView articleSpeak English youse bastards
We have many platitudes to disguise the fact that this country was seized from the original owners at gun point.
By John Tomlinson - 27/4/2017
3224 hours ago
View commentsView articleAustralian foreign aid
In 2016, Australia donated 0.25% of its Gross National Income (GNI) to development goals, which is significantly less than its 2015 level of 0.29%.
By Pooya Karambakhsh - 28/4/2017
42 days ago
View commentsView articleIt shouldn’t be Australia’s job to liberalise Muslims
The struggle over the soul of Islam in Australia is taking place in the mosques, in the universities and in public life.
By Gary Johns - 26/4/2017
172 days ago
View commentsView articleAsia Pacific regional cooperation - it's more than jargon
Trade, not aid, is the key driver for development, prosperity and opportunity for people of our region.
By David Morris - 27/4/2017
33 days ago
View commentsView articleWages and penalties
The Australian credo of giving everyone a fair go might apply to those who have a job, but it certainly isn't being applied to those who don't.
By David Leyonhjelm - 26/4/2017
43 days ago
View commentsView articleSport is not the place for social engineering
The dragging of local sports clubs into the contested debate about gender theory may prove to be the final over-reach of LGBTIQ political activists.
By Lyle Shelton - 26/4/2017
104 days ago
View commentsView articleBarnaby or Hanson?
The Angry Vote is growing throughout Australia and is doing so at an ever increasing pace as voters grow more and more disenchanted.
By Everald Compton - 21/4/2017
224 days ago
View commentsView articleStrategy of force coupled with sound diplomacy
President Trump's unexpected attack on Syria's Shayrat airbase in response to President Assad's sarin gas attack on his own citizens has changed the dynamic of Syria's civil war and potentially its eventual outcome.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 20/4/2017
54 days ago
View commentsView articleGreen energy economics
Like a knight in shining green armour they’re riding over the energy landscape on a policy steed to save you ‘up to’ $370 per year.
By Stephen Cable - 21/4/2017
244 days ago
View commentsView articleEuropean Union declares diplomatic war on Israel
The function erupted into an explosive EU protest against Israel's plans to evict Arab squatters from 42 structures that had been illegally erected.
By David Singer - 13/4/2017
524 days ago
View commentsView articleThe airbrushing of history - 1917 to 2017
I have been moved by the plight of the East Timorese since I was a young man and read about the Indonesian invasion in the daily news.
By Jim Dowling - 24/4/2017
55 days ago
View commentsView articleOccupy Syria now!
Inaction has resulted in half the population displaced, nearly half a million killed, millions of refugees throughout the region and a serious threat to European unity.
By Arthur Dent - 20/4/2017
215 days ago
View commentsView articleFighting McKenzie, the Anzac spirit and Australian values
'How did a wowser become an Anzac legend? And how did this legend become totally unknown today?'
By Warwick Marsh - 24/4/2017
36 days ago
View commentsView articleHas our air show become a security problem?
And for what reason have we become a country that flaunts military destructive might as a public entertainment, like Russia or North Korea?
By Peter Wigg - 19/4/2017
116 days ago
View commentsView articleA sad day for Turkey
The razor-thin victory of Turkey's President Erdogan in the referendum held on April 16 in fact denies Erdogan the mandate to govern with the sweeping powers.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 24/4/2017
16 days ago
View commentsView articleElection overload - politics v statesmanship
She is leaving herself open to the charge that in this case she is listening too much to her inner politician and not enough to the potential statesperson.
By Mal Fletcher - 19/4/2017
47 days ago
View commentsView articlePublic health's blindspot
Public health programs are often ineffective or harmful since there is no 'typical, average person'.
By David McRae - 19/4/2017
27 days ago
View commentsView articleThe living and the dead: government’s arteries and capillaries have lost symbiosis
Announceables, rebranding, and the prestige of policy theory over delivery — the ‘arteries’ of government, driven by status rewards of social and economic importance, have come to dominate the ‘capillaries’ in a way that threatens the health of both.
By Nicholas Gruen - 20/4/2017
18 days ago
View commentsView articlePyongyang’s third failed missile test: what now?
North Korea’s unsuccessful missile or nuclear demonstrations should still be regarded with caution as they heighten the Kim regime’s need to pull off a successful technology demonstration for politico-nationalistic reasons.
By Liang Nah - 18/4/2017
299 days ago
View commentsView articleSolid ground in inaction on child abuse for building name change at Churchie
It is only the firm leadership of Archbishop Phillip Aspinall that appears to be preventing the clock turning backwards on child abuse reform in Brisbane's Anglican Diocese.
By Amanda Gearing - 21/4/2017
49 days ago
View commentsView articleClosing the gap report revelations reveal nothing new
Continuing down the path of throwing cash at the problems without any difficult-to-swallow scrutiny of existing outlooks, processes and policies will only continue to exacerbate the problems.
By Jack Wilkie-Jans - 11/4/2017
199 days ago
View commentsView articleAre we really secular or pagan?
The first thing to be said about this is that there is no such neutral sphere. The error of secularism is that it limits what it understands as being religion to identified belief systems.
By Peter Sellick - 12/4/2017
2710 days ago
View commentsView articleCriminals, Easter and Australian values
Believe it or not, Easter celebrates a man who died a criminal's death and became the foundation for what are commonly called 'Australian Values'.
By Warwick Marsh - 13/4/2017
3410 days ago
View commentsView articleA woman’s body, a woman’s choice, a woman’s fault
Miss X proceeded with the abortion but was so troubled that she could not keep the money. She has donated to World Vision, UNICEF, and to an orphan fund at Welfare Aid International.
By Wendy Francis - 13/4/2017
1411 days ago
View commentsView articleWhere have all the visionaries gone?
Lord Mayor and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will be seen in hindsight as visionary for his legacy of road tunnels across Brisbane.
By Seath Holswich - 18/4/2017
1311 days ago
View commentsView articleHow Easter helps us embrace the other
In a divided community, could the gruesome death of a Palestinian Jew show us a different way to live together?
By Michael Jensen - 11/4/2017
3111 days ago
View commentsView articleSupply crunch or oil glut: investment banks can't agree
Although last year's low discovery volumes won't have an immediate effect on global supply, they could influence supply a decade or so into the future.
By Tsvetana Paraskova - 18/4/2017
112 days ago
View commentsView articleChanges to Victorian donor laws: some notable and unexpected corollaries
For most of us, we know and love our mum and dad. For others their identity, until now, remained a secret.
By Murray Campbell - 13/4/2017
713 days ago
View commentsView articleIsrael offers Trump opportunity for Republican-Democrat reconciliation
Bitter partisan Democrat-Republican battlelines – fuelled by a hostile media following Trump's unanticipated electoral victory - increasingly threaten to undermine Trump's election promises.
By David Singer - 3/4/2017
2614 days ago
View commentsView article An empty chair, a missing Premier - a poignant metaphor
Legislation is always about winners and losers; about those who benefit and those who might be disadvantaged; but rarely is the disadvantage so severe as to be about life itself.
By Paul Russell - 12/4/2017
217 days ago
View commentsView articleBuilding the public goods of the 21st century: Google DeepMind edition
I’ve suggested a slew of digital public goods that might be built by governments taking the lead in configuring public private digital partnerships.
By Nicholas Gruen - 12/4/2017
417 days ago
View commentsView articleUndemocratic nuclear waste legislation should be dumped
The NRWMA goes to particular lengths to disempower Traditional Owners - in this case Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners from the Flinders Ranges.
By Jim Green - 10/4/2017
418 days ago
View commentsView articleDid Adam Smith's 'invisible hand' rescue Somali drought victims?
Somali Diaspora remittance and modern mobile money transfer technology provided urgently needed relief aid to tens of thousands of nomadic people.
By Bashir Goth - 11/4/2017
218 days ago
View commentsView articleEaster reminds us that religious values can benefit society in more ways than have yet been explored
We'd been set the task to identify shared values or ideals embraced by our own faith traditions, which, if employed more widely by individuals, groups and governments to tackle issues, could have a real bearing on the progress of society.
By Kay Stroud - 10/4/2017
619 days ago
View commentsView articleTotalitarian-minded citizens challenge our freedom of speech
What good are freedom of speech and association laws when our own citizens seek to make them too costly, or inconvenient, or too unsafe to enjoy?
By Stephen Chavura - 7/4/2017
1820 days ago
View commentsView articleAly’s self-wedge on figures of speech
The irony is that every example Aly has put forward about the conduct she wants made unlawful is harassment.
By Tim Wilson - 5/4/2017
1520 days ago
View commentsView articleThe battle over Syria's future
The issue over which all the players have collective concern is the defeat of ISIS. But what is the end-game in Syria post-ISIS?
By Alon Ben-Meir - 4/4/2017
620 days ago
View commentsView articleS18C and changing our culture
The fact that leaders of immigrant, ethnic and religious groups are now flexing their political muscle in pursuit of different values is a major concern.
By David Leyonhjelm - 4/4/2017
1120 days ago
View commentsView articleWhen will Russia run out of oil?
On a global level, 2015 and 2016 marked the lowest level of new conventional oil discoveries since 1952.
By Victor Katona - 7/4/2017
520 days ago
View commentsView articleIce and busts: the lost war on drugs in Australia
Do these seizures suggest that the police and various enforcement authorities are gaining the upper hand, or perhaps foot dragging before ever enterprising and novel ways of adding to the narcotics market?
By Binoy Kampmark - 7/4/2017
1421 days ago
View commentsView articleA challenge for men: raising happier sons
Research by Brizendine says that men and women have a deep misunderstanding of the biological and social instincts that drive the other sex.
By Peter West - 6/4/2017
622 days ago
View commentsView articleSouth Australia – in a disconnected state
The choice of batteries is
By Tom Quirk and Paul Miskelly - 4/4/2017
2023 days ago
View commentsView articlePalm Sunday: reflections on resilience in the face of injustice
This isn't a Palm Sunday story from 2,000 years ago. It's from late last year, and instead of palm fronds this cheerful and determined group of Palestinians hold olive seedlings.
By Aletia Dundas - 7/4/2017
423 days ago
View commentsView articleAgainst strategy
'We do have a few advantages, perhaps the greatest being that we don't have a strategic plan.' Warren Buffett
By Nicholas Gruen - 6/4/2017
323 days ago
View commentsView articleIt’s just more of the same problems and programs
The interim report of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory is heading dangerously close to yet another ideological cul-de-sac.
By Gary Johns - 6/4/2017
823 days ago
View commentsView articleDetoxing democracy 3: bringing citizen deliberation into government administration
Citizen deliberation is a powerful tool for legitimisation, but can it become institutionalised?
By Nicholas Gruen - 5/4/2017
225 days ago
View commentsView articleElon Musk, Tesla, and the science of investment attraction (or not).
An investigative piece reports that Elon Musk’s various enterprises have tapped into USD$4.9 billion in government grants and incentives.
By Ross Elliott - 5/4/2017
425 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Namibian Genocide: at last an international hearing
This Konzentrationslager was perhaps the world's first death camp and was referred to by the Germans as Todesinsel or Death Island.
By Peter Curson - 31/3/2017
2425 days ago
View commentsView articleThere is no such thing as peak oil demand
As it stands, the forecast models of demand are likely predicting peak demand far later than it will be.
By Dwayne Purvis - 31/3/2017
1126 days ago
View commentsView articleThreatened species or extinct industries?
The Leadbeater’s Possum case suggests the need for an urgent overhaul of the protocols and practices governing the management of threatened species.
By Mark Poynter - 3/4/2017
926 days ago
View commentsView articleHanson sides with the privileged on penalty rates
This backflip exposes that in substance, Pauline Hanson and One Nation are less of a new home for disenfranchised True Conservatives than a weathervane for populist, misinformed grievance.
By John Slater - 30/3/2017
1026 days ago
View commentsView articleSex abuse in Catholic institutions: key questions for the royal commission
The figures were even higher for some orders of religious brothers: 40% for the Brothers of St John of God, 22% for the Christian Brothers, and 20% for the Marist Brothers.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 3/4/2017
1126 days ago
View commentsView articleHow government increases housing prices
Compared to local salaries, Australian cities are among the world's most unaffordable places to live. But you may not know why.
By Vladimir Vinokurov - 31/3/2017
1626 days ago
View commentsView articleHow governments have destroyed the world’s most efficient energy market
Hazelwood’s closure takes out 11 per cent of the Victorian-South Australian capacity of fossil and hydro availability.
By Alan Moran - 30/3/2017
2427 days ago
View commentsView articleMathematics, my father and me
One of the things I had noticed in my work was that in politics people often equated 'most' with 'all'.
By Don Aitkin - 30/3/2017
231 days ago
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