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|Nitschke 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
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|Why 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
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|The 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
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|Drifting 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
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|Speak 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
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|Australian 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
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|It 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
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|Asia 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
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|Wages 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
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|Sport 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
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|Barnaby 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
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|Strategy 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
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|Green 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
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|European 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
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|The 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
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|Occupy 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
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|Fighting 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
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|Has 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
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|A 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
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|Election 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
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|Public health's blindspot|
Public health programs are often ineffective or harmful since there is no 'typical, average person'.
By David McRae - 19/4/2017
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|The 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
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|Pyongyang’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
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|Solid 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
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|Closing 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
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|Are 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
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|Criminals, 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
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|A 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
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|Where 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
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|How 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
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|Supply 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
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|Changes 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
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|Israel 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
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| 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
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|Building 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
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|Undemocratic 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
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|Did 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
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|Easter 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
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|Totalitarian-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
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|Aly’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
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|The 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
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|S18C 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
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|When 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
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|Ice 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
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|A 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
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|South Australia – in a disconnected state|
The choice of batteries is
By Tom Quirk and Paul Miskelly - 4/4/2017
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|Palm 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
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'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
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|It’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
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|Detoxing 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
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|Elon 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
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|The 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
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|There 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
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|Threatened 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
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|Hanson 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
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|Sex 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
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|How 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
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|How 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
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|Mathematics, 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
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