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|The rising 'cost-of-living': why is it so?|
The outcome sought by all human action is profit – ie the ends achieved were worth the means including time and effort.
By Darren Nelson - 26/6/2017
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|Barclays in hot water: the Qatar connection|
The aftermath of the 2008 crisis did much to give capitalism – at least of the bankster variant – a blackened name.
By Binoy Kampmark - 23/6/2017
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|The right to a 'castle'|
The Kerrigans' house is much more than just a place of shelter; it is a real home, based on bonds of affection, love and generosity – and idiosyncrasies. To the Kerrigans, it is, indeed, a castle.
By Barry York - 27/6/2017
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|Deceiving Trump and Tillerson has consequences for Abbas|
President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson are quickly learning that tough talk is needed to rein in Mahmoud Abbas.
By David Singer - 26/6/2017
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|How the future of work will reshape our cities|
The biggest growth industry for coming years and for the foreseeable future, the official forecasts all seem to agree on, will be in health care and social assistance.
By Ross Elliott - 27/6/2017
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|The region and border protection|
Why then does Australia expend so much money, lives and time in Iraq and Syria when we have a potentially bigger and more complex problem emerging on our door step?
By Bruce Haigh - 27/6/2017
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|The 4I model for improving efficiencies in Australia's world-class research universities|
It makes good business sense to re-evaluate investments in research commercialisation and channel more efforts into developing innovation leadership instead.
By Alan Yap - 21/6/2017
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|Terrorism: asking the awkward question|
Perhaps we should ask a higher order question? 'Why do they hate us?'
By Keith Suter - 21/6/2017
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|After fifty years of occupation, what's next: an open letter to President Mahmoud Abbas|
To simply blame the Israeli government alone may be comforting to you, but unless you change your approach and strategy toward Israel, you will further prolong the occupation.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 23/6/2017
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|Is the West spiritually impoverished|
The most intriguing aspect is the inability of insiders to provide a coherent account of what is actually going on. How did Donald Trump, you know, happen?
By Mark Christensen - 23/6/2017
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|Khayre was no terrorist, he was an ice addict who had lost all grip of reality|
The question and we will never know the real answer, is what was his intention? Was his intention to advance an ideological cause?
By Kuranda Seyit - 22/6/2017
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|Time for compromise on same-sex marriage|
The lull in the debate over recognition of same-sex marriage provides a valuable opportunity to consider the ‘end game’ to this long-running controversy.
By John de Meyrick - 22/6/2017
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|French national elections mean president Macron's 'revolution' is now complete|
France has never had a social liberal president, never seen in power progressive liberalism from the left.
By Richard Ogier - 26/6/2017
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|Review of Finkel Report|
Require that the government then, in a contract with the generators, have a penalty clause in place if the government, subsequent to the decision and approval, retrospectively adds requirements.
By Dennis Jensen - 21/6/2017
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|An insider's view on Chinese buyers|
Unlike those cash-loaded, overseas Chinese buyers you see at property auctions, my wife and I are new migrants living on monthly Australian salaries.
By Barry Li - 22/6/2017
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|Something's rotten in Australia: foreign money and our politicians|
Labor and Liberal are both to blame. Well might Australians say, 'a plague on both your houses'.
By Peter West - 19/6/2017
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The Blueprint target of 42% renewables destroys the opportunity to build baseload coal burning power stations independent of the choice of technologies.
By Tom Quirk - 20/6/2017
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|Plain packaging failure|
Smoking was actually falling faster before plain packaging, and has fallen more in other developed countries without plain packaging.
By David Leyonhjelm - 20/6/2017
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|Thousands died for the Irish state - Europe just erased their sacrifice|
Right on time, the Supreme Court of Ireland has provided the perfect case study of overweening courts and human rights in the European pond.
By Gary Johns - 19/6/2017
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|Oil prices are set to rebound|
A contango, in which near-term oil futures trade at a discount to futures dated further out, is a symptom of oversupply.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 20/6/2017
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|Teasing Theresa: the EU, Brexit and the British Elections|
It took little time for political leaders in the European Union to start dangling the carrot in front of a wounded British Prime Minister.
By Binoy Kampmark - 16/6/2017
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|The truth about Rebuild NSW|
Berejiklian's Government is not more honest than Labor, even mis-stating total funds available and the adequacy of lease-out proceeds.
By Robert Gibbons - 19/6/2017
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|Brave young Chinese 'briber' should be commended|
Though it turned out favourable in the end, what can this young Chinese girl (and all Chinese international students and migrants) learn from this incident?
By Barry Li - 13/6/2017
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|The unfinished Six Day War: An open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu|
Fifty years have passed, and as the longest serving prime minister, you have not yet articulated any vision about Israel's future and the fate of the Palestinians.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 15/6/2017
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|James Comey's testimony|
Life may be a stage, but Trumpland is a flickering pantomime, destroying any pretence of virtue in politics. There are only positions, opponents, and resolutions.
By Binoy Kampmark - 13/6/2017
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|Abbas concessions kick-start Trump attempt to resolve Israel-Arab conflict |
However such negotiations – if conducted only between Abbas and Netanyahu - will assuredly fail and end up in the garbage bin of history.
By David Singer - 16/6/2017
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|Is there value in media notoriety?|
The recent public debate over whether Schapelle Corby's exit from Bali was fascinating or nauseating fuelled anew an ongoing question.
By Neryl East - 16/6/2017
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|Australian energy policy: getting the balance 'right'|
At home, we need to focus much more on energy reliability and affordability. We've failed badly on these.
By Geoff Carmody - 15/6/2017
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|Cigars in plain wrapping|
As it happens, apart from the need for a lighter and ashtray, cigarette and cigar smokers don't have much in common.
By David Leyonhjelm - 14/6/2017
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|Here are some alternative facts - not fake news, but quite bad|
Few economists ever draw the link between Japan’s decades-long economic torpor and its public debt mountain.
By Tony Makin - 15/6/2017
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|Online shopping tax comes before parliament|
The move will also fuel existing disenchantment over rising costs of living and it's hard to see the government's rationale for it .
By Satyajeet Marar - 14/6/2017
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|Dreams of detention|
In the United States, this form of internment was practised on a massive scale during the Second World War.
By Binoy Kampmark - 12/6/2017
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|The other referendum of 1967|
The one which failed has had as important implications for the workings of government in Australia as the one which succeeded.
By Gregory Melleuish - 13/6/2017
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|The Obamafication of Macron|
A man with the most razor thin resume ever for a presidential candidate was running for the most powerful political position in the world.
By Stephen Cable - 14/6/2017
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|Like it or not, Islam is a problem|
As a consequence, like it or not, Muslims are more susceptible to Islamisation than non-Muslims.
By Gary Johns - 6/6/2017
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Governments must set pollution standards for the way in which we act in our homes, our workplaces, our places of entertainment and the way we travel. And we must be taxed until we comply.
By Everald Compton - 12/6/2017
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|Terrorism: is London Bridge falling down?|
I know terrorism well. I have seen its impacts and consequences. I have felt the shock waves of its bombs.
By Andrew MacLeod - 8/6/2017
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|Here's what ACTUALLY changes - UK general election|
More often than not, words like 'catastrophic' (applied today to the Conservatives) and 'game-changing' (used of Labour) prove to be hyperbolic when seen through the longer lens of political and social history.
By Mal Fletcher - 12/6/2017
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|Terror as opportunity: exploiting the London attacks|
Khan has reminded the prime minister that talk of robust security is all dandy, until you realise that cuts of up to 10 to 40 per cent in police numbers have been implemented.
By Binoy Kampmark - 8/6/2017
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|Australia and ISIS in the region|
Australia, through its sound diplomatic representation in the region, should begin a process of bringing together states most affected by the activities of separatist extremists.
By Bruce Haigh - 8/6/2017
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|Trump should move Pollard to Jerusalem|
President Obama's precedent in freeing Manning whilst resisting similar overtures for Pollard's release was reprehensible.
By David Singer - 9/6/2017
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|Mind what you eat|
So let's all step up! Let's make a stand on moral principle and commit to making more ethical food choices in the future to reduce animal suffering.
By Scott MacInnes - 9/6/2017
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|Zombies and the senate|
The problem with the Government's claim of Senate obstruction is that most of the abandoned zombie measures were never debated or voted on in the Senate.
By David Leyonhjelm - 9/6/2017
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|Storm clouds over Korea|
Why does US policy insist on annual military exercises, meant to simulate an armed invasion of North Korea?
By Max Atkinson - 5/6/2017
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|What Fight Club teaches us about ISIS|
Reports of more terrorist attacks force us to once again address the question: why are westerners enlisting with ISIS?
By Mark Manolopolous - 7/6/2017
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|Means testing education support|
There are thousands of extremely well off parents who send their children to government schools. It's not fine that these parents receive the same taxpayer-funded support as poor parents.
By David Leyonhjelm - 7/6/2017
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|Fifty years of immoral occupation|
This week the Israeli occupation of the West Bank has reached the milestone of 50 years that will be recalled in shame.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 7/6/2017
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|Cruelty as policy|
'...the human rights abuses suffered by refugees on Manus Island are deliberate. The horror of these camps is no accident. This is calculated, cynical, cruel.'
By Stuart Rees - 31/5/2017
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|Why don't dads spend more time with kids?|
The role of the father is disparaged or minimised. In earlier times, children were seen as belonging to fathers. The father was the natural parent, as it were.
By Peter West - 6/6/2017
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|I live in a kleptocracy|
A major difference between here and the stereotypical kleptocracy is that corporate and vested interests rather than individual players proliferate in the Australian context.
By John Tomlinson - 1/6/2017
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|Predictable exits: Trump and the Paris agreement|
French President Emmanuel Macron, who is fast filling a vacuum of anti-Trump desperation, decided to reverse the Trump slogan.
By Binoy Kampmark - 5/6/2017
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|Social Justice Warriors and the Taliban|
As with multiculturalism, diversity does not seem to include the possibility of syncretism or the evolution of new forms of culture out of existing forms.
By Gregory Melleuish - 6/6/2017
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|Israel's occupation is morally indefensible|
Whereas Israel has agreed to a two-state solution, it continues to usurp Palestinian land, thereby violating international agreements.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 2/6/2017
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|Has Permian productivity peaked?|
Drilling costs are starting to rise and the enormous leaps in production that can be obtained by simply adding more rigs also appears to be running into some trouble.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 5/6/2017
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|Can blog posts be better than journal articles?|
Lakens’s goal is to improve the quality of journal articles, not to replace articles with blog posts.
By Don Aitkin - 2/6/2017
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|Australia's testucation system|
In this colonial mode, it was essential that students, as they are erroneously described, were branded as to their capacity to remember things.
By Phil Cullen - 2/6/2017
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|Forrest donations and false charity|
Behind Forrest's wealth lies the eager hand of historical appropriation, the coloniser's prerogative to make good the use of natural resources.
By Binoy Kampmark - 1/6/2017
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'Cloaca makes the ultimate criticism of modern art - that most of it is crap; that the art world has finally disappeared up its own backside.'
By Peter Sellick - 1/6/2017
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|Democracy or bureaucracy|
Bureaucrats are gradually writing themselves more power even though they represent no one and can never be voted out. They are eroding democracy.
By Susan Wight - 29/5/2017
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|Australia’s Budget must leave no child behind|
The Commonwealth Government cannot answer the simple question, 'How much does the Australian Government invest in Australia's children?'
By Tony Stuart - 30/5/2017
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|Five ways to tell if you’re REALLY doing strategy|
Amidst all these scruples about the difficulty of real strategic thinking, it's important to simply make a start.
By Nicholas Gruen - 31/5/2017
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|Are we surrendering our national identity?|
It's time for the silent majority to reclaim the national agenda
By Graham Annesley - 30/5/2017
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|Beersheba, occupation and the mind of God|
This year’s official commemoration will implicitly bless the contemporary policies of these allies in terms of an alleged divine plan supposedly sealed in the blood of Anzac dead.
By David Faber - 30/5/2017
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|Unpaid Work Experience is modern slavery|
A staggering 58% of surveyed respondents aged between 18-29 have participated in at least one UWE, making this very common in Australia.
By Phuong Le Thi Ngoc - 29/5/2017
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|Trump signals Abbas must end indiscriminate slaughter of Jews|
Trashing the hate-filled PLO Charter and ending incitement to indiscriminately slaughter Jews are necessary steps in this process.
By David Singer - 29/5/2017
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