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|Is transgender ideology compatible with duty of care?|
The latest edition, DSM-5, maintains that gender dysphoria - also known as gender identity disorder - is, well, a disorder.
By Mark Makowiecki - 28/3/2017
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|Lobbyists debate responses to the nuclear power crisis|
Small or large reactors, consolidation or innovation, conventional reactors or Generation IV pipe-dreams ... it's not clear that the nuclear industry will be able to recover however it responds to its current crisis.
By Jim Green - 27/3/2017
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|The Bible is a mainstay of Western life|
Social media last week was peppered with comments such as 'why care about that old book?', 'it's all fairytales' or, more constructively, 'the Bible's teachings are evil'.
By Greg Clarke - 24/3/2017
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|The demon drink and cricket sponsorship|
The tone got somewhat more excited with the announcement that Cricket Australia, after two decades, would end its relationship with Carlton and United Breweries.
By Binoy Kampmark - 27/3/2017
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|Retirement affordability: a bigger problem than housing affordability?|
According to a 2013 OECD report, Australian's aged over 65 were second only to Korea as having the worst seniors poverty in the world.
By Ross Elliott - 22/3/2017
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|Stan Grant's racial villification|
Too often we see Aboriginal activists making broad accusations that non-Aboriginal Australians are racist.
By Michael Keane - 23/3/2017
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|The growing divorce between GDP and the 'real' economy|
What I mean by 'real economic expansion' is the ability of the economy to deliver additional goods & services on a per capita basis in a way that is affordable over time.
By Jonathan Rutherford - 28/3/2017
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|Terror fails in face of hope and respect|
Today's attack on Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster, home of the British Parliament, have shaken many Londoners.
By Mal Fletcher - 23/3/2017
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|Trump can broker Israel-Jordan deal but no Israel-PLO agreement|
King Abdullah is whistling in the wind in believing another Arab state could still be established – in addition to Jordan – in the territory comprised in the Mandate for Palestine.
By David Singer - 28/3/2017
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|Whinge industry has played racial discrimination law like a fiddle|
As public policy, section 18C works directly against the federal government's decisive shift to integration, announced on Monday.
By Gary Johns - 23/3/2017
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|Why say and commit funding to 'deradicalisation' but not deliver on the promise?|
International attacks claimed by Islamic State have substantially increased public social fears of Islamic extremism and home-grown terrorism, making all efforts to deter the extremist threat a political and social priority.
By Kendall Galbraith - 24/3/2017
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|Detox democracy through representation by random selection|
What is the case for deliberative democracy, and why would we put ourselves through ‘sortition’?
By Nicholas Gruen - 27/3/2017
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|A final thought on 2016 Australian warming|
So any ‘average’ for Australia ignores two different and consistent temperature patterns.
By Don Aitkin - 14/3/2017
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|Dean Swift's foresight: energy in the 21st century|
'The only inconvenience is, that none of these projects are yet brought to perfection...'
By William York - 21/3/2017
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|How to redesign a faulty system|
Minister Alan Tudge has repeatedly defended the system, using phrases such as 'there is nothing wrong with Centrelink's automated debt recovery system'.
By Kasy Chambers - 24/3/2017
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|Democracy at risk: the terrifying power of 'big data'|
The game of political campaigning has changed, and almost everyone is still playing the old game.
By Samuel Alexander - 21/3/2017
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|Medical research funders, governments and research waste – are taxpayers getting ‘bang for their buck’?|
One day 'x' is deemed to be good for you; the next it is not. How can clinicians make valid decisions in such a changeable information environment?
By Mona Nasser - 14/3/2017
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|Netanyahu sends clear message to Trump, Putin, May and UN on Palestine|
Netanyahu should never tire of telling world leaders that the 100 years old Jewish-Arab conflict will not be resolved until the Arabs recognise the right of the Jewish people to their own independent State.
By David Singer - 22/3/2017
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|Abortion coercion: the NRL still has a long way to go in its treatment of women|
We need to train our health professionals and pregnancy counsellors to detect when women are seeking an abortion under duress and to act accordingly.
By Rachael Wong - 20/3/2017
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|Free speech confusions: Australia's Q&A program|
What Monday's conversation tended to ignore were other concerns that have tended to hollow out, if not entirely sabotage, the notion of free speech in the Australian context.
By Binoy Kampmark - 17/3/2017
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|Quantitative easing by stealth? |
Money supply statistics published by the RBA, such as M1, M3 and Broad Money (BM), suggest the government have been increasing money supply to “support the economy” for many years.
By Malcolm Roberts and Darren Nelson - 22/3/2017
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|Bill Leak (1956-2017) – ‘waking up with a roaring fatwa’|
'These people are trying to take us down the road to fascism. It might be nice, PC, inclusive, compassionate, non-gender specific smiley-face fascism but it’s still fascism.'
By Barry York - 21/3/2017
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|Can Israel fight a war on three fronts? A nightmarish scenario|
Because of the increasing Iranian threat, Netanyahu should do everything in his power to negotiate a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 16/3/2017
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|Somalia: A country devastated by drought, famine and conflict|
Failing to help imperils world peace and security as extremist groups will use the suffering of the people to their advantage by attracting unemployed youth to their ranks.
By Bashir Goth - 16/3/2017
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|Tony Abbott defines the new conservatism|
It implies that the immigration intake into Australia creates a housing demand which is raising house prices.
By Peter Bowden - 20/3/2017
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|South Australia - a renewable state?|
With $90 billion spent on batteries and 4,000 MW of more wind farms, South Australia could be a totally renewable state, at least for electricity.
By Paul Miskelly and Tom Quirk - 16/3/2017
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|The anti-Trump gang|
The truth is, nobody gives a rats about what I think of Trump.
By David Leyonhjelm - 20/3/2017
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|The rising 'cost of living' is a government problem|
The final and hardest to understand 'cost-of-living' driver is banking.
By Malcolm Roberts and Darren Nelson - 15/3/2017
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|South Australia’s energy plan gives national regulators another headache|
But an interstate scheme cannot be fixed by the unilateral actions of one state government – in this case, it is likely to be worsened.
By Jeffrey Sommerfeld - 15/3/2017
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|Trust and the NDIS|
The NDIS has dollars attached to it and wherever there is money to be made, providers' motives can and must be questioned.
By Bill Gamack - 17/3/2017
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|The Paris Agreement, Trump, Turnbull and Tesla|
We'd have power at three times the cost of coal plus whatever is the final price for the batteries.
By Alan Moran - 15/3/2017
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|The insanity of political correctness|
Sadly, Bill Leake died of a heart attack two days after his final speech.
By Warwick Marsh - 17/3/2017
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|So who’s singing Australia’s song?|
How about one of the 500 or so Australians of Muslim background who have left Australia, or attempted to leave, to fight with Islamic State?
By Gary Johns - 9/3/2017
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|Crying peace, peace, when there is no peace.|
Behind the façade of tolerance there exists a tribalism that splits the church in two.
By Peter Sellick - 14/3/2017
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|Apprehension about Islam|
It is important to draw a distinction between
By Babette Francis - 8/3/2017
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|Western Australian election preview|
The WA election is between a government that is tired and an opposition that is not exactly fresh.
By Graham Young - 10/3/2017
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|Senator Lambie unfairly 'caught out'! |
How fact checking in a post truth age gets undone by An Inconvenient Truth
By Geoff Ellis - 13/3/2017
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|The assisted suicide project - a never ending story|
Opening the door a little is the key to opening the door a lot for assisted suicide advocates.
By Paul Russell - 13/3/2017
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|Cross your fingers on Cross River Rail|
In reality, the actual cost of the cross river rail project will be closer to $10 billion – and that's before the inevitable cost blow outs.
By Ross Elliott - 13/3/2017
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|Your oil wake up call…(file under ignore)|
Almost no one has the slightest grasp of the oil crunch that will hit them probably within one decade.
By Ted Trainer - 9/3/2017
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|Standing up against Nannies|
I can't say that I am an authority on Wicked camper vans, but I haven't seen any homophobic ones, or violent ones, or racist ones, or misogynist ones.
By Don Aitkin - 10/3/2017
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|Is a second OPEC cut on the cards?|
The supply-cut deal has so far resulted in a surprisingly high OPEC compliance of more than 90 percent.
By Tsvetana Paraskova - 10/3/2017
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|Erdogan: the sultan of an illusionary Ottoman Empire|
Atatürk was determined to establish a Westernized secular democratic state while Erdogan went in the opposite direction.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 10/3/2017
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|How Muslims can help defeat Donald Trump’s retrograde agenda|
As American contradictions get sharper in the coming four years, what is needed is a rich Islamic selfhood.
By Ahmed Samatar - 7/3/2017
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|Trump and Putin must co-operate to defeat Islamic State|
Support for – and pledges of allegiance to – Islamic State by over 30 radical Islamic terrorist groups world-wide are creating horrific humanitarian problems.
By David Singer - 6/3/2017
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|Oil majors' costs have risen 66% since 2011|
Oil prices have stabilized and the cost cutting measures implemented over the past three years should allow companies to turn a profit even though crude trades for about half of what it did back in 2014.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 9/3/2017
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|The falling star called democracy |
There are other problems with democracy: importantly, democratic outcomes can often flat out just not make any sense.
By Arturo Bris - 8/3/2017
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|The money myth|
Controversy has raged around the five million dollars in salary and bonuses paid to the Chief Executive of Australia Post and the ridiculous manner in which those who were responsible tried to hide their stupidity.
By Everald Compton - 7/3/2017
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We should remind ourselves that the problem of ice is occurring despite it being illegal.
By David Leyonhjelm - 6/3/2017
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|Choosing a school|
Many parents fail to realise that before their child starts school they have already put down a solid foundation for success.
By John Töns - 2/3/2017
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|Ageing in the era of globalization|
Between 2015 and 2030, the number of persons aged 60 years or over is projected to grow by 56 per cent, from 901 million to 1.4 billion.
By Ioan Voicu - 2/3/2017
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|The empty sea|
Photo evidence of beached whales shows evidence of starvation, sunken areas of body, less rounded body, emaciation.
By John Fairfax - 1/3/2017
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|Reactions to Trump are mostly over-blown and unhelpful|
The reaction to President Donald Trump's first weeks in power says more about us than it might about him.
By Mal Fletcher - 1/3/2017
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|The secret wealth of the world's richest oil billionaires|
A policy of nationalizing chunks of an economy inevitably creates oligarchs who skim profits off the country's natural resources.
By Zainab Calcuttawala - 6/3/2017
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|Erdogan exploits Islam for personal and political gain|
He trumpets democracy to pay lip-service to the secular sector of the population to reduce resistance to his attempt to convert Turkey into an Islamic state.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 3/3/2017
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|Decision time for school funding|
The myths and mistruths continually perpetuated about the so-called 'Gonski' funding model, which commenced in 2014, are not helping either.
By David Robertson - 1/3/2017
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|Mr Abbott as class bad boy|
In fact, I think that Mr Abbott’s speech and its content deserve much closer reading.
By Don Aitkin - 3/3/2017
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|Values crucial to Hanson's vote|
According to Malcolm Roberts, Pauline Hanson's One Nation senator for Queensland, there are Muslim members of One Nation and there are surgeons and barristers who are members of One Nation.
By Gary Johns - 2/3/2017
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|Next oil rally? Futures say market is tightening|
Just as the rapid rise of floating storage in 2015 and 2016 was a sign of the deepening global supply imbalance, draining tankers of stored oil is an early sign that the supply glut is receding.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 3/3/2017
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|Law protects women by guarding innocent unborn|
More abortions would hurt more women. With every abortion, the toll is one dead, one wounded.
By Julie Borger - 27/2/2017
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|The importance of racial diversity on our screens|
Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving married in 1958, but the state of Virginia where they lived, first jailed and humiliated, then banished them.
By Patricia Edgar - 28/2/2017
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|Need for smarter, not stricter, regulation of codeine sales|
There's no denying that some Australians do abuse codeine, although the numbers would be paltry when placed next to the abuse and addiction rates for alcohol, cigarettes, harder pharmaceuticals and many other products.
By Marija Polic - 28/2/2017
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|The biophysical story behind ‘secular stagnation’|
Most economic analysis blames influences inside the system for decline in growth, but what about influences outside, like the environment?
By Jonathan Rutherford - 27/2/2017
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|A special relationship? Addressing misogyny is not just about being prime minister|
The Prime Minister is reported to have said that the 'biggest statement' made when she 'sits down' with the President is she 'will be there as female prime minister.'
By Jocelynne Scutt - 28/2/2017
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|How faith supports the political process|
Thankfully the tradition of public service inherited from Great Britain still abides, but for how long now that its foundations have been quietly weakened?
By Peter Sellick - 27/2/2017
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