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|History shows same-sex marriage plebiscite unnecessary and out of step|
Our own history calls the necessity of this plebiscite into question, and shows that a postal vote regarding marriage equality signals a new era in Australian plebiscites.
By Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Chris Peppel - 17/8/2017
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|Does Australian renewable energy save the earth – or just cost it?|
OK, let's continue dreaming. Assume the ACT's 100% renewables target applies nationally.
By Geoff Carmody - 22/8/2017
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|The burka comes to parliament: Pauline Hanson's panto|
She is immune to critique, let alone criticism, and no doubt plotting the next display that will grab the headlines.
By Binoy Kampmark - 21/8/2017
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|Trump, Israel, Jordan and PLO need to define Palestine's boundaries|
Defining the territory within which the competing claims of Jews and Arabs must be resolved is a first prerequisite to ending conflict.
By David Singer - 22/8/2017
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|Syria: a testament to international moral bankruptcy|
What happened to the sentiment of 'never again' that was universally embraced in the wake of World War II to prevent calamities such as this from occurring?
By Alon Ben-Meir - 18/8/2017
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|Trump, Israel, Jordan and Egypt can redress Obama - PLO debacle|
Any fanfare trumpeting yet another round of negotiations without such tripartite agreement will inevitably see those new negotiations being eventually buried.
By David Singer - 10/8/2017
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|Same-sex marriage legislation must protect conscientious objectors|
The right to equality is a broad right that protects a range of different grounds including the grounds of religion and political opinion.
By Greg Walsh - 21/8/2017
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|A republic and the stability myth|
Our political stability actually comes from ignoring what our Constitution says.
By Philip Howell - 22/8/2017
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|Bill Shorten 'sells' constitutional monarchy|
Yes, Bill has a republic you just can’t pass up, except you have no idea what it looks like, what it’ll do and how it’ll operate.
By Stephen Cable - 15/8/2017
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|Breaking the seal: child abuse and the confessional|
'We are satisfied that confession is a forum where Catholic children have disclosed their sexual abuse and where clergy have disclosed their abusive behaviour in order to deal with their own guilt.'
By Binoy Kampmark - 18/8/2017
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|Don’t quit, we’re addicted to your suffering|
Indonesia is one of just eight countries that’s neither a signatory nor a party to the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
By Duncan Graham - 21/8/2017
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|The sad reality of ‘Buy Queensland’|
Queensland’s new beggar-my-neighbour state purchasing policy, apart from being a dog whistle to neo-protectionist One Nation voters, guarantees falling living standards for all of us.
By Graham Young - 18/8/2017
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|Labor Party boosts PLO plans to destroy Israel and Jordan|
A PLO-governed State located in the remaining 5% between Israel and Jordan represents a threat to both Jordan and IsraeL.
By David Singer - 4/8/2017
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|The trials of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan|
There was an almost religious belief that the environment simply needed more water...despite the fact that water can do more harm than good...
By David Leyonhjelm - 17/8/2017
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|Queensland’s evangelism ban can’t prevail against law|
A 2013 ruling, upheld on appeal to the Victorian Court of Appeal, that the sharing of faith by students who had attended religious instructions classes did not amount to a “detriment” to those with whom they shared.
By Mark Fowler - 10/8/2017
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|Should Christians read the Bible?|
We are dominated by ideas of the sufficiency of the common man and of egalitarianism. It is enough, we think, for the common man to sit alone and read the Bible.
By Peter Sellick - 11/8/2017
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|School children have a right to discuss their religious beliefs|
In one document, the Department banned discussing Nelson Mandela's belief in forgiveness because using the words 'blacks' and 'whites' might 'draw unwanted attention to students within the class'.
By Bill O'Chee - 3/8/2017
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|The nature and seriousness of North Korea's threat to Australia is not widely appreciated|
We are highly vulnerable to either a trade war involving the US and China, or to disruptions caused by a military conflict in our export markets.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 11/8/2017
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|God, the mystery of the world|
Having said the above, we must recognise that our unsought experiences of God, by definition, cannot be appropriated.
By Peter Sellick - 31/7/2017
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|A plague on parliament: Australia's citizenship crisis|
There would be no glorious immolation, no sacrifice to the sacred text of constitutional law.
By Binoy Kampmark - 16/8/2017
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|Book Review: 'The Story of Australia's People: The Rise and Rise of a New Australia'|
A nation whose way of life had more faults than merits would not find itself in a situation where more people seek to move here than can be feasibly absorbed.
By Rex Drabik - 15/8/2017
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|The Australian Ministry of Utmost Fear|
Higher cognitive functioning is disrupted. There is no time to ponder ambivalence or consider a range of possibilities.
By Lyn Bender - 8/8/2017
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The federal government could immediately make electricity GST-free without seeking support from the states.
By David Leyonhjelm - 16/8/2017
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|Drug cheating at the 2017 IAAF World Championships: how best to counter this possibility|
As the IAAF president Lord Coe acknowledged, he could not guarantee that the 2017 World Athletics Championships will be drug free on the basis that 'people will always seek to cheat'.
By Chris Lewis - 16/8/2017
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|Inequality, an indicator in search of a problem|
Inequality of wealth is certainly an economic phenomenon worthy of study. However, significant levels of inequality are not an economic problem in itself.
By Darren Nelson - 15/8/2017
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|The scary stories get scarier|
President Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate Accord seems to have had an outcome in the intensification of alarm.
By Don Aitkin - 24/7/2017
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|Dr Mercola’s anti-vaccination advice, and why you shouldn't take it|
Joseph Mercola is the face of a faceless corporation that has no conscience about what it sells.
By Amanda Midlam - 14/8/2017
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|Tech guru unveils new battery to challenge lithium-ion|
Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company he currently backs, Ionic Materials, unveiled a solid-state alkaline battery design.
By Tsvetana Paraskova - 14/8/2017
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|Many Queenslanders believe Adani mine does pass muster|
Broadcaster Alan Jones is a climate sceptic who campaigns against renewables, drilling gas and digging coal. Which makes it pretty hard to live.
By Gary Johns - 11/8/2017
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|Believing in deterrence: responding to North Korea|
There is an awareness that the wealth to the south, across the DMZ, is not to be sneered at. Nor is suffering to be cherished.
By Binoy Kampmark - 14/8/2017
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|Justin Gatlin, drug cheat or one of the world’s greatest modern day sprinters?|
I don’t believe that any athlete should be booed after serving a drug ban and being allowed by the relevant sporting organisation to compete again.
By Chris Lewis - 10/8/2017
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|These fifty years (1967-2017)|
Reflections of a survivor of the 60s: how has Australia changed in this half century, and are we now a more ethical society?
By Noel Preston - 9/8/2017
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|Memories of futility: the Passchendaele method of war|
Passchendaele became the code for blood needlessly spilt; for decisions that should have, in any other context, demanded the trial and execution of its initiators.
By Binoy Kampmark - 9/8/2017
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|Paul Keating is wrong on the company tax cut|
If tax cuts are so bad, then why did he promote and implement previous rounds of corporate tax cuts? The company tax rate fell under his watch from 49% to 39% in 1988, and again to 33% in 1993.
By Michael Potter - 4/8/2017
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|Reviving the cult of Princess Diana|
A not very bright young woman, propelled on a wave of the pre-Kardashian phenomenon of celebrity for its own meaning; a youthful flower, gathered by the Grim Reaper while speeding off with her lover in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris.
By Binoy Kampmark - 2/8/2017
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|Labor’s version of equality is punish talent|
As to the alternative government, Shorten Labor is moving unerringly left. More cringe-worthy government decisions await.
By Gary Johns - 7/8/2017
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|Ending Iraq's humanitarian crisis|
Iraq, once the cradle of civilization, has and continues to experience one of the most horrific violent conflicts in modern history that defies any semblance of civilized humanity.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 8/8/2017
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|Democracy keeps failing so maybe it’s time we try logicracy|
Trump’s electoral success and ongoing shenanigans proves beyond doubt the failure of contemporary democracy - so here’s a possible alternative.
By Mark Manolopolous - 1/8/2017
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|Vested opposition to a sharing economy|
Unless we are slaves, we should be free to offer our time to do odd jobs and to offer our goods for sale.
By David Leyonhjelm - 3/8/2017
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|World swimming championships are just as important as the Olympic Games|
Too much is made of the importance of the Olympic Games in an era where increasing importance is given to world championships for a number of reasons.
By Chris Lewis - 8/8/2017
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|How do we get Australian men to be healthier?|
'Australian Ninja Warrior' was a great success, by all accounts. It rated its socks off. And maybe it encouraged males to get out and exercise.
By Peter West - 7/8/2017
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|Inequality and growth|
The recent public concerns raised by Bill Shorten, leader of the Labor opposition, and others, about the widening income inequality in Australia is not before time.
By Matthew Smith - 31/7/2017
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|I know! Let's have a plebiscite on having a republic!|
Mr Shorten would surely know that, with the costs of living and housing affordability on the rise and with stagnant wage growth, the last thing on the minds of working Australians at present is whether Australia should become a republic.
By John de Meyrick - 2/8/2017
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|This oil price rally has reached its limit|
There are several significant reasons why oil prices have regained most of the lost ground since the end of May.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 4/8/2017
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|Rape trials generally showcase our legal system at its worst|
Is it fair that, when both parties are drunk and engage in impulsive ill-considered sex, that blame is placed solely on the male?
By Brendan O'Reilly - 27/7/2017
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|Fainting-couch urbanism and the architecture of fear|
No, architects and designers do not need to counteract terrorism.
By Riley Flanigan - 3/8/2017
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|Debating bad ideas|
Ironically, HT has done Australians an unintended favour by challenging them to investigate and debate the merits of HT's theocratic detestation of secular Western liberal democracy.
By Laurence Maher - 2/8/2017
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|How do we find that perfect partner?|
Up until the end of the 19th century, marriage was primarily a loveless thing with little emotion or tenderness shown between man and woman or indeed between parents and children.
By Peter Curson - 1/8/2017
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|The passing of Mr Football: Les Murray, Australia and the world game|
Over the decades, there was one distinct name in the commentary box that broadcast through the stands and in the homes of immigrants and naturalised Australians.
By Binoy Kampmark - 1/8/2017
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|The relentless march of the microchips|
Will we become, as some noted scientists and technologists have suggested, a species surpassed and then subjugated by its own machinery?
By Mal Fletcher - 27/7/2017
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|Gaza: a disaster in the making|
The problem here is that both Israel and Hamas are living in self-denial, as if they can wish the other away. Both are guilty of playing politics.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 28/7/2017
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|How four generations of Chinese in Australia spend their wealth|
The first generation of the 'New Chinese' – the Chinese baby boomers – grew up experiencing harsh living conditions.
By Barry Li - 31/7/2017
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|Mum did it: the Canavan argument, citizenship and the Australian constitution|
Given the High Court's rigid, formal interpretations of section 44, the chances for exemption are questionable.
By Binoy Kampmark - 28/7/2017
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|Trump should dump PLO and jump-start Israel-Jordan negotiations|
Trump needs to identify a new Arab partner to replace the PLO and join Israel in allocating sovereignty of the disputed territories between Jews and Arabs.
By David Singer - 26/7/2017
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|Slaying in Minneapolis: Justine Damond, shooting cultures and race|
Not so on this occasion. The individual who is said to have pulled the trigger was a black Somali-American, whose hiring by the police department supplied politically correct, multi-culti gold.
By Binoy Kampmark - 26/7/2017
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|'Dirty, difficult, and dangerous': why Millennials won't work in oil|
Not only are Millennials snubbing oil and gas because of its negative image, they also seek different job perks than previous generations sought.
By Tsvetana Paraskova - 24/7/2017
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|Children's content quotas: what is best for the kids?|
Eighty-five per cent of brain development takes place in the first few years of life.There is a great opportunity here.
By Patricia Edgar - 28/7/2017
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Clearly, it is long overdue to reform Australian politics and voters are now in a mood to take a huge hit at a complacent Establishment which is serving us badly.
By Everald Compton - 27/7/2017
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|Climate change and the catastrophe of Trumpism|
In its attack on the very foundations of science, Trumpism constitutes an epistemic disaster: we are facing a crisis in terms of knowledge and objective inquiry.
By Sam Ben-Meir - 25/7/2017
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|Images of children: there's no harm in looking|
The crime of child sexual abuse is not in the image, nor is it in the looking; it is in the abusive act itself.
By Bob Ryan - 25/7/2017
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|The day Cory came to town|
A replication of previous political outings with closed shop decision making will only go so far as the political graveyard testifies.
By Stephen Cable - 26/7/2017
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|Afghanistan: a morally corrupting war|
We decided to introduce democracy, a totally alien concept to a land historically governed by tribes, and which no foreign power has ever been able to govern or fully conquer for long.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 24/7/2017
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