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View commentsView articleSchool 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
805 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
697 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
395 hours ago
View commentsView articleHistory 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
373 mins ago
View commentsView articleGod, 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
316 days ago
View commentsView articleShould 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
304 days ago
View commentsView articleClimate 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
2626 days ago
View commentsView articleBreaking 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
262 days ago
View commentsView articleLabor 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
253 days ago
View commentsView articleInequality 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
2416 days ago
View commentsView articleImages 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
2126 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
205 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
167 days ago
View commentsView articleSame-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
1618 hours ago
View commentsView articleRape 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
1519 days ago
View commentsView articleReviving 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
1513 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump, 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
1513 hours ago
View commentsView articleQueensland’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
153 days ago
View commentsView articleDr 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
158 days ago
View commentsView articleSyria: 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
1512 hours ago
View commentsView articleI 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
1516 days ago
View commentsView articleHow 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
1315 days ago
View commentsView articleBill 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
122 days ago
View commentsView articlePolitical reformation
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
1226 days ago
View commentsView articleDemocracy 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
1114 days ago
View commentsView articleMum 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
1123 days ago
View commentsView articlePaul 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
913 days ago
View commentsView articleLabor’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
914 days ago
View commentsView articleThese 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
99 days ago
View commentsView articleDoes 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
816 mins ago
View commentsView articleVested 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
814 days ago
View commentsView articleGaza: 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
822 days ago
View commentsView articleMany 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
88 days ago
View commentsView articleChildren'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
824 days ago
View commentsView articleAfghanistan: 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
829 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump 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
723 days ago
View commentsView articleEnding 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
714 days ago
View commentsView articleMemories 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
713 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump, 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
710 hours ago
View commentsView article'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
624 days ago
View commentsView articleA 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
67 days ago
View commentsView articleElectricity prices
The federal government could immediately make electricity GST-free without seeking support from the states.
By David Leyonhjelm - 16/8/2017
67 days ago
View commentsView articleSlaying 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
523 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
522 days ago
View commentsView articleHow 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
521 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
528 days ago
View commentsView articleA republic and the stability myth
Our political stability actually comes from ignoring what our Constitution says.
By Philip Howell - 22/8/2017
419 hours ago
View commentsView articleTech 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
48 days ago
View commentsView articleHow 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
423 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
42 days ago
View commentsView articleWorld 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
415 days ago
View commentsView articleBelieving 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
48 days ago
View commentsView articleDebating 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
321 days ago
View commentsView articleFainting-couch urbanism and the architecture of fear
No, architects and designers do not need to counteract terrorism.
By Riley Flanigan - 3/8/2017
320 days ago
View commentsView articleDon’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
32 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
23 days ago
View commentsView articleThis 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
216 days ago
View commentsView articleJustin 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
29 days ago
View commentsView articleInequality, 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
27 days ago
View commentsView articleDrug 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
17 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 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
122 days ago
View commentsView articleBook 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
17 days ago
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