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In typical Aussie style they take the piss out of just about everyone and every social custom, yet blend it within a culture of unity and acceptance.
By Ian Nance - 18/1/2017
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|Trump not that bad|
Trump's rise recognises the superiority of power over international law and the advantages of being proactive rather than reactive.
By Peter Coates - 18/1/2017
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|Australian climate change policy isn't working|
The scare-mongering and wedge-politics around climate change policy needs to end. It has gone on too long.
By Peter Schrader - 18/1/2017
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|Politics is still a man’s game|
In 2016, the US presidential election and Australian federal election confirmed it was not the year for political women.
By Jo Coghlan and Angelika Heurich - 17/1/2017
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|Oil prices running out of reasons to rally|
Oil output is up roughly 300,000 bpd from summer lows, with more supply expected to come online in the months ahead as drilling picks up pace.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 17/1/2017
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|An America after Trump|
We may conclude that this is the final verdict on the American Experiment; that the philosophies that founded the nation have come home to roost.
By Peter Sellick - 17/1/2017
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|Meryl and her streeple |
Why does she feel the need to turn the Golden Globes into her own political monologue?
By Louis O'Neill - 16/1/2017
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|Post-GFC trade slowdown indicative of a global malaise|
Self-defeating protectionism and anaemic investment levels are taking their toll on the global economy.
By Tony Makin - 16/1/2017
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|Trump: 'Close the open hand out of love'|
Do not give Netanyahu what he wants. If you do, you will rob the vast majority of Israelis and Palestinians of everything they aspire for.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 16/1/2017
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|Soviet Union proved there are worse choices than democracy|
Nevertheless, there were at least four occasions when the soviet leaders, with or without bourgeois groups, might have taken power.
By Gary Johns - 13/1/2017
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|Dismay over democracy: alternative policies for 2017 |
It requires a reversal of the market-oriented convention that tinkering with an economy must precede efforts to build a just society: economy first, society later.
By Stuart Rees - 13/1/2017
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|Affair of Channel Seven's CEO exposes mixed societal mores |
The other side of the coin is that those whose private lives are placed in the public spotlight against their wishes, can suffer great embarrassment.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 13/1/2017
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|Why just read for pleasure: the case of Michel Houellebecq|
All the evidence we have suggests that people increasingly read things that comfort their pre-existing beliefs. This seems likely to create intellectual smugness and atrophy.
By Brendon O'Connor - 12/1/2017
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|Warped welfare wailing|
The concept of basic income is not really original. Finland is giving it a trial run in one of its regions and Scotland will do so this year in two of its counties.
By Everald Compton - 12/1/2017
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Byron is not a 'green shire'. Money, greed and a complete inability of council to protect the natural assets and the beauty of this place will ensure its ultimate destruction.
By Sue Arnold - 12/1/2017
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|A generation of offended snowflakes|
'There is a real danger political correctness is getting out of control. We need to understand the world as it was and not to rewrite history as some might like it to have been.'
By Bill Muehlenberg - 11/1/2017
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|Euthanasia and assisted suicide laws - no one is ever satisfied|
When we cross that clear bright line drawn and held in the one place for millenia, we do not simply crossover for the supposed few. If we cross for some, we cross for all.
By Paul Russell - 11/1/2017
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|Security Council Resolution 2334 violates UN Charter|
The Security Council needs to ensure that this time round the Mandate and article 80 are put centre stage before the ICJ.
By David Singer - 11/1/2017
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|So, what went wrong with section 18C?|
None of what the (then) Government appears to have intended or proposed is what section 18C says or does.
By John de Meyrick - 10/1/2017
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|Cities of sickness: pollution, dementia and the modern condition|
Health becomes a casualty, giving medical researchers and doctors their cue to seek more grant money and study this grand narrative of self-inflicted human decline.
By Binoy Kampmark - 10/1/2017
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|Ensuring the success of the French initiative|
Netanyahu feels confident that as president, Trump will restore the US' traditional support of Israel's position and provide it with political cover.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 10/1/2017
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|Intent as the enemy of truth|
When all 1,655 maximum temperature series for Australia are simply combined, and truncated to begin in 1910 the hottest years are 1980, 1914, 1919, 1915 and 1940.
By Jennifer Marohasy - 9/1/2017
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|Good debt, bad debt|
This year the Government is increasing its gross debt by more than $80 billion. At least $25 billion of this is unmistakeably ‘bad debt’.
By David Leyonhjelm - 9/1/2017
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|Two resolutions for the whole year|
We look at television to see the havoc that mankind is wreaking on the earth and in the sea. It is easy to think that this mankind is something other than ourselves.
By Valerie Yule - 9/1/2017
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|Five New Year's resolutions to get workplace relations back on track|
With potentially only two years left before a Shorten Labor Government takes the reigns a healthy dose of New Year's introspection could not come too soon.
By John Slater - 6/1/2017
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|NSW government's $10m koala plan a recipe for extinction|
The review completely fails to address the primary cause of catastrophic Koala decline in the state: government mismanagement.
By Sue Arnold - 6/1/2017
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|Truthiness and factiness|
If ‘truthiness’ is a gut feeling of truth whatever the facts, then ‘factiness’ is using actual facts to paint a misleading truth.
By Don Aitkin - 5/1/2017
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|Australia Day 2017|
It is unfortunate that, when reasonable Australians strive to unite us all as a nation, there still persists an objection to celebrating January the 26th as Australia Day.
By Bob Ryan - 5/1/2017
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|Three shrewd options for climate change|
The first of the shrewd options is to withdraw from the Paris agreement and abandon the pledge to force Australian emissions in 2030 to be 26 to 28 per cent lower than emissions in 2005.
By David Leyonhjelm - 5/1/2017
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|Undermining terror: the Moroccan plan to promote moderation|
Also, simply replacing one interpretation of religion with another via the authority of the imam and the Moroccan king is problematic.
By Shane Satterley - 4/1/2017
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|Boxing Day trade restrictions a blast from the past|
For retail's scores of part time and casual employees, longer opening hours often mean being able to work shifts that suit them best. This is especially true for school and tertiary students.
By John Slater - 4/1/2017
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|The deep mystery of consciousness|
There is an infinite qualitative difference between physical processes that are subject to physical laws and hence cannot transcend those laws and a conscious being who can be self-aware and act with intention.
By Peter Sellick - 4/1/2017
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|Here’s why non-government schools work better|
The debate needs to shift from throwing more money after bad, a la Gonski, to identifying the most cost-effective way to use resources to raise standards.
By Kevin Donnelly - 3/1/2017
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|China is in for the long haul|
They claimed Duterte would attempt to play the major powers off against one another and that he was looking for other states in the region to do likewise.
By Bruce Haigh - 3/1/2017
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|Gender representation in film|
If award nominations were entirely proportionate to the number of female film-makers (16%) then instead of receiving 2/28 nominations, female directors would receive 4 or 5.
By Tim O'Hare - 3/1/2017
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|The reality of religiously-motivated terrorism in Australia|
This was not a case involving a mental illness with an identifiable cause and treatment. What was of concern was MHK's 'adherence to ideas'.
By Laurence Maher - 30/12/2016
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|Why we need a 'conservative spring'|
There is a real danger here, just like Uber disrupted the taxi industry, that reactionary parties will displace the traditional conservative movement.
By Dominic Perrottet - 30/12/2016
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|People are funny cattle|
Since NAPLAN destroys elements of cognitive behaviour in children, parents should actually give permission for their children to take the tests.
By Phil Cullen - 30/12/2016
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|John Lang-like Shorten is betraying the workers|
Labor has reverted to the dark days of Jack Lang. Early in 1931, in the depths of the Depression, Lang, the Labor premier of NSW, wanted to default on government borrowings.
By Gary Johns - 29/12/2016
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|Person of the Year: time to look beyond the obvious|
The men and women of Syrian Civil Defence, known as ‘Syrian White Helmets’, deserve the title as they sacrifice their lives to rescue those trapped in the war zone.
By Bashir Goth - 29/12/2016
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|On regulating banking and financial services|
ASIC’s ability to protect the public is compromised by a culture of confidentiality and by the fact that, as a government agency, it cannot publicly question current business practice.
By Max Atkinson - 29/12/2016
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|Super way to buy home|
Ownership rates for Australians aged 25-34 have fallen from 60% to 48%, because an affordable housing loan is only a theoretical concept when you can’t afford the deposit.
By Graham Young - 28/12/2016
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|Britain rebuffs Abbas' call to apologise for Balfour Declaration|
It demonstrates Britain's vital role in creating a homeland for the Jewish people. And it is an anniversary we will be marking with pride.
By David Singer - 28/12/2016
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|US shale is now cash flow neutral |
Oil prices are probably already high enough to spark a rebound in shale production.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 28/12/2016
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|Give yourself a break - limit social media |
What the Copenhagen study doesn’t appear to mention is the disturbing fact that prolonged use of social media cuts down on our 'eyeball time'.
By Mal Fletcher - 23/12/2016
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|Preserving our forests should be a top priority|
The magnificent old growth forests of East Gippsland are a national treasure. Yet state-endorsed logging continues in this region, undermining the rich tapestry of plants and animals that support human health.
By Dimity Williams and Katherine Barraclough - 23/12/2016
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|Palestine: France humiliated by Abbas but Israel remains focused|
France’s blatant attempt to replace the conduct of direct negotiations between Israel and the PLO, as provided for in the internationally approved Oslo Accords and the Bush Roadmap has embarrassingly fallen flat on its face.
By David Singer - 23/12/2016
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|18C requires non-racial remit without curbs on free speech|
So abuse on public transport would be covered. But projecting challenging ideas - even those that offend, insult or humiliate, bringing culture shame - in newspapers wouldn't.
By Tim Wilson - 22/12/2016
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|The persecution of Christians in the Middle East|
The fact that there is rampant unemployment, limited opportunities for higher education, and that tens of millions of Muslims live in poverty all fosters a sense of resentment against other minorities.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 22/12/2016
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This is just a symptom of a prevalent phenomenon of Australian politics: it is rarely about values but often about power.
By Anica Niepraschk - 22/12/2016
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| Why Big Mining loves Big Green|
Big Mining is not that dumb. Their climate 'concern' is more motivated by self-interest - they see long-term profits flowing from the silly green agenda.
By Viv Forbes - 21/12/2016
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|The year the music stopped|
Malcolm Turnbull has reached rock bottom and few now listen to anything that he says. No matter whether people are left, right, centre or swingers.
By Everald Compton - 21/12/2016
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|How far would you really go for the Syrians?|
The harsh reality is that millions of Syrians simply won't be able to live in Syria in the foreseeable future. Which means they will have to live elsewhere.
By Marieke Jacobs - 21/12/2016
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|The unborn are victims of domestic violence too|
The unborn, who are often not accidentally impacted by acts of family violence, but rather the intended targets of perpetrators, deserve to be seen and treated as victims in their own right.
By Greg Donnelly - 20/12/2016
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|From white to black: the colours of Brexit|
Variants of Brexit were being thrown around from the lightest form ('white Brexit') which would supposedly not defeat the referendum's aim while keeping Britain in the EU market system, to that of the darkest ('black Brexit')
By Binoy Kampmark - 20/12/2016
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|The end of coal is nigh – someone just needs to tell the Turnbull government|
The senate committee recommends a comprehensive national energy transition plan for the orderly retirement of coal fired power generation.
By Suzanne Harter - 20/12/2016
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|Trump's victory - what it says to us|
Large masses of relatively deprived and highly frustrated citizens of the rich countries are not looking forward to a better future in a democratic-leftist or eco-technological utopia.
By Saral Sarkar - 19/12/2016
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|It takes two to tango: discussing sexual health with older patients in primary care|
We are gradually moving away from the biomedical definition of sex as intercourse, towards a more nuanced view of sex as consisting of non-penetrative practices that foster intimacy, arousal and, ultimately, satisfaction.
By Sue Malta, Meredith Temple-Smith and Jane Hocking - 19/12/2016
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|Not so prolific: US shale faces a reality check|
Overall, the notion that shale production can continue to rise for another 25 years is doubtful.
By James Stafford - 19/12/2016
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|Coetzee and moral principles|
The project of a rationally derived ethical system has been shown to be a fantasy. Not only does it presume that such a universal system could be formulated, it also presumes that people could act according to such formulations.
By Peter Sellick - 19/12/2016
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