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View commentsView articleThe ease of accusation: the Skripal affair
The second point – the poisoning of traitors, defectors or the like – only makes sense if Skripal had turned a newly rotten leaf.
By Binoy Kampmark - 23/3/2018
89 hours ago
View commentsView articleEarth Hour – You can’t hold a candle to it
What's all the buzz about Earth Hour? In fact, your average candle does more damage on the carbon pollution front than a night light.
By Russell Grenning - 23/3/2018
208 hours ago
View commentsView article“Army of Islam”: Erdogan’s plot against Israel
Turkey's President Erdogan has said he envisages a return of the Ottoman Empire, encompassing Europe, and his party's favourite newspaper is flagging the idea of a 57-nation
By Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 23/3/2018
22 days ago
View commentsView articleFair Share is overly pessimistic and interventionist, but still worth reading
The message from the authors, who also spoke at the launch, is that bigger government is necessary to prevent us from becoming the highly unequal and divided society America is today.
By Gene Tunny - 22/3/2018
33 days ago
View commentsView articleFictional free trade and permanent protectionism: Donald Trump's economic orthodoxy
States, far from being enemies of innovation, can push it. Industries can be incubated and nurtured. Those not doing so risk mouldering.
By Binoy Kampmark - 22/3/2018
53 days ago
View commentsView articleHow a fall in the US dollar increases the demand for commodities and manufacturing
A lower US dollar will generate an increase in the volume of finance available to finance the commodity exports of emerging economies.
By Michael Knox - 22/3/2018
22 days ago
View commentsView articleWe need to empower kids to not fear bullies
Even the Prime Minister has admitted to having been a target as a boy, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers research suggests the problem costs society $2.4 billion per annual school cohort.
By Anthony Dillon - 21/3/2018
33 days ago
View commentsView articleJohn Brennan's Trump problem
It is worth noting that such frothing indignation came from the same individual whose tenure saw a generous, keen deployment of drone warfare.
By Binoy Kampmark - 21/3/2018
13 days ago
View commentsView articleDouble agents, nerve agents, and the rule of law
Until we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in June 2015, the term was rarely used as part of the everyday language of politicians, journalists and other commentators.
By John de Meyrick - 21/3/2018
24 days ago
View commentsView articleWorld Happiness Day – it's official
The officially happiest country in the world is Norway with Australia a very creditable 9th
By Russell Grenning - 20/3/2018
25 days ago
View commentsView articleDriverless cars: will public transport be a winner?
The prospect of autonomous vehicles causes worry but they might provide public and shared modes of transport with a big boost in competitiveness relative to private vehicles.
By Alan Davies - 20/3/2018
62 days ago
View commentsView articleThe theology of Howard's End
Forster divides his novel between two families that represent a bias between the seen and the unseen.
By Peter Sellick - 20/3/2018
33 days ago
View commentsView articleDutton ventures where fools fear to tread
As a young diplomat posted to South Africa at the height of Apartheid, 1976/79, I chose to assist those opposing the regime.
By Bruce Haigh - 19/3/2018
223 days ago
View commentsView articleFree trade in labour
Bilateral free-migration agreements would also have no electoral impact because the people from these countries could not vote in our election.
By David Leyonhjelm - 19/3/2018
46 days ago
View commentsView articleThere are refugees and then there are refugees
Parliament under the new President Ramaphosa has already voted 241 to 83 to change the Constitution and a sense of real panic has been growing.
By Russell Grenning - 16/3/2018
233 days ago
View commentsView articleIs a war between Israel and Iran/Hezbollah imminent? Part I
What kind of precautionary measures should be taken by all the players involved, especially Russia in cooperation with the US, to prevent such an ominous development?
By Alon Ben-Meir - 16/3/2018
37 days ago
View commentsView articleEnd-of-Life Care – We Can and Must Do Better
As the debate about euthanasia rages, end-of-life and palliative care is neglected, with both quality and availability lacking. And yet, that's what the majority of dying people need so they can die at home without pain.
By Greg Donnelly - 15/3/2018
48 days ago
View commentsView articleLiberalism isn't woke enough
It shouldn't be a shock that our corrupt political establishment, insulated by a groupthink that is at once fainthearted and incredibly arrogant, cannot define something better than the status quo.
By Mark Christensen - 15/3/2018
110 days ago
View commentsView articleFollowers or thinkers?
But isn’t Australia battling to choose between freedom of religion, and freedom from religion? Holy Guacamole! Just what in heaven’s name do you believe in?
By Ian Nance - 14/3/2018
198 days ago
View commentsView articleThe #MeToo phenomenon and what, if anything, anyone can do about it
Ordinarily, a person accused of some crime is presumed innocent until found otherwise by a duly constituted court. That has not been the case in any of the examples I have read.
By Don Aitkin - 13/3/2018
1011 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy we should be questioning ‘natural’ medicines
Claims made about a product being natural doesn’t necessarily make it safer or appropriate.
By Waveny Holland - 13/3/2018
36 days ago
View commentsView articleSuing clergy, and others, for negligent advice
After a decade of litigation, a majority of the Californian Supreme Court decided the clergy owed no duty of care to Nally; the minority wrote a scathing dissent.
By William Spaul - 12/3/2018
712 days ago
View commentsView articleA new president, the same ANC: Lessons from 2008
There are many reasons to be sceptical or even concerned about the ANC under a Ramaphosa presidency.
By Benjamin Hale - 12/3/2018
313 days ago
View commentsView articleBullied relations: Australia, East Timor and natural resources
In the scheme of things, Australia has deputised as regional bully for imperial powers since it became an outpost of the British empire.
By Binoy Kampmark - 9/3/2018
57 days ago
View commentsView articleLiving with the Chinese dragon: partnership or penetration?
There are a number of sources, including Hamilton, arguing that the Dastyari affair was merely the tip of the iceberg. And the Liberals are also to blame.
By Peter West - 9/3/2018
2512 days ago
View commentsView articleTomorrow's grim, global, green dictatorship
The key slogan of the Green religion is
By Viv Forbes - 9/3/2018
686 hours ago
View commentsView articleA warning: those headaches are about to get a whole lot worse
A new generation hooked on technology has given up on democracy and shut the door to civil discussion, instead choosing hate, defensiveness and extreme solutions.
By Alice Gallen - 8/3/2018
1513 days ago
View commentsView articlePrince William visit will advance Jordan-Israel two-state solution
However Jordan's subsequent independence in 1946 and Israel's in 1948 laid the groundwork for the Peel two-state solution applying in 99% of former Palestine.
By David Singer - 8/3/2018
210 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Gippsland Lakes debacle
In 2015 the Victorian Auditor-General delivered a damning report on the mismanagement of Victoria's 10 Ramsar-listed wetlands.
By Anthony Amis - 8/3/2018
197 days ago
View commentsView articleHanson true to form on company tax cuts
The idea that no companies would increase investment is fanciful and argued by no-one, not even the Greens.
By David Leyonhjelm - 7/3/2018
1013 days ago
View commentsView articleAnd the winner is...
In fact, the ceremony had everything that the film industry could ever hope for – well, almost everything because Americans tuned out in their millions.
By Russell Grenning - 7/3/2018
518 days ago
View commentsView articleDuterte the dauntless
Duterte is popular with the people, even down to his crude and sexist 'humour'. They see him as down to earth in a Barnaby Joyce sort of way.
By Bruce Haigh - 6/3/2018
718 days ago
View commentsView articleAbbas dumps Trump, embraces United Nations
PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas signed his own suicide note after another blistering attack on America in the United Nations Security Council on 20 February.
By David Singer - 6/3/2018
613 days ago
View commentsView articleWeaponising rumour: Australia's new political sensitivity
The threshold of debate in Australian politics has been sewer-low for decades, but the latest turn has added another disfiguring side.
By Binoy Kampmark - 5/3/2018
1219 days ago
View commentsView articleOil market fears: war, default and nuclear weapons
The US is one of the few areas of the world in which there is an energy investment boom underway, a development that could smooth out the uncertainties of geopolitical events around the world.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 5/3/2018
420 days ago
View commentsView articleInconvenient accounting for State renewables ambitions
Do state and territory claims for renewable energy add up to more than our national total?
By Geoff Carmody - 2/3/2018
818 days ago
View commentsView articleTribal warfare and Australian politics
A Yale University professor has unwittingly given us an insight into why Australians are fed up with their politicians.
By Peter Bowden - 2/3/2018
2618 days ago
View commentsView articleSuper Rugby snowflakes
I'd hazard a guess 90 per cent of Super Rugby players consider safety overreach a negative.
By Mark Christensen - 1/3/2018
622 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Australian Press Council: making newspapers accountable?
Its birth was an attempt by the industry to head off the move by the Whitlam Labor Government the previous year to create a government authority to police it.
By Russell Grenning - 1/3/2018
724 days ago
View commentsView articleWhose universities are they, anyway?
While all has never, at least since the end of the second world war, been well in academe (the AVCC first used the word ‘crisis’ in 1947), it may be true that the level of tension within higher education today is notably high.
By Don Aitkin - 28/2/2018
920 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump promotes Jordan, downgrades PLO and defunds UNRWA
Tillerson stated that America’s ongoing contribution to UNRWA is dependent upon what other non-donor States who can afford to contribute to UNRWA are willing to do.
By David Singer - 28/2/2018
1116 days ago
View commentsView articleSo, when do you become a grown-up in the UK?
An intelligent, aware and responsible child of 16 or 17 can legally start the process of becoming transgender without the consent of his or her parents or guardian but cannot legally buy a drink in a pub or vote in a general election.
By Russell Grenning - 27/2/2018
726 days ago
View commentsView articleAll the way…
This kowtowing to United States influence not only underscored the cementing of diplomacy, but also seemed to firm up an existing adoption of American expressions.
By Ian Nance - 27/2/2018
524 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy the next oil boom will be fueled by blockchain
According to a report from the World Economic Forum from 2017, a digital transformation has already swept across the energy industry.
By Meredith Taylor - 27/2/2018
226 days ago
View commentsView articleArming educators: Trump, gun violence and schools
Sponsorship programs in various US states exist encouraging gun loading and training for administrators and teachers.
By Binoy Kampmark - 26/2/2018
1624 days ago
View commentsView articlePeople of faith deserve honesty and respect from Australia’s political class
From the robust 'get stuffed, tell'em they're dreamin' position to 'no plans' to change the existing arrangements seems to be opening up some wriggle room.
By Greg Donnelly - 26/2/2018
1726 days ago
View commentsView articleSydney Anglicans and the new Archbishop of Perth
... to simply read the bible as if it actually reflected the will of God is to make an idol of it
By Peter Sellick - 26/2/2018
1823 days ago
View commentsView articleA future without Adani
The water needed to open up the black soil country for agriculture can easily be diverted from the tropical rivers of the north at an affordable cost.
By Everald Compton - 23/2/2018
1628 days ago
View commentsView articleUranium industry slumps, nuclear power dead in the water
Demand and prices for uranium are low and set to remain so: bad news for Australia's uranium industry but good news for those opposed to nuclear power.
By Jim Green - 23/2/2018
2327 days ago
View commentsView articleIt's a long walk to closer European security and defence cooperation
The EU is working slowly towards having its own defense rather than relying on NATO, but many states are not ready or willing to put in the funds.
By Adomas Abromaitis - 23/2/2018
629 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump, Jesus and the Evangelicals
God forbid, Trump is not the subversive figure described by Andrew Sullivan. But he is the next best thing when confused, self-important elites are hopelessly out of touch.
By Mark Christensen - 22/2/2018
1725 days ago
View commentsView articleLet's end the propaganda war on coal
Impervious to the loud rumblings about coal's terminal decline and the need to leave it in the ground, the Minerals Council of Australiacontinues to be a passionate enthusiast.
By John Iser - 22/2/2018
2026 days ago
View commentsView articleThe ABC goes downhill at a gallop
Meantime, important issues have been neglected. Such as our water crisis and the future of the Murray-Darling.
By Peter West - 22/2/2018
630 days ago
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