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View commentsView articleHow the future of work will reshape our cities
The biggest growth industry for coming years and for the foreseeable future, the official forecasts all seem to agree on, will be in health care and social assistance.
By Ross Elliott - 27/6/2017
37 hours ago
View commentsView articleThe region and border protection
Why then does Australia expend so much money, lives and time in Iraq and Syria when we have a potentially bigger and more complex problem emerging on our door step?
By Bruce Haigh - 27/6/2017
38 hours ago
View commentsView articleThe right to a 'castle'
The Kerrigans' house is much more than just a place of shelter; it is a real home, based on bonds of affection, love and generosity – and idiosyncrasies. To the Kerrigans, it is, indeed, a castle.
By Barry York - 27/6/2017
35 hours ago
View commentsView articleThe rising 'cost-of-living': why is it so?
The outcome sought by all human action is profit – ie the ends achieved were worth the means including time and effort.
By Darren Nelson - 26/6/2017
144 hours ago
View commentsView articleFrench national elections mean president Macron's 'revolution' is now complete
France has never had a social liberal president, never seen in power progressive liberalism from the left.
By Richard Ogier - 26/6/2017
12 days ago
View commentsView articleDeceiving Trump and Tillerson has consequences for Abbas
President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson are quickly learning that tough talk is needed to rein in Mahmoud Abbas.
By David Singer - 26/6/2017
45 hours ago
View commentsView articleBarclays in hot water: the Qatar connection
The aftermath of the 2008 crisis did much to give capitalism – at least of the bankster variant – a blackened name.
By Binoy Kampmark - 23/6/2017
64 hours ago
View commentsView articleIs the West spiritually impoverished
The most intriguing aspect is the inability of insiders to provide a coherent account of what is actually going on. How did Donald Trump, you know, happen?
By Mark Christensen - 23/6/2017
1612 hours ago
View commentsView articleAfter fifty years of occupation, what's next: an open letter to President Mahmoud Abbas
To simply blame the Israeli government alone may be comforting to you, but unless you change your approach and strategy toward Israel, you will further prolong the occupation.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 23/6/2017
211 hours ago
View commentsView articleKhayre was no terrorist, he was an ice addict who had lost all grip of reality
The question and we will never know the real answer, is what was his intention? Was his intention to advance an ideological cause?
By Kuranda Seyit - 22/6/2017
617 hours ago
View commentsView articleTime for compromise on same-sex marriage
The lull in the debate over recognition of same-sex marriage provides a valuable opportunity to consider the ‘end game’ to this long-running controversy.
By John de Meyrick - 22/6/2017
242 days ago
View commentsView articleAn insider's view on Chinese buyers
Unlike those cash-loaded, overseas Chinese buyers you see at property auctions, my wife and I are new migrants living on monthly Australian salaries.
By Barry Li - 22/6/2017
55 days ago
View commentsView articleTerrorism: asking the awkward question
Perhaps we should ask a higher order question? 'Why do they hate us?'
By Keith Suter - 21/6/2017
2410 hours ago
View commentsView articleReview of Finkel Report
Require that the government then, in a contract with the generators, have a penalty clause in place if the government, subsequent to the decision and approval, retrospectively adds requirements.
By Dennis Jensen - 21/6/2017
144 days ago
View commentsView articleThe 4I model for improving efficiencies in Australia's world-class research universities
It makes good business sense to re-evaluate investments in research commercialisation and channel more efforts into developing innovation leadership instead.
By Alan Yap - 21/6/2017
39 hours ago
View commentsView articleThe Levellers
The Blueprint target of 42% renewables destroys the opportunity to build baseload coal burning power stations independent of the choice of technologies.
By Tom Quirk - 20/6/2017
76 days ago
View commentsView articlePlain packaging failure
Smoking was actually falling faster before plain packaging, and has fallen more in other developed countries without plain packaging.
By David Leyonhjelm - 20/6/2017
57 days ago
View commentsView articleOil prices are set to rebound
A contango, in which near-term oil futures trade at a discount to futures dated further out, is a symptom of oversupply.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 20/6/2017
28 days ago
View commentsView articleSomething's rotten in Australia: foreign money and our politicians
Labor and Liberal are both to blame. Well might Australians say, 'a plague on both your houses'.
By Peter West - 19/6/2017
115 days ago
View commentsView articleThousands died for the Irish state - Europe just erased their sacrifice
Right on time, the Supreme Court of Ireland has provided the perfect case study of overweening courts and human rights in the ­European pond.
By Gary Johns - 19/6/2017
67 days ago
View commentsView articleThe truth about Rebuild NSW
Berejiklian's Government is not more honest than Labor, even mis-stating total funds available and the adequacy of lease-out proceeds.
By Robert Gibbons - 19/6/2017
48 days ago
View commentsView articleTeasing Theresa: the EU, Brexit and the British Elections
It took little time for political leaders in the European Union to start dangling the carrot in front of a wounded British Prime Minister.
By Binoy Kampmark - 16/6/2017
128 days ago
View commentsView articleIs there value in media notoriety?
The recent public debate over whether Schapelle Corby's exit from Bali was fascinating or nauseating fuelled anew an ongoing question.
By Neryl East - 16/6/2017
410 days ago
View commentsView articleAbbas concessions kick-start Trump attempt to resolve Israel-Arab conflict
However such negotiations – if conducted only between Abbas and Netanyahu - will assuredly fail and end up in the garbage bin of history.
By David Singer - 16/6/2017
59 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralian energy policy: getting the balance 'right'
At home, we need to focus much more on energy reliability and affordability. We've failed badly on these.
By Geoff Carmody - 15/6/2017
911 days ago
View commentsView articleHere are some alternative facts - not fake news, but quite bad
Few economists ever draw the link between Japan’s decades-long economic torpor and its public debt mountain.
By Tony Makin - 15/6/2017
1013 days ago
View commentsView articleThe unfinished Six Day War: An open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu
Fifty years have passed, and as the longest serving prime minister, you have not yet articulated any vision about Israel's future and the fate of the Palestinians.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 15/6/2017
39 days ago
View commentsView articleOnline shopping tax comes before parliament
The move will also fuel existing disenchantment over rising costs of living and it's hard to see the government's rationale for it .
By Satyajeet Marar - 14/6/2017
614 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Obamafication of Macron
A man with the most razor thin resume ever for a presidential candidate was running for the most powerful political position in the world.
By Stephen Cable - 14/6/2017
314 days ago
View commentsView articleCigars in plain wrapping
As it happens, apart from the need for a lighter and ashtray, cigarette and cigar smokers don't have much in common.
By David Leyonhjelm - 14/6/2017
711 days ago
View commentsView articleJames Comey's testimony
Life may be a stage, but Trumpland is a flickering pantomime, destroying any pretence of virtue in politics. There are only positions, opponents, and resolutions.
By Binoy Kampmark - 13/6/2017
369 days ago
View commentsView articleThe other referendum of 1967
The one which failed has had as important implications for the workings of government in Australia as the one which succeeded.
By Gregory Melleuish - 13/6/2017
514 days ago
View commentsView articleBrave young Chinese 'briber' should be commended
Though it turned out favourable in the end, what can this young Chinese girl (and all Chinese international students and migrants) learn from this incident?
By Barry Li - 13/6/2017
79 days ago
View commentsView articleHere's what ACTUALLY changes - UK general election
More often than not, words like 'catastrophic' (applied today to the Conservatives) and 'game-changing' (used of Labour) prove to be hyperbolic when seen through the longer lens of political and social history.
By Mal Fletcher - 12/6/2017
215 days ago
View commentsView articleDreams of detention
In the United States, this form of internment was practised on a massive scale during the Second World War.
By Binoy Kampmark - 12/6/2017
2114 days ago
View commentsView articleClimate Trumped
Governments must set pollution standards for the way in which we act in our homes, our workplaces, our places of entertainment and the way we travel. And we must be taxed until we comply.
By Everald Compton - 12/6/2017
415 days ago
View commentsView articleMind what you eat
So let's all step up! Let's make a stand on moral principle and commit to making more ethical food choices in the future to reduce animal suffering.
By Scott MacInnes - 9/6/2017
2617 days ago
View commentsView articleZombies and the senate
The problem with the Government's claim of Senate obstruction is that most of the abandoned zombie measures were never debated or voted on in the Senate.
By David Leyonhjelm - 9/6/2017
917 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump should move Pollard to Jerusalem
President Obama's precedent in freeing Manning whilst resisting similar overtures for Pollard's release was reprehensible.
By David Singer - 9/6/2017
716 days ago
View commentsView articleTerrorism: is London Bridge falling down?
I know terrorism well. I have seen its impacts and consequences. I have felt the shock waves of its bombs.
By Andrew MacLeod - 8/6/2017
615 days ago
View commentsView articleTerror as opportunity: exploiting the London attacks
Khan has reminded the prime minister that talk of robust security is all dandy, until you realise that cuts of up to 10 to 40 per cent in police numbers have been implemented.
By Binoy Kampmark - 8/6/2017
1016 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralia and ISIS in the region
Australia, through its sound diplomatic representation in the region, should begin a process of bringing together states most affected by the activities of separatist extremists.
By Bruce Haigh - 8/6/2017
716 days ago
View commentsView articleWhat Fight Club teaches us about ISIS
Reports of more terrorist attacks force us to once again address the question: why are westerners enlisting with ISIS?
By Mark Manolopolous - 7/6/2017
1318 days ago
View commentsView articleMeans testing education support
There are thousands of extremely well off parents who send their children to government schools. It's not fine that these parents receive the same taxpayer-funded support as poor parents.
By David Leyonhjelm - 7/6/2017
2318 days ago
View commentsView articleFifty years of immoral occupation
This week the Israeli occupation of the West Bank has reached the milestone of 50 years that will be recalled in shame.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 7/6/2017
1120 days ago
View commentsView articleSocial Justice Warriors and the Taliban
As with multiculturalism, diversity does not seem to include the possibility of syncretism or the evolution of new forms of culture out of existing forms.
By Gregory Melleuish - 6/6/2017
1121 days ago
View commentsView articleLike it or not, Islam is a problem
As a consequence, like it or not, Muslims are more susceptible to Islamisation than non-Muslims.
By Gary Johns - 6/6/2017
3614 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy don't dads spend more time with kids?
The role of the father is disparaged or minimised. In earlier times, children were seen as belonging to fathers. The father was the natural parent, as it were.
By Peter West - 6/6/2017
321 days ago
View commentsView articlePredictable exits: Trump and the Paris agreement
French President Emmanuel Macron, who is fast filling a vacuum of anti-Trump desperation, decided to reverse the Trump slogan.
By Binoy Kampmark - 5/6/2017
921 days ago
View commentsView articleHas Permian productivity peaked?
Drilling costs are starting to rise and the enormous leaps in production that can be obtained by simply adding more rigs also appears to be running into some trouble.
By Nicholas Cunningham - 5/6/2017
423 days ago
View commentsView articleStorm clouds over Korea
Why does US policy insist on annual military exercises, meant to simulate an armed invasion of North Korea?
By Max Atkinson - 5/6/2017
2118 days ago
View commentsView articleCan blog posts be better than journal articles?
Lakens’s goal is to improve the quality of journal articles, not to replace articles with blog posts.
By Don Aitkin - 2/6/2017
1024 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralia's testucation system
In this colonial mode, it was essential that students, as they are erroneously described, were branded as to their capacity to remember things.
By Phil Cullen - 2/6/2017
624 days ago
View commentsView articleIsrael's occupation is morally indefensible
Whereas Israel has agreed to a two-state solution, it continues to usurp Palestinian land, thereby violating international agreements.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 2/6/2017
722 days ago
View commentsView articleForrest donations and false charity
Behind Forrest's wealth lies the eager hand of historical appropriation, the coloniser's prerogative to make good the use of natural resources.
By Binoy Kampmark - 1/6/2017
1025 days ago
View commentsView articleI live in a kleptocracy
A major difference between here and the stereotypical kleptocracy is that corporate and vested interests rather than individual players proliferate in the Australian context.
By John Tomlinson - 1/6/2017
1121 days ago
View commentsView articleArt wank
'Cloaca makes the ultimate criticism of modern art - that most of it is crap; that the art world has finally disappeared up its own backside.'
By Peter Sellick - 1/6/2017
326 days ago
View commentsView articleCruelty as policy
'...the human rights abuses suffered by refugees on Manus Island are deliberate. The horror of these camps is no accident. This is calculated, cynical, cruel.'
By Stuart Rees - 31/5/2017
2020 days ago
View commentsView articleFive ways to tell if you’re REALLY doing strategy
Amidst all these scruples about the difficulty of real strategic thinking, it's important to simply make a start.
By Nicholas Gruen - 31/5/2017
128 days ago
View commentsView articleAre we surrendering our national identity?
It's time for the silent majority to reclaim the national agenda
By Graham Annesley - 30/5/2017
1428 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralia’s Budget must leave no child behind
The Commonwealth Government cannot answer the simple question, 'How much does the Australian Government invest in Australia's children?'
By Tony Stuart - 30/5/2017
1228 days ago
View commentsView articleBeersheba, occupation and the mind of God
This year’s official commemoration will implicitly bless the contemporary policies of these allies in terms of an alleged divine plan supposedly sealed in the blood of Anzac dead.
By David Faber - 30/5/2017
328 days ago
View commentsView articleDemocracy or bureaucracy
Bureaucrats are gradually writing themselves more power even though they represent no one and can never be voted out. They are eroding democracy.
By Susan Wight - 29/5/2017
1627 days ago
View commentsView articleUnpaid Work Experience is modern slavery
A staggering 58% of surveyed respondents aged between 18-29 have participated in at least one UWE, making this very common in Australia.
By Phuong Le Thi Ngoc - 29/5/2017
1329 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump signals Abbas must end indiscriminate slaughter of Jews
Trashing the hate-filled PLO Charter and ending incitement to indiscriminately slaughter Jews are necessary steps in this process.
By David Singer - 29/5/2017
1030 days ago
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