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» 17/06/2019 10:38:21 AM There are a few elephants in the room that are worth raising. The big positive is that in.....
» 6/05/2019 10:33:44 PM I find this article surprising given all the fuss in the US about Russian interference the.....
» 6/05/2019 8:21:43 PM Commercial surrogacy is another hard case. Sometimes it leads to a happy ending for all co.....
» 5/04/2019 10:44:54 AM It is inevitable that a big fire is eventually going to come about in Victoria's Gippsland.....
» 18/03/2019 11:37:57 AM I can well understand the author's fears following this brural attack. The incident took p.....
» 4/03/2019 3:05:29 PM I think the article is more than a little naive, though I do agree with the author's posit.....
» 28/02/2019 9:40:00 AM The author says:" I trust our legal system. This trust, plus my background and my exp.....
» 22/02/2019 2:34:55 PM Thank you mhaze for saving me the trouble of dealing with Aidan's misinformation. On the s.....
» 4/01/2019 12:39:50 PM Some well made points. It is also worth noting that even the most advanced racing yachts .....
» 14/12/2018 9:54:47 AM I have a different solution to stem the flow of unauthorised migrants. The first prong is .....
» 7/11/2018 11:48:01 AM The Bible never resolves these issues anyway. You end up moving from ethical arguments to .....
» 2/08/2018 3:51:12 PM Estelles You are mixing me (the current author) up with another Brendan O'Reilly, who is .....
» 9/01/2018 12:13:25 PM The whole submarine episode has been one great fraud on the Australian taxpayer. It says s.....
» 3/01/2018 8:07:12 PM Estelles. You suggest that "Maybe Brendan doesn't want the doors thrown open on the d.....
» 3/01/2018 6:07:12 PM On the contrary John, "the extent of child sexual abuse metered out by various religi.....
» 17/08/2017 3:30:51 PM The Basin Plan is a complete mess and the water policy being enforced involves a tremendou.....
» 25/07/2017 11:17:10 AM Exactly why is viewing and possessing freely available but proscribed images of children a.....
» 31/03/2017 8:41:37 AM The issue is far wider than zoning and planning regulations. Other contributors are taxe.....
» 24/03/2017 11:20:17 AM In principle, Centrelink is right to recover money that has been overpaid, especially when.....
» 14/01/2017 3:54:28 PM So Alan B and Phanto, you are "uninterested" in the topic or believe that the pu.....
» 12/01/2017 10:45:22 AM A minor detail not mentioned in the article is that in 2015-16 Commonwealth spending on so.....
» 5/01/2017 2:33:35 PM The reality is that reducing CO2 emissions costs too much money and the greenies won't acc.....
» 23/12/2016 9:19:31 AM Forests are a resource that do grow again, if harvested. With so much forest now locked up.....
» 20/12/2016 10:19:31 AM There is a real issue of consistency here. It is generally lawful in most states for a mot.....
» 16/12/2016 11:45:06 PM You are wrong Brian. The Senate was much less diverse during Gillard's prime ministership.....
» 16/12/2016 7:42:17 PM Brian While the intended purpose of the Senate may have been to act as a "House of R.....
» 12/11/2016 6:18:02 PM I don't agree Rache. The origins of political correctnees are subject to debate but most .....
» 24/08/2016 9:21:13 AM Who the hell cares? The so called "medal tally" has become a (vulgar) vehicle fo.....
» 1/08/2016 11:49:29 AM "The swing against the Government was 1.5% lower in seats with an above the median pr.....
» 26/05/2016 11:03:23 AM The announced subsidies to dairy farmers is just another vote-buying exercise and looks mo.....
» 26/05/2016 10:40:53 AM This is the most down-to-earth and sensible critique of the 2016-17 Budget I have read. Au.....
» 8/05/2016 10:34:14 AM Killarney I interpret your comments as saying that married women are not disadvantaged by.....
» 19/04/2016 9:29:41 AM A more pertinent issue is whether Abbott would be in a better position had he held on. I d.....
» 19/04/2016 9:05:17 AM Of course we have already had a national apology from Julia Gillard for "forced adopt.....
» 9/04/2016 9:08:55 AM Killarney You say that "Without having seen the report, I don't know what the Victor.....
» 18/03/2016 9:58:11 AM Most of the criticism of Saudi arablia in this piece represents fair comment, much of whic.....
» 18/03/2016 9:24:35 AM It is a pity that this article repeats so many misleading cliches. "Domestic violen.....
» 12/02/2016 8:33:26 AM Well said John. There are a couple of points I would add. Many people forget that, for th.....
» 2/02/2016 11:23:01 AM The shocking truth is that the Australian Government to date has blown about $100 million .....
» 19/01/2016 9:10:00 AM The observations made in this article are close to the mark, though there are some additio.....
» 18/01/2016 8:37:51 PM Pericles I don't collect or publish the statistics on foreign ownership of Australian lan.....
» 13/01/2016 8:32:04 AM Agree one hundred per cent. I would add that hysterical ideology and attitudes affect both.....
» 7/11/2015 6:31:44 PM Rhian I agree this time.....
» 6/11/2015 7:07:19 PM Rhian What I said was "The GST was also supposed to result in the abolition of some .....
» 6/11/2015 5:50:02 PM Rhian We are talking about different GST scenarios and different times. I was talking a.....
» 6/11/2015 9:07:38 AM An interesting anecdote!.....
» 30/10/2015 1:33:36 PM The Montreal Protocol on CFCs was possible and could be implemented because the costs of p.....
» 16/10/2015 8:04:25 AM An interesting insight into a very sad case. It raises two very obvious issues. What alte.....
» 13/10/2015 9:29:45 AM There are a number of additional issues that the author failed to mention. Firstly there.....
» 6/10/2015 10:07:28 PM Rhian You ask "Who has said that female violence against men in “insignificant”? Di.....
» 6/10/2015 8:56:35 PM Rhian The bottom line is that I can and did provide evidence for all that I have argued. .....
» 6/10/2015 4:59:53 PM Rhian I am surprised that you doubt the importance of alcohol,drugs,and mental illness as.....
» 22/09/2015 7:29:29 PM Kangaroos do not live on fresh air. Informed experts put a kangaroos on a par with two she.....
» 16/09/2015 5:58:34 PM Well written and thoughtful article providing a new perspective on this issue......
» 11/08/2015 10:52:45 AM Not all people who oppose same-sex "marriage" are religious and such arguments c.....
» 11/08/2015 10:06:11 AM Why not fill all parliamentary seats by lottery? Then every ethnic, gender and other group.....
» 31/07/2015 9:41:22 AM At the end of every property boom cycle, those you bought at or near the peak always suffe.....
» 31/07/2015 9:38:29 AM "It is therefore inevitable that the tax base must be widened and taxes increased if .....
» 22/07/2015 10:04:46 AM This is another selective use of data attempting to show that Government schools are badly.....
» 22/07/2015 8:53:49 AM I could not agree more. Of course the biggest rort is politicians being paid allowances e.....
» 7/07/2015 9:22:33 AM For an alternative view suggesting that Swedish recycling policy is a disaster see https:/.....
» 6/07/2015 10:14:15 AM The idea of charging parents for the public schooling of their children has merit. For one.....
» 6/07/2015 9:54:15 AM There is enormous hypocrisy on this issue. Most politicians, especially on the left, will .....
» 1/07/2015 7:55:38 PM Most of the comments posted miss the main message in my article. I was not attempting to.....
» 25/05/2015 8:56:15 AM This article is over-the-top! Ireland introduced Civil Partnerships, in 2010, giving sam.....
» 22/05/2015 7:00:38 PM JP commented that "you say that you don’t want to abandon moral argument but when you.....
» 22/05/2015 12:15:02 PM A quick response to the points raised. "“If we abandon moral argument all we have le.....
» 2/03/2015 8:46:50 AM I also personally know women, who were definitely raped but did not report it. Years ago.....
» 27/02/2015 7:45:41 PM There is no real controversy about situations where a largely sober man takes advantage of.....
» 24/02/2015 9:00:42 AM I agree with the author that the childcare sector has been made over-expensive because of .....
» 21/01/2015 9:25:11 AM An enlightening article. My only real comment is that those freeing climate change, corrup.....
» 24/12/2014 9:47:30 AM So what would happen if we abolished all the laws on the sale and carrying of guns and oth.....
» 18/12/2014 8:25:59 AM The article misses many key points. Business, especially small business, bears a high cos.....
» 3/12/2014 3:27:46 PM Yuyutsu You are missing the point. Neither the article nor my remarks were adressing th.....
» 3/12/2014 8:38:00 AM I think we need to be realistic here. Down Syndrome babies in reality get aborted not for .....
» 20/11/2014 6:28:20 PM Emperor Julian The description of the "dead babies in the septic tank" story as.....
» 19/11/2014 6:03:59 PM Bruce and Julian I think you need to stick to the facts and to the subject under discussi.....
» 18/11/2014 2:00:52 PM Thanks Rhrosty but your take is a little off the mark. My criticism of the ABC was not th.....
» 17/11/2014 3:33:14 PM More fundamentally, one might also ask: Why protect National Parks at all? This is not a s.....
» 11/11/2014 3:54:49 PM I agree, though I think there are worse examples than those quoted. My pet hate is when t.....
» 5/11/2014 4:53:29 PM There is a time and a place for everything. Ceremonies commemorating World War 1 (watched .....
» 4/11/2014 8:43:40 PM Congratulations Sophie. It is not often that I come across a piece that puts the case for .....
» 31/10/2014 7:48:59 AM My only real criticism of the article is its undue emphasis on bankers as perpetrators of .....
» 28/10/2014 8:01:32 AM "The stark reality is that our nation has a truly appalling record of species extinct.....
» 29/09/2014 8:58:41 AM While I agree that Greg Sheridan was going too far in suggesting that "the rise of th.....
» 23/09/2014 7:57:09 AM I think the article is somewhat one-sided. Part of the boom related to international stud.....
» 17/09/2014 5:51:16 PM Chris C You say that "People freely choose to follow a party how-to-vote ticket and .....
» 16/09/2014 8:36:46 PM The argument that "as soon as the little guys figured out how to use it (the voting s.....
» 16/09/2014 1:51:35 PM (Comment continued) "If decisions have to be made based on the relationship of the c.....
» 16/09/2014 1:50:13 PM A very superficial and one-sided piece, though making the odd valid point. I would have t.....
» 11/09/2014 2:34:45 PM I think the comments to date are a bit unfair. I thought the article was a good overview, .....
» 9/09/2014 7:58:51 AM A bit less emotion and a bit more reason please. The asylum seeker in question did not di.....
» 8/09/2014 6:11:15 PM Dear Yuyutsu The article states as follows: "There is no better indication of indiv.....
» 8/09/2014 2:33:09 PM Legalising assisted suicide is a classic example where "hard cases" are cited to.....
» 1/09/2014 7:57:52 AM The main reason that unemployment has slipped as an issue is that until fairly recent mont.....
» 9/08/2014 11:07:17 AM Pre school education basically targets four year olds, though some children may start as y.....
» 8/08/2014 9:29:14 PM Research suggests that pre-school education is valuable, especially for children from disa.....
» 5/08/2014 5:17:55 PM "Indigenous participation at universities is booming now, but it stagnated between 19.....
» 15/07/2014 9:20:47 AM The author appears to make light of what seems to have been a deliberate attempt by an act.....
» 30/06/2014 5:16:20 PM I am surprised that nobody has explicitly stated the real problem in Iraq and many other c.....
» 6/06/2014 11:27:10 AM This is a thoughtful piece and discusses some important moral and factual issues. It was p.....
» 6/06/2014 11:00:04 AM The author does her credibility no good by exaggerating. I can accept that deregulation of.....
» 16/05/2014 8:04:48 AM Once upon a time Indigenous people regularly set fire to the bush and forest. Amongst othe.....
» 29/04/2014 9:38:46 AM Well said. I did however wonder whether singling out universities as "the final bas.....
» 29/04/2014 8:48:39 AM "One of the greatest problems of today's rural societies is finding culturally sustai.....
» 11/04/2014 4:55:52 PM I completely agree with the suggestion that HELP debt should be recovered from deceased es.....
» 4/04/2014 9:00:38 PM Brian I am not denying the existence of either rare chromosomal irregularities or physica.....
» 4/04/2014 2:10:03 PM Zoe While I agree with some of what you say, I think you are mostly just muddying the wat.....
» 21/02/2014 8:48:12 AM The author claims that "The government's policy is unsustainable. In the long term it.....
» 30/01/2014 9:49:33 AM Lets take the argument to its logical conclusion. Introduce prohibition! That would reduce.....
» 30/01/2014 9:21:06 AM I think the article is naïve in a number of respects. Firstly, the history of conflict be.....
» 10/01/2014 11:00:15 AM While the author makes some valid points I think there is more to the story than has been .....
» 24/12/2013 8:43:51 AM If you want to send fossil fuel based industries broke, a good way of doing so is to force.....
» 12/12/2013 7:38:35 AM Good article. Much the same message about the better academic performance of the Catholic .....
» 9/12/2013 9:46:15 AM I disagree with the most of the sentiments expressed by the author. Keating's so-called l.....
» 9/12/2013 8:48:05 AM It's a shame that debates on scientific matters like this are dominated by people influenc.....
» 4/12/2013 3:11:35 PM Rhian You are correct in using the words "not necessarily" but you are drawing .....
» 4/12/2013 9:37:40 AM I think the article confuses the issues. I also get the impression that the author's expre.....
» 26/11/2013 9:07:34 AM Lets be honest with ourselves. There is no quick fix to Indigenous disadvantage, which wil.....
» 26/11/2013 8:32:03 AM If someone arrives by plane complete with passport and a visa of some sort, we at least ha.....
» 15/11/2013 9:04:11 AM The reality is that nobody, including the Government and Professor Tatz, has a "quick.....
» 5/11/2013 4:30:53 PM People often do value animals more than people. Do you guys remember the murder by a Mr As.....
» 30/10/2013 8:53:31 AM I agree with some of the points made about Dawkins' achievements but I think some glaring .....
» 29/10/2013 5:02:37 PM Rhian Both your points are broadly valid. The Census can indeed only collect data based .....
» 23/10/2013 4:43:50 PM I do agree that you can make a case against negative gearing, or any other income tax shel.....
» 15/10/2013 9:33:21 AM It's the same old problem. The cost of national health schemes providing free care always .....
» 15/10/2013 9:18:50 AM I get the impression that this book, along with most commentaries on the vexed subject of .....
» 8/10/2013 8:52:53 AM Joe. You are technically correct. The pastoral lands in the NT are lease in perpetuity. .....
» 24/09/2013 9:39:37 AM The arguments used here are simplistic and flawed. I can accept that unemployment and toug.....
» 20/09/2013 6:05:33 PM Zoe Apologies. I had forgotten about this very rare condition. There was a case in Austra.....
» 20/09/2013 3:59:58 PM Dear Yuyutsu I don't know about receiving the government's blessings but I agree that soc.....
» 20/09/2013 3:15:29 PM The nub of the article is its statement that "The regulation of marriage draws the st.....
» 28/08/2013 6:56:07 PM Good article, though we have heard a lot of this before. I never cease to be amazed by t.....
» 19/08/2013 8:08:53 AM I think the article places too much emphasis on superannuation and on the notion that fema.....
» 13/08/2013 9:21:01 AM A problem easily fixed by igniting a few sticks of gelly in the middle of the night!.....
» 5/08/2013 8:02:41 AM Give us a break! The coal industry is hardly in crisis, given that in this country new coa.....
» 5/08/2013 7:53:54 AM This interesting article presents some intuitively convincing arguments suggesting that th.....
» 30/07/2013 9:38:05 AM Interesting article. A related issue is that proposals to ban smacking are part of a tre.....
» 29/07/2013 3:02:21 PM Good article. What most people, who are hysterical about non-conservation uses of nationa.....
» 19/07/2013 9:38:24 AM I found this to be both a poor and one-eyed account of the case. For a more complete and b.....
» 18/07/2013 8:57:32 AM A very well written and (to me) convincing piece. Given that "the dismissal" st.....
» 17/07/2013 9:10:35 AM A thought provoking article. I am not sure that I fully agree with the quoted claim that .....
» 16/07/2013 9:08:35 AM I enjoyed this informative article, though I think that there are some additional explanat.....
» 11/07/2013 9:23:14 AM So called "grass roots" democracy, where parliamentary leaders are elected by th.....
» 3/07/2013 10:04:36 AM I think the author is looking through rose coloured glasses. Gillard's term to be seems t.....
» 26/06/2013 8:13:54 PM The inquiry might have led somewhere if it was initiated earier in the term of the current.....
» 19/06/2013 7:17:28 PM The issue with all subjects such as this is balance. This is lacking both in the article a.....
» 17/06/2013 7:53:25 AM The article only covers one aspect of social segregation, namely that between government a.....
» 13/06/2013 6:29:49 PM Good article which I largely agree with. The Gonski report, however, ducked the real issu.....
» 4/06/2013 3:05:54 PM The title of this piece should be turned around. The forestry industry led the way (closur.....
» 4/06/2013 8:09:17 AM While it is a good idea for rich parents to pay towards their children's education in gove.....
» 21/05/2013 8:04:29 AM Written and authorised by Andrew Leigh for the Labor Party......
» 17/04/2013 9:42:48 AM The article is preoccupied with so-called "rich" schools and how advantaged they.....
» 27/03/2013 9:45:46 AM This thoughtful article raises a lot of important points. I agree with the comment that We.....
» 25/03/2013 3:21:36 PM Pointing out factual errors in the Apology, as well as the historical context, is not the .....
» 5/07/2011 9:38:57 AM While I am not a fan of wind power and share concerns about its economics, this article fa.....
» 18/05/2011 6:32:02 AM The diagnosis seems correct but the proposed solution is unrealistic. The main problem in .....
» 18/12/2009 4:23:03 PM As someone who grew up in Ireland, I found Brian Holden's article to have a strong air of .....

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