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|The dangerous use of the military|
Ever since the Romans, standing armies have been viewed with deep suspicion. They are expensive to maintain, which often leads to onerous taxation, and they have an appalling record as instruments of oppression.
By David Leyonhjelm - 25/9/2020
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|Australia must go big and bold to strengthen its role in the South Pacific|
If Australia's relationship with China continues to deteriorate, part of Beijing's response could be to put more effort into challenging our strategic interests in our immediate region.
By Jeffrey Wall - 25/9/2020
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|President Trump’s third Supreme Court pick will bring America to existential crossroads|
The most inconvenient obstacles to the Left's vision of social revolution are economic liberty, the proven institutions of traditional family, national patriotism and Christianity & objective morality.
By David Pellowe - 24/9/2020
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|Arts in education: prioritise, don't cut|
The study of art doesn't just offer boosts to academic abilities, the benefits extend to matters of healthy socialization, personal development, and even physical precision.
By Neve Spicer - 24/9/2020
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|Is there enough diversity in regional planning?|
The doyen of city planning, Jane Jacobs, was not herself a trained town planner, nor was she a university graduate.
By Ross Elliott - 23/9/2020
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|Clinging to the wreckage|
It occurred to me at the time that a new thing had occurred, that the national interest was now the basis of all policy. What more do you need?
By Peter Sellick - 23/9/2020
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|From go to WHOa: infection control 101 introduction.|
The quarantine experience upon arrival into Australia - from exiting the plane (with 34 passengers total) to the quarantine hotel is rife with gaps, omissions and a policy that is flawed.
By J Bond - 22/9/2020
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|Dangerous streamlining: emergencies, militarisation and civil liberties|
The streamliner hates accountability, attacks the world of red tape and suggests that barriers be removed. Cut the tape; free the decision maker.
By Binoy Kampmark - 22/9/2020
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|China: 10 warning signs to look for|
Scenario planning encourages us to 'think about the unthinkable'. Is China's continued rise inevitable? It seems to be at present but we must be ready to 'think about the unthinkable'.
By Keith Suter - 21/9/2020
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|Privacy, blockchain and the Internet of Things – can we keep control of our own identities? |
As long as a blockchain is in existence, it clashes with the European ruling that people have the right to retract data.
By Kirsten Wahlstrom - 21/9/2020
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|The business of ending poverty|
We may need some people to get out of the business of ending poverty. So, this is not a call for more volunteers to the cause, but fewer.
By David Hale - 18/9/2020
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|Trump triumphs as PLO continues to dig its own grave|
President Trump’s announcement that Israel would be signing a peace treaty with a fourth Arab State – Bahrain has triggered a spiteful response from PLO.
By David Singer - 18/9/2020
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|How convicts conquered a new world|
Unsurprisingly, many of the convicts loaded onto the First Fleet ships were not particularly enthusiastic about taking part in this giant experiment.
By Rex Drabik - 17/9/2020
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|Paul Keating's HECS-style loans plan unfair; aged care insurance simpler and more efficient|
What is required instead is a system under which every Australian is protected against the risk of needing extended periods of expensive residential aged care, due to dementia or other grave disability.
By Marc Robinson - 17/9/2020
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|US Court of Appeals sends Michael Flynn prosecution back to Judge Sullivan|
Having concluded that continuing the prosecution would not serve the interests of justice, in May 2020 the US government applied to the Court for the necessary 'leave' to dismiss the charge.
By Laurence Maher - 17/9/2020
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|A test of diplomatic maturity|
In the light of a challenging unprecedented reality, diplomats from all countries of the world will have the imperative duty to cooperate in order to give a collective practical response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Ioan Voicu - 16/9/2020
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|Can’t get in, can’t get out, imprisoned on arrival without recourse to review! |
Imagine committing the crime of coming home to help family, and return to your country of origin to find you will be jailed, without exception, for a minimum of 15 days in a 1 room cell.
By J Bond - 16/9/2020
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|Democrats rushing to defeat in the House of Representatives|
The Democrats seem destined to squander their overwhelming control of the House of Representatives as they stumble from disaster to disaster.
By David Singer - 16/9/2020
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|Pandemics and public health|
There is little doubt that maintaining our publics’ health requires a deft balancing act – of balancing the overall wellbeing of all Australians against the individual’s rights and freedoms.
By Peter Curson - 15/9/2020
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|Serbia-Kosovo Agreement falls far short of ending their conflict|
Sadly, the agreement will prove to be superficial not only because it does not require Serbia to recognize Kosovo, but it does not even commit Serbia to renounce its illegitimate de-recognition campaign against Kosovo.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 15/9/2020
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|The 'father' of the NSW parliament|
The next time the 1934 calendar is a mirror image will be in 2029 and God willing, Fred Nile will be 95 years old.
By Greg Bondar - 15/9/2020
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|Five vital steps to restore confidence in corona case calculations|
The calculation error in COVID-19 projections made by the Peter Doherty Institute and incorporated into the National Cabinet response revealed last week was preventable and foreseeable — and now demands a national response.
By Graham Young - 14/9/2020
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|Thousands of registered migration agents in Australia to lose accreditation|
When the bill comes into effect early next year, more than 60,000 lawyers in Australia, including those without any knowledge and skills in migration law, can freely provide immigration assistance, without paying an annual registration fee.
By Murray Hunter - 14/9/2020
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|China’s ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ is about to challenge Papua New Guinea - and Australia|
At a time of fiscal vulnerability, PNG is getting entangled with Chinese debt -which will inevitably involve some difficult decisions for the Australian government down the line.
By Jeffrey Wall - 11/9/2020
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|What to do with a wage increase|
Would you forgo all or part of a wage increase to top up the wages of the lowest paid workers?
By David Hale - 11/9/2020
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|Climate and the US election|
Why did Prof. Noam Chomsky call the US Republican Party 'The most dangerous organization in the history of the world'?
By John Avery - 10/9/2020
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|Premier McIlwraith: the Queensland caesar|
It followed growing concern that the annexation of eastern New Guinea or its adjacent archipelago by a foreign power would have been disastrous for Queensland and the other Australian colonies security and trade.
By Denver Beanland - 10/9/2020
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|Love that looting ideology!|
The fervent anti-Trump camp blames Right-wing Anarcho-Fascists and their police and other supporters. The fervent Trump camp blames Left-wing Anarcho-Fascists and their media and other supporters.
By Laurence Maher - 9/9/2020
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|I want my AMP back|
I worked for AMP from the mid 80's to the mid 90's as a computer programmer. It was a great company to work for.
By Chris Abood - 9/9/2020
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|The freedom and ethics of protest in a time of pandemic|
Some of the anxiety driving recent protests in Melbourne and Ballarat relates to reasonable personal and community concerns about the impact of sustained lockdown on work, business and social life.
By Rob Cover - 8/9/2020
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|Time is running out for the Palestinians|
The fact that the UAE conditioned its recognition of Israel on freezing any further annexation is considerably important.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 8/9/2020
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|Pandemic reflexes: lockdowns and arrests in Victoria, Australia|
The Victorian Bar was deeply unimpressed by a police operation that seemed, not merely rough in execution but untutored, and said so in its media release on September 3.
By Binoy Kampmark - 7/9/2020
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|Is Howard’s ‘broad church’ an invitation for Karl Marx to join the Liberal Party?|
Christopher Pyne recently penned an opinion piece enthusiastically embracing Joe Biden as the great white hope of the world, and denouncing Donald Trump.
By David Pellowe - 7/9/2020
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|We need the courage to reopen|
Lockdowns and border closures may calm those fears, but they will kill far more people than a virus ever could.
By Vladimir Vinokurov - 4/9/2020
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|Stop the dad bashing|
Destroy the Patriarchy! Women DON'T need men! The amount of times I've heard these slogans by angry women, the fruit of today's misandrist climate, is concerning.
By Cindy McGarvie - 4/9/2020
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|Issues and outcomes|
Election time is approaching in the ACT and in Queensland, with Western Australia early in 2021.
By Don Aitkin - 3/9/2020
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|The sentencing of Brenton Tarrant: jailing the man, not the Great Replacement|
He pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one of terrorism. He also faced a tsunami of victim impact statements – over 200 in all.
By Binoy Kampmark - 3/9/2020
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|Rethinking Australia’s defense and security|
A changing world means Canberra must pivot to Asia.
By Murray Hunter - 2/9/2020
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|The green road to blackouts|
California leads the way to electricity blackouts, closely followed by South Australia. They both created this problem by taxing, banning, delaying or demolishing reliable coal, nuclear, gas or hydro generators.
By Viv Forbes - 2/9/2020
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|Three religious leaders who have lost all morality|
Then, at its most basic, helping others, preventing harm, is the overriding moral belief that should drive our approach to the Corona Virus pandemic.
By Peter Bowden - 1/9/2020
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|Biden family corruption allegations won’t go away|
Pam Bondi – a career prosecutor and former attorney general of Florida – signalled that allegations of corruption surrounding Joe Biden were going to feature centre stage in the Presidential elections.
By David Singer - 1/9/2020
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|A better way of dealing with Covid-19|
How much have we been duped and sold down the river by the response?
By Spencer Gear - 31/8/2020
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|The Australia-Japan relationship: time to take it to a new level|
Over the last half-century, Australia and Japan have a created a unique and impressive partnership in the Asian world.
By Warren Reed - 31/8/2020
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|North Korea plays the I dare you game|
Kim Yo-Jong is daring President Moon Jae-In to use his new powers to achieve his forty-year dream of uniting the Koreas and she appears to be winning.
By Felix Imonti - 28/8/2020
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|Law and order issues separate Republicans from Democrats|
Pelosi’s concern for prolonging the stay of illegal immigrants rather than showing compassion for grieving American citizens was outrageous.
By David Singer - 28/8/2020
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|Let the woke go bwoke|
Want to fight back against weak woke coporates? There’s an app for that – or could be
By Graham Young - 27/8/2020
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|Free speech be damned: Joshua Krook and the Australian Public Service|
A featured blog post in the 'Oxford Political Review', authored in April by Joshua Krook, suggested that COVID-19 had brought a host of benefits for big tech companies.
By Binoy Kampmark - 27/8/2020
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