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View commentsView articleLet's burn the whole thing down: death, protest and George Floyd
What is happening across the United States cannot simply be labelled as a looting-leads-to-shooting episode. It ranks as another chapter of enraged despair and untidy opportunism.
By Binoy Kampmark - 3/6/2020
1268 mins ago
View commentsView articleCovid 19 has hit the economy hard; But where is the recovery going to come from?
We can't put a price on peoples' lives and peoples' health. But many people will need to sacrifice to 'spread the burden' of funding recovery.
By Tristan Ewins - 3/6/2020
126 mins ago
View commentsView articleAn end to logging in Victoria: is a rethink required in the wake of the pandemic?
For a considerable time, the state forestry agency, VicForests, has been the focus of sustained attack in the media. A boilerplate view has emerged of an untrustworthy, unsustainable and unprofitable institution.
By David Hutchens - 3/6/2020
345 mins ago
View commentsView articleSocial media and defamation law
During the coronavirus lockdown, many of us are spending more time on social media. It is a golden era for lawyers to scroll though Facebook and Twitter looking for even the most mildly offensive comments.
By Sarah Russell - 2/6/2020
515 hours ago
View commentsView articleCan we end disadvantage?
The Paul Ramsay Foundation has pledged to tackle disadvantage. The biggest foundation in Australia has already allocated 84 million dollars so far in 2020.
By David Hale - 2/6/2020
1150 mins ago
View commentsView articleA conversation about bushfires, climate change, traditional knowledge and western science
So-called western science, promulgated by acclaimed experts such as Bowman and Bradstock, doesn't have the answers because it's based neither on experience, nor on the scientific method.
By Vic Jurskis - 1/6/2020
1428 hours ago
View commentsView article'Their' ABC’s Trump mania and the hatchet job on Carter W Page
The ABC has been gripped by an institutionalised animosity towards the 45th President of the United States exemplified in its role as a spruiker for that part of the prolonged anti-Trump crusade embodied in the 'Russiagate' controversy.
By Laurence Maher - 1/6/2020
183 hours ago
View commentsView articleWhat can Hegel teach us today?
What does Hegel's philosophy of nature contribute to our understanding as we face a time of unprecedented environmental degradation.
By Sam Ben-Meir - 1/6/2020
22 days ago
View commentsView articleOne rule for me and another for everyone else: the Cummings Coronavirus factor
The higher up the food chain of power, the more likely the powerful will misbehave and change the meals.
By Binoy Kampmark - 29/5/2020
103 days ago
View commentsView articleSo everybody should just stay poor, George?
So George has identified the criminals in the global warming crime, the rich (that's us), and the innocent, the poor (largely black and brown people). He identifies us as racist too.
By Eric Claus - 29/5/2020
213 days ago
View commentsView articleTime to tear down Checkpoint Anna
Queensland’s border closures are short-sighted and risk-averse based on little to no medical evidence and are only damaging the future prospects of the Sunshine state in a post-COVID-19 world.
By Tristan Prasser - 29/5/2020
143 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralia’s beef with China
Outside Australia’s doorstep, there are additional concerns about China’s growing political clout in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific islands like Vanuatu, where there is fear and speculation China may build a military base.
By Murray Hunter - 29/5/2020
103 days ago
View commentsView articleHere’s hoping ScoMo’s new consensus with the unions is not what it appears
Is Scott Morrison's industrial reform agenda a serious attempt to make industrial change, or is it #ScottyfromMarketing looking for a mechanism which shifts blame away from him if the economy fails to recover quickly?
By Graham Young - 28/5/2020
263 days ago
View commentsView articleBattle brewing over AGL's plans to turn Westernport into a gas factory
In Victoria's Westernport Bay, a battle has ignited over energy corporation AGL's plans to build a massive new gas import terminal at Crib Point.
By Victor Komarovsky - 28/5/2020
923 hours ago
View commentsView articleA portrait of a ruthless dictator
Turkey is a country that has unlimited potential, vast human and natural resources, and cultural riches that could rival any developed country in just about every walk of life.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 28/5/2020
25 days ago
View commentsView articleBack to the drawing board?
The global response to the impact of the Coronavirus seems consistent in at least one respect: everything we previously took for granted is now up for grabs.
By Ross Elliott - 27/5/2020
116 days ago
View commentsView articleWhen “the science” defies common sense and ignores real expertise
...... turning an inconsequential scientific ‘comment’ into something far more significant than what it actually is.
By Mark Poynter - 27/5/2020
77 days ago
View commentsView articleApplied Christianity
The welfare state is about helping the same people Christians are called to help.
By David Hale - 27/5/2020
2826 hours ago
View commentsView articleThe vision of the inland railway is now a tragedy
When the Federal Government decided to proceed with the Melbourne to Brisbane section of it, they dispensed with me without making contact to acknowledge that I had spent over two decades of my life strenuously advocating it.
By Everald Compton - 26/5/2020
147 days ago
View commentsView articleLocks and chains, hobbles and handcuffs
The Lockdown Depression is rushing towards us. Many in politics, media and industry are digging the hole deeper.
By Viv Forbes - 26/5/2020
77 days ago
View commentsView articleCowardice as a principle of foreign policy - what on earth are they thinking?
In the context of the Israel/Palestine conflict, balance conceals truths and is an obscene notion.
By Stuart Rees - 26/5/2020
64 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy making voluntary assisted dying legal best respects both sides of this debate
After almost three decades of refusing to agree to it, Australian parliaments are slowly beginning to warm to the idea of voluntary assisted dying (VAD).
By Andrew McGee - 25/5/2020
265 days ago
View commentsView articleAre dirty deals being made behind the scenes over a Coronavirus vaccine?
By pooling intellectual property rights any Coronavirus vaccine or COVID-19 cure developed by anyone, anywhere can be made affordably available to everyone
By Nicole Murdoch - 25/5/2020
59 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy thinking makes it so: Donald Trump’s Obamagate fixation
Obama had, supposedly, committed 'the biggest political crime in American history, by far', one that made 'Watergate look small-time'.
By Binoy Kampmark - 25/5/2020
315 days ago
View commentsView articleReinventing Asia’s tourism sector: coronavirus response calls for new tactics
International tourism in the Asian region has been decimated by border closures
By Murray Hunter - 22/5/2020
46 days ago
View commentsView articleIsrael and Palestinians: architects of their own destruction
As Israel celebrates the 72nd anniversary of its independence, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to simmer as neither side seems to have learned anything from their seven decades-old conflict.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 22/5/2020
132 days ago
View commentsView articleUnleashing the White Australia virus
It is such a shame that the PM and our Foreign Minister felt the need to goad China.
By Chek Ling - 22/5/2020
718 days ago
View commentsView articleThe ABC will prosper with much less public funding
US public broadcasting only gets 27% of its total $3.04 billion revenue from government taxes and grants
By Chris Lewis - 21/5/2020
3510 days ago
View commentsView articleMental health a top priority, spiritual wellbeing ignored
Why are churches being restricted more than other places where people gather? How will this impact religious freedoms into the future?
By Tania Hall - 21/5/2020
813 days ago
View commentsView articleCOVID-19 crossing the Rubicon
As far as I can make out, Australia is now fully committed to a policy of 'Adapt and Control' as opposed to 'Eradicate'.
By Arthur Dent - 21/5/2020
411 days ago
View commentsView articleCOVID exposes the US romance with super heroes
Yet when an actual crisis hits home, it has shown a less than heroic side of the nation and its people.
By Hsin-Yi Lo - 20/5/2020
3011 days ago
View commentsView articleThe demise of Australia’s public broadcaster into 'their scary ABC'
I now watch SBS (and Sky and international channels) more these days than the ABC because it aims to operate by its charter.
By Charles Essery - 20/5/2020
2410 days ago
View commentsView articleAtheism as self-murder
Most people declare they are atheists because atheism solves the intellectual problem of believing in the existence of God as the old man in the sky.
By Peter Sellick - 20/5/2020
3010 days ago
View commentsView articleThe safe road home
In the world, the number of people dying each year from car crashes, is more than one million.
By David Hale - 19/5/2020
1510 days ago
View commentsView articlePatriotic vaccines: the divided Coronavirus cause
No German company would entrust themselves with the task of creating such a vaccine that would be merely for exclusive US use.
By Binoy Kampmark - 19/5/2020
315 days ago
View commentsView articleMeteorologists should add the words 'don't know' to their vocabulary
None of the main meteorological organisations genuinely saw the severe drought coming, could adequately explain its cause, or picked the recent big break in the weather.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 19/5/2020
1514 days ago
View commentsView articleNo, it’s not OK
Social isolation, unemployment and the destruction of careers and businesses as a result of the corona virus restrictions are already responsible for an increase in the rate of suicides.
By David Leyonhjelm - 18/5/2020
3114 days ago
View commentsView articleOn the death of Australia's Jane Jacobs
Jack Mundey undoubtedly had a long lasting impact on Sydney, but perhaps in ways most commentators fail to acknowledge.
By John Muscat - 18/5/2020
115 days ago
View commentsView articleVictoria’s Chief Health Officer admits COVID-19 restrictions are arbitrary
Have there not been enough integrity scandals in recent decades to give all voters pause before simply rolling over to government demands for more power?
By David Pellowe - 18/5/2020
515 days ago
View commentsView articleWhat would Grandma say?
NDIS suffers from a lack of ambition: it's not interested in research to improve the lives of those living with disability
By Adam Johnston - 15/5/2020
716 days ago
View commentsView articleThe classic move: blaming migrants
Let them come here at least on a temporary basis, and even increase the numbers.
By David Hale - 15/5/2020
3812 days ago
View commentsView articleShould churches be the first to reopen?
There is no denying that the demographics of many congregations make sanctuaries a risky place for gatherings to resume.
By Greg Bondar - 15/5/2020
717 days ago
View commentsView articleJust what’s going on in Queensland politics?
Queensland’s parliamentary majority stands on a very jagged knife’s edge. Out of 93 seats the ruling ALP holds 48.
By Graham Young - 15/5/2020
1112 days ago
View commentsView articleMorrison needs to finish the job
Scott Morrison has, in many ways, been ‘saved’ by the coronavirus. At the end of February and heading into March, his public standing was at rock-bottom.
By Mark Buckley - 14/5/2020
1412 days ago
View commentsView articleReviving academic research on Australian economic policy
There are strong disincentives to exploring Australian economic issues, in contrast to other social science disciplines.
By Tony Makin - 14/5/2020
218 days ago
View commentsView articleUranium, extinction, expedited approvals and extreme risks: the need for stronger environmental laws
The appointment of a former uranium mining company executive to the EPBC Review Committee suggests that there may be some support within the government for a weakening of uranium mining regulations.
By Mia Pepper - 14/5/2020
1317 days ago
View commentsView articleAn immigration re-think is well overdue
For decades the major parties have deliberately kept the immigration issue off the political agenda and keep the migrant intake at supercharged levels.
By Alex Walsh - 13/5/2020
2014 days ago
View commentsView articleAre Australia's suburbs ready for post COVID-19 opportunities?
Much speculation falls into the category of what USA President John F Kennedy once described as 'the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought'.
By Ross Elliott - 13/5/2020
520 days ago
View commentsView articlePetronas: Malaysia's ailing financial lifeline
A cash drawer to fund dark projects slides shut.
By Murray Hunter - 13/5/2020
121 days ago
View commentsView articleCoronavirus lockdown: we need our freedom now more than ever
In the past few weeks, all around the world, governments have held their own citizens hostage in the name of 'protecting the people'.
By Edmund Shieh - 12/5/2020
2419 days ago
View commentsView articleDouble rent assistance
The budget outlay was about 4.4 billion in 2019. The doubling of rent assistance to 8.8 billion would still be less than many other benefits.
By David Hale - 12/5/2020
1122 days ago
View commentsView articleBuying Lego in lockdown: a Coronavirus diary
After almost seven weeks under lockdown, here in Victoria, there is a new mood of hope.
By Jason Beale - 12/5/2020
622 days ago
View commentsView articlePandemics rule Australian life
It also produces a wave of human response characterised by fear, hysteria and panic which often overwhelms the number of cases and deaths.
By Peter Curson - 11/5/2020
523 days ago
View commentsView articleTara Reade, the Democrats and Joe Biden's woman problem
Now, with dedication mixed with some confusion, the Democratic establishment is attempting to build the dykes around Joe Biden, hoping that he won't drown in the allegations of sexual impropriety.
By Binoy Kampmark - 11/5/2020
822 days ago
View commentsView articleReforming money to rescue economies and the planet
Separating the diverse functions of money removes the conflicts that can arise between them.
By Shann Turnbull - 8/5/2020
1421 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralia's COVID-19 lockdown and its impact on foreign students
'Australia's treatment of international students during its response to a once-in-a-century pandemic has been heartless, narrow-minded and potentially economically shortsighted.'
By Warren Reed - 8/5/2020
2525 days ago
View commentsView articleTurn and face the strange ch-ch-changes
Some suggest the long-term impacts of the current pandemic will turn fundamentals on their head. Others – myself included – are more sanguine.
By Ross Elliott - 7/5/2020
526 days ago
View commentsView articleMass media need to fully investigate Biden
Amazingly - Biden was not asked one question by Brzezinski about corroborating witnesses the New York Times had interviewed.
By David Singer - 7/5/2020
623 days ago
View commentsView articleAt the next federal election
Things will be quite different in two years. Is Morrison and his government thinking that far ahead?
By David Leyonhjelm - 6/5/2020
1526 days ago
View commentsView articlePolitical lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic
Whether they get to zero or not, what Australia and New Zealand have already accomplished is a remarkable cause for hope.
By Peter Bowden - 6/5/2020
1828 days ago
View commentsView articleChina bets they have beaten the pandemic
The Chinese economy is almost back to full production, based on the view that they have already overcome the pandemic.
By Michael Knox - 5/5/2020
1828 days ago
View commentsView articleOptimising charity
The former focuses on the governance, how much is spent on fundraising, how transparent the charity is and things like that. The latter focuses on the impact of charities.
By David Hale - 5/5/2020
724 days ago
View commentsView articleA forgotten enemy: pandemics of the past
How quickly we forget the past and how little we seem to have learnt from major encounters with infectious disease.
By Peter Curson - 4/5/2020
1629 days ago
View commentsView articleCOVID-19 roadmap to recovery
The Group of Eight major research Universities has released a 'Roadmap to Recovery' which spells out two alternatives for recovery from COVID-19.
By Arthur Dent - 4/5/2020
2126 days ago
View commentsView articleBrutal choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden’s herd immunity goal
Tegnell's point, throughout, is that his approach is less than radical given the global lockdown formula that has perpetrated, almost overnight, the worst economic crisis in generations.
By Binoy Kampmark - 4/5/2020
1127 days ago
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