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View commentsView articleAustralia must oppose authoritarian China on behalf of liberal democracy and humanity
The simple truth is that the Communist Party of China (CPC) was never going to liberalise its economy and society.
By Chris Lewis - 23/8/2019
810 hours ago
View commentsView articleNot acting on climate crisis is at our peril
The scientific evidence is overwhelming, and denying that climate change is already upon us, especially as the president and his party does, flies in the face of the indisputably dire consequences.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 23/8/2019
203 hours ago
View commentsView articleAussie nuclear power? Yes please!
The recent flurry of inquiries into nuclear power in Australia is a unique opportunity to seriously consider an alternative energy future, one that embraces science, modernity, and innovation, rather than ideology and fiction.
By Tristan Prasser - 22/8/2019
1022 hours ago
View commentsView articleFast bowling, concussions and Jofra Archer
The English captain, Joe Root, has looked deracinated and listless in his approaches to Australia in the past. Archer was deliverance and opportunity.
By Binoy Kampmark - 22/8/2019
22 days ago
View commentsView articleWendell Berry on Pity and ‘Hurt Love’
Despite our triumphalist culture, our suffering defines us more than our victories.
By Peter Sellick - 22/8/2019
529 hours ago
View commentsView articleReforming Vocational Education and Training
In my industry, Information and Technology, the training package was last updated by an accounting firm who got the contract from the government.
By Chris Abood - 21/8/2019
515 hours ago
View commentsView articleThanks: for what?
There are a number of presenters in both radio and television with the skill and experience to draw out from their guests admissions which would not normally be made.
By Ian Nance - 21/8/2019
423 hours ago
View commentsView articleChild support payments and parental alienation
Instead of trying to resolve their problems, state-sponsored financial incentives will tempt a parent to leave the marriage and subsequently alienate their children from the other parent.
By Augusto Zimmermann - 20/8/2019
63 hours ago
View commentsView articleAn Elephant on Your Nose: review
An Elephant on Your Nose is both an encaptivating 'spy' story set in Japan, and an enlightening commentary about new regional security realities.
By Murray Hunter - 20/8/2019
568 mins ago
View commentsView articleWhat is sex therapy in the NDIS context?
NDIS must now consider when and whether sex therapy is reasonable and necessary
By David Heckendorf - 20/8/2019
14 days ago
View commentsView articleThe US economy is slowing because of the Fed, not because of the dispute with China
All that is happening is that the slower growth, inflicted on the US economy by Fed tightening, is now having a slowing effect on US operating earnings per share growth.
By Michael Knox - 19/8/2019
35 days ago
View commentsView articleThe political house of cards
In the past it's been the global Green movement that has been declaring that clean green invisible carbon dioxide, the life food of all the plants on the planet, is 'dirty carbon'.
By Ken Calvert - 19/8/2019
124 days ago
View commentsView articleGod, guns and video games
If only it were that simple: the moving image would be banned; the provocative print would be stored away in inaccessible troves; online forums would be banished.
By Binoy Kampmark - 19/8/2019
202 days ago
View commentsView articleSex selection abortion
Many abortion advocates are strenuously denying that sex-selection abortion occurs in Australia, yet there is both anecdotal and research evidence that it does.
By Debbie Garratt - 16/8/2019
532 days ago
View commentsView articleWhistle-blowers and government secrets: cui bono
The debate on prosecution of 'whistle-blowers' is characterised by hypocrisy and posturing all round.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 16/8/2019
183 days ago
View commentsView articleBrexit: four parties dancing and falling to bits
A high proportion of Tory votes will return to the Brexit party after Bojo's promises to deliver on October 31 implode.
By Arthur Dent - 15/8/2019
39 days ago
View commentsView articleWasting Australia's resources
History shows that a much smaller population could indeed survive in Australia without using mineral hydrocarbons, but life with zero man-made emissions would be grim.
By Viv Forbes - 15/8/2019
97 days ago
View commentsView articleTowns die, cities choke, Australia sleeps
We will acknowledge that the world of 1901, when Australia was founded, no longer exists and Australians are now very different.
By Everald Compton - 14/8/2019
106 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump’s embrace of white supremacy is poisoning America’s soul
Trump spent over a million dollars on Facebook ads with the word invasion in big letters to spread fear among his constituents.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 14/8/2019
364 days ago
View commentsView articleHastie warns us to beware of the Chinese dragon
But in the light of the threat of domination by a foreign power not interested in human rights, Australians chatter about things of very small significance.
By Peter West - 13/8/2019
305 days ago
View commentsView articleConspiracy, death and Jeffrey Epstein
Was Jeffrey Epstein murdered? Accepting the premise without qualification, the next question followed: Who did it? MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was not giving anyone time to wonder.
By Binoy Kampmark - 13/8/2019
119 days ago
View commentsView articleAn Indian view of climate change, and where it led me
The IPCC summarises: estimates of global annual economic losses for an additional temperature increase of 2°C are between 0.2 and 2.0 per cent of income.
By Don Aitkin - 12/8/2019
269 days ago
View commentsView articleDrought policy
By 1934, Joseph Schumpeter and Wesley Mitchell had written that the business cycle contained a self-correcting normal rhythm which should be left to itself to do its work.
By Ben Rees - 12/8/2019
46 days ago
View commentsView articleThe right to bear arms: antiquated or essential?
Is the right to bear arms an antiquated concept or a means of maintaining limited parity between the citizen and the state?
By Zeke Anderson - 9/8/2019
2610 days ago
View commentsView articleHatred, intolerance, malevolence and misguided Islamic piety
On 25 November 2016, two young men, Ahmed Mohamed and Abdullah Chaarani, deliberately set fire to a mosque, the Imam Ali Islamic Centre.
By Laurence Maher - 9/8/2019
419 days ago
View commentsView articleCaught in the Strait
Becoming the US running dog on enforcement was not going to sit well with Iran. The Mullahs are spoiling for a fight.
By Binoy Kampmark - 9/8/2019
182 hours ago
View commentsView articleThe bond of the sea: Japan, Australia and China
Each in its own way highlights the importance of knowing the back story rather than just a present day one-dimensional interpretation of it.
By Warren Reed - 8/8/2019
915 days ago
View commentsView articleDemocrats’ presidential primary debates proving to be a debacle
The Democratic National Committee's (DNC) decision to exclude Fox News from hosting any of the 12 planned presidential primary debates has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Fox News.
By David Singer - 8/8/2019
211 days ago
View commentsView articleThe religious freedom Trojan horse
There is a considerable risk that the Morrison government might be contemplating the enactment of discrimination laws that could ban so-called 'hate speech' on the basis of severe criticism of religion.
By Augusto Zimmermann - 7/8/2019
716 days ago
View commentsView articleCheering a new arms race: the end of the INF
The difference from what has come before is that Trump is not troubled by any sense of enduring history. There are no restraints, nor caveats. Pre-Trump history had to be bad, if not altogether rotten.
By Binoy Kampmark - 7/8/2019
616 days ago
View commentsView articlePeter FitzSimons: it may come back to bite you
Who wants freedom of speech folks taking a stand for Israel Folau's cousin, Josiah, who lost his job at a Roman Catholic College over his anti-Catholic rants?
By Spencer Gear - 6/8/2019
1715 days ago
View commentsView articleGood government and federalism
This essay rises from musing about British PM Boris Johnson, Brexit and the European Union, and of course musing about our own situation in Australia.
By Don Aitkin - 6/8/2019
118 days ago
View commentsView articleThe great Australian tourist visa scam
The processing of visitor visas has become secretive and completely divorced from applicants.
By Murray Hunter - 5/8/2019
514 days ago
View commentsView articleThe stakes have never been higher in Israel’s elections
There is a growing consensus among Israelis that if Prime Minister Netanyahu forms the next government, Israel will lose an historic opportunity to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on a two-state solution,
By Alon Ben-Meir and Shabtai Shavit - 5/8/2019
416 days ago
View commentsView articleA knock on the door
Facing him as I hand over my passport. Trying unsuccessfully to look him in the eye. He quickly checks my face against the passport photo.
By Brian Hennessy - 2/8/2019
2117 days ago
View commentsView articlePublishing stolen material: WikiLeaks, the DNC and freedom of speech
The case presented in the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York was never convincing but remains an aspect of a broader effort to inculpate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in assisting the Trump campaign triumph.
By Binoy Kampmark - 2/8/2019
2117 days ago
View commentsView articleNadler leads Democrats into Barr’s valley of death
The insistence by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler to subpoena a reluctant Robert Mueller to testify before the Committee has proved an unmitigated disaster.
By David Singer - 2/8/2019
620 days ago
View commentsView article'Fully Automated Luxury Communism': Communism's coming of age
It has to be a game changer when a book espousing communism is the talk of the town. It has done this by putting the discussion on a firm footing.
By David McMullen - 1/8/2019
1417 days ago
View commentsView articleNo wages growth, but we keep pushing population growth
The HILDA report, released this week, showed that median disposable income in Australia dropped by $542 from 2009 to 2017, despite the fact that Australia has had the highest population growth rate in the developed world.
By Eric Claus - 1/8/2019
2816 days ago
View commentsView articleThe mathematics of spying: when the figures don't add up
One of the great failings of our Canberra system is its continuing aversion to prosecuting identified traitors in the court system.
By Warren Reed - 31/7/2019
1017 days ago
View commentsView articleMalaysia’s border problems
Terrorism, piracy, smuggling, narcotics trade, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants are all major problems that need to be tackled at the country’s boundaries.
By Murray Hunter - 31/7/2019
424 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Ashes: cricket and the captain’s curse
The pressure on the captains, Joe Root and Tim Paine, will be intense, with every strategic and tactical decision subjected to rigorous scrutiny by cricket professionals and fans alike.
By David Rowe, Keith Parry and Matt Smith - 30/7/2019
323 days ago
View commentsView articleIf boys and girls are different, we need to teach them differently
Chromosomes are the strings of DNA packed into the cell nuclei that makes you and me what we are. They are 46; we get 23 from our mother and 23 from our father.
By Peter West - 30/7/2019
3220 days ago
View commentsView articleTop End travels: the Tiwi Islands, the Catholic Church and King Joe of Melville Island
He had all the attributes of the ruthless frontiersman: patriarchy, a tendency to sow his not-so-royal oats, a capacity for a certain work regimen, a firm disciplinarian.
By Binoy Kampmark - 30/7/2019
923 days ago
View commentsView article Who needs democracy anyway?
The Australian Labor Party – which promised a sweeping range of climate initiatives – recorded its worst vote in decades with just one in three votes. In the resource rich state of Queensland.
By Ross Elliott - 29/7/2019
925 days ago
View commentsView articleUS-Australia alliance slowly develops new unity
As trust develops, Alliance links strengthen: government, institutional, professional, and individual.
By Don DeBats - 29/7/2019
525 days ago
View commentsView articleCattle class
When I was young and naive I believed that I was Australian.
By Alexandra Marshall - 26/7/2019
2721 days ago
View commentsView articleTwo scholars battle it out over the resurrection
Thus the nature of the Resurrection of Jesus is still a burning issue surrounded by vigorous debate. At the risk of misinterpretation, I will call these two views of the Resurrection, the physical and the spiritual.
By Peter Sellick - 26/7/2019
5021 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Queen and 'The King of the World'
If we can't get this right, we will surrender all right to lecture the world on democratic principles, or to brag about Westminster being the mother of all parliaments.
By Mal Fletcher - 25/7/2019
826 days ago
View commentsView articleOlive reincarnations and Elvis on Mars: Boris Johnson becomes British PM
The new British PM and Tory leader is a piece of truly befuddled work, one who still manages to play the card of the electable clown.
By Binoy Kampmark - 25/7/2019
1325 days ago
View commentsView articleDemocrats doomed in 2020 for not preventing illegal entry into USA
Pelosi’s concern for prolonging the stay of illegal immigrants rather than showing compassion for grieving American citizens is puzzling.
By David Singer - 25/7/2019
926 days ago
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