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View commentsView articleAndrew Peacock and his unique role in Papua New Guinea’s development
As even Gough Whitlam acknowledged, Andrew Peacock in that short period laid the ground work for PNG gaining self-government in 1973
By Jeffrey Wall - 20/4/2021
513 hours ago
View commentsView articlePeace, trust and solidarity during the Covid-19 pandemic
We were reminded that history had repeatedly shown that decisions to shun peace and embrace extremes in any form can trigger conflict and discontent and ultimately lead to war and untold suffering.
By Ioan Voicu - 20/4/2021
217 hours ago
View commentsView articleAustralia or Sweden: which has had the better 2020?
In that 510,000 wellbeing years is all the misery caused by lockdowns and social distancing: all the cancelled weddings, all the additional cases of depression, all the extra anxiety.
By Paul Frijters - 19/4/2021
2116 hours ago
View commentsView articleThai students back on the streets
This has deeply split the student movement, were some groups want to focus on reforming democracy, rather than criticise the monarchy.
By Murray Hunter - 19/4/2021
12 days ago
View commentsView articleCancel Culture in the time of Covid-19
Not only will the Australia that emerges from the pandemic have more debt, higher unemployment and bigger, more-intrusive government; it’s likely to be more lost about what holds us together.
By Tony Abbott - 16/4/2021
1316 hours ago
View commentsView articleThe next economic revolution?
Economics has traditionally been based on prioritizing scarcity and allocation. Now we seem to be moving to an era of abundance (if not over-supply).
By Keith Suter - 16/4/2021
72 days ago
View commentsView article'Never again' seems to never apply anymore
While a peace accord was reached in February 2020 to end civil war in South Sudan, the agreement remains extremely fragile and needs international support to hold together.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 16/4/2021
15 days ago
View commentsView articleOne Toowoomba woman’s response to the Australia-wide #march4justice
Women have striven to assert their right to equity, but it was not until the late nineteenth century that real progress started to take place. Today we are at another watershed moment in our nation's political history.
By Shirley Owen - 15/4/2021
112 days ago
View commentsView articlePrince Philip: a legacy of curiosity
For me, the primary leadership lesson the Duke taught us is this. A lifelong commitment to curiosity, maintaining an enquiring mind, is the only thing that guarantees longevity in leadership and influence.
By Mal Fletcher - 15/4/2021
85 days ago
View commentsView articleNimble Failure: the Australian COVID-19 vaccination program
Part of the monumental failings of the government can be put down to its stubbornness in prioritising the use of one vaccine.
By Binoy Kampmark - 14/4/2021
56 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Crown remains an important regional link for Australia
Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands have a common link via the Crown. We are not just members of the Commonwealth, the Queen is our head of state.
By Jeffrey Wall - 14/4/2021
37 days ago
View commentsView articleBiophysical security
Over the next few decades, we face the major task of making our society more resilient and safer when faced by pandemics, epidemics, the threat of biological warfare and environmental crises as well as physical threats to our nation’s stability.
By Peter Curson - 13/4/2021
38 days ago
View commentsView articleAngels and Demons
Tough-minded people like 'facts', and they are materialistic and pessimistic. The tender-minded rely on principles, and they are idealistic, dogmatic and optimistic.
By Don Aitkin - 13/4/2021
195 days ago
View commentsView articleWhen Prince Philip became a monument
A man such as the Duke of Edinburgh operated in a different dimension, distanced from revolutionary tremor and social evolution, even as the country he presided over with Queen Elizabeth II changed.
By Binoy Kampmark - 12/4/2021
39 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Government's AstraZeneca about face: humble pie but no apology to Craig Kelly
He said that 'just because the Australian government may have put most of their eggs in the AstraZeneca basket, this is no reason to continue jabbing Australians with this vaccine'.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 12/4/2021
68 days ago
View commentsView articleA yawning gap in fighting COVID in PNG: where are the churches?
We also need to focus on the
By Jeffrey Wall - 9/4/2021
410 days ago
View commentsView articleHas the WHO reached its use by date?
The WHO has failed to get a proper answer on COVID from China, and indulges in progressive tokenism, neglecting the real task.
By David Leyonhjelm - 9/4/2021
411 days ago
View commentsView articleThe future of Australian universities: bogans of the Pacific
Immunologist Professor Peter Doherty was indignant at the merciless cuts to courses and subjects in Australian universities.
By Binoy Kampmark - 8/4/2021
1011 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralian football's future: how best to maintain the greater interest achieved in recent decades
Just recently, Sam Kerr, Australia's highest paid female footballer, signed a lucrative contract with Chelsea reportedly worth around $2 million for a two-and-a-half year deal.
By Chris Lewis - 8/4/2021
512 days ago
View commentsView articleAll you need is love?
Nowadays the worst crimes you can commit appear to be 'hate' crimes, a failure to be empathetic, or affirmative, enough to a member of a 'marginalised' group.
By Graham Young - 7/4/2021
258 days ago
View commentsView articleByron gets the blues
In reality, the 2021 Bluesfest was cancelled mainly because Byron is now an outer suburb of Sydney, and returning Bluesfesters were at risk of becoming 'superspreaders' who re-ignited 'outbreaks' in the state capital.
By Paul Collits - 6/4/2021
1413 days ago
View commentsView articleHow to make Iran implode into democracy
This is why then-US President Donald Trump is to be lauded for, in 2017, refusing to recertify the Iran nuclear deal.
By Slater Bakhtavar - 6/4/2021
614 days ago
View commentsView articleEU strongarming Australia on CO2
The EU has long sought to impose its carbon dioxide abatement policies on the rest of the world. A major setback to this was the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009.
By Alan Moran - 1/4/2021
4310 days ago
View commentsView articleSouthern Thailand’s phantom insurgency
Life in Thailand’s southernmost border provinces, Narathiwat, Yala, and Patani has taken on a sense of normality over the last 12 months that belies a media-preoccupied insurgency that has largely disappeared.
By Murray Hunter - 1/4/2021
416 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralia must promote its generous aid program, warts and all
The time has come for the Australian Government to actively promote in the community its generous aid program in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.
By Jeffrey Wall - 31/3/2021
521 days ago
View commentsView articleCancelling art, Dark Mofo and the offended classes
'A coloniser artist intending to produce art with the actual blood of colonised people is abusive, colonising and re-traumatising.'
By Binoy Kampmark - 30/3/2021
3216 days ago
View commentsView articlePolitical behaviour of voters befuddles the experts
Policies on offer in 2021 are determined from within a corporatist economic system which has a very different structure of influence to the post World War II mixed economic system based upon the economics of John Maynard Keynes.
By Ben Rees - 30/3/2021
222 days ago
View commentsView articleHow feasible are these 2050 targets?
Vaclav Smil, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, has written a clear and accessible article suggesting that 2050 is far too soon a target-year for all of this to take place.
By Don Aitkin - 29/3/2021
1622 days ago
View commentsView articleThe European Union wants to impose carbon tariffs on Australian exports. Is that legal?
What Australian politicians call carbon tariffs, the European Union labels a carbon border adjustment mechanism.
By Felicity Deane - 26/3/2021
611 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy the NRL should let Izzy Folau play football
The decimated ratings and revenues of American sports codes which have embraced political virtue-signalling is evidence of the truism, 'go woke: go broke'.
By David Pellowe - 26/3/2021
1024 days ago
View commentsView articleThe day of the social justice warrior
Exactly what should be done is not always clear, but who should do it is always obvious: 'they', usually meaning the government, council, corporation or whatever.
By Don Aitkin - 25/3/2021
523 days ago
View commentsView articleComing to the playing field: Biden puts Australia first
Particular concern was expressed regarding claims of economic coercion exerted by Beijing towards US allies, with Australia featuring.
By Binoy Kampmark - 25/3/2021
726 days ago
View commentsView articleCritical race theory aims to upend the civic order
By its perverse logic, Jews are first and foremost members of the oppressor class, bearing guilt for any wrong done to any non-white group by any white people.
By Eleanor Krasne - 24/3/2021
1821 days ago
View commentsView articleTrump allegations of election fraud in Georgia to be investigated
The New York Times, CNN and ABC – who had run with the original Washington Post story - also made similarly embarrassing back downs.
By David Singer - 24/3/2021
3716 days ago
View commentsView articleAustralia cannot afford a failed state on our border
The last thing we need to see in our northern neighbour is more meddling in the PNG health system by the Chinese government and its apologists within the PNG government.
By Jeffrey Wall - 23/3/2021
2626 days ago
View commentsView articleIs Sports Integrity Australia right to oppose Shayna Jack’s reduced penalty for testing positive to a banned PED?
For the hardliners, there is no excuse or sympathy for a positive drug test. According to Dick Pound, former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, 'Everybody who's caught doping says I have no idea...'
By Chris Lewis - 23/3/2021
129 days ago
View commentsView articleGreen passes and dark inequalities: the push for COVID immunity passports
In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 'there are still critical unknowns regarding the efficacy of vaccination'.
By Binoy Kampmark - 22/3/2021
230 days ago
View commentsView article Netanyahu’s feats merit his being Israel’s next Prime Minister
'I pledged to take care of the citizens of Israel and I do so with a deep mission. I brought vaccines and four peace agreements, there are four more on the way.'
By David Singer - 22/3/2021
928 days ago
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