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|Let'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
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|Covid 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
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|An 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
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|Social 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
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|Can 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
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|A 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
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|'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
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|What 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
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|One 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
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|So 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
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|Time 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
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|Australia’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
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|Here’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
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|Battle 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
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|A 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
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|Back 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
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|When “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
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|Applied Christianity |
The welfare state is about helping the same people Christians are called to help.
By David Hale - 27/5/2020
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|The 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
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|Locks 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
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|Cowardice 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
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|Why 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
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|Are 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
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|Why 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
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|Reinventing 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
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|Israel 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
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|Unleashing 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
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|The 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
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|Mental 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
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|COVID-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
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|COVID 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
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|The 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
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|Atheism 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
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|The 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
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|Patriotic 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
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|Meteorologists 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
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|No, 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
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|On 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
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|Victoria’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
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|What 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
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|The 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
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|Should 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
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|Just 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
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|Morrison 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
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|Reviving 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
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|Uranium, 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
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|An 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
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|Are 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
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|Petronas: Malaysia's ailing financial lifeline|
A cash drawer to fund dark projects slides shut.
By Murray Hunter - 13/5/2020
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|Coronavirus 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
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|Double 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
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|Buying 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
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|Pandemics 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
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|Tara 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
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|Reforming 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
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|Australia'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
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|Turn 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
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|Mass 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
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|At 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
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|Political 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
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|China 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
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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
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|A 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
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|COVID-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
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|Brutal 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
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