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View commentsView articleOn liberty, sans jab
If ‘vaccination is our route to liberty,’ as Tony Blair recently said there are many of us who might consider changing our idea of what constitutes liberty.
By Sonia Bowditch - 12/5/2021
811 hours ago
View commentsView articleA perpetual state of war
Overspending on war will lead to economic collapse, and the danger of nuclear war through accident or miscalculation is very real.
By John Avery - 12/5/2021
59 hours ago
View commentsView articleAustralian taxpayer funds Chinese construction companies in PNG
Even looking at ADB contracts in Papua New Guinea alone, Chinese companies have been awarded much more, especially in recent years.
By Jeffrey Wall - 11/5/2021
42 days ago
View commentsView articleZero Covid man
At least there is now at least one Australian politician willing, at last, to state his or her position on Covid.
By Paul Collits - 11/5/2021
725 hours ago
View commentsView articleMarxist Mark took away your international freedoms and rights under COVID
At midnight, on 23rd of April 2021, Western Australia's State of Emergency was set to expire. Just in time, another alleged spread of COVID occurred from our hotel quarantine facilities.
By Andrea Tokaji - 10/5/2021
2416 hours ago
View commentsView article The United Nations and building a better world for all
Notably the 2030 Agenda is the result of the most widespread consultation in the history of the UN and represented a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace, prosperity and equality.
By Patricia Jenkings - 10/5/2021
142 days ago
View commentsView articleStructural racism in Australia today is a nonsense
At a time when we need analysis that defends the virtues of the liberal democratic experience, we often have simplistic academic analysis that downplays our own social achievements.
By Chris Lewis - 7/5/2021
182 days ago
View commentsView articleThe perfect essay on climate change
We use the word 'crusade' advisedly, since the frenzy over climate resembles the medieval crusades against foreign infidels and home-grown heretics. There is even a children's climate crusade.
By Don Aitkin - 7/5/2021
153 days ago
View commentsView articleLosing our moral compass: Australia's inhumanity in dealing with Covid-19
Our 9,000 fellow Australian citizens stranded in India are now threatened with a five-year jail sentence, a $66,000 fine, or both, if they return home during the temporary ban.
By Jane Hasler - 6/5/2021
146 days ago
View commentsView articleServitude, torture and rape in China's surveillance state
Book extract from The Chief Witness: the harrowing testimony of a Kazakh Muslim woman who escaped from a modern-day concentration camp
By Sayragul Sauytbay and Alexandra Cavelius - 6/5/2021
43 days ago
View commentsView articleChristianity in Papua New Guinea may gain national religion status
The history of successful Christian engagement in Papua New Guinea since the late 19th century is in general a very honourable and proud one.
By Jeffrey Wall - 5/5/2021
38 days ago
View commentsView articleHow David Attenborough and the catastrophist crew have humanity wrong
He's not the only environmentalist to downgrade and misclassify homo sapiens, but it is a damaging mistake to pretend that, somehow, we are not members, albeit the most outstanding members, of nature.
By Graham Young - 5/5/2021
5221 hours ago
View commentsView articleIf God is dead, why do we miss Him so?
The obstacles we have placed in the path are to do with a reliance on radical scepticism and hence the refusal to take anything on faith. We are spiritually risk averse.
By Peter Sellick - 4/5/2021
2131 hours ago
View commentsView articleAfrican migration and what the developed world might do about it
Currently the developed world's response is just to try to prevent migrants from entering their territories.
By Guy Hallowes - 3/5/2021
4024 hours ago
View commentsView articleIsrael's greatest stigma
It is hard to fathom how in a country that boasts about its technological advancements, scientific breakthroughs, economic prosperity, and military prowess, 23 percent of its population lives under the poverty line.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 3/5/2021
47 days ago
View commentsView articleMike Pezzullo and giving war a chance
Those madly titillated by conflict have become bolder of late in the corridors of the isolated Australian capital.
By Binoy Kampmark - 30/4/2021
1211 days ago
View commentsView articleVoting and talking
The Canadian humourist Rick Mercer has had a series called 'Talking to Americans', and in one interview he asks a group of women what they think about the Russian proposal to bomb Chechnya and Saskatchewan.
By Don Aitkin - 30/4/2021
412 days ago
View commentsView articleCan Australia prevent Papua New Guinea becoming a failed state?
There are some key aspects of the PNG system of government that have definitely 'failed', but there remains time for PNG to pull back from being a total 'failed state'.
By Jeffrey Wall - 29/4/2021
89 days ago
View commentsView articleIsrael reels from rockets, riots and arm-wrestles
It is hard to know who is to blame for this current sorry state of affairs: the electors, or the politicians.
By David Singer - 29/4/2021
514 days ago
View commentsView articleEconomy thrives while CBDs dive: the argument that CBDs are the engine rooms of the Australian economy is being tested right now
Many Australian CBDs continue to languish, with major CBDs only at from one third to two thirds of their pre-pandemic occupancy levels, despite the end of lockdowns and the lifting of many restrictions.
By Ross Elliott - 28/4/2021
615 days ago
View commentsView articleEthnic engineering: Denmark's ghetto policy
That nasty formulation is intended to have consequences for urban planning, taking into account the percentage of immigrants and descendants present in that area of 'non-Western background'.
By Binoy Kampmark - 28/4/2021
811 days ago
View commentsView articleThe feminist label
Many women on the centre-right either set themselves up in opposition to 'feminism' or have their female card taken from them.
By Dara Macdonald - 27/4/2021
199 days ago
View commentsView articleMunich, Moscow, now Beijing - to boycott or not
Should Western societies respond to the Communist Party of China (CCP) through sporting boycotts?
By Chris Lewis - 27/4/2021
913 days ago
View commentsView articleSuffering in silence for their art: Australian actors battle with mental health
Apart from being amongst the lowest income earners in the ‘creative’ sector recent studies have spotlighted the severe mental health issues that characterise the lives of this professional group.
By Dafna Kronental - 26/4/2021
1011 days ago
View commentsView articleWhere the USA is truly exceptional
Americans have a disturbing tendency to refer to themselves as 'exceptional'. For the rest of us, or even for the odd critical thinker within the United States, this can certainly be irritatingc- exceptionally irritating.
By Howard Burton - 26/4/2021
914 days ago
View commentsView articleThe sacrifice by Australians in Papua New Guinea during World War II needs greater recognition
Even though Anzac Day is no longer a national holiday in PNG, it has always been a focus for visiting defence and ex-service personnel to visit the impressive war cemeteries and some of the more significant battle zones.
By Jeffrey Wall - 23/4/2021
816 days ago
View commentsView articleA pox on rail fanatics
What I have issue with, is people, who push the case for rail transport to the point of advocating projects that clearly have no hope of ever being economic.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 23/4/2021
5011 days ago
View commentsView articleCapitalism and modern day colonialism
Over 500,000 civilians have been murdered and many more imprisoned and tortured by the Indonesian government in what's being called a 'silent genocide'.
By Calum Rosie - 23/4/2021
419 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Taiwan test
Russia is massing troops on the borders of the Ukraine at the same time the Chinese are increasing their unauthorised flights of military aircraft into Taiwanese airspace. This can't be coincidental.
By Graham Young - 22/4/2021
4213 days ago
View commentsView articleThe illiberalism of Pro-Vaxxer 'Liberals'
Who would have expected, for example, that one of (classically) liberal inclinations might find himself cheering on Piers Corbyn at demonstrations or avidly reading the articles from Left Lockdown Sceptics?
By Paul Collits - 21/4/2021
1217 days ago
View commentsView articleExiting Afghanistan: Biden sets the date
It had to be symbolic, and was represented as such. Forces of the United States will be leaving Afghanistan on September 11 after two decades of violent occupation.
By Binoy Kampmark - 21/4/2021
521 days ago
View commentsView articleErdogan's misogyny transcends his moral decadence
Erdogan's decision to withdraw Turkey from the 2011 Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women is by far the most despicable turn he has yet taken against women.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 21/4/2021
122 days ago
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
719 days 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
521 days 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
3419 days 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
124 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
1323 days 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
724 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
127 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
1124 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
827 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
528 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
329 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
330 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
1927 days ago
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