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» 31/05/2024 5:10:20 PM Indyvidual, I am now retired but have spent about equal amounts of time in my working li.....
» 29/05/2024 1:50:09 PM The test for a criminal conviction is “beyond reasonable doubt”. This is notoriously hard .....
» 16/05/2024 8:01:10 PM Jim Chalmers has been a great disappointment. He is an avowed fan of Paul Keating, but muc.....
» 14/05/2024 6:51:05 PM Dear Yuyustu Thanks for your comments. I agree there are many ethnic minorities in the Mi.....
» 14/05/2024 2:59:54 PM Dear Yuyutsu Thank you for the explanation. I now have a better understanding of your pos.....
» 13/05/2024 8:39:43 PM Dear Yuyustu I doubt Israel would ever agree to a right of return. Demilitarised zones .....
» 13/05/2024 5:15:54 PM Binoy’s irritating condescension and excessive use of sneering adjectives can’t disguise t.....
» 9/05/2024 9:02:00 PM What a poisonous piece of work this woman is. To recap some of her history: She gave a sy.....
» 5/05/2024 3:20:23 PM Holding lots of prisoners on remand, especially for long periods, is unfair and undesirabl.....
» 9/04/2024 6:47:41 PM I think most Western political philosophies draw on Christian values, teaching and mytholo.....
» 16/02/2024 7:10:12 PM There have always been bad journalists and bad newspapers. Poet Humbert Wolfe wrote in the.....
» 5/02/2024 2:53:33 PM Graham is right, supermarket margins are too small to account for more than a tiny fractio.....
» 4/02/2024 3:37:54 PM Canem Malum Many forms of employee protection add to employers’ costs – health and safety.....
» 1/02/2024 7:03:04 PM The author is right that averages of temperatures from different locations are not technic.....
» 1/02/2024 3:21:52 PM Typical Arndt. Misrepresentation, selective quotes out of context, and an implied message .....
» 12/01/2024 2:36:03 PM Thank you Alon for your articles on this issue. I agree the two-state solution appears the.....
» 8/01/2024 7:23:52 PM Canem Malem I don’t like Clementine Ford either. But it’s important to recognise the genr.....
» 8/01/2024 6:06:14 PM What utter hypocrisy. If 2023 was indeed “the year of living angrily … characteristic of .....
» 27/10/2023 2:26:21 PM Thank you Chek for your article. I thought that enshrining the Voice in the constitution .....
» 26/10/2023 5:28:28 PM The changes to the family law act do not “severely reduce” the chances of divorced men bei.....
» 3/10/2023 12:45:21 PM Thank you, Chris, for a thoughtful piece that expresses many of the reasons why I dislike .....
» 14/08/2023 2:06:05 PM I agree the Sofronoff inquiry raised important questions about the operation of the legal .....
» 11/08/2023 3:04:47 PM Dear Steeleredux As I said, there are two contentions – one, that the 26-page document is.....
» 11/08/2023 12:29:38 PM Dear Steeleredux There are two issues here – whether there is one version of the Statemen.....
» 10/08/2023 5:08:15 PM I wonder if the extraordinary stoush in the past two days over what exactly is in the Stat.....
» 8/08/2023 3:16:09 PM Dear Steeleredux I agree Sofronoff should not have given embargoed copies of his report t.....
» 8/08/2023 11:44:51 AM It was interesting to see ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr interviewed on 7:30 last night. H.....
» 7/08/2023 7:27:46 PM Dear SteeleRedux Yes, you are right, it was only released to those two outlets. I misread.....
» 7/08/2023 3:50:47 PM At least Arndt admits that Sofronoff concluded that Drumgold was right to pursue the prose.....
» 3/08/2023 4:59:35 PM The Sofronoff Report has not yet been officially released, but it has leaked to The Austra.....
» 20/07/2023 11:56:08 AM Diver Dan You may not be aware that Utopia is a fictional comedy show. Its quality has no .....
» 19/07/2023 4:45:14 PM Utopia is the best thing on TV, and this series is even better than the previous ones. The.....
» 14/07/2023 1:16:55 PM I agree with Everald – both sides of this debate are running nasty and dishonest campaigns.....
» 10/07/2023 12:51:38 PM I agree with Steven that diversity in universities – and other organisations – is a good t.....
» 10/07/2023 11:57:10 AM A good article, that sensitively negotiates the competing values universities try to uphol.....
» 9/07/2023 2:02:37 PM Canem Malem I was not trying to conflate libertarianism and liberalism, quite the opposit.....
» 8/07/2023 12:37:38 PM Dear Yuyutsu I think you are being a bit unfair. For me, the most important benefits of W.....
» 7/07/2023 6:50:08 PM Thanks, Christian, for an interesting read. I'm mostly in agreement with you – the great c.....
» 7/07/2023 6:04:23 PM There are two issues here, which Arndt conflates to further her male victimhood agenda. Th.....
» 5/07/2023 6:09:24 PM What does this article actually say? It seems to me a vague assembly of bureaucratic plati.....
» 5/07/2023 4:40:41 PM Graham Your article would be greeted with wholehearted applause by most Western Australia.....
» 5/07/2023 1:19:24 PM Dear Yuyutsu I find your position interesting. Personally I think that, regrettably, ther.....
» 4/07/2023 5:26:32 PM David contrasts liberalism with conservatism but says classical liberalism and libertarian.....
» 3/07/2023 2:24:19 PM Terry's article claims that the proposed reforms will remove the "faith" from fa.....
» 3/07/2023 1:32:28 PM Dear David F Indeed, and McCulloch goes on to make a similar point to what I think Peter.....
» 2/07/2023 4:57:29 PM Ttbn I gave several examples of her flawed reasoning and misleading arguments mostly from.....
» 2/07/2023 2:21:40 PM Dear David No need to apologise, I enjoy your directness and critical thinking. I may ha.....
» 1/07/2023 7:45:14 PM Dear David Sorry to hear about your loss, it is a terrible thing to lose a loved one. And.....
» 1/07/2023 2:14:39 PM Ttbn Yes, I’m sincere in my beliefs. I have a particular dislike for Arndt because I thin.....
» 1/07/2023 12:12:32 AM Dear David Crossan is controversial, but he does have an extensive record as an academic .....
» 30/06/2023 8:38:31 PM I'm reminded of one of my favourite quotes from bible scholar John Dominic Crossan: “My p.....
» 30/06/2023 2:11:22 PM More utter drivel from Arndt. Claire Lehmann’s estimate that 639,000 women have experienc.....
» 30/06/2023 1:03:34 PM Thanks Peter for another great article. I always enjoy your pieces even when I sometimes d.....
» 27/06/2023 1:42:06 PM The death of a passenger on an overcrowded boat smuggling refugees is arguably more tragic.....
» 23/06/2023 1:58:18 PM I don’t often agree with Scott, but on this occasion I think he’s right – Australia is mov.....
» 17/06/2023 4:53:13 PM Paul Bill Shorten has been accused of the rape of a 15-year-old girl. The difference is, .....
» 17/06/2023 2:57:54 PM Paul Neither side of politics has covered itself in glory here. With three separate allega.....
» 12/06/2023 3:35:29 PM I’ve seen some outrageous pot-calling-kettle-black on these pages, but Binoy accusing anyo.....
» 12/06/2023 1:37:41 PM Diver Dan I repeat: “I’d be happy to “fire back” at any other points you’d care to make .....
» 11/06/2023 3:02:39 PM Diver Dan did not say that I like “equality chamber music” – quite the opposite. I said .....
» 10/06/2023 12:50:07 PM Ipso You may be right that our peace and safety is ultimately grounded in force, but it n.....
» 9/06/2023 4:36:52 PM There are several issues to unpack here. Biology dictates that men are on average taller,.....
» 28/05/2023 8:36:43 PM Hi Bezza There is a generally accepted definition of aboriginal person as being someone w.....
» 27/05/2023 8:31:57 PM Hi Paul It’s not just conservative politicians who favour consultants – Labor does as wel.....
» 26/05/2023 1:34:26 PM I often disagree with Binoy nowadays, but this article is spot on. PWC’s behaviour, and it.....
» 25/05/2023 6:22:09 PM Hi Graham I suspect much of the nastiest abuse is either sent directly to the ABC or gets.....
» 24/05/2023 6:17:56 PM IF We are not responsible for the actions of people in the past in the sense that we dese.....
» 24/05/2023 3:13:25 PM Thank you, Craig, for a thoughtful and thought-provoking article. The analogy with the spi.....
» 17/05/2023 3:35:07 PM Hasbeen As I have already pointed out to you on another thread, rates of youth offending h.....
» 17/05/2023 3:09:12 PM IF We already lock up people convicted of serious crimes – so what are you suggesting we .....
» 15/05/2023 10:28:16 PM Mhaze Yes, the suggestion about locking men up was tongue in cheek, but I wanted to illus.....
» 14/05/2023 5:04:35 PM Hasbeen I’m not sure why an explosion in youth crime could be blamed on judges, or why th.....
» 12/05/2023 4:08:25 PM Some facts. Stuart Waiton is not a “law lecturer”, he is a criminologist and sociologist .....
» 12/05/2023 2:08:03 PM Unfortunately ,“woke” is a term that means very different things to those who use it as a .....
» 1/05/2023 1:56:33 PM I think Ian misses the point. There is little opposition to indigenous recognition in the .....
» 30/04/2023 3:27:02 PM Canem It depends on whether you look at “normal” from an individual or population perspec.....
» 30/04/2023 3:13:56 PM David f Thank you for the historical information, that was interesting. I will not attemp.....
» 29/04/2023 4:23:17 PM Ttbn In everyday life we are free to hold a low opinion of people for all sorts of reason.....
» 29/04/2023 1:47:34 PM Actually, Canem, I agree with you on that.....
» 28/04/2023 5:56:35 PM Alan I agree that the Bible was written by men (not many women) and reflects the values a.....
» 28/04/2023 4:06:04 PM Mhaze You argued that gun-related suicides were in trend decline before the Port Arthur m.....
» 28/04/2023 2:15:57 PM Alan B I completely agree with you that “God created mankind in his own image, which incl.....
» 27/04/2023 3:31:27 PM Mhaze My comments that the suicide rates in Australia dropped dramatically after we tight.....
» 27/04/2023 11:47:08 AM Indy You can find details on all causes of death here: https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics.....
» 26/04/2023 5:09:27 PM Indy Guns don’t cause people to decide to attempt suicide, but access to a gun makes it e.....
» 26/04/2023 3:32:46 PM Mhaze Yep, my mistake, I should have written 1996 and 1997 not 2006 and 2007. But the su.....
» 26/04/2023 1:10:50 PM Mhaze You are mistaken - look at the charts again. The suicide rates for both men and wom.....
» 25/04/2023 12:50:31 PM Ttnb You may be right that culture is a factor, but there are far fewer mass shootings, m.....
» 24/04/2023 4:44:47 PM David Leyonhjelm claims that several academic studies suggest that Australia’s gun control.....
» 24/04/2023 2:50:12 PM Leeser has been a prominent supporter of the Voice for years. It would be utter hypocrisy .....
» 19/04/2023 8:36:28 PM Thank you, Peter, for another thought-provoking article. While I agree with much of what .....
» 19/04/2023 12:33:00 PM AC Which women are “running around saying all men are rapists”? It is a well-established.....
» 18/04/2023 12:01:25 PM If the Higgins case is indeed responsible for a rise in reported sexual assaults, then the.....
» 6/04/2023 5:44:37 PM I loathe Trump and would be delighted if he is properly found guilty of some of his crimes.....
» 5/04/2023 6:25:00 PM Once again Arndt gives us a masterclass in misleading statistics, but at least she introdu.....
» 23/03/2023 7:33:15 PM Kishore Mahbubani is well-respected and has an impressive CV, but the article Binoy links .....
» 15/03/2023 3:33:32 PM The government has said the subs will not be nuclear armed, and there is every reason to e.....
» 10/03/2023 2:23:38 PM Shadowminister Different organisations use different criteria – for example, the Times Hi.....
» 10/03/2023 1:00:19 PM The author says: “There is no doubt that rankings affect the behaviour of potential appli.....
» 7/03/2023 11:44:07 AM Thanks, Chris, for a well-argued response to Binoy’s anti-Americanism.....
» 6/03/2023 2:58:51 PM It’s true that not every flood, storm and bushfire is the results of climate change, and w.....
» 3/03/2023 1:32:11 PM Aiden The Australia Institute’s analysis compares profits with December 2019, just before.....
» 2/03/2023 2:15:46 PM Aiden Increasing profits could be a cause of inflation, but in the present case I don’t t.....
» 21/02/2023 12:39:52 PM Graham is right – by historical standards current interest rates are not especially high, .....
» 17/02/2023 1:18:29 PM Normally I have no time for anti-vax conspiracy theorists, but this author has a point. Do.....
» 14/02/2023 10:00:20 PM Dan Are you implying I’m the same person as Alan B? Seriously? Rhosty metamorphosised in.....
» 14/02/2023 4:33:20 PM Dan The statistics I used were to illustrate how Arndt yet again misrepresents data to un.....
» 14/02/2023 1:52:15 PM More dishonest claptrap from the high priestess of the male victimhood movement. For exam.....
» 10/02/2023 1:38:46 PM Yes, there are elements of absurdity about this odd tale, and it’s hard to see the balloon.....
» 9/02/2023 7:53:12 PM Dear Dan NASA would disagree <https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/clima.....
» 9/02/2023 2:51:46 PM Thanks David, that’s an interesting link. My reading of it is that there is no requiremen.....
» 9/02/2023 2:07:24 PM Hi Dan There are many people with good reason to wake up worried about the weather – farm.....
» 9/02/2023 11:34:57 AM This article’s entire premise is false. So far as I know, no-one has argued achieving ne.....
» 9/02/2023 10:55:43 AM Hi David f I agree that state schools should teach children about religions not what to b.....
» 8/02/2023 5:21:03 PM Hmm I think I agree with the author to a point. Empirical and scientific methods are neve.....
» 8/02/2023 3:48:24 PM Ah yes, of course. Germany is responsible for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The bombings.....
» 7/02/2023 11:45:28 AM It is not the West that is accelerating momentum towards war, but Russia and China. It is.....
» 6/02/2023 12:27:44 PM Murray Hunter says “Statistically, a person is more at risk of having adverse effects fro.....
» 3/02/2023 1:24:03 PM I hope Australia does become a Republic, but as Foxy says it can’t happen until at least a.....
» 29/01/2023 3:55:38 PM Hi Foxy I’m old enough to have both experienced and witnessed discrimination against wome.....
» 28/01/2023 4:13:14 PM Indyvidual I know scores of classy attractive feminists (try Google), but no classy or at.....
» 28/01/2023 3:54:04 PM Thank you, Hasbeen and Indyvidual, for illustrating so clearly why the feminist cause is a.....
» 27/01/2023 2:00:06 PM More drivel from Arndt. The Wikipedia link makes clear that the Declaration of Sentiments.....
» 19/01/2023 4:32:41 PM I mostly agree with this article. I can think of no measure of human material welfare that.....
» 19/01/2023 4:12:46 PM Hi Foxy I agree, while there is value in spelling out the moral logic behind whistle-blow.....
» 11/01/2023 11:57:46 AM Ttnb Yes, you’re right, what’s in the constitution can only be changed by referendum. But.....
» 10/01/2023 8:49:41 PM Having “Indigenous Citizens elected by Indigenous Voters” as members of the Voice seems fi.....
» 9/01/2023 5:36:13 PM For as long as I can remember both left-wing and right-wing protest march organisers have .....
» 22/12/2022 4:18:04 PM According to the article we hear almost daily, that "Budgets must be brought into bal.....
» 2/12/2022 12:12:36 PM mhaze he said "I'm not the minister" when he was, in fact, the minister. How is .....
» 1/12/2022 1:28:40 PM It may be possible to justify appointing the PM to many existing portfolios during a natio.....
» 17/11/2022 1:32:31 PM I'd trust the RSPCA and a host of scientific experts before David L on matters of animal w.....
» 13/11/2022 6:16:34 PM Hi Max, If you’re right, the government doesn’t need to ban new projects. The market ope.....
» 13/11/2022 2:56:21 PM The church has every right to get political. Jesus was political – that’s why he was cruci.....
» 28/10/2022 4:52:02 PM Whether or not Brittany Higgins was unwise to get so drunk she passed out has no bearing o.....
» 21/10/2022 2:19:13 PM I agree with the author, some terms and phrases are so loaded and imprecise that their use.....
» 10/10/2022 5:03:54 PM Hi Yuyutsu I think the answer to all three of your questions is "yes"......
» 10/10/2022 4:29:37 PM Hi Bazz Is Andrews a practicing Roman Catholic? If so, I agree with you, his comments see.....
» 8/10/2022 3:27:44 PM Hi Foxy Thank you for that. No need to apologise – the media coverage has been a bit conf.....
» 7/10/2022 5:58:17 PM Hi Foxy The two sermons in question were delivered before Thorburn became involved in the.....
» 7/10/2022 2:38:23 PM Very many Christian churches have an official position that homosexual acts are sinful, th.....
» 7/10/2022 2:08:03 PM Hi Foxy Yes, he made that choice, but it was in response to an ultimatum from the Essendo.....
» 7/10/2022 12:51:57 PM Hi Foxy I agree it may have been better to wait and allow him to be judged on his leaders.....
» 6/10/2022 5:52:51 PM Hi Foxy I don’t think there is evidence that Thorburn’s views are not inclusive – quite t.....
» 6/10/2022 2:31:25 PM Hi Foxy Yes, he resigned, but it’s pretty clear he had no choice. Without the support of .....
» 25/09/2022 6:13:20 PM Hi ttnb Your question about whether people take the Bible into account when forming a vie.....
» 8/09/2022 5:38:20 PM Hi Banjo thanks for your considered response. You might find this article from the UK int.....
» 7/09/2022 5:17:23 PM Hi Banjo I agree, the stats are shocking – probably even worse if you consider that most .....
» 6/09/2022 5:26:42 PM I almost always disagree with Bettina Arndt’s apologias for the male victimhood movement, .....
» 22/08/2022 3:23:49 PM If Labor has made political capital from this, it is because Morrison has handed the oppor.....
» 4/08/2022 7:56:39 PM The problem with this article, as with most attacks on so—called “neoliberalism”, is that .....
» 28/07/2022 5:03:23 PM Thank you Peter for your response. I agree that liberal theology can be a limp and ineff.....
» 28/07/2022 3:04:26 PM Thank you, Peter, for an interesting article. In response to you comment on Ray Barracloug.....
» 28/07/2022 2:25:11 PM Hi Sells Maybe your next article? I suspect your take on that question may be a bit differ.....
» 27/07/2022 1:49:08 PM Great article - can we have more from Dr Barraclough please? While I agree with the thrus.....
» 20/07/2022 2:27:27 PM Everald’s history is a bit sloppy. The Tamils were not brought to Sri Lanka as slaves but .....
» 19/07/2022 4:31:07 PM Troy Bramston has a piece in today’s Australian – “Establish a voice, and let parliament s.....
» 19/07/2022 4:08:48 PM I agree with Aiden, we have plenty of resources to help a country that is unjustly attacke.....
» 18/07/2022 2:28:03 PM Dear Foxy Thank you for the link – very interesting. I agree with pretty much everything .....
» 18/07/2022 1:46:27 PM Binoy views all foreign policy issues through the lens of a reflexive anti-Americanism (se.....
» 18/07/2022 1:16:32 PM Dear Foxy I support the idea of a voice in principle, but I also think we should know the.....
» 15/07/2022 1:50:41 PM Dear David f I deliberately selected influential theologians from different periods and i.....
» 14/07/2022 5:09:40 PM Arndt’s comment on the Digital Platforms Regulators is particularly asinine. This is not a.....
» 14/07/2022 4:53:31 PM Dear OzSpen Whether you agree with Sean Winter’s views on the bible and abortion is irrel.....
» 13/07/2022 6:28:07 PM Dear OzSpen We can each give hundreds of references to authors who support our positions......
» 13/07/2022 4:27:44 PM Hi OzSpen David f’s view of the bible is not ill-informed (though I don’t fully agree wit.....
» 13/07/2022 2:51:50 PM I agree that excluding sexual extortion from the Commission’s analysis of complaints by ge.....
» 11/07/2022 6:12:27 PM OzSpen If you look at the data, it doesn’t support your hypothesis. Of the Christian grou.....
» 11/07/2022 4:51:27 PM Dear Paul1405 As I understand it that was part of the Safer Communities Fund which was av.....
» 11/07/2022 3:58:27 PM Dear Yuyutsu Thanks for your response. I saw in a different thread that you had said you .....
» 11/07/2022 1:25:22 PM Thank you Everald for a thought-provoking piece. I’m an Anglican and we’re very much in th.....
» 8/07/2022 7:27:38 PM Hi JP Yes, I do think there is a stage in a pregnancy at which abortion is wrong except in.....
» 8/07/2022 6:57:38 PM I think there are three distinct issues here: 1. Should women have a right to access safe.....
» 7/07/2022 4:45:29 PM Dear JP Thank you for your detailed response. “Viable” is the term used to describe a fetu.....
» 6/07/2022 3:30:34 PM Dear JP Yes, the view that certain groups are non-persons has led to terrible abuses. Tha.....
» 5/07/2022 4:56:46 PM Dear JP Thanks for your response. I don’t think the terms “human” and “person” are inte.....
» 5/07/2022 2:09:01 PM Dear JP Do you consider abortion acceptable at an earlier stage of development than a fet.....
» 4/07/2022 11:56:06 AM I agree with Anthony’s point, that Spencer tends to attack people he disagrees with using .....
» 1/07/2022 2:49:15 PM Viv’s article is full of red herrings and half-truths. Yes, Ukraine has been invaded, assi.....
» 21/06/2022 2:04:07 PM I always get nervous when political enthusiasts claim that Jesus would endorse their ideol.....
» 20/06/2022 7:01:09 PM What a strange article. As Yuyustu hints, its interpretation of the prophets in general an.....
» 14/06/2022 2:39:43 PM Armchair Critic I guess what Vanessa meant to say is that two thirds of homicide victims .....
» 27/05/2022 4:05:26 PM Hi SteeleRedux I agree that the author of 2nd Isaiah was not forecasting the death of Jes.....
» 16/05/2022 5:46:51 PM Unfortunately, there is a real risk that Tristan will get what he hopes for, and the wage .....
» 2/05/2022 1:15:51 PM ttbn no, actually that would be Russia https://www.transparency.org/en/cpi/2021.....
» 17/02/2022 6:06:17 PM Thank you, Peter, for a thought-provoking piece – there’s a lot to digest. I would offer .....
» 15/02/2022 4:04:35 PM Dan I agree there have been occasions when LGBTQI+ activists have attempted to silence Ch.....
» 14/02/2022 8:54:03 PM Dan I regard homosexuality as just one example of human diversity that is intrinsic to so.....
» 14/02/2022 6:52:28 PM Dan Choosing your own affiliations is a good way of accommodating the diverse needs and v.....
» 14/02/2022 4:10:39 PM The Religious Discrimination Bill failed because it did not address the crucial conflict a.....
» 14/02/2022 3:03:51 PM What Spencer defines as “Bible-believing Christians” comprises a small minority of Christi.....
» 13/02/2022 4:20:01 PM Hi SteeleRedux I was wondering the same thing. The report makes clear that women are much.....
» 10/02/2022 1:06:19 PM Hi Alan FR may be better than human judgement at detecting lies, but it's not yet accurat.....
» 10/02/2022 12:52:46 PM I think the whole basis of aged care funding is crazy. Basing government funding on bed li.....
» 10/02/2022 12:32:59 PM ‘The minute someone says "Research says" or "The research does not show&quo.....
» 8/02/2022 3:20:51 PM There are two distinct questions here. First, is Cuba the innocent victim of US aggressio.....
» 6/01/2022 7:28:32 PM ateday I completely agree, but the question is whether Court's achievements should be ign.....
» 22/12/2021 4:51:10 PM Dear Yuyutsu I’m not sure if it is true in other religions, but in the Judeo-Christian tr.....
» 21/12/2021 4:59:36 PM Greg asks - "I know of one Anglican church near me that is closing its doors on Chris.....
» 1/10/2021 8:54:44 PM Without context it’s hard to see exactly what Crossan meant, but the sentence is grammatic.....
» 29/09/2021 12:34:18 PM Hi Spencer I have no problem interpreting Luke, but I do wonder how people who take Jesu.....
» 28/09/2021 6:55:14 PM I have no time for antifa, but this article is deliberately misleading. Wikipedia does n.....
» 27/09/2021 4:26:20 PM Hi Spencer Do you think Jesus really wants us to hate our parents, spouses and children (.....
» 26/09/2021 2:26:27 PM Hi Spencer I agree those texts are not binding for modern Christians. But it still raises.....
» 24/09/2021 1:42:10 PM Spencer, could you provide examples of the incorrect use of syntax and grammar by theologi.....
» 20/09/2021 1:45:12 PM Let’s look at Spencer’s arguments. It does not require breaking grammar and syntax to tak.....
» 9/09/2021 4:14:30 PM Peter There is much wisdom in what you say, but the church is not immune from grappling wi.....
» 26/06/2016 4:04:25 PM ... cont Richard Denniss is right to say that it’s real per capita spending that counts, .....
» 26/06/2016 4:03:05 PM Hi Divergence Many factors have contributed to rising energy prices including the need to.....
» 24/06/2016 8:40:07 PM Hi Divergence A politician’s justifications for his government’s under-investment in infr.....
» 24/06/2016 11:06:52 AM Hi Hasbeen That’s odd, last time I went to the doctor, the waiting room contained lots of.....
» 23/06/2016 4:48:05 PM Hi Divergence My salary is unaffected by whether we have high, low or no population growt.....
» 23/06/2016 3:18:16 PM Hi Divergence Yes, we need more houses, roads, schools and hospitals with a growing popul.....
» 23/06/2016 12:25:01 PM Divergence I agree that the economic benefits of migration for the resident population ar.....
» 22/06/2016 8:36:52 PM Hi Divergence According to the OECD, Australia’s real per capita GDP grew at 0.9% a year .....
» 22/06/2016 1:05:23 PM Hi Dan I don’t think that in science the majority must be right. In fact, we would never .....
» 17/06/2016 2:57:48 PM Alan makes some interesting and plausible arguments, though I'd like to see some of his cl.....
» 16/06/2016 1:36:13 PM there is no such think as a trickle down theory of economics https://en.wikipedia.org/wik.....
» 15/06/2016 3:48:21 PM I agree that La Trobe’s attempts to discipline Ward were disgraceful, and I’m glad they we.....
» 15/06/2016 11:43:40 AM Hi Dan I didn’t ask you to name an atheist who believes in Noah’s flood. If the flood was.....
» 13/06/2016 12:47:38 PM Hi Dan Tas Walker is a young earth creationist who earns his living writing and preaching.....
» 9/06/2016 4:01:40 PM Malcolm thanks for this - a nicely written and well-deserved skewering of someone who doe.....
» 9/06/2016 2:15:25 PM Psychology has always been at the heart of economics, which basically tries to explain how.....
» 8/06/2016 2:59:01 PM yep, that's interesting the one I would have loved to see is the Atlantic breaking into t.....
» 8/06/2016 1:53:35 PM Hi Jayb I don’t think we disagree. I was simply listing some of the theories of events th.....
» 7/06/2016 1:54:36 PM Hi Dan It is possible that a real flood is behind the ancient flood stories. Jayb mention.....
» 2/06/2016 3:33:55 PM Scott, you say “Politicians increasingly define themselves and their agenda in terms of wh.....
» 1/06/2016 5:52:19 PM Hi Yuyutsu Thank you for your comments, and contributions to this thread. Jesus did inde.....
» 30/05/2016 6:09:04 PM Hi Dan You assume that the Pentateuch was written by Moses, and that is a traditional vie.....
» 27/05/2016 4:38:28 PM Hi Dan Of course there is no mention of evolution in the bible. Its authors were not awar.....
» 22/05/2016 5:37:27 PM Hi Dan Yes we refer to God as creator. But as these pages show, there are many ways to und.....
» 20/05/2016 5:39:04 PM Hi Dan I have used liturgy in this thread because it’s a way the church expresses and ena.....
» 20/05/2016 12:13:58 PM Hi Mac I think John Howard was speaking specifically about Australian Muslims. All of the.....
» 19/05/2016 6:41:26 PM Hi Mac During the medieval period the Muslim world experienced flourishing arts, science .....
» 19/05/2016 11:28:07 AM Hi Suse The church has views on how society should be, not just on how Christians should .....
» 18/05/2016 2:47:18 PM Hi Suse The behaviour of paedophile priest was appalling, as was the institutional cover .....
» 16/05/2016 12:15:38 PM Hi Dan I don’t know the liturgy in your church, but in mine we proclaim “Christ is risen”.....
» 14/05/2016 8:55:47 PM Hi Banjo I don’t think what I describe is far removed from experiences as commonly unders.....
» 13/05/2016 6:29:01 PM Dear Banjo You chose to progress this discussion using dictionary definitions. But both o.....
» 12/05/2016 4:03:07 PM Hi Banjo The concise OED (I don’t have access to the full version) gives more than one de.....
» 11/05/2016 11:56:10 AM Hi Banjo Your definition of reality as “something that exists independently of ideas conc.....
» 10/05/2016 12:18:55 PM Hi Banjo I don’t equate rational belief with belief only in those parts of the bible that.....
» 9/05/2016 2:37:45 PM Dear Dan Sorry for the late reply, I was offline on the weekend. Luke’s genealogy inclu.....
» 6/05/2016 4:10:53 PM Dear Yuyustu Thank you, I agree with almost all of your post, and certainly the part abou.....
» 6/05/2016 12:00:35 PM Dan I’d hesitate to take any of the Pentateuch literally. There could well be germs of hi.....
» 5/05/2016 2:34:01 PM David f I’ll admit my use of “arrogant” was an insult, but so was your claim that it’s no.....
» 5/05/2016 11:46:51 AM David f Newton was deeply religious, though unorthodox. He wrote more about religion than .....
» 4/05/2016 11:41:10 AM Hi Dan S de Merengue While I wanted to point out that believing in God as creator is not .....
» 3/05/2016 1:54:09 PM Cobber Many of the leading enlightenment and 19th century scientists were Christians. Muc.....
» 2/05/2016 8:48:25 PM Don’s views are not representative of modern Christians, at least in Australia. I do wish.....
» 28/04/2016 3:35:29 PM Aidan it's hard enough to make productive use of Kimberley water for farming even in the .....
» 27/04/2016 3:16:15 PM I agree this article is a shameless plug for the author's book. While the nation building.....
» 21/04/2016 2:57:59 PM I never thought I’d agree with a Family First member, but the author has a point. It is a .....
» 18/04/2016 6:39:35 PM It depends on what kind of consistency we're talking about. Australian politicians from al.....
» 8/04/2016 2:32:28 PM Interesting article. I wonder if the analysis considered the political and economic effect.....
» 24/03/2016 2:56:22 PM Thanks Peter, for an interesting piece. My take on Luke’s theology is a bit different. H.....
» 22/03/2016 3:03:34 PM Shadow Minister I agree, the government’s changes seem to me to strike the right balance .....
» 18/03/2016 2:27:37 PM Bren, you say men account for about a quarter of the victims of intimate partner homicides.....
» 17/03/2016 1:57:39 PM Hi Peter I am interested in Barth’s theology, but I struggle with it, both for its comple.....
» 16/03/2016 3:00:27 PM Hi Peter Thanks for this, I think you have nailed the most common types of bad preaching .....
» 1/03/2016 5:58:47 PM Hi Phanto and Joe I was merely pointing out that, even within the logic of natural law, i.....
» 1/03/2016 2:34:30 PM Thanks, Peter, for an interesting contribution to this topic. Natural law theory has indee.....
» 4/02/2016 11:08:21 AM Rhosty Foreign investment brings people, skills, technology and ideas as well as money. F.....
» 3/02/2016 3:17:55 PM This article identifies a real issue, but I'm not sure its proposed solution will be effec.....
» 3/02/2016 3:04:13 PM I’m a Christian, and all too aware that my own scriptures can be selectively picked apart .....
» 27/01/2016 2:09:28 PM Phanto I am not advocating a particular form of marriage. But IF government is to be invo.....
» 27/01/2016 11:24:46 AM Phanto Again, I never said that de facto marriages are inferior to ones formalised by chu.....
» 26/01/2016 2:01:55 PM Phanto I neither said nor meant that married love is superior to other love; simply that .....
» 25/01/2016 6:14:35 PM Hi Foxy Both black and while armband historians have ideological blinkers. We should face .....
» 25/01/2016 3:01:23 PM Biafra did not manage to sustain its independence. If it has problems today, they are not .....
» 25/01/2016 12:32:13 PM Phanto How can you gain peer acceptance by lying to a pollster? Those surveys are always a.....
» 22/01/2016 5:55:01 PM Phanto Yes, you’re right, it is certainly possible to see homosexuality as intrinsic and s.....
» 22/01/2016 4:16:32 PM ok .. maybe not everyone, as these discussions attest. But surveys consistently show major.....
» 22/01/2016 2:34:20 PM Dustin You are right, that’s what the law says. But it is not an argument for why the law.....
» 22/01/2016 11:13:37 AM Dustin Your argument is essentially circular – gays can’t marry, because marriage can’t b.....
» 20/01/2016 12:09:56 PM Hi Suseonline Yes, if we take a narrow and literal definition of “prophet”, Bowie wasn’t .....
» 19/01/2016 2:32:43 PM Whether or not there are wider benefits to identifying as Aboriginal, there is no benefit .....
» 19/01/2016 12:59:51 PM I can see the author’s point, and partly agree with it. I certainly dislike the fierce, sh.....
» 13/01/2016 9:25:11 PM Rhosty, you ask: “What right do japanese have to fish in other nation's oceans” The answe.....
» 13/01/2016 2:42:52 PM I dislike the idea of whaling and would never eat whale meat, but David has a point. If it.....
» 5/01/2016 2:48:04 PM I’m a Christian, but I find myself agreeing with most of Max’s argument. The churches as i.....
» 4/01/2016 12:32:11 PM Re q 8 Because the question is based on a false premise – that only people who have active.....
» 4/01/2016 11:46:18 AM Hi JKJ, Sorry for the delay in responding, I have taken a break from the keyboard over the.....
» 21/12/2015 12:32:06 PM JKJ You have a habit of posing aggressive and irrelevant questions of posters you disagre.....
» 18/12/2015 3:00:38 PM Hi Joe I'd be delighted if terrorists get the maximum penalty for any and every offence t.....
» 18/12/2015 11:26:37 AM Bazz There are principles underlying our Western justice system that are products of bitt.....
» 17/12/2015 4:02:19 PM Bazz I don’t think a person who wants to kill their fellow citizens is necessarily insane.....
» 17/12/2015 2:39:13 PM Binoy is right, the steady unwinding of basic principles of democracy is deeply troubling......
» 14/12/2015 2:49:14 PM I have seen some interesting and thought-provoking articles arguing that the institution o.....
» 30/11/2015 3:22:49 PM ttbn the German Army in both world wars routinely used the motto "Gott mit uns",.....
» 30/11/2015 3:14:40 PM Informed, well-expressed and interesting opinions count. The gender of the author is almos.....
» 30/11/2015 2:43:37 PM Voxunis Estimates of the proportion of India’s population that is Muslim taken after ind.....
» 25/11/2015 2:02:52 PM Region is something to do with it, yes, and also family association, cultural affinity, fa.....
» 23/11/2015 11:52:13 AM McReal When the church calls marriage a “spiritual union” it is talking about the spiritu.....
» 19/11/2015 3:10:32 PM I disagree with the Catholic Church’s position on same-sex marriage, but it should have th.....
» 17/11/2015 4:03:17 PM Hi Sells On that, I agree with you completely!.....
» 17/11/2015 3:47:08 PM Hi Sells As usual a thought-provoking article, and I agree with some of what you say. I.....
» 16/11/2015 1:48:13 PM PeterBo You’re quite right, of course, but that’s par for the course in Tomlinson’s artic.....
» 7/11/2015 3:23:58 PM Hi Bren Whatever was said in the political bunfights of the 2000s, the actual agreement b.....
» 6/11/2015 6:29:12 PM Hi Bren Your article implies that state governments promised to abolish land tax and stam.....
» 6/11/2015 2:08:58 PM Brendan says “The GST was also supposed to result in the abolition of some inefficient s.....
» 4/11/2015 11:20:33 AM Hi R0bert I agree with you and the author, it’s important to be able to discuss these iss.....
» 2/11/2015 5:35:28 PM This article deliberately muddies the waters by comparing two different things – the lauda.....
» 2/11/2015 5:27:01 PM Geert Wilders advocates banning the Koran, preventing preaching in any language but Dutch,.....
» 30/10/2015 2:59:28 PM Chris C The High Court did not amend the constitution with respect to same-sex marriage. .....
» 29/10/2015 3:48:25 PM This article starts poorly and is all downhill from there. “There are numerous signs that .....
» 29/10/2015 2:22:14 PM This article left me a bit confused. Is the author concerned at faith-based adoption agenc.....
» 29/10/2015 11:09:38 AM Imacentristmoderate You say “so you advocate for tolerating intolerant people who intend.....
» 28/10/2015 2:24:38 PM I support free speech, and agree with this article. However, I find it particularly ironi.....
» 26/10/2015 6:04:48 PM ima Because we are locking them up. A person exercising authority, especially coercive aut.....
» 26/10/2015 12:59:53 PM Imacentristmoderate A single individual in a single country is not exactly a representati.....
» 26/10/2015 11:46:33 AM Imacentristmoderate The ABS is one of the best statistical agencies in the world. Any hal.....
» 26/10/2015 11:38:44 AM Lego For a rich country like Australian caring for 13,000 refugees is a drop in the bucke.....
» 23/10/2015 3:33:46 PM Individual lay Catholics and clergy have always been found across the political spectrum. .....
» 23/10/2015 3:13:52 PM Hi Cobber Thanks for the link. The position outlined in that paper is not the same as Mar.....
» 22/10/2015 2:50:18 PM I broadly agree with the article’s conclusion that freedom of religion should not be eleva.....
» 22/10/2015 11:31:50 AM Imacentristmoderate It’s you who lays the blame entirely with one of the parties. I didn’.....
» 22/10/2015 11:24:34 AM Imacentristmoderate Ok, so if you rule out “authoritative sources of data on global pover.....
» 22/10/2015 11:19:02 AM Imacentristmoderate You say “ALL industries are less efficient today.” But ABS data show .....
» 20/10/2015 7:56:18 PM We are reponsible for these people's welfare. We should give them the same level of health.....
» 20/10/2015 7:32:59 PM Of course battered person syndrome exists, but how does that constitute “scientific proof”.....
» 20/10/2015 6:48:10 PM Imacentristmoderate Actually, the authoritative source of data on global poverty is the W.....
» 20/10/2015 5:42:25 PM Hi Plantagenet You say: “As Australia is working with an island built on Guano, presided.....
» 20/10/2015 4:03:58 PM If we are detaining innocent people indefinitely without trial we have an obligation to en.....
» 20/10/2015 2:57:35 PM Not one of Syd’s better articles, I think. It starts off with a massive straw man: “The.....
» 20/10/2015 1:59:46 PM Imacentristostmoderate 1. Still no evidence 2. Who are you mirroring? No-one on this thre.....
» 20/10/2015 12:54:19 PM Imacentristmoderate The proportion of the world’s population living in absolute poverty h.....
» 19/10/2015 7:54:11 PM Hi ttbn I think your comparison with Pilger is rather unfair. I disagree with most of wha.....
» 19/10/2015 3:02:28 PM Imacentristmoderate Don’t assume that silence means you’re right. I suspect people have g.....
» 19/10/2015 2:46:21 PM Humanity’s progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals is a wonderful achi.....
» 16/10/2015 3:05:52 PM This is an utterly tragic case, with Geoff’s depression and Kim’s brain damage contributin.....
» 15/10/2015 11:42:12 AM Deaton's prize is well deserved. "The Great Escape" is as great analysis of prog.....
» 9/10/2015 2:45:32 PM doog On what basis do you say "Do you notice there is no females on this thread".....
» 9/10/2015 2:31:55 PM Hi R0bert The website requires an institutional email address to register and access pape.....
» 9/10/2015 12:50:52 PM Hi R0bert Thanks for the links. I couldn’t get beyond the abstracts for the researchgate .....
» 8/10/2015 5:10:29 PM which "real raw data" are those, exactly?.....
» 8/10/2015 11:52:07 AM Toni Your suicide analogy is interesting. Men and boys are actually less likely to attemp.....
» 7/10/2015 12:01:25 PM Bren Emphasising violence against women simply recognises the fact that most DV is commit.....
» 6/10/2015 9:30:38 PM Bren Who has said that female violence against men in “insignificant”? Did Turnbull? It .....
» 6/10/2015 6:54:15 PM Bren/Brendan Read my post, I do not doubt the contribution of drugs or mental illness to .....
» 6/10/2015 3:21:07 PM Brendan’s articles have been down this path before. The trouble is, he is guilty of the sa.....
» 6/10/2015 3:03:34 PM Thanks Peter for an interesting review. A book for my Christmas list, I think. You touch .....
» 4/10/2015 8:31:39 PM Divergence From 1960 to 1980 was known as the “golden age of agriculture” in Syria. Produ.....
» 4/10/2015 7:53:17 PM For goodness sake, JKJ, the question at issue is the cost, or otherwise, of allowing breas.....
» 2/10/2015 11:21:23 AM Divergence It’s true that rising food prices were seen by some commentators as a contribu.....
» 1/10/2015 7:29:52 PM Divergence I’d support measures that ensure that all parents, and, especially women, are .....
» 1/10/2015 6:43:36 PM JKJ You say in regard to proxy voting: “ We can see what a cost it is by the thought expe.....
» 30/09/2015 2:55:09 PM I don’t much care for the label “progressive”, because it is used as a self-description by.....
» 30/09/2015 2:34:26 PM Tombee My views on this are very similar to yours, I think. There is real evidence that h.....
» 30/09/2015 11:48:38 AM JKJ Both sexes urinate, but overwhelmingly it is men that do it standing up. Most men don.....
» 29/09/2015 11:06:58 AM JKJ It is no more a “concession” to allow women to breast feed than it is to place urinal.....
» 27/09/2015 7:41:00 PM JKJ Allowing breast feeding women to vote by proxy is hardly a special privilege and cost.....
» 25/09/2015 3:44:31 PM JKJ My reading of Petra’s argument is that the policies she describes are mainly voluntary.....
» 24/09/2015 7:09:47 PM JKJ where, precisely, does the author "threaten people with imprisonment to force the.....
» 24/09/2015 11:19:03 AM JKJ Some of my most successful and productive appointees have been women escaping workpla.....
» 23/09/2015 1:44:02 PM Toni Of course men are capable of being primary caregivers. But there is good scientific.....
» 22/09/2015 2:45:49 PM This was a stupid mistake by Scott Buchholz who should have known better – and should have.....
» 15/09/2015 12:00:36 PM I hope Turnbull does move the Liberals back towards the centre ground, to more humane poli.....
» 15/09/2015 11:13:57 AM In catching up with Labour-supporting friends and relatives in the UK over the weekend, th.....
» 11/09/2015 7:18:47 PM Hi Tristan If conservatives’ main objective is ever-smaller government, they have done a .....
» 11/09/2015 2:48:40 PM Hi shades of blue I think Foxy’s summary is pretty good, as if David f’s. What Ismail a.....
» 11/09/2015 12:23:28 PM Hi Killarney The first oil price shock hit Australian prices in the December quarter of 1.....
» 10/09/2015 8:27:56 PM Hi Tristan The Coalition has sometimes used the phrase “class war” as you describe, and T.....
» 10/09/2015 4:43:08 PM Hi Tristan Again you are confusing relatives with absolutes. Opposing a MORE progressive .....
» 10/09/2015 2:42:05 PM The problem with this analysis is that it assumes that the partial retreat from Keynesiani.....
» 10/09/2015 1:23:38 PM Hi Avw You may be right that non-Muslim Australians would not get away with saying the sa.....
» 8/09/2015 7:22:33 PM Shades of blue I am sorry if you read my post to downplay or belittle the appalling histo.....
» 8/09/2015 3:30:15 PM Hizb ut-Tahrir sounds like a vile piece of work whose views should be condemned. But not s.....
» 8/09/2015 3:16:33 PM Hi Tristan “Extremes” are relative, but they can also be objectively assessed. It seems r.....
» 7/09/2015 2:20:29 PM Paul thank you for this, it is a considered and well-reasoned article. Sacking people b.....
» 7/09/2015 2:14:47 PM Calls for censorship nowadays are far more likely to come from the left than the right – a.....
» 6/09/2015 1:19:31 PM Hi Warmair Stolen goods are a better analogy than criminal law, but this example does rat.....
» 5/09/2015 1:48:08 PM Hi Warmair That’s a silly analogy. Even if abandoning criminal laws in Australia would ma.....
» 4/09/2015 8:56:53 PM Hi Plantagenet I agree that illegal logging is a major problem, but as the article makes .....
» 4/09/2015 7:31:50 PM Hi Plantagenet I suspect David would agree with you that the ban is more aimed at “protec.....
» 4/09/2015 4:00:02 PM Hi Rhosty Some of the Jews gassed at Auschwitz knew all too well what was coming. Read th.....
» 4/09/2015 3:01:50 PM Eckersley has form with research patterned like this – ask a vague and loaded question in .....
» 3/09/2015 11:53:05 AM Hi Searching1 If a direct democracy party is what you're proposing then it may be best to.....
» 2/09/2015 9:28:23 PM Hi Aiden Did the RBA think we were at or below the NAIRU in 2010? It seems unlikely, as t.....
» 2/09/2015 7:54:06 PM Shockadelic My question was sincere. You may think you know exactly what Searching1 had i.....
» 2/09/2015 4:40:54 PM Hi Aiden I agree there are problems with the NAIRU. I was more concerned to explain the.....
» 2/09/2015 4:07:40 PM Hi ttbn I was being a little facetious, but I’m willing to accept that Menzies was a smal.....
» 2/09/2015 3:15:40 PM If we really face a choice between “Eco-socialism or barbarism”, and this article describe.....
» 2/09/2015 2:28:46 PM The author clearly understands neither economics not the origins of the term “neo-liberal”.....
» 2/09/2015 12:07:11 PM Good point Toni Which is the greater deception, though: the Liberal Democrats pretending .....
» 2/09/2015 11:42:36 AM I don't know Toni, the sex party didn't do too well at the last election (I ranked it pret.....
» 2/09/2015 11:15:03 AM Hi Searching1 what do you mean by "more representative of the community" - e.g......
» 30/08/2015 2:41:28 PM Hi Loudmouth I agree that the centre would have been a good idea. As a West Australian I .....
» 29/08/2015 6:52:52 PM Hi Peter McCloy Lomborg describes himself as an environmentalist and a former Greenpeace .....
» 28/08/2015 2:26:16 PM Greens will never forgive Lomborg for his book “The Skeptical Environmentalist”, which sys.....
» 27/08/2015 3:28:05 PM China's economic development has lifted hundreds of millions of people from abject poverty.....
» 25/08/2015 3:29:54 PM Aiden Many on the Labour left feel as you do, and Corbyn’s lead in the polls suggests he .....
» 25/08/2015 1:22:24 PM SHORT&SHARP Like you I disagree with this article and find its position hypocritical, but .....
» 25/08/2015 11:27:45 AM Mr Gerrit H Schorel-Hlavka The Hansard debate you quote is actually in relation to the ex.....
» 24/08/2015 5:26:51 PM Mr Gerrit H Schorel-Hlavka As a “constitutionalist”, you don’t understand the constitutio.....
» 20/08/2015 2:13:23 PM Phanto How does it make “sense” to be a redhead or left-handed? Homosexual activity exist.....
» 20/08/2015 12:46:28 PM Diver Dan You say “Most people are not against the homosexual, but against the act of hom.....
» 19/08/2015 3:48:43 PM Hi Yuyutsu I respect the consistency and merits of your argument that government should h.....
» 19/08/2015 3:39:35 PM Foxy I agree, a plebiscite seems to me a good way to resolve this issue. It is fundamental.....
» 19/08/2015 3:31:36 PM The evils Michael ascribes to SSM supporters are at least as applicable to its opponents, .....
» 18/08/2015 5:44:02 PM Hi Phanto Equally, there is no consensus among Christians on this issue, in fact surveys .....
» 14/08/2015 4:00:08 PM The stats this article relies on look wrong to me. Australia’s real bond yield was not bel.....
» 7/08/2015 3:44:04 PM In ordinary parlance, “standing on one’s own two feet” means taking responsibility for one.....
» 6/08/2015 1:10:18 PM Hi Onthebeach “child abuse”? “bystander effect”?, The link you provide describes bystande.....
» 6/08/2015 11:19:21 AM Hi McCackie It is not ok to shout racial abuse at someone even if they are rich and power.....
» 4/08/2015 4:26:06 PM Hi Joe the direction of the numbers is encouraging, though there's still a way to go. The.....
» 4/08/2015 3:05:13 PM This article and several of the comments on it seem to me to demonstrate the merits of Wal.....
» 4/08/2015 2:36:50 PM I don’t know if the book is as poorly argued as the review, but if so it does not bode wel.....
» 3/08/2015 3:10:04 PM It really is perverse logic to argue that same-sex marriages should be outlawed so that ch.....
» 3/08/2015 2:56:46 PM The author’s case takes some convoluted twists, but is essentially a rehash of the familia.....
» 30/07/2015 7:12:04 PM Shockadelic Yes that’s right, the risk of actually being killed by a particular type of p.....
» 30/07/2015 12:16:51 PM Hi Shockadelic Yep. Pretty much all the main characters in the Bible, OT and NT, were Jew.....
» 29/07/2015 8:10:56 PM Hi plantagenet and Robert The two largest values in the so-called “subsidy” are removing .....
» 29/07/2015 3:07:50 PM Hi Foxy Yep, I agree with pretty much all of your last 2 posts. Hi Shockadelic The actio.....
» 29/07/2015 11:47:48 AM Thanks Foxy I agree that most Muslims, and all the ones I know, are nothing like the nega.....
» 28/07/2015 3:21:35 PM Hi Valley guy Unauthorised migrants have no legal right to live in the USA, but either en.....
» 28/07/2015 3:04:09 PM It seems the “pro-life” groups may have edited the video to make it appear Planned Parenth.....
» 27/07/2015 3:51:15 PM Multiculturalism is one of those terms that tends to mean different things to different pe.....
» 23/07/2015 4:59:28 PM Joe Good question – very few of us who think we support free speech actually support unli.....
» 23/07/2015 3:14:13 PM sorry, posted before editing there. It should read: But Andrew probably over-states the b.....
» 23/07/2015 3:09:03 PM Bugsy I completely agree on the use of reputable statistical sources. I do think suicide.....
» 22/07/2015 11:35:46 AM Hi Aidan I can see an argument for broadening the land tax base and raising the rate, but.....
» 21/07/2015 10:20:53 PM Hi Aidan You said “Having the GST at only 10% gives us an advantage over most of the re.....
» 21/07/2015 11:16:40 AM doog The states might feel the electoral backlash from a higher or broader GST, but they .....
» 21/07/2015 11:03:13 AM Hi Jayb You say “The only people who audience these Programmes are the Ideological fringe.....
» 20/07/2015 9:33:03 PM Hi Jayb I agree racists should be free to spout their views, but not on Q&A. It’s a quest.....
» 20/07/2015 6:51:54 PM I agree that genuine free speech means that neither racists nor jihad supporters should be.....
» 17/07/2015 3:19:38 PM I share some of Richard'’s concerns, but he misses some important points. Greeks had every.....
» 16/07/2015 7:12:07 PM Joe Agreed, truly tragic, and I can see many possible outcomes, none of them good. The EU’.....
» 15/07/2015 2:59:06 PM Talent is not homogenous. A person capable of earning millions as a pop star, basketball p.....
» 15/07/2015 1:58:07 PM Good article The problem about the underlying causes of debt not being addressed is impor.....
» 13/07/2015 7:18:59 PM Hi Joe Sorry, I should have given a source. The 60,000 is only those formally settled wit.....
» 13/07/2015 2:55:06 PM Hi Joe We can’t really tell the answers to your questions, but by guess is: 1. Maybe. If .....
» 13/07/2015 11:37:55 AM Hi JKJ Do you intend to draft a similar deed for those who want indefinite detention of as.....
» 12/07/2015 8:05:33 PM Hi Peter I agree an article such as this can’t cover all the complexity of biblical schol.....
» 12/07/2015 4:47:07 PM Thanks WmTrevor, interesting and informative!.....
» 10/07/2015 6:35:38 PM Hi Joe Yes, the numbers are declining, but whether due to paying the boats to turn around.....
» 10/07/2015 3:59:53 PM H Peter I agree that preoccupation with getting the soul into heaven in the afterlife is .....
» 10/07/2015 1:29:56 PM Hi Doog I think everyone would agree it could have been handled better in the past. From.....
» 9/07/2015 8:21:57 PM Hi JKJ Several points, I suppose: - the cost of treating asylum seekers badly is probabl.....
» 9/07/2015 6:30:47 PM Hi JKJ Yep, that’s my point. Except you can multiply those numbers by about 1000! Hi Joe.....
» 9/07/2015 6:16:24 PM Hi Joe I agree China is a much bigger issue, especially for Australia (and more especially.....
» 9/07/2015 3:57:08 PM Hi Joe I agree "it's amazing that there seems not to have been any threads dealing w.....
» 9/07/2015 3:47:17 PM R0bert, your point is valid, but to establish numbers with or without the policy is imposs.....
» 9/07/2015 2:08:56 PM Hi JKJ I have also worked with refugees, and regularly donate to organisations that assis.....
» 9/07/2015 12:53:30 PM “Loudmouth” Joe suggested a thread on Greece. http://forum.onlineopinion.com.au/thread.as.....
» 9/07/2015 11:06:56 AM Ah Rhosty, of course you are right, the only possible reason a manager could have for havi.....
» 8/07/2015 7:55:24 PM Hi Joe I suspect the harshness of our policies rather than paying off people smugglers is.....
» 8/07/2015 5:43:37 PM Hi Joe If the government stopped all the boats – let’s say they built a massive wall arou.....
» 8/07/2015 3:06:15 PM I agree that pricing road access is a good way to address congestion, especially as new te.....
» 8/07/2015 2:51:15 PM Hi Joe We have no legal or moral obligation to take everyone in the world who may qualify.....
» 8/07/2015 2:34:43 PM Pericles I completely agree with your points. As a manager, I have had some staff work fr.....
» 8/07/2015 2:19:59 PM Babette The problem lies not with gay marriage but with the Oregon Equality Act of 2007. T.....
» 8/07/2015 2:04:58 PM Loudmouth If “offshore processing” meant just that, as it did in the 1980s when Vietnames.....
» 7/07/2015 7:18:43 PM Hi JKJ Your Deed should include the economic benefits as well as the costs of more humane.....
» 7/07/2015 5:33:04 PM ConservativeHippie In the past Australia operated onshore processing and detention. The o.....
» 7/07/2015 2:14:34 PM So far as I can tell, the author is not calling for an “open border” policy of accepting a.....
» 2/07/2015 12:39:19 PM I read Tacey’s “Re-Enchantment” as part of a study course some years ago, and was deeply u.....
» 28/05/2015 1:24:51 PM Suseonline Yes, I agree a noisy minority of opponents of equality cite religion as a reas.....
» 27/05/2015 6:24:56 PM Leo Lane For once we agree on something - the meaning of marriage is determined by cultur.....
» 27/05/2015 2:47:38 PM Richard Thanks for a well-written article that carefully and fairly teases out some comple.....
» 27/05/2015 2:17:48 PM Leo Lane Your argument is circular. “Same-sex marriage is not possible, because marriage i.....
» 27/05/2015 11:24:34 AM Hi Suseonline Please don’t assume that all, or most, Christians oppose marriage equality,.....
» 26/05/2015 12:37:17 PM @is mise perhaps, but I'm tipping they won't succeed.....
» 26/05/2015 11:40:56 AM @Is Mise The churches can – and do – refuse to marry people for lots of reasons. Some won.....
» 26/05/2015 11:21:22 AM @Old Man Sorry, my opening line should have been “Why should an atheist be expected to su.....
» 25/05/2015 6:34:56 PM Jospehus, in direct answer to your questions: 1. Does it mean surrogacy and I.V.F. will a.....
» 25/05/2015 6:14:12 PM Old Man Why should an atheist be expected to oppose gay marriage? I am a Christian, and I.....
» 25/05/2015 4:34:43 PM Wearestardust I agree this is a badly argued article, and should not go unchallenged. But.....
» 25/05/2015 3:46:51 PM Killarney It is not necessarily inconsistent possible to vote “No” in the referendum and .....
» 25/05/2015 2:58:45 PM SHORT&SHARP This is not a “progressive” forum, or an anti-progressive one. It is however d.....
» 21/05/2015 6:02:45 PM Can I belatedly add my support to Yuyutsu's response to Banjo. Please keep on publishing P.....
» 21/05/2015 5:58:56 PM Joe I agree, but I think the problem you identify is common to all forms of fundamentalism.....
» 21/05/2015 4:43:53 PM To oversimplify, it seems to me there are two dominant responses in the west to the challe.....
» 21/05/2015 4:11:24 PM Leslie I’m happy to debate the global or the national perspective, but I do not accept yo.....
» 21/05/2015 3:36:58 PM Tristan The reference to social democrats is in Chapter IV. Position of the Communists in.....
» 20/05/2015 9:04:39 PM Killarney. I agree, a mixed economy is best. The USA has done some vile things, mostly.....
» 20/05/2015 8:24:09 PM Leslie Marx produced some insightful analysis, and some of the things he expected of capi.....
» 20/05/2015 3:58:50 PM Tristan You wrote “wages tended to grow (I think) from the post-war period until the earl.....
» 19/05/2015 9:28:45 PM Tristan I think you are confusing wages and the wage share of factor income. It is a logi.....
» 19/05/2015 7:14:51 PM Leslie Even with the Great Recession, economic cycles are far less volatile than they onc.....
» 19/05/2015 6:42:14 PM Tristan Many leftists opposed Stalinism, but mostly in academia and fissile sectarian mic.....
» 19/05/2015 3:55:27 PM I can understand a certain nostalgia for the old left. Marx’s emphasis on class war as the.....
» 18/05/2015 1:05:57 PM Proud to be Indonesian The Indonesian Government pleads for the lives of its citizens when.....
» 14/05/2015 7:55:05 PM There is some woolly thinking in this article. It is excessively negative. It focuses only.....
» 14/05/2015 4:01:28 PM A very well argued and timely article. phanto your simplistic misrepresentation of the r.....
» 12/05/2015 2:36:01 PM The idea of placing students in workplaces has merit, but why on earth does this need to b.....
» 11/05/2015 7:23:05 PM Roscop o sung wu described the author’s decision to take a year off to open a restaurant a.....
» 11/05/2015 11:52:08 AM Dr Tewari has every right to pursue whatever interests he likes. Does anyone suggest that .....
» 7/05/2015 7:35:06 PM MinP I agree with you, the article was well-written, and dealt very well with some diffic.....
» 1/05/2015 3:11:23 PM Aiden I think there is a clear case for debt-funded infrastructure when that infrastructu.....
» 1/05/2015 2:38:51 PM thanks Craig for a nuanced and thoughtful piece, which catches some of the complexity and .....
» 1/05/2015 11:23:00 AM Hi Killarney You say “there is no doubt that he would have kept his job - possibly even b.....
» 30/04/2015 6:40:53 PM BJelly TV Journalists are not private citizens, and twitter is not a private medium of co.....
» 30/04/2015 5:00:52 PM Killarney I am not arguing moral equivalence or saying that criticism of war is equivalen.....
» 30/04/2015 1:50:16 PM hospas, There are thousands of media outlets and websites criticising the government, Anz.....
» 29/04/2015 4:29:02 PM I think Dilan is trying to muddy the waters here. This is a professional and industrial is.....
» 23/04/2015 1:00:45 PM Is Mise The Falls Road is solidly Catholic. Shankill Road was the Orange heartland. The t.....
» 20/04/2015 3:57:58 PM Hi Robert LePage What "hate and invective" are you referring to? The article is.....
» 14/04/2015 5:00:46 PM Pericles I hope you're right, but combined with Valerie's previous articles, it's a long-.....
» 14/04/2015 4:01:37 PM thanks Alon for another thought-provoking, if depressing, article. We may not agree with t.....
» 14/04/2015 3:50:44 PM Valerie, lots of people believe in progress, but very few of them are self-described “prog.....
» 2/04/2015 2:24:31 PM Aidan is right, marriage equality does not affect the rights of children or of gay couples.....
» 31/03/2015 3:29:58 PM Annabel is more moderate and reasoned than many proponents of BDS, but I still think her a.....
» 21/03/2015 5:59:05 PM Hi Foxy Of course it is possible to be anti-Zionist without being anti-Semitic, and I agre.....
» 21/03/2015 5:47:25 PM Hi Ponder Actually, I am not convinced that the BoM is manipulating data. But Jennifer Mah.....
» 20/03/2015 11:22:34 AM Killarney The costs that are not clear are the department’s cost of managing the contract.....
» 19/03/2015 8:35:16 PM Hi Foxy I did see the New Matilda material before posting, and it did make me change my v.....
» 19/03/2015 3:48:57 PM Rhosty Where do you get your data from? Here in WA, the cost of keeping a prisoner in Aca.....
» 19/03/2015 3:09:04 PM I agree with Wattle, the author has misread the nature of Jennifer’s criticism. No-one exp.....
» 18/03/2015 6:48:30 PM markjohnconley waving a banknote in the face of an elderly Jewish lady and taunting her wi.....
» 17/03/2015 2:17:30 PM A measured and dignified letter in response to disgraceful behaviour. I wonder how the uni.....
» 16/03/2015 2:48:34 PM Another fierce attack on a straw man The "Washington Consensus" imagined by Kel.....
» 16/03/2015 2:40:02 PM "Freedom of speech is the paramount freedom. Without it, we struggle to exercise our .....
» 16/03/2015 2:31:58 PM Mat22 good point And are we seriously expected to believe this: "Eventually I had th.....
» 10/03/2015 2:35:05 PM Bugsy If someone leading the word's largest scientific body on climate change describes c.....
» 9/03/2015 12:18:39 PM LEGO I didn’t claim that life imprisonment is more of a deterrent than execution, only tha.....
» 6/03/2015 10:49:53 AM LEGO Why does the possibility that life imprisonment is worse than execution diminish the .....
» 5/03/2015 6:18:30 PM Rehtcub Even for people caught “red handed” there can be extenuating circumstances – threa.....
» 5/03/2015 3:46:05 PM LEGO You say “The "National Research Council" could have been composed by Arjay.....
» 5/03/2015 1:56:06 PM Conservative Hippie You argue mainly from how the death penalty might work in theory. The.....
» 4/03/2015 3:09:54 PM O sung wu, I agree. I don’t also support the death penalty, but I don’t think this article.....
» 27/02/2015 3:13:22 PM Rhosty no-one is suggesting that we euthanase depressed kids. It’s about people with termi.....
» 26/02/2015 3:06:35 PM John may be right that: “in the real world, 'basic liberties' and 'human rights' exist onl.....
» 25/02/2015 4:14:49 PM Junaid argues that “90% of terror attacks on western soil have nothing to do with Islam” T.....
» 24/02/2015 4:16:36 PM James You’re being a bit selective here. There was a prolonged civil war in Afghanistan in.....
» 24/02/2015 3:32:29 PM Curmudgeon You are partly right about higher costs driving higher prices, but remember t.....
» 23/02/2015 5:59:45 PM It doesn’t much matter what the rate of company tax is. The real taxpayer is the sharehold.....
» 11/02/2015 2:54:39 PM Interesting article Surely the key question is whether partner selection takes place at u.....
» 9/02/2015 7:28:34 PM Agronomist, you say “All of reality is quantitative. If there is no possibility of measur.....
» 1/02/2015 7:27:56 PM Jay You are reporting selectively. The fuller quote was: “I am really at a loss. I am ver.....
» 31/01/2015 7:47:34 PM Yebiga No, beyond a certain point I don't think there is a calculus capable of making tha.....
» 31/01/2015 1:00:06 PM Jay I think holocaust denial is linked to the mindset that produced the holocaust. The Na.....
» 30/01/2015 7:44:29 PM Hi Joe I agree, but JoM has successfully diverted almost every poster here from addressin.....
» 30/01/2015 6:47:36 PM Craig I don’t think I’m closed to new ideas or paradigm challenges, just annoyed by blata.....
» 30/01/2015 5:16:31 PM It’s a shame this thread has been hijacked by the vile lie of holocaust denial. Mal’s ar.....
» 29/01/2015 4:22:16 PM Divergence The reforms proposed in the paper you linked to look sensible. My understandin.....
» 29/01/2015 3:16:43 PM Wolly B’s observation makes an important point, though perhaps not the one s/he intended. .....
» 23/01/2015 2:26:32 PM I have no objection to Triple J making music choices that are arbitrary and elitist. I do .....
» 22/01/2015 3:45:28 PM I am studying online and find the format great – it allows me to study when I want and fit.....
» 21/01/2015 12:22:23 PM I understand the reluctance to embrace “je suis Charlie” by those that do not want to endo.....
» 20/01/2015 1:40:51 PM Halduell My understanding is that the CH cartoons would probably be lawful in Australia b.....
» 19/01/2015 4:56:48 PM Jonathan Some US States have the death penalty on their books for serious crime including.....
» 19/01/2015 2:16:51 PM o sung wu I too oppose the death penalty, and am glad to see our PM and Foreign Minister .....
» 15/01/2015 6:31:05 PM The author also sets up a false dichotomy for the title “real heroes of freedom of express.....
» 15/01/2015 4:16:58 PM “disturbing the peace of the dead”: An odd law, perhaps, but surely aimed at protecting co.....
» 15/01/2015 2:10:29 PM You can’t slander the dead. Depicting a long-dead religious leader in an undignified or ev.....
» 14/01/2015 3:29:12 PM Poirot My apologies, the plagiarism was inadvertent. You’re right, the problems are huge:.....
» 14/01/2015 2:49:35 PM Satire has been much in the news of late, and at first I thought this article might be in .....
» 14/01/2015 2:26:04 PM I agree with the sentiments in this article. However, I note that the author’s precious ar.....
» 14/01/2015 1:20:18 PM indeed, Is Mise http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_biblical_canons.....
» 14/01/2015 11:56:07 AM A leader in The Economist, pretty much sums up my thinking on this issue: “The magazine w.....
» 14/01/2015 11:18:15 AM Lego You say “Christians who commit appalling acts of violence on behalf of their religio.....
» 13/01/2015 7:02:21 PM Hi Foxy Interesting article. I think it confuses two different things, though – what one .....
» 13/01/2015 3:34:01 PM Hi, o sung wu Rushdie was indeed cowed for a while by the Fatwah. He even published an ar.....
» 13/01/2015 2:47:46 PM Carz Do CH's cartoons rely on religious or ethnic stereotypes? The ones I have seen didn'.....
» 13/01/2015 12:14:23 PM SPQR I agree, in recent years most terrorist violence has been perpetrated in the name of .....
» 13/01/2015 11:26:48 AM o sung wu I agree that provocation made the cartoonists a target. The same is true of eve.....
» 12/01/2015 5:10:04 PM Jay There have been no Christian terrorist attacks recently that I am aware of. That’s my.....
» 12/01/2015 5:00:49 PM Luciferase Christians follow both the Old and New Testaments – as Matthew 5:17-20 puts it.....
» 12/01/2015 4:04:28 PM Nice article it has often struck me as ironic that self-described "progressives".....
» 12/01/2015 4:00:04 PM Aidan I agree with most of your posts, but surely your own logic suggests we should abolis.....
» 12/01/2015 3:52:36 PM As other posters have shown, there is plenty in the scriptures and history of Christianity.....
» 12/01/2015 3:43:40 PM o sung wu France has a long and robust tradition of gross, coarse and offensive satire str.....
» 12/01/2015 3:21:05 PM foxy" "The problem it seems to me to be not Muslims - but fundamentalism. And f.....
» 9/01/2015 3:03:25 PM Debt alarmism has been around for decades. I agree Australia's houseold debt is high by in.....
» 7/01/2015 4:27:27 PM Peter Agreed, but even here I fear we have lost some of the power in the commemorative me.....
» 7/01/2015 4:06:46 PM I think Peter is right to say that theological coherence is important in worship, but perh.....
» 7/01/2015 11:18:37 AM 579 You do, of course, have a credible source for your claim of “several deaths a day, ju.....
» 6/01/2015 1:31:40 PM interesting article. It looks like Uber will make the existing regulated taxi cartel unsu.....
» 6/01/2015 12:21:38 PM Aiden The article you link to is quite good. It shows clearly that the term “neoliberalis.....
» 5/01/2015 12:39:16 PM Like almost everything written about so-called neo-liberalism this article attacks a straw.....
» 4/12/2014 6:06:21 PM JKJ what exactly are you objecting to? The article doesn't advocate violence or coercion, .....
» 3/12/2014 3:29:28 PM This is an interesting article, but it makes two assumption that I disagree with. The fir.....
» 26/11/2014 7:34:04 PM Divergence Apologies, I should have said “ALMOST none of the anti-immigration spruikers w.....
» 26/11/2014 4:07:09 PM Ah, the joy of unreconstructed Marxism. If Marx was right in 1848 that : “National one-si.....
» 26/11/2014 4:03:15 PM Whatever we may feel nowadays, the idea that Gallipoli was somehow the real birth of the n.....
» 25/11/2014 3:22:54 PM War commemoration is always ambiguous, even contradictory. As well as remembering the cour.....
» 21/11/2014 3:48:52 PM There are also problems with the quality and availability of data. For example, deaths of .....
» 21/11/2014 2:34:53 PM This is a good article outlining the strengths and weaknesses of our current funding for p.....
» 14/11/2014 2:56:21 PM Yuyustu A family can still live extremely well on one salary, if by “living well” you mea.....
» 13/11/2014 5:08:32 PM "The point about these two reports, coincidentally appearing in the same week, is tha.....
» 13/11/2014 2:57:23 PM This article contains some interesting ideas and arguments, but I question some of the dat.....
» 10/11/2014 4:53:05 PM This article is drivel. Modern agricultural techniques have contributed enormously to risi.....
» 30/10/2014 7:19:07 PM Pericles, I will do my own evaluation, and I am not dismissing Carrier out of hand. My co.....
» 30/10/2014 4:47:39 PM The trouble is that Kellie is too one-eyed to see that the "progressive" left is.....
» 30/10/2014 4:22:34 PM This is a rather odd article. Morris tells us that Carrier proves the Gospels are “pious f.....
» 30/10/2014 3:36:13 PM Sells My first reaction to the mention of Pederick’s past was the same as yours – it’s a v.....
» 27/10/2014 4:02:52 PM There are two important differences between the Spurr incident and the photos. First, so .....
» 27/10/2014 3:15:20 PM David G Did you read the article? The world of angels and nymphs and the supernatural is .....
» 23/10/2014 3:45:59 PM If wind farms are profitable, why is it that the suggestion that the RET will be adjusted .....
» 20/10/2014 4:20:32 PM Isobel Nice article. I have met some of the volunteers working with refugees in Dandenong,.....
» 16/10/2014 2:57:38 PM How refreshing to get a piece from AA that doesn’t follow the usual “Labor good; Coalition.....
» 1/10/2014 5:23:13 PM Robert You are right that growth in solar has dented demand and profits for conventional .....
» 1/10/2014 2:32:12 PM Good article, and very nicely written, drawing the clear links between freedom of speech, .....
» 17/09/2014 7:23:36 PM Chris C It is a problem that the party ticket won out because, as the article points out,.....
» 17/09/2014 11:24:36 AM Bren I completely agree In WA we "elected" (in our first senate election, befo.....
» 11/09/2014 2:48:15 PM The trouble is that school choice is such an ideologically charged subject that it is diff.....
» 11/09/2014 2:45:05 PM Bren, I agree It would be interesting to see the data expressed as a percentage of househ.....
» 2/09/2014 5:35:20 PM warmair Interesting article. Of course, a current account deficit is not the same thing as.....
» 2/09/2014 1:11:22 PM Individual Pretty much all countries are both borrowers and lenders, so in that sense all .....
» 1/09/2014 11:40:47 PM Rhosty Australia abandoned the gold standard in 1932. It is a very long bow to blame this.....
» 1/09/2014 2:16:56 PM The author overlooks one crucial point about the abandonment of old-style Keynesian demand.....
» 13/08/2014 8:46:07 PM Avw Both sides share blame in this conflict. Each side thinks its own violence is a respo.....
» 13/08/2014 3:12:52 PM "Set up a fair dinkum Palestinian state in the west bank. Have it engage with the wor.....
» 13/08/2014 11:25:38 AM Hi imajulianutter I agree that the holocaust in no way justifies or mitigates Israel’s beh.....
» 12/08/2014 7:25:10 PM imajulianutter I seldom read Singer’s pieces – they are somewhat repetitive. When I do, an.....
» 12/08/2014 3:32:19 PM Let’s parse Ali’s opening statement for a moment “It is an irony of history that an entit.....
» 6/08/2014 4:27:12 PM Shockadelic "must" x 18. Spot on. Valerie is a indeed a totalitarian, not a de.....
» 6/08/2014 2:48:04 PM Interesting article. It would be interesting to compare these stats with the population as.....
» 6/08/2014 2:35:00 PM I can see the merit of quizzing those in power about their fundamental beliefs where they .....
» 6/08/2014 11:26:48 AM Robert I agree. In political matters tolerance is not defined by the things you agree with.....
» 5/08/2014 8:00:49 PM Killarney I suspect the rapid transition of early Christianity from egalitarianism to a pa.....
» 5/08/2014 6:47:46 PM Phanto There is a difference between rights and tolerance; in fact, tolerance often means.....
» 4/08/2014 3:38:39 PM Suseonline We have no proof of the bible’s authors, but we have lots of evidence, much of .....
» 4/08/2014 2:41:45 PM Runner and Pericles You are right that 1 Timothy is addressed to Timothy, not written by .....
» 31/07/2014 3:19:56 PM Greg says: “In my view, there is not a wasted syllable in any of Roberts' op-ed pieces”. W.....
» 25/07/2014 2:43:14 PM I agree that housing affordability is a problem, but most of Valerie’s suggestions will ma.....
» 18/07/2014 2:54:25 PM Individual I am heterosexual, female, and married to a male. And white. Nobody has ever q.....
» 18/07/2014 2:44:20 PM I agree churches should pay taxes, but they should be taxed like other non-profit organisa.....
» 17/07/2014 6:54:50 PM JKJ Interesting question. I come back to the point I made earlier, that marriage is what s.....
» 17/07/2014 12:30:37 PM LEGO - good post. I support Badar's right to free speech for the same reason I support A.....
» 17/07/2014 12:20:59 PM Wolly B The answer is pretty simple. For many centuries marriage really WAS an unequal and.....
» 16/07/2014 1:31:09 PM Hamas feeds on the misery and anger of Palestinians. When Israel adds to that anger and su.....
» 16/07/2014 1:06:36 PM YEGIBA well said.....
» 16/07/2014 11:18:15 AM A nice article, clearly taking through the issues. Thanks. That FODI managed to turn the o.....
» 15/07/2014 11:30:50 AM Is Mise Yes, the State always had a role in enforcing marriage contracts. But the question.....
» 14/07/2014 4:30:55 PM I was referring to the English tradition on which our Australian law was based. It wasn’t .....
» 14/07/2014 3:02:21 PM Bernie If gay marriage cannot be legally sanctioned because marriage is for children, the.....
» 14/07/2014 2:09:40 PM Bernie two good friends of mine have just decided to get married. She is in her late 50s, .....
» 10/07/2014 2:46:40 PM Media coverage may well be part of it, but there seems to be an inbuilt tendency in some p.....
» 10/07/2014 2:35:29 PM There is no possibility that the State will compel churches to marry gays. Churches are fr.....
» 9/07/2014 3:27:01 PM Ozzie The Parramatta stabbing was a domestic dispute between a man and his partner’s forme.....
» 9/07/2014 2:45:28 PM If $200 worth of counselling helps a couple repair a viable marriage then it's a good inve.....
» 1/07/2014 3:02:15 PM Suseonline I completely agree that theology or bible school does not qualify a person for .....
» 1/07/2014 2:35:31 PM A well-written article. It highlights particularly the fatuous attention-seeking of the se.....
» 1/07/2014 2:31:48 PM It is notable that Brian makes no attempt to provide evidence that chaplains have discrimi.....
» 30/06/2014 3:47:37 PM An interesting article, but it set some alarm bells ringing. A few years ago I took a the.....
» 30/06/2014 2:23:25 PM David f You say, "Party names which might confuse voters should not be allowed" .....
» 20/06/2014 3:11:12 PM I agree that ad hominem attacks and disproportionate and irrational loathing of politician.....
» 6/06/2014 3:19:19 PM While it is true that language can be used to distort and demonise, I don't think using &q.....
» 6/06/2014 11:37:46 AM according to the ABS, the average annual earnings of engineering professionals is about $1.....
» 4/06/2014 6:40:49 PM According the the ABS, women are more than 3 times more likely than men to suffer physical.....
» 4/06/2014 3:34:46 PM David Israel's real friends understand that it will never have lasting peace or security .....
» 4/06/2014 3:07:48 PM Thanks Guy for an interesting article. Mandela was clearly a consumate negotiator. Things .....
» 4/06/2014 2:54:50 PM Jay The “I in 3” website is misleading. While it is true that a minority of victims of dom.....
» 3/06/2014 2:25:32 PM This is a "crisis"? A declining community wanting better amenities than its neig.....
» 28/05/2014 2:52:14 PM I agree with the main thrust of this article, that we should remove many of the hidden tax.....
» 20/05/2014 3:08:49 PM The author conflates two very different things – polygamy and same-sex marriage. It seems .....
» 20/05/2014 2:48:55 PM Botswana's relative prosperity is due mainly to years of economic growth supported by deve.....
» 14/05/2014 2:55:06 PM The author is too selective in his accounts of both ANZAC and Easter. Yes, ANZAC is a myt.....
» 8/05/2014 2:28:02 PM I agree that over-planned environments can be sterile and bleakly utilitarian. But acciden.....
» 8/05/2014 1:49:25 PM Thanks for the article, Andrew, I always though of Becker as a kind of a Peter Singer of e.....
» 7/05/2014 2:39:50 PM So what if Voltaire didn’t actually say those words. Helen misses the point. The power of .....
» 6/05/2014 8:25:11 PM Yuyutsu completely agree - free speech is integrally linked with other types of freedom. I.....
» 6/05/2014 3:07:36 PM Yuyutsu I agree. The “right to be heard” implies an obligation on the listener to treat ev.....
» 28/04/2014 3:27:59 PM I rather hope the cult of celebrity is the main reason for public support for the monarchy.....
» 28/04/2014 3:20:14 PM Jed Thanks for a thought-provoking piece. I think your conclusions are largely correct – w.....
» 23/04/2014 11:13:55 AM Divergence, Your position presupposes that raising the poor from poverty is not sustainab.....
» 22/04/2014 2:20:11 PM Divergence I don’t “blame” us if children end up in quarries, but I do point out that our.....
» 21/04/2014 4:18:38 PM Rhosty, You say: “Third world countries with their much lower pay rates and virtual slave .....
» 21/04/2014 1:18:41 PM Rhosty Australia’s main indirect tax, the GST, is designed specifically not to cascade in.....
» 21/04/2014 11:43:09 AM Rhosty and Shockadelic Your theory that free trade is all about cheap imports is not supp.....
» 17/04/2014 5:15:49 PM Rhosty I think you're missing the point. I don’t grow my own food (a few veggies excepted).....
» 10/04/2014 3:04:46 PM Sells I don’t think you or Barth dismiss other forms of knowledge as appropriate within th.....
» 9/04/2014 2:46:51 PM Peter Thanks for another thought-provoking piece and a constructive one, explaining where.....
» 27/03/2014 6:56:54 PM The author is looking in entirely the wrong direction when he ascribes the increasing call.....
» 26/03/2014 6:07:03 PM JF The wool price scheme was a perfect example of how agricultural protection can prove c.....
» 26/03/2014 3:20:57 PM Alan, Your methodology is weird. The use of tweaked raw data for incommensurate variables .....
» 26/03/2014 12:33:18 PM JF Aus Farming is a tough and risky business. But every farmer knows that. Favourable lo.....
» 26/03/2014 11:06:28 AM JF Aus Of all the arguments for giving handouts to farmers, the fact they work outdoors is.....
» 25/03/2014 5:40:05 PM Wolly you are right, most countries subsidise and protect their farm sectors more than Aus.....
» 25/03/2014 3:24:16 PM Thanks Peter, for one of your more thought-provoking pieces. If we can’t offer miracles, .....
» 23/03/2014 10:13:40 PM individual I'm not a great fan of big government myself - hence my support for the author'.....
» 22/03/2014 6:49:52 PM Individual Commonwealth public servants receive a higher proportion of their earnings as s.....
» 22/03/2014 11:44:16 AM Individual Your personal attacks do you no credit and seem designed to detract from your .....
» 22/03/2014 10:04:58 AM So what? I have worked in government and briefly in education, but most of my adult life .....
» 22/03/2014 12:25:09 AM Individual Why is that relevant?.....
» 21/03/2014 7:23:52 PM Foxy I agree. Australia is and always has been diverse, and is a much more interesting pla.....
» 21/03/2014 3:41:03 PM foxy I agree, all of Christ's teaching was based on the Hebrew Scriptures. I also agree wi.....
» 21/03/2014 11:04:55 AM Individual I pay tax on my super savings, and I will pay tax on the income they generate .....
» 20/03/2014 3:29:14 PM Great article. Business welfare is not just economically damaging its unfair. Foyle Market.....
» 20/03/2014 3:10:47 PM I found much about this article disturbing, but my concerns crystallised in this sentence:.....
» 18/03/2014 3:59:34 PM Thanks Don, for another thoughtful article. Your values are a good starting point, but th.....
» 11/03/2014 2:40:29 PM Ken may have a point about our tendency to avoid “truths” we don’t want to believe, but hi.....
» 1/03/2014 12:21:45 AM Old zygote All I did was point out the internal inconsistency of your argument. Neither of.....
» 28/02/2014 4:35:06 PM Tristan The decline in wage share across the developed world began in the late 1980s afte.....
» 28/02/2014 11:01:46 AM Old zygote You say: “If the poor go from one bowl of rice to two bowls of rice, while the.....
» 27/02/2014 7:31:30 PM Tristan If the internal dynamics of capitalism make a declining labour share inevitable, .....
» 27/02/2014 3:10:19 PM I certainly agree all influential schools of thought should be taught. I’m not sure they a.....
» 27/02/2014 12:11:04 PM Tristan Your earlier post looked like an inadvertent error – your meaning was clear Marx .....
» 26/02/2014 10:52:26 PM Old zygote I would be astonished if Andrew Leigh has written that the poor are getting poo.....
» 26/02/2014 7:11:08 PM Passy so you disgree with Trotsky, who said "While we repudiate democracy in the name.....
» 26/02/2014 6:56:25 PM Christoper If real wages grow slower than productivity, the labour share of GDP must fall......
» 26/02/2014 2:34:45 PM Even Judith Sloan's calculations don't take account of all of the costs of car industry su.....
» 26/02/2014 11:56:02 AM Christopher Warren You are right that Marx predicted that real wages would fall, but entir.....
» 25/02/2014 11:42:20 AM Old Zygote, you say “Capitalists can only grow wealthy if others grow poor”. This was Marx.....
» 24/02/2014 8:55:25 PM So far as I know, 100% of self-described Marxist governments that have lasted for any sign.....
» 24/02/2014 7:28:51 PM Thanks Jay, that makes for interesting reading. I would guess that the demographic pattern.....
» 24/02/2014 3:39:16 PM Instead of jumping straight to ad hominem attacks, how about engaging with the substance o.....
» 24/02/2014 3:30:53 PM Interesting discussion. Fascism and Marxism have important similarities but also importan.....
» 20/02/2014 4:39:23 PM and this from someone who is not anonymous (a nurse who had worked there) compared Nauru c.....
» 20/02/2014 3:10:26 PM ChrisPer The “free ticket” home can be a ticket to persecution, torture, imprisonment, de.....
» 20/02/2014 3:00:58 PM This article does not identify which protections, precisely, are under threat from the neg.....
» 20/02/2014 2:40:11 PM our treatment of refugees is shameful and barbaric, and quite possibly illegal: http://ww.....
» 18/02/2014 2:36:29 PM It is unlikely these conferences will achieve much if the USA, China, France and UK are no.....
» 13/02/2014 1:11:51 PM Genuine free trade of the type promoted by the WTO can create jobs and prosperity, but the.....
» 6/02/2014 2:40:24 PM Robert’s peculiar blend of conspiracy theories and psychobabble gets stranger as his list .....
» 5/02/2014 2:14:38 PM Fixing the dollar may help to protect some manufacturers but it will create a raft of othe.....
» 4/02/2014 5:08:46 PM Looks like it was from evidence to a congressional hearing by CIA Director of National Int.....
» 4/02/2014 2:53:40 PM JohnBennetts the CIA quote can be found on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human.....
» 4/02/2014 2:42:34 PM Hmm, not sure about this. Who exactly “claims that anti-Semitism is unique only to Islamic.....
» 1/02/2014 2:51:36 PM Bernard it seems you are both at fault. The other party has been disciplined. Why shouldn'.....
» 1/02/2014 11:58:44 AM Alan Your paraphrase of the Corbett interview is a complete misrepresentation. The intervi.....
» 1/02/2014 11:48:39 AM I had some sympathy for Bernard’s argument until I visited his website. It is one thing to.....
» 31/01/2014 4:11:05 PM AJ yes, I agree about occupations I don't actually think Labor voters are uneducated, but .....
» 31/01/2014 3:20:48 PM Jardine K. Jardine I disagree, public broadcasting is a classic case of a public good, wh.....
» 24/01/2014 7:20:28 PM Divergence The book in your first link finds positive but weak and inconsistent correlatio.....
» 24/01/2014 6:49:52 PM Hasbeen Ah the old “lump of labour” fallacy. The number of jobs is not in fixed, if more p.....
» 24/01/2014 3:51:10 PM A good article that identifies a significant problem - the increase in costs caused by tax.....
» 24/01/2014 3:27:37 PM You do not have to be a Christian to acknowledge and appreciate the importance of the Bibl.....
» 24/01/2014 3:13:03 PM Killarney In effect, HECS is means-tested, but it is means-tested against the student’s f.....
» 23/01/2014 11:37:42 AM Killarney “Free” education isn’t “free”, it’s paid for by taxpayers, most of whom will no.....
» 22/01/2014 7:36:25 PM Joe Thanks for the link. The data make for interesting reading. Killarney I agree that ma.....
» 22/01/2014 3:29:57 PM Interesting article There probably needs to be a clearer distinction between the absolute.....
» 22/01/2014 3:20:06 PM There seems to be two empirically testable hypothesis in contest here. Kelly’s hypothesis .....
» 17/01/2014 4:39:01 PM plerdsus As the article indicates, the ABS currently preducts that those 65+ will reach ab.....
» 17/01/2014 3:40:12 PM Wilson's views on species extinction rates is highly influential in Green circles and base.....
» 16/01/2014 8:50:59 PM Suseonline I agree with you, but do you think that regigious and/or racial abuse should be.....
» 16/01/2014 7:56:16 PM Killarney the quote is cited on her "quotes" page at the European Graduate Scho.....
» 16/01/2014 4:53:27 PM The sad thing is that these what Jay calls ideological feminism has discredited and obscur.....
» 16/01/2014 2:36:30 PM The views of Luce Irigaray are an absurd extreme that can safely be ignored. I doubt any s.....
» 15/01/2014 6:17:51 PM I’m not sure if we all get the same ads, but there is a certain irony to this article host.....
» 15/01/2014 6:04:40 PM ChrisPer It’s hard to determine what PR would deliver because most of us vote in light of .....
» 15/01/2014 4:51:47 PM JohnBennetts Yes, I see your point. I think the thing about acupuncture is that it maybe d.....
» 15/01/2014 4:34:29 PM ChrisPer My problem with the micro parties is not necessarily disagreement with the polici.....
» 15/01/2014 3:38:17 PM I’m glad Tony is enjoying learning Italian, and wish him well in his later years. But why .....
» 15/01/2014 3:26:31 PM ChrisPer I disagree. The "success" of the micro parties owes almost nothing to t.....
» 15/01/2014 3:07:38 PM I have never tried acupuncture, but it seems to me the evidence that it is “sham medicine”.....
» 15/01/2014 2:52:13 PM I completely agree that racial equality is at the heart of genuine sporting contests, and .....
» 15/01/2014 11:24:45 AM Loudmouth, I think you're right. It is much easier to identify fundamentalist tendencies i.....
» 10/01/2014 7:40:00 PM Plantagenet It looks like the Lancet study is a lot broader than reported deaths – includ.....
» 10/01/2014 3:38:28 PM sorry, should be 184,000.....
» 10/01/2014 2:39:44 PM documented deaths from voilence since 2003 are about 1840,000. The actual number is probab.....
» 9/01/2014 2:23:07 PM Hi Plantagenet Foot was a Trotskyite, so the demise of the Soviet Union and the revelatio.....
» 8/01/2014 7:04:08 PM Austux You are proposing a false dichotomy – either homosexuality is genetic, or it is cho.....
» 8/01/2014 5:40:54 PM … As to “facts and data”, one of the first things you are taught about using stats in soci.....
» 8/01/2014 5:29:04 PM Bill My comment was intended to highlight the fact you wrote an article about a book you h.....
» 8/01/2014 3:12:05 PM Candide thanks for the Amazon tip I see from Muehlenberg's Amazon review of this book (p.....
» 7/01/2014 2:42:34 PM Yes, India has some shocking economic and social data, and is a long way from catching up .....
» 2/01/2014 4:08:14 PM Not quite sure what the point of this article was - a few sources on some of the stats mig.....
» 24/12/2013 2:27:16 PM Australian manufacturing will not die, but it will change. We can’t compete on low-value-a.....
» 18/12/2013 2:45:21 PM Of course we need proper environmental regulation, but we don't need two layers of governm.....
» 18/12/2013 2:27:05 PM Andrew’s suggestion that the Pre-election Fiscal Outlook should provide the benchmark for .....
» 13/12/2013 3:09:37 PM Roses1 Wages are not “too high” in general, but the minimum wage is too high to make it w.....
» 9/12/2013 5:10:19 PM In principle anti-dumping rules make sense, but in practice they are often abused as cover.....
» 6/12/2013 2:39:05 PM Benjamin, are you sure there is no market failure? The capital cost of the infrastructure.....
» 5/12/2013 2:58:42 PM “Real Christmas is when gifts are needed, and durability and economy are important” Says .....
» 5/12/2013 2:38:07 PM Curmudgeon I agree, the racy headline promised a much more interesting article than this t.....
» 4/12/2013 2:31:35 PM Ross raises some very good points, and I certainly agree that housing affordability in Aus.....
» 4/12/2013 2:18:46 PM Bren you say "a couple could be legally married in their home state or territory but .....
» 3/12/2013 7:13:08 PM David G Your certainty about others’ responses here is breathtaking. In my case, and I'm .....
» 3/12/2013 2:30:21 PM David G quoted from your post above: "And you wonder why the world seems to be anti.....
» 3/12/2013 12:34:06 PM David G I do not call you a racist for your loathing of Israel, but for the way you projec.....
» 3/12/2013 11:01:55 AM Quintus There is no team of moderators here to pounce on every unacceptable posting. If y.....
» 2/12/2013 2:36:02 PM I agree with Sir Vivor, it is important to distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from.....
» 29/11/2013 3:04:42 PM More wishful thinking from the peak oil lobby. Pericles asks an excellent question about .....
» 26/11/2013 5:27:21 PM Dear Yuyutsu Thank you for your comments– yes, “nature of God” was clumsy language, you m.....
» 26/11/2013 4:22:20 PM Sells Good point. Yes, God acts as son and spirit. The question is whether and how that a.....
» 26/11/2013 1:44:32 PM I have no time for the blend of neo-pagan Gaia worship and Green ideology taught as “eco-s.....
» 20/11/2013 11:00:25 AM Chris C I would agree with you if the senate voting system allocated votes in a way that .....
» 19/11/2013 3:06:46 PM What a depressing article. These peanuts claim to speak on behalf of Christians? I, and mo.....
» 15/11/2013 3:53:40 PM Lin’s article concludes with the question ”what matters to you”? One thing that matters t.....
» 14/11/2013 9:00:52 PM continued ... Re chart. The description “share of each country’s 10th percentile earnings.....
» 14/11/2013 8:51:53 PM Divergence. I never said the OECD has lax criteria for membership. I said membership is i.....
» 13/11/2013 7:32:23 PM OMCG? Surely that should be OMG After all, its semantically more accurate (they are afte.....
» 13/11/2013 7:17:49 PM While I agree with much of this article, I think perhaps it goes too far in supporting wha.....
» 13/11/2013 7:13:50 PM richierhys I agree, and especially on the use of social pressure and convention, rather th.....
» 12/11/2013 8:25:30 PM Divergence You said Sydney’s population growth is “much higher” than the national average;.....
» 12/11/2013 3:05:04 PM Infrastructure (noun) “the stock of fixed capital equipment in a country, including factor.....
» 11/11/2013 8:51:36 PM Divergence Removing Luxembourg and Hong Kong makes little difference to the regression. .....
» 11/11/2013 2:19:25 PM Divergence The trouble with picking one or two examples is that they might not be represe.....
» 8/11/2013 1:32:58 PM Popnperish Many of the most fervent ideologues in the population debate present themselves.....
» 7/11/2013 11:59:08 AM Ludwig asks: “I wonder how the global average compares to 1931? Not ‘greater’ at all, I wo.....
» 6/11/2013 2:49:10 PM Interesting article. I agree that left-right labels are losing their analytical and desc.....
» 6/11/2013 2:03:12 PM More economic illiteracy from Everald There is no “trickle down” theory of economics. Thi.....
» 6/11/2013 1:18:18 PM I agree that Jesus was a “radical social reformer and a wise prophet”, but the Christian l.....
» 5/11/2013 2:49:24 PM David This is not one of your better articles. The animals exported from Australia are,.....
» 4/11/2013 1:38:48 PM Divergence, The data in the report show that the USA has had significant positive net mi.....
» 31/10/2013 7:04:54 PM Hasbeen Better still, let’s abolish formal legal processes entirely, and set up kangaroo .....
» 31/10/2013 6:49:23 PM Hi EmperorJulian Those who purport to speak in the name of Christianity on this issue do .....
» 31/10/2013 6:28:49 PM Divergence I am not arguing that Australia’s recent relatively strong population growth i.....
» 31/10/2013 3:44:28 PM Divergence The article you point to also stresses the strong growth of GNI per capita and .....
» 31/10/2013 2:38:59 PM Wm Trevor If we truly think that marriage exists for the sake of raising children, and on.....
» 30/10/2013 8:05:19 PM Nicholas The MFP numbers you quote are poorly presented. The percentage data are growth r.....
» 29/10/2013 11:32:53 PM Aristocrat I don’t want to protect bikie gangs and I’d be delighted if they all disappear.....
» 29/10/2013 6:43:32 PM Hi imajulianutter You ask, “how would you feel if you were shot while out shopping, at yo.....
» 29/10/2013 6:21:00 PM Hi Brendan I think we broadly agree. The census is not great for collecting detailed info.....
» 29/10/2013 3:46:01 PM Drug trafficking and use, sex slavery, thuggery, violence, intimidation – all of these are.....
» 29/10/2013 3:32:59 PM This article raises some interesting questions. I do think, though, the Professor is wrong.....
» 29/10/2013 2:50:55 PM This article raises some interesting and important points, in particular the need for cons.....
» 25/09/2013 3:01:30 PM I fully agree we need a truly independent public service. The important question is whet.....
» 25/09/2013 2:41:23 PM great article that sums up nicely the way rent-seeking passes for good policy in the polit.....
» 20/09/2013 2:35:44 PM This article is utter drivel. The principles underpinning sharia financing are not some .....
» 20/09/2013 11:19:12 AM SF And Killarney I spend a lot of time recruiting, and in my experience women and men are.....
» 20/09/2013 11:08:07 AM Dear Yuyutsu Thanks for the clarification, if your argument is against state-sanctioned ma.....
» 19/09/2013 7:24:29 PM Re Employment It’s had to give a better estimate as no-one else does the data collection......
» 19/09/2013 7:23:09 PM Hi Alan Re Day’s estimates If prices hadn’t dropped, then the value of exports to China w.....
» 19/09/2013 3:49:23 PM This was an interesting article, but I have a problem with the hypothesis that the colonia.....
» 19/09/2013 3:25:52 PM Dear Yuyutsu If gay people are free only to marry people of the opposite sex, then they ar.....
» 19/09/2013 3:18:33 PM Diver Dan You do not speak for "the 98%". I'm a middle aged straight woman who h.....
» 19/09/2013 3:07:01 PM I wonder how the Liberals would have reacted if Gillard had appointed a cabinet with only .....
» 19/09/2013 2:47:39 PM I support marriage equality on two grounds: The first, similar to Rhosty’s rights argumen.....
» 18/09/2013 3:46:49 PM Unintentionally, this article proves two things: 1) The true costs of propping up Austral.....
» 17/09/2013 3:07:32 PM I see Gemma in an English teacher. Thank goodness she doesn’t teach economics. The idea t.....
» 17/09/2013 1:34:22 PM Correction: Commonwealth direct stimulus spending peaked 2009-10, not 2007-08.....
» 17/09/2013 12:19:47 PM Alan Re “The appropriate measure seems always values, not volumes.” You are wrong. GDP gro.....
» 16/09/2013 3:27:43 PM Hi Alan In answer to your comments on Day’s paper: 1) The growth in Australia’s export v.....
» 13/09/2013 3:46:02 PM Alan The paper I linked to demonstrates precisely that China was critical in restoring gro.....
» 12/09/2013 2:47:18 PM Unlike other posters so far, I really enjoyed this article - a deft and insightful explora.....
» 12/09/2013 11:35:17 AM Hi Alan Glad to see you finally admit trade with China was significant in Australia’s rec.....
» 10/09/2013 8:10:09 PM Where have Stiglitz, Krugman or Treasury said China was not significant in Australia’s eco.....
» 10/09/2013 12:21:44 PM Alan We’re discusisng a STRUCTRAL deficit lasting more than a decade, according to forward.....
» 9/09/2013 6:51:18 PM Alan There is a world of difference between the diminishing structural surpluses we saw i.....
» 6/09/2013 9:14:01 PM Kipp A person who takes their faith seriously can’t leave it at the door when they go to .....
» 6/09/2013 8:51:40 PM Alan Chart 3 from the paper you linked to on budget balances supports Ergas’ position, no.....
» 6/09/2013 3:18:17 PM Jesus said that we should render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s. Churches should pay t.....
» 5/09/2013 8:54:33 PM Alan I do not say trade with China alone averted recession, I say trade with China AND a .....
» 5/09/2013 3:34:51 PM In my experience, people who claim to speak on behalf of Christianity usually represent th.....
» 4/09/2013 9:41:03 PM Alan Re the importance of the banking system and lack of exposure to toxic debt, try: htt.....
» 4/09/2013 6:38:55 PM Alan Unlike you, I hold no single factor responsible for Australia’s economic growth since.....
» 4/09/2013 12:08:59 PM Alan Your original comments quoted four exporters you claimed had significant exports to .....
» 3/09/2013 4:31:19 PM If low fertility is a social issue, we should address it by encouraging people to have mor.....
» 3/09/2013 2:57:49 PM I agree, the current system is an invitaiton to cynical manipulation and does not reflect .....
» 3/09/2013 2:48:23 PM “indentured ring-ins”, “prescience of the free market”, “ravenous coal seam gas explorers”.....
» 3/09/2013 2:15:42 PM Alan’s articles and comments follow the same pattern – present a large number of statistic.....
» 2/09/2013 2:10:11 PM Hi Rhosty - what report is that you're quoting - seems unlikely to me.....
» 23/08/2013 7:53:37 PM Stevenlmeyer The original white settlers were colonists. About 25% of modern day Australi.....
» 23/08/2013 7:37:34 PM Shadow Minister I agree, the basis of the precautionary principle is sound if it requires.....
» 20/08/2013 3:53:17 PM Wow Of all the arguments against marriage equality – and there are some shockers – Babett.....
» 16/08/2013 6:29:53 PM Hi Alan I was not asking for the GDP data, but for who has said that the cause of Australi.....
» 16/08/2013 3:19:31 PM Hi Alan you say "The third widespread falsehood is that Australia avoided recession a.....
» 9/08/2013 3:37:46 PM Hi Alan Item 7 in your articl emade no reference to falling productivity, but spoke of go.....
» 9/08/2013 2:57:41 PM I too love books, but must admit that the convenience and economy of Amazon and Book Despo.....
» 8/08/2013 8:37:07 PM Re the global recession The GFC peaked in 2009. In Europe and the USA its after-effects ar.....
» 8/08/2013 7:43:30 PM Hi Alan No, I would not agree 2.5% is a good result comparatively. Not only is it the lowe.....
» 8/08/2013 4:24:32 PM Hi Alan These are retail sales levels and growth going back to 1983. To verify earlier est.....
» 7/08/2013 9:20:17 PM Alan. Yes I’m sure. 5% growth over 9 quarters equates to 2.2% pa If you need a little help.....
» 7/08/2013 2:23:59 PM This is another interesting and though-provoking piece on this complex and difficult situa.....
» 7/08/2013 2:14:29 PM An intersting article. The opportunitiesin this market must be considerable, and combining.....
» 7/08/2013 1:31:07 PM We’re covering old ground, Alan. The productivity graph only seems “emphatic” because its .....
» 6/08/2013 4:01:16 PM Alan The data you cite are for gross debt. As discussed above, net debt is the most common.....
» 6/08/2013 2:53:03 PM The absence of the Wikileaks party from the compass doesn't seem terribly significant to m.....
» 6/08/2013 1:31:08 PM Hi Alan, Is your disagreement with “recent” rather than “productivity decline”?. As with.....
» 5/08/2013 1:28:11 PM Alan , you say “… we find Australia’s economy now OVERALL is not only better than at any t.....
» 4/08/2013 8:35:32 PM Hi Alan You ask: “do you agree that wealth and prosperity, by definition, will continue t.....
» 4/08/2013 2:53:47 PM Alan and jcro I have never denied that Australia’s growth has been better than most devel.....
» 2/08/2013 5:22:36 PM Hi Alan Re productivity – see the data in my post above. Labour productivity growth was h.....
» 2/08/2013 2:59:27 PM Alex I don’t have a family history of refugees like you, but I share your sadness that th.....
» 2/08/2013 2:34:58 PM Craig thanks for this. I was sceptical when I first saw where your argument was heading, b.....
» 2/08/2013 2:21:42 PM Hi Alan Today’s government economic statement provides some interesting data for our discu.....
» 2/08/2013 11:54:04 AM Alan There is no stand-alone measure of economic competence. Growth, unemployment, debt, h.....
» 1/08/2013 12:01:34 PM Alan You persist in misrepresenting the quotations you use. The quote you cite does not s.....
» 31/07/2013 7:19:54 PM Alan, you’re shifting the goalposts from fact checking Abbott’s speech to a general discus.....
» 31/07/2013 11:56:26 AM Hi Alan You say the lies that must be countered are: “that growth has stopped or been rev.....
» 30/07/2013 11:36:47 PM Killarney I guess you’re referring to gross debt, which is not the measure most commonly u.....
» 30/07/2013 6:17:57 PM individual it took decades to develop the infrastructure we enjoy, plus a whole range of .....
» 30/07/2013 3:30:47 PM Alan You say “Australia is in fact doing better than every economy”. In fact, IMF data sho.....
» 30/07/2013 2:23:02 PM Thanks Ben, for a practical and realistic summary of a major problem. We are so fortunat.....
» 30/07/2013 1:32:10 PM Hi Alan re q1: Economic growth is the norm in the Australian economy. Every government si.....
» 29/07/2013 7:22:47 PM Let’s fact check the fact checker. 1. “Golden age of prosperity that has been lost”. This.....
» 25/07/2013 3:01:50 PM Roses1 do you have a source and more infor on this: "Western Australia could have 10.....
» 25/07/2013 2:42:29 PM I disagree that we "resolved” anything through national debate. The protectionists wo.....
» 22/07/2013 12:41:38 PM HI George Sorry, I’m re-joining the conversation rather late. I don’t think Peter Sellick.....
» 19/07/2013 3:48:29 PM Iain There is one minority in Australia that is three times more likely than the rest of .....
» 19/07/2013 3:15:39 PM David I agree there are lots of variations of faith and belief that don’t fall within Geo.....
» 16/07/2013 2:07:01 PM I seldom agree with the Australia Institute's take on economic policy issues, but this art.....
» 15/07/2013 12:04:29 PM SPQR You say “I see now by implication you are acknowledging (my original proposition) tha.....
» 12/07/2013 7:24:25 PM Pilger doubtless would have preferred the ANC to stick to its violent Marxist roots, and M.....
» 12/07/2013 7:00:00 PM SPQR given that there are pretty obvious reasons why some refugees don't have papers, wou.....
» 12/07/2013 5:29:48 PM ... precisely so it's not a question of give anone without substantiating evidence the be.....
» 12/07/2013 4:07:35 PM SPQR Where does the Convention instruct countries to give participants the benefit of the .....
» 11/07/2013 8:05:08 PM I think liberalism’s respect for the dignity and value of the individual person, on which .....
» 11/07/2013 5:21:48 PM Divergence The first paper you quote does not support your argument, finding that politica.....
» 11/07/2013 3:23:04 PM Ludwig I’m all for realistic assessment of refugees, and would agree that people who clai.....
» 10/07/2013 3:06:25 PM Improving the availability and quality of family planning services in developing countries.....
» 10/07/2013 1:06:02 PM Don You raise some interesting points, but I think there may be other factors at play. It.....
» 9/07/2013 8:24:22 PM Candide There are lots of reasons why foreign investors might be able to farm profitably w.....
» 9/07/2013 4:16:44 PM About 89% fully Australian owned, 6% majority (>50%) Australian owned, 6% majority fore.....
» 9/07/2013 2:41:15 PM A very sensible article. Much opposition to foreign ownership is confused and emotive. For.....
» 8/07/2013 7:19:51 PM LEGO Yes, I concede I probably had a rather Bletchley-centric view of Enigma. I also agree.....
» 8/07/2013 3:01:47 PM LEGO There are some important differences between the enigma code breakers and Snowden. 1.....
» 5/07/2013 1:12:26 PM Thanks Genevieve, for a nicely thought-out article. It may be compassionate to want to sto.....
» 5/07/2013 11:19:42 AM Poirot The usual accusation levelled at the IMF, World Bank is of heartless neoliberalism.....
» 4/07/2013 8:17:36 PM Poirot You’re right, water constraints may in principle be more of an issue for global pop.....
» 4/07/2013 7:29:37 PM Poirot That’s not a meaningful comparison. India’s population is 1.24 billion. Australia’s.....
» 4/07/2013 4:35:45 PM VivienneO I don’t think Malcolm is saying people who oppose population growth are cuckoos......
» 2/07/2013 6:50:36 PM “To avoid a recession all we need do is export more and import less.” - Rhosty “For every.....
» 2/07/2013 3:58:20 PM A nice thoughtful piece, Don. In my grumpier moments I tend to think of social justice a.....
» 2/07/2013 3:36:23 PM I wonder if we are starting to see the Diana-isation of Julia Gillard? Shortly before her.....
» 2/07/2013 3:02:46 PM So we have a problem which “Only focused action by a fully informed and highly competent g.....
» 1/07/2013 6:44:46 PM LEGO “If you object to violent criminal behaviour, why do you oppose preventing the media.....
» 1/07/2013 4:33:13 PM Cause and effect does exist. So does the slippery slope logical fallacy. Listening to viol.....
» 1/07/2013 2:44:36 PM david f well said. This stuff is intended to shock (and it succeeds). It is not intended.....
» 28/06/2013 1:29:55 PM Antiseptic “we find that an important element of gender equality is the dominance of fema.....
» 26/06/2013 9:15:11 PM Antiseptic The report clearly shows, not just assumes, that women’s lower productivity is.....
» 26/06/2013 8:30:55 PM Rhosty The cost of our largest gas development – Gorgon – is $52 billion. The combined ca.....
» 26/06/2013 8:13:47 PM Antiseptic If abuse of statistics were a crime, you’d be in jail! For anyone interested,.....
» 19/06/2013 4:20:21 PM Shadow Minister I read the article somewhat differently. I think he is arguing that Winds.....
» 18/06/2013 4:19:27 PM I think there is no clear extression of what "no advantage" actually means becau.....
» 17/06/2013 4:53:52 PM Chris Foreign students don’t displace local ones. They benefit our colleges and universit.....
» 17/06/2013 1:33:28 PM Chris and Bazz Here are a couple of good articles that debunk the “manufacturing fallacy”.....
» 16/06/2013 5:53:17 PM Chris You are right that financing health services will be an increasing challenge with th.....
» 15/06/2013 2:34:55 PM Chris Which data are you looking at? There are some worrying trends, but there are also s.....
» 15/06/2013 2:30:39 PM Crapola No one begrudges you money from making a productive investment, or working hard. B.....
» 14/06/2013 7:47:21 PM Sorry Crapola, my argument is not “mute and negated” at all. The Directorate takes into ac.....
» 14/06/2013 5:37:53 PM Chris I didn’t say we are “all ok”. I said we are, on average, better off under free trad.....
» 14/06/2013 1:28:33 PM Hasbeen A levy of 11c a litre was applied to milk to fund structural adjustment in the ind.....
» 13/06/2013 8:07:17 PM Chris Service jobs are no more or less inherently “productive” than goods-producing ones .....
» 13/06/2013 6:47:30 PM Crapola Actually, your license was a way of you putting your hand in passengers’ pockets .....
» 13/06/2013 5:27:38 PM EmperorJulian Lloyd’s paper does indeed trace the decline in Australia’s tariffs in recent.....
» 13/06/2013 4:04:41 PM Chris What do you mean by “production-consumption balance”? Our current account balance o.....
» 13/06/2013 3:12:44 PM Meg1 The usual definition of primary industry includes mining as well as manufacturing, a.....
» 13/06/2013 2:53:40 PM plus ça change I wonder what the author would think of Gonski?.....
» 13/06/2013 2:37:55 PM looks like sensible reform. I hope other states follow suit......
» 11/06/2013 3:09:33 PM Great article - well argued and clear. I hadn't joined the dots with the financial framewo.....
» 7/06/2013 3:01:46 PM Thanks Malcolm for a good article. You make some excellent points, especially about self-i.....
» 6/06/2013 3:06:02 PM Alan says: “the speech was soon dismantled systematically by analysts outside the mainstre.....
» 6/06/2013 3:00:12 PM Entrepreneurs are essential to our economy and our society. We can argue about whether the.....
» 29/05/2013 6:02:10 PM praxicide The Tamils are a persecuted minority and the Sri Lankan government, military an.....
» 29/05/2013 3:31:34 PM James sorry to sound harsh, but why is it a problem? Or rather, for whom is it a problem? .....
» 29/05/2013 2:40:10 PM I agree that it’s ok for governments to go into cyclical deficit in bad years, but they sh.....
» 29/05/2013 1:52:47 PM Rhosty Australian government tax receipts as a percentage of GDP hit an all-time high of 2.....
» 28/05/2013 11:47:22 PM Thanks Sir Vivor, an interesting link. I don't agree with all the author says, but I do ag.....
» 28/05/2013 11:26:14 PM James As I said to Marilyn, I don’t blame Sri Lankans for trying to come here. You are ri.....
» 28/05/2013 3:57:05 PM Marilyn I agree it’s no sin to seek a better life or to try to escape starvation. And you.....
» 28/05/2013 3:32:23 PM Babette I understand you have conservative family values, but why on earth do you call th.....
» 28/05/2013 2:37:37 PM I’m normally sympathetic to the cause of asylum seekers, but what this article describes a.....
» 28/05/2013 12:50:38 PM My apologies, the previous post should be addressed to LEGO, not Sir Vivor.....
» 28/05/2013 11:37:12 AM Sir Vivor I do not necessarily equate Christianity and Islam, but I do believe most relig.....
» 27/05/2013 5:30:28 PM Rhosty All I addressed was your claim that Howard took us unto structural deficits, which.....
» 27/05/2013 2:41:43 PM Islam has a serious problem with findamentalism and violence, but that its not the same as.....
» 25/05/2013 3:23:13 PM Chris, I’m not surprised someone from the IPA did not identify which industries would thri.....
» 24/05/2013 8:20:37 PM Chris The economics are just stacked up too much against the Australian car industry. Eve.....
» 24/05/2013 2:53:01 PM I agree with the author. The death penalty is barbaric, and it’s a great shame that it is .....
» 24/05/2013 2:34:08 PM Australian taxpayers and motorists have already wasted billions of dollars propping up thi.....
» 23/05/2013 9:17:41 PM Yes, Graham the turnaround is stunning you picked the series in dollars of the day, which.....
» 23/05/2013 3:37:08 PM Rhosty Nice theory, shame about the facts. IMF data show the Australian government’s stru.....
» 22/05/2013 3:39:41 PM The main problem with this article is that it equates “internationalism” with “governance”.....
» 22/05/2013 12:10:26 PM The poor often suffer the most in natural or man-made disasters, but this does not make th.....
» 20/05/2013 2:18:55 PM Not one of the claims Alan lists as “problematic propositions” is actually wrong. Alan may.....
» 15/05/2013 2:51:42 PM This article presents a very US-centric view of the world. Fundamentalists who take a lite.....
» 15/05/2013 11:17:06 AM Apart from its fatuous attempt to establish an argument based on word association, this ar.....
» 14/05/2013 7:59:10 PM Public lavatory, public enemy, public nuisance … Lots of things starting with “public” are.....
» 8/05/2013 4:28:57 PM Stezza Great analysis. There's nothing left to say, really!.....
» 3/05/2013 2:55:47 PM I agree that minority governments are not necessarily bad, but this one has been. Its flaw.....
» 3/05/2013 2:27:49 PM The $35 a week cited for the allowance is an error - should be $35 a day, I think.....
» 3/05/2013 1:31:12 PM Hi Alan In 2009 Australia’s goods exports rose in volume by 3.4%. They decreased by 14.2.....
» 2/05/2013 11:43:04 AM Alan I agree with you that Australia’s economy looks very good compared to most developed .....
» 30/04/2013 7:41:16 PM Alan China now represents about 30% of Australia’s exports, and in the past 5 years expor.....
» 30/04/2013 2:09:37 PM Alan is right that Australia survived the global financial crisis far better than most cou.....
» 22/04/2013 7:29:02 PM This article accuses gay marriage supporters of ignoring “reason and evidence” but then fa.....
» 18/04/2013 9:06:42 PM Phil Matimein It’s extremely rare for any party in a UK general election to get an outrig.....
» 10/04/2013 11:17:15 AM Bazz No I didn’t see Lateline, but I’m not surprised. It’s part of the normal process of .....
» 8/04/2013 7:21:31 PM Regional and bilateral trade agreements are poor subsitutes for the kind of multilateral a.....
» 8/04/2013 1:38:46 PM Bazz You say “all international trade has started to fade already” Where do you get your.....
» 5/04/2013 2:44:55 PM Reaching the Millennium Goal reduction in poverty ahead of time is a great achievement and.....
» 4/04/2013 2:49:35 PM Like others I can't quite see the point of this article. Personally I dislike Wilders an.....
» 26/03/2013 4:45:33 PM Of course the drinks companies’ arguments are self-serving. But as Raycom indicates, the k.....
» 22/03/2013 11:46:08 AM EmperorJulian Some basic economics Average incomes in a country are chiefly determined .....
» 21/03/2013 3:22:37 PM EmperorJulian The "greedy pigs living off the fruits of foreign police state repress.....
» 19/03/2013 8:02:53 PM Marilyn My reading of the Bill is that the PIMA does not investigate complaints by the pu.....
» 19/03/2013 4:24:16 PM Geoff of Perth Surely the test of whether a person is unduly optimistic or unduly pessimis.....
» 19/03/2013 2:35:55 PM What I find rather creepy about the doomsayers is the sense that they actually want the wo.....
» 19/03/2013 2:15:21 PM Rhrosty an ombudsman typically investigates complaints by the public against the governmen.....
» 19/03/2013 11:22:41 AM Alan I see in the processes the Bill proposes many opportunities for the suppression of fr.....
» 18/03/2013 7:52:55 PM Alan, these are the bits of the Bill I object to: From the simplified outline (section 3).....
» 18/03/2013 4:33:39 PM Marilyn Under the proposed laws, a government appointee will be able to remove a media org.....
» 18/03/2013 12:43:55 PM Ludwig It may be the “ludicrous end of the spectrum”, but we really are locking up childr.....
» 15/03/2013 7:30:34 PM Divergence, If you unpick those studies, the areas where Australia scores worst are air q.....
» 15/03/2013 3:47:39 PM Ralph I haven’t “bagged” Bindi Irwin (I’ve even spelled her name right). Some of the “auth.....
» 15/03/2013 11:19:41 AM Ludwig, To speak of “advantage” in these circumstances is grotesque. What you are saying i.....
» 14/03/2013 7:34:39 PM Ralph Bindi Irwin as an authority. Gee, it must be true! Migration does not add to the h.....
» 14/03/2013 2:23:00 PM Ludwig Life has never been easy for asylum seekers coming to Australia, but the current g.....
» 13/03/2013 8:15:58 PM Yep, I’ll admit that debt was not one of Keating’s strong points. Net debt peaked at 18.1%.....
» 13/03/2013 2:10:56 PM Yes, the Hawke-Keating era introduced some major reforms that set the foundation for Austr.....
» 28/02/2013 3:19:20 PM Peter I don’t think you understand Baumol’s argument, or the nature of productivity growt.....
» 28/02/2013 12:17:37 PM McReal The most common view among biblical scholars is that Paul’s letters were written o.....
» 27/02/2013 2:27:23 PM Much though I dislike Wilders and his bigotry, I completely disagree with Ali Kazac. The .....
» 21/02/2013 11:13:59 AM Dear Yuyutsu I have family both in Australia and in the UK. I agree that nationalism and.....
» 20/02/2013 3:37:02 PM This article raises some interesting questions that are worth exploring. As a dual citize.....
» 20/02/2013 3:05:18 PM This article raises some interesting points, but it is all rather one-sided. For example.....
» 14/02/2013 7:45:16 PM diver dan I accept that there is no independent contemporary historical record of Jesus’ .....
» 14/02/2013 2:58:51 PM I agree with R0bert, this article would be a lot more credible if it acknowledge that both.....
» 13/02/2013 7:36:07 PM Hi Saltpetre Peter was indeed married, according to the synoptic gospels – or at least, h.....
» 13/02/2013 4:46:30 PM This article regurgitates lots of RC propaganda masquerading as historical facts, but some.....
» 13/02/2013 3:47:30 PM The idea that we have not being paying attention to the possible costs of mining, and that.....
» 8/02/2013 4:15:06 PM Jay of Melbourne I deal a lot with businesses that operate in Asia and with Asian busines.....
» 8/02/2013 3:07:59 PM Outside the rather self-interested perspectives of Asian Studies faculties, I think it’s c.....
» 7/02/2013 2:52:38 PM Tony makes some valid points, especially about the narrowness of ethics defined as conform.....
» 6/02/2013 3:17:45 PM Peter raises some interesting questions, but I’m not sure the answers he provides will wor.....
» 4/02/2013 10:55:09 AM individual do you think people in "third world" countries would be better off if.....
» 1/02/2013 3:14:52 PM Foreign companies should certainly obey the laws of countries where they operate, and the .....
» 31/01/2013 3:23:53 PM Hmm Not much in this article. There’s a lot of Australia “now”, and perhaps for the next .....
» 31/01/2013 3:04:00 PM Passy All Israeli citizens, Jewish and non-Jewish, are entitled to vote in elections. Ther.....
» 30/01/2013 3:06:44 PM Yuri I agree, it’s nice to have Peter back. I don’t always agree with him, but I always en.....
» 30/01/2013 2:44:39 PM Freedom of speech must include the right to say things that may be deemed offensive, or it.....
» 30/01/2013 2:08:38 PM Thank you for this article - a reminder that a few people find entraordinary courage and r.....
» 29/01/2013 2:23:45 PM An interesting article, and thank you for the courteous and genuine way in which you invit.....
» 29/01/2013 11:40:45 AM Individual The competitiveness index does not measure economic performance. It measures wh.....
» 28/01/2013 3:14:30 PM Lance Boyle The ABS labour force data have nothing to do with the count of benefit recipi.....
» 28/01/2013 3:08:13 PM Divergence I got my data from the world bank site that I linked to. The Norwegian gover.....
» 27/01/2013 1:18:09 PM Shockadelic You are right that most countries with high Human Development Indexes have wh.....
» 26/01/2013 5:13:20 PM Divergence We have had this discussion before. The competitiveness indexes measure how bus.....
» 25/01/2013 8:32:53 PM CHERFUL 22 million isn’t very many people – there are municipalities in China with more p.....
» 25/01/2013 6:28:02 PM BiancaDog There are lots of arguments to in favour of Australia having a larger and divers.....
» 24/01/2013 3:13:51 PM “Dirty Business” was not quite as bad as I had expected for its title and promos. At least.....
» 21/01/2013 3:22:44 PM Cheryl The 722,600 part-timers wanting longer hours and available to work, represent 21% .....
» 21/01/2013 2:53:41 PM I think this article illustrates many of the reasons why economic sanctions are usually un.....
» 21/01/2013 2:31:49 PM Thanks Don a nice reminder of one of Australia's best.....
» 21/01/2013 1:36:45 PM Cheryl The ABS includes a question on whether people want more hours in its regular labou.....
» 20/01/2013 8:10:50 PM rehctub If one hour a week is too low, how about 10, or 20, or 30, or 35? As 579 has alr.....
» 20/01/2013 6:04:52 PM Popnperish “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.....
» 20/01/2013 5:58:43 PM Cheryl and Arjay Defining people in work as employed seem to me more appropriate than ca.....
» 18/01/2013 3:50:14 PM An interesting survey of patchy progress towards poverty reduction. There are clearly su.....
» 18/01/2013 3:22:08 PM Rattler If the dead included former refugees, then their fear of persecution was indeed “w.....
» 18/01/2013 3:09:37 PM Malcolm makes some valid points, but his analysis is flawed by some sloppy use of stats an.....
» 13/01/2013 7:46:36 PM Brenton “Moral relativism has the unusual distinction—both within philosophy and outside .....
» 11/01/2013 8:11:23 PM Tellall The problem with your argument is that it is totally impervious to reason or evid.....
» 11/01/2013 11:03:31 AM EmperorJulian I agree that Workchoices was unpopular, and that unpopularity was a signifi.....
» 10/01/2013 8:55:53 PM EmperorJulian Ah, of course, it’s a conspiracy! Businesses might say they want skilled, p.....
» 10/01/2013 2:59:24 PM The author says: "According to official OECD statistics, Australians have among the .....
» 9/01/2013 11:52:05 AM Brenton My objection to your article is that it neither puts a positive case for the posi.....
» 8/01/2013 4:04:49 PM Similarly, with Brenton’s attack on the Christian ant-gay lobby. They are not motivated by.....
» 8/01/2013 4:03:59 PM Brenton’s article shows the typical pattern of the ideologue, assuming that his way of und.....
» 4/01/2013 6:18:39 PM Personally, I support Federation and see a lot of benefits in decision-making closer to th.....
» 17/12/2012 3:18:02 PM This is a thorny issue. There is always a risk that a church or similar group will be temp.....
» 17/12/2012 3:09:40 PM The article is fundamentally correct, though it does tend to accentuate the negative. Gros.....
» 7/12/2012 2:25:01 PM JohnBennetts I never said the LNG was stored at -100 oC. Nor does the Chevron material I q.....
» 7/12/2012 12:37:31 PM Stewart Gazprom doesn’t have its facts wrong, it’s just that you are interpreting them inc.....
» 7/12/2012 12:35:16 PM JohnBennets Yep, I admit the document was by WorleyParsons, not GHD. If you look again .....
» 6/12/2012 11:56:56 AM I have done some Googling on the claim that lifetime GHG emissions for LNG are not better .....
» 5/12/2012 11:30:40 PM The pipeline option is also fraight with problems. A single pipeline to a single market mi.....
» 5/12/2012 10:01:14 PM Johnbennetts I gtet the idea from the gas companies. Check this: http://www.qgc.com.au/med.....
» 5/12/2012 9:19:15 PM Stewart is adept at promoting his self-interest as Australia's interest, but his arguments.....
» 30/11/2012 3:03:44 PM Mac I think saving Palestinian lives and saving Israeli lives are equally good things. Y.....
» 30/11/2012 2:31:40 PM David G, you say “It's amazing that so much science is dedicated to killing rather than ad.....
» 26/11/2012 2:58:55 PM Chris You may be right that some measures for those in lower socio-economic groups are ne.....
» 20/11/2012 7:11:32 PM Alan I don’t know about organisation, but according to this website, the Democrats raised.....
» 20/11/2012 3:06:08 PM I’m all for fact checking and holding politicians to account, on all sides of politics. .....
» 16/11/2012 2:44:16 PM I think we should be careful of assuming that priestly celibacy is the cause of child abus.....
» 7/11/2012 9:11:47 PM George My dictionary defines martyr as a person who suffers for bearing witness to the tr.....
» 7/11/2012 3:23:20 PM An interesting article. I hope that the end of Christendom and the secularisation of socie.....
» 1/11/2012 8:00:12 PM Hi leckos I agree the US market may have overshot as more supply comes on stream, and gas.....
» 1/11/2012 6:25:20 PM The high production rate declines that the author identifies are an inevitable feature of .....
» 23/10/2012 8:23:29 PM david f I think you have misread the argument. It is not about getting back from governme.....
» 23/10/2012 7:24:13 PM Rhosty I agree that a crime committed against a citizen of another country should be pros.....
» 17/10/2012 7:37:57 PM Divergence I don’t deny there are problems in parts of India. If groundwater is being ove.....
» 16/10/2012 8:27:20 PM Divergence I don’t celebrate world fertility, but neither do I bemoan it. It’s a fact of l.....
» 16/10/2012 3:59:10 PM Candide Demographic transitions never play out quickly. Even China’s brutal one-child poli.....
» 16/10/2012 3:07:30 PM This article is spot on I'd add another couple of issues to the greens' anti-food policie.....
» 12/10/2012 3:01:13 PM Rhosty The argument for patent protection is not to reimburse pharmaceutical companies fo.....
» 11/10/2012 12:12:18 PM Shiva is an anti-technology, anti-development ideologue whose track record includes opposi.....
» 9/10/2012 3:22:07 PM Curmudgeon Market failure provides a good framework to consider this issue. There are some.....
» 5/10/2012 12:13:41 PM Jack From Bicton Fraccing has been used in WA for decades, with no adverse effects on wat.....
» 4/10/2012 2:26:36 PM Jack from Bicton There is absolutely no threat to WA’s water supplies from developing its.....
» 20/09/2012 9:13:16 PM Noelreg no, the question is not why "some feel they need the term marriage applied t.....
» 20/09/2012 9:08:59 PM Marilyn Shepherd Even if you hold that the whole bible is completely a work of fiction, i.....
» 20/09/2012 7:14:29 PM Marilyn Shepherd The article makes no reference to the Bible being the basis for Jews cla.....
» 20/09/2012 2:54:11 PM we’re used to anti-gay arguments based on the logical fallacy of circular argument (“gays .....
» 14/09/2012 1:40:50 PM Raycom why on earth would you want the Australian Government to invest taxpayers' money in.....
» 13/09/2012 3:02:18 PM The article seems to me a bit more subtle than some posters imply. It distinguishes differ.....
» 13/09/2012 2:31:33 PM Curmudgeon, well said The populist, irrational and implicitly xenophobic reaction to the .....
» 12/09/2012 7:07:32 PM Jay Liberalism means different things to different people, which is why I tried to identi.....
» 12/09/2012 2:50:54 PM I agree that the left/right libertarian/authoritarian political model can be quite helpful.....
» 10/09/2012 3:22:06 PM Geoff is right to point out that real net national disposable income is a better measure o.....
» 6/09/2012 9:42:16 PM Jay, So you argue that nationalists don’t victimise Jews just because they are Jewish, b.....
» 6/09/2012 7:00:38 PM Jay Your most recent post appears more moderate than your earlier ones, but that because .....
» 5/09/2012 5:02:47 PM Halduell I agree that the Palestinians’ suffering is no less worthy of our concern than t.....
» 5/09/2012 3:18:25 PM Jay Actually, I did meet Tony Cliff. I never agreed with his politics, though. Like I sai.....
» 5/09/2012 2:14:26 PM Jay Do you deny that the holocaust happened? Or the episode Vic describes? Your comments.....
» 3/09/2012 2:51:38 PM There are several problems with this approach, but I see three as most important. Firstly.....
» 29/08/2012 4:20:38 PM A good, if very sobering, article. Steven’s argument that nuclear war could arise by accid.....
» 28/08/2012 7:57:23 PM Noelreg You make a valid point – official marriage doesn’t confer much benefit nowadays. .....
» 28/08/2012 2:59:48 PM I hope the author is right, but I suspect the churches have a way to go before they finall.....
» 22/08/2012 2:03:59 PM I agree with Dr Villis – the connection between suicide and marriage is probably quite ten.....
» 22/08/2012 11:24:25 AM Saltpetre I agree that we can’t and shouldn’t rely on consensus, and that we have access .....
» 21/08/2012 3:31:05 PM good article It explains some of the incomprehension of others' positions that we sometim.....
» 21/08/2012 3:24:00 PM If this is a feminist conspiracy, it's not very week thought through. The last place I wa.....
» 15/08/2012 3:12:43 PM This article makes some interesting points. I agree with Curmugean, though. We need a more.....
» 9/08/2012 3:00:51 PM good article what's the "Cornwall factor"?.....
» 7/08/2012 7:53:07 PM Tristan, I agree that flat fees hit-low income households. The solution is to increase in.....
» 7/08/2012 5:28:14 PM Trisan The WA Government is not using electricity as a cash cow – electricity is subsidise.....
» 7/08/2012 3:02:09 PM Government ownership is no cure for price increases, nor a panacea for infrastructure prov.....
» 3/08/2012 7:42:02 PM Steven and csteele am I missing something here, or are you in fact in heated agreement th.....
» 2/08/2012 12:49:25 PM Sells If marriage is a social construct, as you concede, then it is surely not “ontologic.....
» 6/07/2012 4:42:01 PM Geoff the Institute is not an independent or academic scientific institution, its a sprui.....
» 6/07/2012 2:53:17 PM Geoff Most independent and rigorous analysis confirms what this article says - there is n.....
» 27/06/2012 2:04:10 PM George Orwell is reported to have said (it may be apocyphal) that "some ideas are so .....
» 15/06/2012 3:45:01 PM Saltpetre Surely the question is, which policies are most likely to deliver improvements .....
» 14/06/2012 3:32:11 PM Atman and Curmudgeon Normally I’d agree with many of your points, but this article doesn’.....
» 13/06/2012 2:57:22 PM What a pointless proposal. I don’t need a fairness bureaucracy to tell me that Andrew Bolt.....
» 31/05/2012 3:36:02 PM The author is missing quite a bit here. Importing labour – especially semi-skilled labour.....
» 25/05/2012 2:38:59 PM Fester I agree that access to free family planning can help to alleviate poverty in poor c.....
» 24/05/2012 1:49:22 PM Divergence There is not the remotest possibility that Australians will be forced to become.....
» 23/05/2012 5:48:27 PM runner - is there any evidence at all for what you say, or are you just making this poison.....
» 23/05/2012 5:46:23 PM The case for gay marriage does not rest on the qualitative effect of marriage on the relat.....
» 23/05/2012 11:43:11 AM Saltpetre Do you think there was no famine, war or conflict when the global population wa.....
» 22/05/2012 9:36:04 PM Thanks WmTrevor and Alan - some excellent sources and ideas there.....
» 22/05/2012 8:40:00 PM Atman For as long as the state sanctions and defines marriage and churches carry them out,.....
» 22/05/2012 8:00:44 PM Alan I'm interested in the evidence for same sex marriages sanctioned by the church. I ha.....
» 22/05/2012 4:54:49 PM Salpetre The author did not make those population numbers up – they are from the United N.....
» 22/05/2012 2:06:35 PM an encouraging article - I hope Alan is right it's sad that the churches are likely to be.....
» 21/05/2012 3:42:38 PM good on you Amanda, I wish you success sadly I have no medical qualifications so can't sig.....
» 21/05/2012 2:43:45 PM Daffy Duck You say “Implicit in this essay is the presumption that the human population ca.....
» 17/05/2012 3:11:01 PM Thank your for this article. I was only vaguely aware of the plight of the Hazaras, mainly.....
» 17/05/2012 2:29:26 PM Great article, very well argued what irritates me is the attempt of this small and appare.....
» 15/05/2012 11:16:49 AM Yabby, I agree we should spend aid more wisely, but I think contraception is preferable to.....
» 14/05/2012 12:29:00 PM phooey, you are right, living standards have risen around the globe since the industrial r.....
» 11/05/2012 3:15:39 PM There’s an old saying that a half truth, like a half brick, travels further and does more .....
» 10/05/2012 5:14:17 PM Senior Victorian You raise an interestintg point - Hollande may talk populist leftism, bu.....
» 10/05/2012 5:01:19 PM Banjo I said I had a good job, not a high executive salary. And why on earth should money .....
» 9/05/2012 7:39:44 PM Chris When was the ever a perception that “things are going well” in Australia? Even under.....
» 9/05/2012 4:54:23 PM Chris Free markets don’t squeeze budgets. Total government consumption spending in Austra.....
» 9/05/2012 3:51:00 PM Chris What on earth has free trade got to go with it … except perhaps that it is contribut.....
» 9/05/2012 3:07:33 PM Rhosty, you say “in order to help others, you first must enjoy enough prosperity to be abl.....
» 4/05/2012 2:31:49 PM Trav Your argument is circular. “Gays can’t marry because marriage is between a man and a.....
» 3/05/2012 3:02:36 PM I support gay equality and would be far happier if the churches did too, not only in recru.....
» 12/04/2012 5:28:28 PM Jospehus you say "Men in Biblical times had multiple wives as there were more women .....
» 11/04/2012 3:43:20 PM Interesting article, but rather depressing. If the phenomenon were more straightforward or.....
» 11/04/2012 3:14:49 PM Josephus. On what grounds are you qualified to say I’m “ineligible” to express any opini.....
» 11/04/2012 2:50:42 PM When an author resorts to paranoid fruitloops like shadowstats to “prove” that governments.....
» 11/04/2012 1:58:47 PM Josephus I think most of us understand the science behind the mechanics of sexual union p.....
» 10/04/2012 5:49:36 PM Josephus Your argument is circular. You assume that the sole purpose of marriage is to su.....
» 10/04/2012 3:02:46 PM Diver Dan As it is a first post, perhaps we should do rightswatcher the courtesy of engag.....
» 6/04/2012 4:33:43 PM Ludwig Comparing speed limits and potato marketing regulations is silly. And the regulator.....
» 5/04/2012 7:08:35 PM Ludwig Actually, the expenditure was related to one farmer – Tony Galati, who has a long .....
» 5/04/2012 6:02:37 PM Candide I agree, there is a much stronger case for regulating lobsters than potatoes. Lob.....
» 5/04/2012 4:38:34 PM Geoff Economists don’t just assume growth will continue because it happened in the past. .....
» 5/04/2012 3:43:59 PM Ludwig The Orwellian language here is not misplaced. It emphasises that the coercive powe.....
» 5/04/2012 1:21:55 PM Poirot I support measures to protect fish stocks and prevent illegal logging. I don’t a.....
» 5/04/2012 11:16:06 AM Poirot I don’t deny that we have environmental problems, I just think that we can work th.....
» 4/04/2012 7:49:12 PM Saltpetre “Eden” as a myth is a powerful story of human nature, but as an ideal or story.....
» 4/04/2012 3:59:30 PM The author has at least one thing right. Cultures do have dominant narratives - understand.....
» 23/03/2012 4:13:33 PM it's a real shame that the text inviting us to read this article advocating gender equalit.....
» 14/03/2012 3:30:45 PM GrahamY makes an interesting point. With the discrediting of old-style Marxism, the fundam.....
» 9/03/2012 12:51:15 PM Dan I was specifically addressing your use of the word “vogue” which implies a temporary,.....
» 8/03/2012 3:36:05 PM Tombee is right, the article makes some very good points about Finkelstein’s attack on fre.....
» 3/03/2012 10:30:25 AM Dan We don’t get the chance to see apes turn into humans, but we do see a fossil record of.....
» 2/03/2012 3:16:59 PM Welcome back Peter, nice to see you writing here again But, I agree with many of the post.....
» 2/03/2012 1:01:22 PM Dan I accept evolution because it is rational, coherent and consistent with the available .....
» 1/03/2012 1:50:16 PM Dan What do you think of the fact that most of the mainstream churches in Australia – Angl.....
» 24/02/2012 8:22:05 PM Jon J yes, maybe they did know God better that I do. But the Bible tells us that the law .....
» 24/02/2012 6:48:12 PM The Bible is a product of its time and culture, not a supernatural instruction manual. No.....
» 24/02/2012 4:55:27 PM Kevin most of us know what a think tank is, and (as you yourself say) most of us can wor.....
» 24/02/2012 1:54:20 PM Am I missing something here? this seems like a frenzied assault on a straw man. Who says t.....
» 24/02/2012 1:45:41 PM Thank you Nigel, for a thoughtful article. Too many people assume you have to be homophobi.....
» 24/02/2012 1:37:38 PM Yes, think tanks and NGOs have ideological barrows to push, and yes, they get funded by pe.....
» 23/02/2012 5:39:35 PM JS Mill how is this different from everyday Catholics whose taxes and medicare levies supp.....
» 23/02/2012 1:19:54 PM rehctub Can you provide a source for your data on tax and benefits? “labor says they ha.....
» 22/02/2012 4:08:57 PM Beneath the paranoid rhetoric this article makes some reasonable points. But as Pericles s.....
» 21/02/2012 7:29:42 PM The Citigroup analysis that Curmudgeon refers to is interesting and seems plausible given .....
» 21/02/2012 3:15:22 PM Once again, Jocelynne shows an ideologue’s incapacity to understand a different point of v.....
» 17/02/2012 3:37:11 PM I agree with much of this article in that Christians should not be ashamed to admit what w.....
» 17/02/2012 2:09:31 PM .... all of which is due to peak oil?.....
» 16/02/2012 5:46:18 PM The energy intensity of the economy is has fallen steadily for decades, so rising energy p.....
» 16/02/2012 1:03:41 PM 579, Many developed economies have petrol prices above $2 without suffering economic col.....
» 10/02/2012 3:50:12 PM Yabby, I think the point about Chris’s ideology is that s/he bemoans everything you appl.....
» 10/02/2012 3:35:45 PM I'm perfectly willing to accept that our mental/emotional/spiritual wellbeing influences o.....
» 31/01/2012 5:34:37 PM Yep – the bread was good, but at least one feels it could actually have some meaning. But .....
» 31/01/2012 3:45:52 PM Antiseptic You won’t get much disagreement from me either – and I don’t often agree with E.....
» 31/01/2012 3:09:20 PM Gee that was hard going! Anyone seeking a bit of light relief after this might like to ch.....
» 31/01/2012 1:12:48 PM Houellebecq Yous say “It's all women = victim, the downtrodden martyrs of society, men = l.....
» 30/01/2012 2:47:03 PM This article is classic self-serving rent seeking. “Economic rationalists still hold the .....
» 30/01/2012 1:52:37 PM Antiseptic Good on your for running a small business – a tough gig. But compulsory super i.....
» 29/01/2012 5:05:17 PM Antiseptic If you are self-employed you could have saved towards your retirement; people w.....
» 29/01/2012 3:15:28 PM Antiseptic What have I said that makes you think I want an “easy ride”? I have worked ful.....
» 29/01/2012 9:59:49 AM Yabby Women don’t talk more than men; that study is discredited: http://www.scientificame.....
» 27/01/2012 7:08:08 PM Yabby Yabbly You say it is a “mere obvious fact” that women are "better at" co.....
» 27/01/2012 5:25:18 PM Dane, you say: “You obviously feel that women are so much more important than men that th.....
» 27/01/2012 4:33:55 PM Rehctub I was intrigued by your comments about non-essentials, so went looking for data. .....
» 27/01/2012 4:09:35 PM Dane Look at some of the comments on this thread (including your own). These surely quali.....
» 27/01/2012 2:56:54 PM A good article - compared to almost all other developed countries, Australia's economy is .....
» 25/01/2012 7:15:05 PM If we regard superannuation from the perspective of what an individual employee deserves, .....
» 25/01/2012 2:39:06 PM There is much wrong with this article, including the points other posters have made – a wo.....
» 20/01/2012 7:34:33 PM Divergence Interesting info on old N Am cultures. Surely the historical evidence you’re p.....
» 19/01/2012 9:19:57 PM If resources account for population growth, why was the USA’s indigenous population low an.....
» 19/01/2012 4:49:42 PM Yes of course Malthus was wrong. His prediction that population would expand to absorb a.....
» 18/01/2012 2:20:43 PM Interesting article. I have an acquaintance facing a similar issue – an Australian citizen.....
» 17/01/2012 5:32:39 PM Greg I’m not surprised by the fact that there are a long more people now than there were .....
» 17/01/2012 3:25:45 PM Surely the simile of “elephants in the room” refers to thing that people are aware of but .....
» 16/01/2012 5:20:46 PM Chris Of course what was right in the past may not be right in future, but you have not g.....
» 16/01/2012 3:21:41 PM This is not the first time Chris has attacked free trade, and it is striking than on each .....
» 6/01/2012 3:14:18 PM Roses1 yes, poverty in India is widespread and distressing, but povery rates are on the de.....
» 3/01/2012 1:36:21 PM Yes, interesting indeed, though I share the author's concerns about the inherent contradic.....
» 20/12/2011 3:59:27 PM Robert I agree, I think the author has his tongue firmly in his check (at least I hope so).....
» 14/12/2011 3:28:06 PM The author's capacity to blame everyone but the Greeks for the mess Greece is in knows no .....
» 14/12/2011 2:37:19 PM "Overall my impression of the article was an example of the attributes ascribed to bo.....
» 2/12/2011 3:32:56 PM The length of the mining boom will be determined by China's economic development, not Aust.....
» 30/11/2011 4:07:16 PM Kenny makes some good points. Nothing has intrinsic value – even air and water are valua.....
» 30/11/2011 3:21:53 PM This article is better argued than some that take an anti-resource stance, but it still re.....
» 30/11/2011 1:26:49 PM Interesting article I think the editing may need a bit of a tweak - the four points that .....
» 29/11/2011 8:17:44 PM Ah, what terrific logic But let’s take it further. According to the ABS, there is one min.....
» 23/11/2011 12:40:17 PM This is better argued than many articles of its type, though its conclusions are challengi.....
» 17/11/2011 2:34:30 PM This is all very well, but a bit motherhood. The principles are too high-level to give dec.....
» 4/11/2011 3:19:27 PM Stevenlmeyer I am sure the author would agree that the question is not “Have scientists pr.....
» 20/10/2011 2:45:38 PM An interesting piece I think the key issue is the difference between a cost of living ind.....
» 19/10/2011 8:25:03 PM Formersnag ... and removing tariffs requires us to get rid of public medicine why, exactl.....
» 19/10/2011 3:17:17 PM I found this article poorly argued It begins with a classic straw man: “Does anyone real.....
» 18/10/2011 3:10:35 PM I also appreciated this article very much, thank you. Godo, if you really support indepen.....
» 11/10/2011 3:03:55 PM The author makes some interesting points, and I applaud his courage in presenting an unpop.....
» 10/10/2011 4:52:33 PM Thanks Opinionated Many bible scholars believe that the most misogynist bits of the Pauli.....
» 7/10/2011 7:20:10 PM Philo 1) I am not a boy 2) I have not attacked you. My comments were directed to the impli.....
» 7/10/2011 7:09:48 PM Poirot I don’t doubt that the conditions of ordinary working people in the early industri.....
» 7/10/2011 2:28:42 PM Thanks opinionated2 I was dradfting response when I saw your second post. To expand a bi.....
» 7/10/2011 1:39:43 PM Opinionated2 There is a variety of views in Christianity, and the naive literalism you as.....
» 7/10/2011 11:35:26 AM Poirot and Acolyte Rizla What was wrong with feudalism: - It relied on serfdom and the o.....
» 6/10/2011 9:04:17 PM Poirot Before industrialisation we had feudalism. Not only was property not owned by the .....
» 6/10/2011 1:35:00 PM ABS data released today show 38% real growth in incomes of low-income Australian families .....
» 6/10/2011 11:38:46 AM This discussion has identified another important similarity between fascism and Marxism, (.....
» 5/10/2011 11:23:37 AM Chris C This debate shows the limitations of the traditional left-right labels to define .....
» 4/10/2011 3:31:36 PM The Nazis and Marxists were fierce opponents, and killed each other in great numbers when .....
» 30/09/2011 5:33:55 PM Saltpetre Your argument is completely circular – you define marriage as between a man and .....
» 30/09/2011 3:41:36 PM It’s sad that people from across the political spectrum seem so ready to resort to censors.....
» 30/09/2011 3:21:46 PM A conscience vote may be the most appropriate way to determine an issue which is divisive .....
» 30/09/2011 2:56:27 PM Individual The question of infertile couples is not pointless to those who argue that the .....
» 29/09/2011 8:38:37 PM Poirot Yes, I’ll accept that the growth in living standards we’ve enjoyed in Australia ha.....
» 29/09/2011 8:12:35 PM Acolyte Rizla You’re quite correct. Churches are already free to put whatever conditions .....
» 29/09/2011 7:42:28 PM David I accept there is poverty in Australia. But 1) The article makes no mention of whe.....
» 29/09/2011 7:19:15 PM Philo do you believe infertile or impotent couples can be married?.....
» 29/09/2011 4:57:38 PM Sam Jandwich If you read the article again you’ll see Peter is summarizing both sides of .....
» 29/09/2011 4:20:57 PM David, perhaps you'd care to provide some of that "overwhelming" evidence To be.....
» 29/09/2011 2:12:06 PM Thanks for the article Peter. A nice, balanced, summary of the issue that proves not all c.....
» 29/09/2011 11:45:47 AM Sarnian Please explain the link you thin exists between Americans living in cars and China.....
» 28/09/2011 5:18:29 PM To reinforce Peter's point, the UN website has a wealth of data on poverty levels, life ex.....
» 28/09/2011 3:13:41 PM Arjay Free trade is not the cause of poverty in Vietnam. It is the solution. Vietnam under.....
» 22/09/2011 2:53:47 PM Nice article - clear, concise and sensible. I doubt it will persuade the protectionists, t.....
» 13/09/2011 2:53:34 PM Ho Hum In one respect you’re right – Wendell Berry is exactly the kind of reactionary sca.....
» 6/09/2011 6:28:00 PM Hasbeen and Jayb I have no sympathy whatever for Islamic terrorists. I don’t think Hicks .....
» 6/09/2011 3:11:05 PM I agree with the article. Even if Hicks was guilty, the proceeds of his book are not proce.....
» 2/09/2011 11:12:08 AM Formersnag “If you stop or reduce exports, we can stop or reduce exports” Quite right, an.....
» 1/09/2011 4:57:30 PM Yabby’s a Fabian/Trotsyist? Gee, I have misread him over the years. Saul is quite right .....
» 1/09/2011 3:54:27 PM What a total mess – ethically, practically, politically and legally. Net result Refugee.....
» 30/08/2011 5:58:04 PM The author is right that failing to keep a promise does not necessarily constitute lying. .....
» 30/08/2011 5:43:42 PM Philo, I know we take our rivalry with New Zealand seriously, but calling them "thir.....
» 24/08/2011 7:53:15 PM This article is based on a false dichotomy. Both competitive and compassionate behaviour c.....
» 24/08/2011 7:02:12 PM During the miners’ strike in Britain in the 1980s, a polemic verse entitled “ode to a scab.....
» 23/08/2011 4:53:28 PM Many long-term trends are fairly transparent, like the aging population or geographic shif.....
» 23/08/2011 3:12:36 PM There may be merit in changing the way we collect data, and the data we collect. But one o.....
» 18/08/2011 3:00:18 PM MartinS You attack Simon for claiming to know what Christians think. He at least quotes ev.....
» 18/08/2011 2:51:33 PM Ojnab You as the right question, why are these unaccompanied minors coming here? But you g.....
» 3/08/2011 3:33:40 PM Mac Market failure is not irrelevant. There is market failure in free-to-air broadcasting.....
» 29/07/2011 1:47:29 PM The apophatic tradition actually has a very long pedigree in Christianity and a number of .....
» 26/07/2011 5:48:22 PM Why are non-believers so concerned to define what a person must believe in order to be an .....
» 25/07/2011 6:22:24 PM Crabsy Thank you for an interesting piece – religion and spirituality articles have been a.....
» 14/07/2011 3:25:05 PM Deep green ideology IS “based on death, guilt and fear”, and has many intriguing parallels.....
» 13/07/2011 6:57:19 PM Rpg Andrew is right to argue that energy consumption will fall if energy prices rise rela.....
» 13/07/2011 3:26:51 PM In February the price of bananas rose from about $6 a kilo to about $15. I stopped buying .....
» 21/06/2011 5:30:03 PM DJB Affordability is not just about home ownership. If the price of houses goes up, sooner.....
» 21/06/2011 3:19:49 PM If this distasteful mix of sentimentality, xenophobia and wilful self-deception is typical.....
» 21/06/2011 3:04:51 PM Outrider and Jeremy The article presents pretty clear and compelling evidence that the pr.....
» 20/06/2011 6:31:57 PM When I lived in Europe food prices for most basics especially meat, fish, fruit and veg we.....
» 17/06/2011 8:22:56 PM Ruth1 Thanks for the data source. The US Census Bureau gives China’s fertility rate as 1......
» 17/06/2011 6:42:23 PM Sardine It depends what data you use. Globally, levels of per capita GDP are low in deve.....
» 17/06/2011 12:09:06 PM Ruth1 Major demographic changes take decades to wash through. Australia has positive natur.....
» 16/06/2011 7:43:28 PM Ruth1 I didn’t say China has a 4:2:1 demographic profile, but that because of the one-chi.....
» 16/06/2011 4:26:34 PM Ruth1 The reason these countries do not have an aging population is because they have high.....
» 16/06/2011 3:12:57 PM Playing “gotcha” with Bernard Salt doesn’t disprove the idea that Australia’s aging popula.....
» 1/06/2011 5:03:24 PM Planet earth to last word. Total spending by all levels of government (state, local and Co.....
» 31/05/2011 7:11:21 PM Wow An article chock full of facts and figures. Trouble is, they're misleading or wrong. .....
» 18/05/2011 4:42:41 PM Danielle I believe torture is wrong, even if it does yield useful information. The fact t.....
» 18/05/2011 3:59:34 PM We now have so many “international days”, in support of so many obscure or trivial causes,.....
» 17/05/2011 8:45:59 PM Custard an Iranian court recently sentenced a man to be blinded by having acid dripped int.....
» 5/05/2011 9:11:57 PM Ozbib There are hundreds of organisations who see their role as to to evaluate and when th.....
» 4/05/2011 11:36:25 AM Pelican You’re right that the ALP is funded by unions, but unions are also often funded by.....
» 3/05/2011 6:36:34 PM Tet I care where the funding is coming from. I don’t pay taxes to support people pushing .....
» 3/05/2011 3:34:44 PM Max I think you have got to the crux of the issue. As NGOs are increasingly involved in t.....
» 21/04/2011 6:04:08 PM Baygon I agree that GDP/GSP is a poor indicator of economic welfare, personally I prefer .....
» 21/04/2011 3:31:35 PM Divergence I was unable to open your first link, but I think you greatly underestimate the.....
» 21/04/2011 12:44:55 PM popnperish Short term movements in GSP are mainly driven by cyclical factors. That's espe.....
» 21/04/2011 11:33:04 AM Divergence, How pre-industrial Italy provides a model for 21st century Australia eludes me.....
» 20/04/2011 4:41:22 PM Vanna where do you get your life expectancy data? It's not consistent with the ABS, who es.....
» 20/04/2011 3:10:40 PM Tet You say the antigrowth movement doesn’t need emotional language to advance its cause......
» 11/04/2011 2:54:44 PM Forrest Gump If the facts of the case are as they have been reported, then the offence ag.....
» 8/04/2011 2:42:35 PM Dane As I said, the holocaust was first mentioned in this thread by antagonists of Israel.....
» 7/04/2011 1:56:47 PM Dane, Your vicious generalisations about “Jews and Israelis” reveal the racism underscori.....
» 5/04/2011 8:50:44 PM If I had members of my family living in Gaza I might want my local council, MP, hairdresse.....
» 30/03/2011 11:57:53 AM thanks Klaas - interesting analysis I'm not sure all the informal votes and no-shows are .....
» 30/03/2011 11:06:28 AM Klaas I'm intrigued by your 3.25m figure, where did it come from? The AEC reports 14,086,.....
» 28/03/2011 3:44:43 PM My gripe with the Australian system is not that it is preferential – I support that – but .....
» 21/03/2011 2:50:48 PM Hi Pericles I think Herbert’s point is that these ballot papers would not be identified an.....
» 21/03/2011 2:31:36 PM Pericles If I was to attempt electoral fraud using multiple votes, I’d pick someone else’s.....
» 16/03/2011 2:35:18 PM Good article It also highlights the folly of Gavin Putland's suggestion last week on OLO .....
» 16/03/2011 11:17:31 AM Csteele and David F I agree with David on this one. I’m open to a sympathetic view of gay.....
» 11/03/2011 8:19:54 PM Hi Lexi Most if not all of the books of the New Testament were written in the first centu.....
» 11/03/2011 1:36:44 PM Hi David No, I don’t accept the NT in toto. My reference to Matthew was intended to draw .....
» 11/03/2011 11:26:15 AM Alan I think all of scripture is inspired by God, but that not the same as saying it’s th.....
» 9/03/2011 7:47:44 PM Runner Read the article. Paul’s words need to be read in context, both of what he was say.....
» 9/03/2011 3:57:27 PM The author’s proposal that banks shouldn't be able to claim more than their collateral whe.....
» 8/03/2011 7:12:31 PM Matthew 548, Jesus had not a single thing to say about homosexuality, but an awful lot to .....
» 8/03/2011 3:42:53 PM No, runner, that’s not an entertainment I’ve ever experienced. Unhealthy, probably. Unna.....
» 8/03/2011 2:48:37 PM Great article - witty, well informed, and pointed. Scriptures demand time and again that.....
» 27/02/2011 5:35:56 PM King Hazza One of the most significant differences between western liberal democracy and o.....
» 25/02/2011 7:13:52 PM King Hazza Fair enough – I disagree with you, but acknowledge you are not generalising ab.....
» 25/02/2011 3:15:42 PM This is the most spectacular example of the slippery slope fallacy we've seen on OLO in so.....
» 25/02/2011 2:56:28 PM Jenny writes: “But when a woman from whatever culture – and it may not be Muslim – is den.....
» 25/02/2011 2:17:29 PM rpg calling a bunch of people who hate others on the basis of their race "racist".....
» 25/02/2011 11:49:47 AM Amicus The term “racism” is commonly used to apply to sweeping and negative generalisatio.....
» 25/02/2011 10:53:35 AM Amicus You’re right, I’m not part of the community of racists who base their opinions on u.....
» 24/02/2011 3:45:59 PM Amicus, you say “no one in the community feels” the way that Jennifer Does. Well she obvio.....
» 22/02/2011 4:35:54 PM I must confess a secret hope that Faith changes her name to Traycee on her 18th birthday ......
» 17/02/2011 3:22:28 PM Ozandy, I’m not sure about your correlation of religion and society. Some of the darkest s.....
» 17/02/2011 2:48:54 PM MikeyBear I assumed that you quoted Gregory’s preference for censorship because you share.....
» 16/02/2011 8:51:09 PM Kipp The website does have a process for removing comments that breach its policies, but .....
» 16/02/2011 8:01:27 PM MikeyBear If Graham Young’s partner posted pseudonymous comments on your website defendin.....
» 15/02/2011 2:26:55 PM Chris Lewis I agree that we need more housing, but I doubt public housing alone is the an.....
» 9/02/2011 1:42:57 PM Killarney I have no problem with private business owners directing their business’s commer.....
» 8/02/2011 8:20:16 PM Nick is right, economists are not climate scientists. However, I agree with John’s main .....
» 8/02/2011 4:13:39 PM Rhys Jones says: "Fortunately most of us have the brains and creativity to work out .....
» 8/02/2011 3:34:24 PM Jon J Graham has taken far more flak for giving a platform to greenhouse scepticism than .....
» 7/02/2011 6:45:43 PM Beef's suggestion is a good one - it means we'll still get people with passing interest in.....
» 7/02/2011 3:21:09 PM Gp I have consistently supported gay rights and gay marriage in these forums, but I have .....
» 6/02/2011 8:01:54 PM Divergence, The comparison with health care is an interesting one. Tax rules mean that mos.....
» 3/02/2011 3:39:28 PM Why should taxpayers have to fork out tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars to p.....
» 31/01/2011 2:53:55 PM I broadly agree with this article, but it's disappointing to see the author falling back o.....
» 28/01/2011 8:16:00 PM AFA The point of the story was to show that, if we had no choice but to believe in God, w.....
» 28/01/2011 6:32:36 PM AFA, Imagine a world in anyone who said “God does not exist” dropped dead. Within a matte.....
» 28/01/2011 2:28:29 PM Clownfish, I think what runner is alluding to, in a rather nasty and oblique way, is Brian.....
» 27/01/2011 2:31:05 PM The floods are not punishment for anything, nor was the drought. God doesn’t overturn the .....
» 25/01/2011 4:22:46 PM Last weekend I ordered 4 books online from the USA. They cost $136, including delivery. Th.....
» 21/01/2011 5:14:49 PM Ken so far as I'm aware, the NCAR, BoM, CSIRO et al have not blamed the Queensland coal i.....
» 20/01/2011 3:04:20 PM The links Pelican gives quote Brown as saying “"It's the single biggest cause - burni.....
» 17/01/2011 3:31:22 PM Subjectively, we have a hierarchy of concern based on proximity and connectedness. So, we .....
» 12/01/2011 8:52:02 PM PaulL We may not be obliged to permanently settle millions of new arrivals, but we would .....
» 12/01/2011 2:41:35 PM The author is wrong to imply that this issue is ignored. Think tanks like the CIS do look .....
» 31/12/2010 6:38:58 PM SPQR Many Asians may live in fear of persecution, but only a tiny proportion is eligible .....
» 31/12/2010 2:52:11 PM The euro may well be heading for collapse, but if it is, the cause is surely too little “n.....
» 31/12/2010 2:26:57 PM Spindoc Apart from the questionable claim that indigenous Australians are far worse off th.....
» 22/12/2010 8:34:05 PM The delightful thing about this article is that it is equally appealing to people who beli.....
» 21/12/2010 7:39:03 PM McReal R.T. France – yes, I’ll accept him as an authority! He may question the validity o.....
» 20/12/2010 11:21:06 PM Deep Blue I agree with you that Catholicism’s prohibition on contraception is harmful in .....
» 20/12/2010 7:29:39 PM Crabsy I partly agree, the historicity of the bible narratives is not central. Some are no.....
» 20/12/2010 5:26:52 PM Deep Blue I have not tried to impose my faith upon you. I respect your right to hold to a.....
» 20/12/2010 2:59:36 PM HFR if you read Matthew's birth story you'll see there is no reference to three kings. Mo.....
» 19/12/2010 4:26:21 PM McReal Yes, Josephus did not think Jesus was Messiah. But he did believe Jesus existed. I.....
» 18/12/2010 11:27:44 AM Wobbles you say "by definition, only one religion can possibly be true". Not so......
» 17/12/2010 3:06:27 PM Thank you, Mark, for a lovely piece, capturing some of the anarchic spirit of the season. .....
» 17/12/2010 2:42:47 PM Yes, our European Christmas traditions borrowed a lot of images and practices from pagan c.....
» 16/12/2010 9:37:13 PM Roxy what's wrong with brothers marrying? Apart from the biological issues, it contravene.....
» 16/12/2010 7:38:23 PM Algoreisrich I agree Jesus reached out to all humanity, that’s why I say the scriptures a.....
» 16/12/2010 1:39:19 PM Algore... If you draw up a list of all the types of people who would be perceived by mains.....
» 16/12/2010 11:28:17 AM diver dan Homosexuality has existed in every human society in every age, and is also comm.....
» 15/12/2010 4:16:59 PM I’m a Christian who supports gay marriage, but I don’t think this article argues the case .....
» 3/12/2010 11:05:48 AM Taswegian and Ludwig We may well decide we want deeper cuts in emissions than can be achi.....
» 2/12/2010 4:55:09 PM The South-West of WA has certainly dried, but it’s not at all clear that this is caused by.....
» 30/11/2010 10:45:57 PM Mac I agree that in the past we may have paid too little attention to the human and econo.....
» 30/11/2010 3:16:03 PM Mac Free trade does not require everyone to play by the same rules, though it delivers th.....
» 30/11/2010 1:36:14 PM Peter Thanks for the revised link, I appreciated the article. I wonder if you and George.....
» 29/11/2010 6:32:25 PM Hi Peter sorry to be a pain, but I can't open that link - looks like the part of the webs.....
» 29/11/2010 3:34:26 PM Thank you Peter, for an interesting article. I have recently completed a course on the Tri.....
» 24/11/2010 3:16:20 PM Woulfe has nailed the weakness in this argument. IF same-sex couples are demonstrably infe.....
» 23/11/2010 3:22:08 PM It is interesting to compare the Australia Institute’s survey data with the periodic data .....
» 22/11/2010 3:00:50 PM I agree with the two basic points Ken is trying to make – that gays should have the same r.....
» 19/11/2010 11:04:46 AM Yabby I guess you're right. I wonder who is persuaded by this approach? Tony himself, per.....
» 18/11/2010 11:43:13 AM Tony Abusing people who question your data does not enhance your argument. I said “At th.....
» 16/11/2010 8:05:43 PM Tony where on earth do you get these numbers from? You call ABS data "absurd", .....
» 16/11/2010 3:30:03 PM King Hazza What you propose is a false dichotomy. We should screen economic migrants to e.....
» 15/11/2010 3:08:44 PM Flo I agree with your post. Offshore processing is device to deny full legal rights to a.....
» 10/11/2010 2:48:32 PM Vanna When I migrated to Australia in 1989, cars cost far more than they had in the UK fo.....
» 3/11/2010 2:55:01 PM Tobor You have your principle right, but I think your application is wrong. True, graduat.....
» 1/11/2010 4:15:00 PM Peter I think sets up a false dichotomy between the atomistic individualistic sociopath an.....
» 20/10/2010 2:22:30 AM Dan I accuse the author of circular reasoning, which is a perfectly legitimate criticism .....
» 20/10/2010 2:01:37 AM Crabsy Yes, I like your idea of miracles as icons. Though I’m unable to accept miracles as.....
» 19/10/2010 8:57:32 PM John J I don’t pretend to know the mind of God, but we do know a fair bit about how human.....
» 19/10/2010 6:10:05 PM The fact that poverty persists in India doesn’t mean that economic liberalisation has been.....
» 19/10/2010 3:39:11 PM It seems that both opponents and defenders of miracles accept a modern, western interpreta.....
» 19/10/2010 2:58:37 PM Dan I accept that some anti-abortion posters have engaged with this issue, but the author.....
» 19/10/2010 1:24:05 PM Michael B To my mind, the central issue in the argument about abortion is whether a foetu.....
» 15/10/2010 3:20:14 PM This article relies on appeals to emotion (the “tiny beating heart” of “children who would.....
» 11/10/2010 2:49:58 PM Good luck Graham with the revamp, and best wishes to Susan, who has done a great job. Lik.....
» 7/10/2010 3:46:17 PM Peter Hume I agree with a lot of your points. I agree that market failure doesn’t mean t.....
» 6/10/2010 9:05:40 PM David G Capitalist societies of the past few decades are the only ones in history where m.....
» 6/10/2010 7:29:15 PM David G Wars and poverty have been features of all forms of human political and economic .....
» 6/10/2010 2:39:11 PM According to John, China isn’t communist. Cuba, North Korea and Vietnam are not communist......
» 6/10/2010 1:47:17 PM Divergence I agree, correlation is not the same as causation, and if you read what I said.....
» 5/10/2010 3:32:02 PM The author’s use of statistics is misleading. First, it’s not clear why the recently rele.....
» 30/09/2010 3:21:00 PM Andrew Usually I’d agree that productivity is key to raising living standards, but econom.....
» 22/09/2010 2:38:12 PM Well said Peter Hume! This kind of reactionary anti-materialism was around long before ca.....
» 17/09/2010 3:06:42 PM ChrisPer I don’t think this is a sympathetic presentation, I think it’s an honest attempt.....
» 17/09/2010 2:50:44 PM While I disagree with Mirko about the benefits of broadband, I do agree that there are man.....
» 14/09/2010 11:33:38 PM Hasbeen I’m not sure I understand you’re point, but if you’re asking whether I give more w.....
» 14/09/2010 2:58:37 PM What do you get when you cross one vicious racial stereotype with another vicious racial s.....
» 14/09/2010 2:50:10 PM Dennis U, I believe you are wrong on two counts. Firstly, the independents didn’t “have.....
» 8/09/2010 2:54:53 PM Cheryl, did you see the Dick Smith ego-published population program a couple of weeks ago?.....
» 7/09/2010 6:21:21 PM Rexw You have inferred that anyone who condemns your intemperate language means I “repres.....
» 6/09/2010 10:12:42 PM Arjay and Oz I’m not defending Israel’s record or Neve’s critics, nor am I trying to sile.....
» 6/09/2010 2:54:31 PM rexw Your racist generalisations and abaurd overstatements ("most dangerous state on .....
» 1/09/2010 2:43:31 PM Sienna I agree, the most fundamental point the article misses is that competition and col.....
» 21/08/2010 4:13:50 PM Tristan, you’re right, the early Jerusalem church looks rather like a commune. I’d offer a.....
» 19/08/2010 4:03:56 PM Tristan The bible has little to say on the state’s role in redistribution, which just mea.....
» 18/08/2010 3:29:23 PM I’m a Christian and will not be voting Green, but I disagree with this article. There ar.....
» 18/08/2010 2:57:41 PM I agree with Pemmy and Ludwig. To say that preferences reflect voters’ preferences because.....
» 13/08/2010 3:07:48 PM I agree with many of the posters here, both Christian and not, that the article’s presumpt.....
» 12/08/2010 8:35:39 PM Squeers Like it or not, the churches represent a significant segment of the Australian pop.....
» 12/08/2010 3:43:04 PM What a sour neo-puritan whinge. Many of the things the authors bemoan about Perth are what.....
» 12/08/2010 3:24:32 PM Squeers The purpose of separation of church and state is not to keep politics free from r.....
» 11/08/2010 3:50:55 PM Trave - I agree. Thank you Mark for a modest and thoughtful account of how Christians enga.....
» 5/08/2010 7:10:11 PM MIKK There are neoliberals who link their ideas to meritocracy, but it’s not a necessary .....
» 5/08/2010 4:30:16 PM The author assumes that a growing gap between the rich and poor is identical with the “ric.....
» 2/08/2010 12:19:36 PM Chris C The 1.9% was the first preference for the entire Family First party slate, not ju.....
» 29/07/2010 7:53:15 PM Individual You need to ask yourself WHY there was no "over population" (your ph.....
» 29/07/2010 6:10:01 PM When the author talks about “win-win” deals he means “win-win” for the parties, not for th.....
» 29/07/2010 4:21:05 PM Individual You seem to like traditional medicine because it doesn’t work. Western medicin.....
» 28/07/2010 3:08:13 PM I think the author fails to understand the rationale behind allowing medicines to be paten.....
» 21/07/2010 3:30:16 PM Sonya2 So, if a person sympathetic to refugees has too many financial commitments to dona.....
» 21/07/2010 12:31:48 PM Sonya2 JL Deland has given a good account of the reasons for viewing refugees sympathetic.....
» 20/07/2010 11:38:45 AM Divergence Governance, media freedom and civil rights seem marginally better in East Timo.....
» 19/07/2010 3:40:06 PM Curmudgeon, I'm another one to break the consensus - I thought this was a reasonable arti.....
» 13/07/2010 3:53:13 PM Jon J We’re not completely irrational, nor are we irrational in all circumstances - the a.....
» 15/06/2010 7:24:52 PM Thanks for the link, stevenlmeyer I didn’t actually intend to make Mann the issue. Though.....
» 15/06/2010 2:44:40 PM I agree with the author’s position but wish he’d been a bit more even handed in the exampl.....
» 10/06/2010 4:53:25 PM Grim You are right, Lovelock is a respectable mainstream scientist. However, many groups .....
» 4/06/2010 3:42:36 PM Trav Assuming your data are correct, doesn’t this make it even more important that we sho.....
» 24/05/2010 3:55:22 PM Dan, At my Anglican church yesterday our regional bishop preached a sermon that touched o.....
» 24/05/2010 3:30:15 PM Banjo I feel these are the benefits of living in a country with a large migrant intake: .....
» 21/05/2010 7:30:50 PM Hasbeen I am very sorry to hear about your son. There is no excuse for what was done to h.....
» 21/05/2010 3:30:38 PM A nice article. Though the economic and environmental issues are important, it’s good to b.....
» 21/05/2010 2:39:30 PM Dan, I’m not playing with a two headed coin, the issue comes back to the definition of sc.....
» 20/05/2010 4:18:49 PM Dan I didn’t say that ID and evolution are not rivalrous, only that they are not competin.....
» 20/05/2010 10:54:18 AM Divergence I accept that some opponents of migration are not motivated by racism, but it .....
» 19/05/2010 2:51:59 PM ... and mine, Bryan One of the benefits of sites like OLO is that unconventional ideologi.....
» 19/05/2010 2:27:42 PM Dan The design issue is not dead because its supporters will never accept any reason or e.....
» 14/05/2010 2:09:52 PM Nice article I particularly like the fact it points out that ID is BOTH scientifically and.....
» 3/05/2010 8:48:59 PM TAC I don’t think the Uniting Church is about to deny that Jesus was a historical figure .....
» 30/04/2010 10:46:42 AM Dougthebear If you want to engage in abstruse theological arguments with other believers .....
» 29/04/2010 7:26:24 PM Peter, I think you’re overstretching your theology in this article. True, the early churc.....
» 31/03/2010 11:40:45 AM Franklin, The “Age” article has several hallmarks of shonky shock journalism – unattribut.....
» 30/03/2010 3:42:12 PM Franklin You cannot presume that the absence of papers is evidence of intent to deceive. .....
» 26/03/2010 1:53:05 PM Leigh, you said “Christianity had nothing to do with illegals entrants or politicians”. Yo.....
» 25/03/2010 8:18:28 PM Leigh You’re wrong about Christianity having nothing to do with refugees. Theologian Marcu.....
» 18/03/2010 3:55:19 PM BAYGON – I accept that GDP is an imperfect measure of economic welfare, but I suggest othe.....
» 18/03/2010 3:31:53 PM The author says, “Such a fast turn around [in public acceptance of climate change] could o.....
» 18/03/2010 3:04:06 PM What self-indulgence, to write an article ostensibly about the atheists’ convention which .....
» 17/03/2010 2:13:57 PM rstuart Let’s develop your analogy. Much infrastructure is a public good – up to a point,.....
» 17/03/2010 12:47:08 PM Ozzie I agree, the Gini coefficient is one of several measures of inequality regularly use.....
» 12/03/2010 7:37:49 PM Grim, There is no real inconsistency between my data and yours, except that yours are les.....
» 12/03/2010 2:57:35 PM VK3AUU That’s a red herring. At issue is the article’s inference that we need to increas.....
» 11/03/2010 4:57:34 PM Reality check: In 2009, capital spending by all levels of government for all purposes was.....
» 11/03/2010 4:16:42 PM Grim, it is true that the asymmetrical distribution of earnings means that average earning.....
» 4/03/2010 3:12:23 PM Cheryl I agree that Brian is a romantic in the Wordsworth tradition, but I disagree that .....
» 26/02/2010 4:10:45 PM These posts pick up some interesting points – marriage is indeed a social construct, a con.....
» 18/02/2010 8:59:19 PM Mikk What you were taught as a kid may not be the same as is taught to grownups, or indee.....
» 18/02/2010 3:50:24 PM Mikk The allegorical interpretation of parts of the bible is not some recent development .....
» 12/02/2010 2:56:39 PM Leigh - the dog-whistle metaphor is quite clever. A dog whistle is audible to dogs but not.....
» 4/02/2010 3:45:51 PM Peter, I suspect you are conflating your own aesthetic preferences too closely with your .....
» 4/02/2010 3:05:51 PM David While we can’t know exactly what all of the bible’s authors and editors intended, w.....
» 3/02/2010 2:58:09 PM Desmond It is hand-me-down stories, not history books, that shape our culture and values......
» 2/02/2010 2:39:37 PM Thank you for an interesting insight into the possible background of the Genesis story. It.....
» 27/01/2010 2:20:30 PM VK3AUU What would you have those two million people do? The article says that, compared t.....
» 21/01/2010 2:34:42 PM It's true that not everyone benefits equally from the mining boom, and some may not benefi.....
» 23/09/2009 2:39:33 PM A nice, clear explanation of (some of) why the crisis emerged and why Australia is doing b.....
» 15/09/2009 3:49:27 PM Peter I think I understand how deeply your theology is influenced by Barth, but to me his.....
» 11/09/2009 3:36:13 PM This is a really unhelpful contribution to the debate. If the weight of scientific opini.....
» 10/09/2009 3:45:11 PM The author is right that under the CPRS voluntary actions may not contribute to reductions.....
» 31/08/2009 4:40:08 PM I sympathise with the objective that the author is trying to achieve, but I suspect that s.....
» 27/08/2009 2:32:48 PM Under an emissions trading scheme, the market doesn’t determine the socially optimal level.....
» 25/08/2009 3:18:42 PM Dan Sorry I did not reply sooner. I think science disproves young-earth seven-day creati.....
» 20/08/2009 4:48:50 PM Bushbasher Yes, science has every right to question seven-day creation, virgin births, wal.....
» 19/08/2009 8:11:32 PM Pericles My reading of the first quote is that “hard rationalism”, is unable to cope with.....
» 19/08/2009 3:59:36 PM Kactuz The life stories of the African refugees I have met are absolutely appalling. For .....
» 19/08/2009 3:12:57 PM Pericles My understanding of Sells’ argument is not that atheists can’t appreciate poetry.....
» 11/08/2009 8:58:49 PM SJF I fully agree about the murky side of myths, and apologise that my list of adjective.....
» 11/08/2009 3:33:36 PM Les Carlyon is successful both because he writes so well, and because he seems to meet the.....
» 11/08/2009 2:54:52 PM great article - though some of the proposed solutions may just scratch the surface . For e.....
» 17/06/2009 3:41:56 PM Are OLO telling advertisers exactly where their ads are place? I love the fact that Greenp.....
» 17/06/2009 3:25:36 PM Good to have Irfan back on OLO, it’s been a while. This is a sad but timely reminder of t.....
» 16/06/2009 3:28:42 PM An interesting article, and a reality check for those who think that China's people would .....
» 15/06/2009 7:15:40 PM The article is about economic growth, not population growth. As no-one actually believes e.....
» 15/06/2009 2:16:24 PM Economic growth is NOT about doing more and more of the same thing. If it were, the limits.....
» 3/06/2009 3:58:37 PM For all his sneering and overblown rhetoric the author presents not one scrap of evidence .....
» 28/05/2009 2:45:10 PM Apologies that should have read “… decreasing migration will ACCELERATE the aging process.....
» 28/05/2009 2:15:48 PM Efranke You grossly misrepresent the argument of Kippen and McDonald. They found that the .....
» 27/05/2009 3:22:42 PM Farmers are not forced to use GM products. They can make their own choices. If GM seeds ar.....
» 12/05/2009 8:51:09 PM Daggett GDP measures for distant periods of time are based on direct measures of output .....
» 7/05/2009 2:56:30 PM Daggett Your recollections of an old ABC program and the reported opinions of some of you.....
» 4/05/2009 3:52:06 PM Divergence I don’t deny that there was an economic dimension to migration to the USA, esp.....
» 30/04/2009 2:54:18 PM Dagget, You seem to dismiss any evidence that doesn’t suit your preconceptions. If real.....
» 29/04/2009 6:41:28 PM Divergence There has been steady and sometimes massive migration to the USA in the past 4.....
» 28/04/2009 9:50:08 PM Daggett We’ve been over this ground before, so I’ll be brief. Economists cheerfully admit.....
» 28/04/2009 6:23:32 PM Divergence You present some interesting data. That the black death resulted in a prolonge.....
» 24/04/2009 4:39:44 PM Trav You say the tomb had a guard and this was “consistent with practices of the time”. W.....
» 24/04/2009 4:09:56 PM Aga Most medical scientists and many Christians would not accept the Lourdes “cures” as m.....
» 23/04/2009 2:55:32 PM Glorfindel I broadly agree with your sentiments, but while I’m no great fan of Thatcher, .....
» 22/04/2009 4:22:56 PM So what if the tourism industry is doing it tough - so are a lot of other industries, and .....
» 22/04/2009 3:52:44 PM The author’s premise is false and his logic faulty. Jerry Falwell speaks for only an ext.....
» 15/04/2009 4:22:41 PM Most Christians would affirm the resurrection, but there has always been a diversity of vi.....
» 9/04/2009 7:56:04 PM ShazBaz001 If someone commits assault or murder, we should charge them with assault or mu.....
» 4/03/2009 2:20:40 PM Yabby and others are right – what free market in food? The USA, Japan and EU impose protec.....
» 17/02/2009 4:38:59 PM Miranda, thanks for your response. I’m not sure that Genesis is trying to “explain” human .....
» 16/02/2009 3:39:59 PM Hi Miranda I agree that scientific method is powerful and effective, and has done much go.....
» 16/02/2009 2:51:54 PM Bennie You're quite right - mainstream churches (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Uniting etc) et.....
» 2/02/2009 8:31:04 PM Daggett If these data point to a secret conspiracy for government to provide no services,.....
» 27/01/2009 1:36:10 PM Job shedding is a common and appropriate feature of industries where rapid technological c.....
» 19/01/2009 1:11:45 PM Hi daggett I don’t believe, and haven’t argued, that privatisation is popular. What I hav.....
» 14/01/2009 5:50:11 PM Hi Daggett, Privatisation is often unpopular when it’s proposed (though seldom afterward.....
» 13/01/2009 2:24:11 PM Once again Tristan attacks a caricature of “neo-liberalism” bearing scant resemblance to a.....
» 6/01/2009 2:46:04 PM As a Scarborough resident I sympathise with much but not all of this article. I don’t thin.....
» 16/12/2008 2:31:09 PM This argument has a lot of merit in principle, but how can it be made to work in practice?.....
» 11/12/2008 12:38:59 PM Rosie, These are complex issues, and I agree that debate and discussion are useful both .....
» 10/12/2008 1:56:46 PM It is extremely hard to use trade pressures to engineer an improvement in children’s welfa.....
» 7/12/2008 12:57:05 PM Under one god The chart you point to is indeed interesting. It shows movements in the min.....
» 5/12/2008 6:42:54 PM Under one god The dollar-a-day poverty benchmark is adjusted for inflation. In the past .....
» 5/12/2008 1:20:08 PM This is a good, balanced article outlining the sources and features of the crisis well. I .....
» 27/11/2008 3:32:10 PM Pelican, If we trace the origins of Christianity to Judaism then your argument doesn’t ho.....
» 26/11/2008 5:27:33 PM Pericles, Many theologians see “kingdom of God,” “father’s house” and similar references a.....
» 26/11/2008 3:02:05 PM The author is being too simplistic in assuming that belief in life after death is the sole.....
» 14/11/2008 6:43:35 PM Divergence Another of my favourite quotes is Stein’s law, which says: “if something cann.....
» 14/11/2008 11:12:53 AM Pelican I don’t disagree with you that we need to care for the environment, nor would the .....
» 12/11/2008 1:31:06 PM I enjoyed this article and think it makes an important contribution to the debate, even th.....
» 11/11/2008 2:27:14 PM Passy, People aren’t criticising you so much as disagreeing with you, which is perfectly.....
» 7/11/2008 10:31:17 AM Bennie – I don’t give a fig for the profits of the GM industry, but the risk of not going .....
» 6/11/2008 1:52:10 PM A well-reasoned article that makes a sensible contribution to the debate. We know that tec.....
» 31/10/2008 2:06:00 PM Hi Candide as a Christian I'd love to listen to an Atheist Report, just as I enjoy reading.....
» 17/10/2008 3:25:17 PM While this article makes some good points, it seriously misunderstands the Commonwealth Gr.....
» 17/10/2008 2:51:57 PM Mr Right I disagree with your view that the death penalty should apply in some circumstan.....
» 13/10/2008 3:17:14 PM I agree that unions perform a useful role, and the example provided of suicide prevention .....
» 10/10/2008 3:14:36 PM A thought-provoking article. Humanity’s capacity for conscious evil and, perhaps more chil.....
» 10/10/2008 2:50:19 PM In my weekly trips to the shop I don’t see aisles clogged with bemused customers agonising.....
» 7/10/2008 3:27:44 PM I’d agree that avoiding deficits as an article of faith is silly, but there are some other.....
» 23/09/2008 3:25:26 PM A well-written article that explains much of the hostility to free trade among those who m.....
» 22/09/2008 2:40:48 PM Candide You may be right that this was effective in changing the girl’s mind, but that doe.....
» 18/07/2008 4:12:45 PM The author is economically illiterate. Firstly, she fails to understand that an emissions.....
» 16/07/2008 7:28:13 PM rstuart - I agree with your point. It was not Garnaut's role to evaluate the science behin.....
» 15/07/2008 3:50:26 PM Professor Garnaut is not a climate change expert but an economist. It is entirely reasonab.....
» 3/07/2008 11:31:04 AM Runner and Hamlet Of course we should not take the whole bible literally – do you serious.....
» 2/07/2008 2:50:43 PM Clive, you said "The reactions to my piece confirm that On-Line Opinion has become a .....
» 27/06/2008 8:27:25 PM Freediver The budget papers suggest that expenditure on fuel covers mainly Fuel Tax Credit.....
» 27/06/2008 4:31:46 PM Hi sorry, should have posted links, the expenditure data are for all levels of governmen.....
» 26/06/2008 8:57:10 PM Belly and Freediver here are some numbers you may find of interest on government spending.....
» 26/06/2008 5:51:21 PM Jon J If you read Irfan’s aricles, you’ll find that he regularly addresses these and othe.....
» 26/06/2008 5:01:23 PM This article raises two important questions, but unfortunately rather glosses over the fir.....
» 26/06/2008 4:52:34 PM Bozo, I agree, this article is not anti-Catholic – if anything I sense a tone of approval .....
» 25/06/2008 5:02:27 PM Freediver You say “pollution is pollution”, but this is not quite right. Air concentration.....
» 23/06/2008 5:49:05 PM Freediver I agree with most of your comments, but would prefer direct charging to fuel tax.....
» 23/06/2008 3:08:52 PM Frank Actually, there are lots of good reason to tax fuel more than bread or carrots. Peop.....
» 12/06/2008 7:25:25 PM Interesting idea, but the way that these questions are phrased is loaded and leading. Fo.....
» 30/04/2008 2:33:39 PM I agree with the sentiments of this article entirely, but for the sake of pedantic one-upm.....
» 17/04/2008 3:56:09 PM Vanilla You raise some interesting points, and I think the distinction is important betwe.....
» 17/04/2008 3:32:21 PM Perceived favouritism towards minorities is a significant source of prejudice and resentme.....
» 12/04/2008 4:24:09 PM Stickman You raise some interesting points. I believe the scriptures are the product of m.....
» 11/04/2008 4:02:26 PM David_Boaz The “law” of which you write prescribes the death penalty for disobedient chi.....
» 11/04/2008 3:46:19 PM Runner I’m intrigued at your drawing a distinction between those for whom social exclusi.....
» 9/04/2008 4:36:28 PM Mac's distinction is an important one - it's not religions or the things that inspire them.....
» 20/03/2008 2:01:39 PM I take no issue with academics who hold strong or unconventional political views, but to b.....
» 20/02/2008 3:02:01 PM Bboy I wholeheartedly agree. This article is a disappointing contribution to what should .....
» 16/02/2008 11:30:06 AM Philip I agree with Krugman that exchange controls are sometimes appropriate for developi.....
» 15/02/2008 7:58:46 PM While the article makes some valid points, the call for yet more government money the help.....
» 15/02/2008 6:56:01 PM Philip The researchers used over 500 separate surveys, most of which covered thousands of.....
» 15/02/2008 3:42:16 PM Daggett If you check out the link you’ll find the articles discuss a range of welfare meas.....
» 15/02/2008 11:24:59 AM Philip The most widely-used global poverty estimates are by Chen and Ravallion, whose mos.....
» 15/02/2008 10:37:40 AM DavidJS I agree that “enemy of my enemy is my friend” is equally reprehensible whether adv.....
» 14/02/2008 11:21:44 AM Grim As Leigh’s article points out, median adult income includes people with no income an.....
» 13/02/2008 2:42:14 PM Hmm I agree with much of the first half of this article, in particular about the value an.....
» 12/02/2008 9:31:05 PM Passy The question of whether you’re morally bankrupt revolves around whether you can rec.....
» 12/02/2008 9:00:03 PM Grim You’ll notice Samuelson is not exactly fond of mercantilism, and as he states in the.....
» 12/02/2008 2:10:28 PM So Trotskyists still sustain their denialist mantra that none of the bloody and odious reg.....
» 11/02/2008 4:54:49 PM Grm Of course businesses export for profit. But what use is a US dollar or Japanese Yen e.....
» 11/02/2008 10:39:18 AM HenryVIII No modern industrial economy has ever grown rapidly on the back of slaves – loo.....
» 7/02/2008 8:43:22 PM Grim Domestic competition could in theory induce innovation. Infant industries arguments,.....
» 6/02/2008 2:30:40 PM As the author suggests, the “infant industries” argument has a long and fairly non-controv.....
» 4/02/2008 1:58:41 PM A good article, likely to attract the ire of both militant fundamentalists and militant at.....
» 29/01/2008 2:19:41 PM “Subconsciously, we still seem to resent the industrial revolution.” How true. This ar.....
» 23/01/2008 1:56:01 PM I agree with Quick response, the utilitarian calculus of costs and benefits is an inadequa.....
» 8/01/2008 2:15:49 PM Why does it seem that debate about Hicks polarises into seeing him as entirely victim or e.....
» 3/01/2008 1:23:55 PM Lovely article, but whatever's wrong with the fine Welsh name of Rhys! It means ardent or .....
» 2/01/2008 6:44:41 PM There are many ways that government can support the arts, some worse than others. I’d ag.....
» 31/12/2007 1:02:53 PM Pericles Normally I’d agree with you 100%, but in this case I think Greg has a point. He’s.....
» 31/12/2007 12:00:16 PM Grputland’s interesting posts say we cherry-pick deontological and consequentialist ethics.....
» 28/12/2007 4:53:29 PM Plerdsus It seems unreasonable to blame global emissions on the developing world when thei.....
» 28/12/2007 2:23:08 PM We have been over this ground with Mirko before. A very good counter-argument was run in t.....
» 28/12/2007 1:31:40 PM A nicely argued article. Shonga, what use do you think our efforts in Australia will be i.....
» 18/12/2007 11:47:03 AM Great article I agree that under-using the skills of migrants and refugees is a waste eco.....
» 17/12/2007 3:27:03 PM Is this article an audition for a role in Grumpy Old Men? Give me “Darren and Darlene Dork.....
» 12/12/2007 4:45:53 PM I remember as a student of Latin American politics in the 1970s writing essays about why s.....
» 11/12/2007 8:45:02 PM Thank you for a thought-provoking post. However repugnant this person’s views, I don’t th.....
» 2/12/2007 1:28:15 PM Liz, Thank you for your post. Sad to say that religion and politics share many vices, as .....
» 30/11/2007 3:13:07 PM There is indeed “a fundamental ideological gulf” between certain sections of the Christian.....
» 16/11/2007 12:56:15 PM While no system will ever be perfect, I agree that one which systematically works against .....
» 14/11/2007 10:16:16 AM Mr Smith Which of the statements by posters here would you identify as “fundamentalist”? .....
» 11/11/2007 12:44:55 PM Mr Smith I never argued that China is a model of economic rationalism. We have discussed .....
» 9/11/2007 10:39:31 AM Mr Smith The dollar-a-day benchmark is in “real” terms, i.e. adjusted for inflation (actu.....
» 8/11/2007 3:23:46 PM Mr Smith I agree entirely that competition is more important than ownership, and that mer.....
» 7/11/2007 4:59:51 PM Tristan My point about higher prices and poorer services pre Telstra was made primarily i.....
» 7/11/2007 3:08:58 PM Mr Smith You say that “Not one privatised entity offers a better or cheaper service than .....
» 6/11/2007 2:48:26 PM The “economic rationalism” this article attacks is a straw man bearing no relationship to .....
» 5/11/2007 5:49:47 PM FrankGol The phrase “economic rationalist” as currently used originated with Pusey, who d.....
» 5/11/2007 3:44:48 PM Many of the values which underpin our political traditions have roots that are consistent .....
» 10/10/2007 2:11:11 PM Basaam The majority of Sudanese refugees coming to Australia are of Christian and/or tradi.....
» 9/10/2007 12:20:26 PM Bassam Your ad hominem attack on Irfan is irrelevant to the argument and does you no credi.....
» 8/10/2007 3:39:34 PM The horror that many of the Sudanese refugees in Australia have gone through is beyond bel.....
» 5/10/2007 3:21:04 PM Wiz Across mainstream Australian politics there is broad acceptance that there are things.....
» 4/10/2007 4:58:21 PM Daggett, You may be right that “policies intended to extend prosperity to all members of .....
» 4/10/2007 4:06:13 PM Castro is a loathsome dictator who has done far more to impoverish his people than the act.....
» 3/10/2007 3:11:37 PM A thoughtful article, which makes some good points. I’d disagree with only one aspect, the.....
» 2/10/2007 4:00:55 PM Daggett You also say “there seems to be a dynamic within the capitalist system which caus.....
» 28/09/2007 3:02:05 PM A balanced and thoughtful article from Brennan. Policy towards asylum seekers has improved.....
» 28/09/2007 2:26:20 PM Daggett Again, you misrepresent my argument. I don’t think we can leave environmental pro.....
» 27/09/2007 5:28:40 PM Daggett Falling living standards are (or were) central to your hypothesis. You wrote: “.....
» 27/09/2007 1:13:27 PM Daggett Your argument rests on the presumption that most people are worse off as a result.....
» 26/09/2007 2:51:45 PM Kanga, The ALP is not the world’s oldest political party – I believe that honour goes to .....
» 25/09/2007 4:17:24 PM Daggett, Having titled your article “can Labor bring about a just society?”, it’s a bit .....
» 25/09/2007 3:43:44 PM I agree that the resource boom is contributing far more to current low unemployment than t.....
» 24/09/2007 3:14:03 PM Political labels are slippery beasts, but I think the author confuses “liberal” and “conse.....
» 24/09/2007 1:17:17 PM Daggett, Yes, outstanding credit has increased substantially, but bear in mind about $100 .....
» 21/09/2007 6:25:36 PM Ginx, I have tried to show why I believe that the stated objectives of the WTO – freer int.....
» 21/09/2007 3:58:36 PM Dagget, I entirely agree about first-time buyer tax breaks, they do just push pu prices. .....
» 21/09/2007 11:36:43 AM Ginx, You ask for evidence that the WTO is good for the poor, which I take to mean eviden.....
» 20/09/2007 5:11:58 PM A good article, but the anti-globalisation movement is not going to let facts get in the w.....
» 20/09/2007 4:58:04 PM Personally, I like daylight saving. it's cooler in the mornings, and I have daylight to go.....
» 19/09/2007 3:57:01 PM Interesting article I think the ideas in it are valuable and have application to more tha.....
» 19/09/2007 3:24:13 PM ... and might also remember, BB, that the term "lucky country" was originally an.....
» 19/09/2007 11:55:26 AM Daggett I haven’t dismissed the examples you cite as anecdotal, nor denied that housing a.....
» 18/09/2007 3:00:24 PM I’d agree the Greens don’t argue coherently against the free market. Some, such as Hamilto.....
» 17/09/2007 8:02:28 PM Kassie I’m well aware that many factors affect decisions to provide or withhold certain tr.....
» 17/09/2007 3:50:29 PM Daggett I raised the point about anti-market ideology existing across the political spectr.....
» 17/09/2007 3:16:28 PM I agree with Mirko on this issue. c-bearup You’re right, overweight patients or drug add.....
» 17/09/2007 2:36:11 PM Jean, I agree, the burdens carers and their families carry are huge, and largely unacknowl.....
» 16/09/2007 9:28:41 PM Daggett Apologies, I misread your “adequacies” as “inadequacies”. It was a genuine mistake.....
» 15/09/2007 6:14:23 PM Daggett You asked “where did I pose this "direct question" to you?” It was here:.....
» 14/09/2007 3:31:26 PM Daggett, I’d prefer not to discuss your personal inadequacies, but as you illustrate you .....
» 13/09/2007 4:34:37 PM Daggett Yes, job applications take longer now than they used to. Still, 2 weeks? Accusin.....
» 12/09/2007 5:55:39 PM Ross Gittins’ article in the SMH today covers many of the issues debated in this thread – .....
» 11/09/2007 8:49:10 PM We’ve spent a lot of time discussing indicators that give part of the story on whether sta.....
» 11/09/2007 4:18:57 PM Acticdog, thanks for your post. I respect your views and those of others such as Haygir.....
» 10/09/2007 1:34:29 AM Daggett It’s hardly reasonable to say I haven’t addressed the “arguments” in your article......
» 9/09/2007 3:32:30 PM Daggett As I indicated, to open the data cube and see the detailed info you need to instal.....
» 8/09/2007 9:04:39 PM Billie Surely the fact that you now have access to Internet and mobile telecommunications .....
» 7/09/2007 8:19:49 PM Dagget Privatising banks and building societies frees funds for more socially useful inves.....
» 7/09/2007 5:53:22 PM Divergence House price rises are a serious problem for first-time buyers who bought homes .....
» 6/09/2007 8:09:23 PM Ruawake Your argument makes no sense for many of the welfare measures I describe - educat.....
» 6/09/2007 5:39:21 PM This article is full of unsubstantiated assertions, half-truths and misrepresentations. O.....
» 5/09/2007 3:43:33 PM Good piece I think the creeping centralism of the current government is driven by many thi.....
» 5/09/2007 3:15:32 PM I agree with some of this article, but its argument is weakened by the addition of redunda.....
» 3/09/2007 3:38:29 PM This article points to interesting parallels between the “creation myths” of Pakistan and .....
» 31/08/2007 8:01:55 PM A thought-provoking article. The arts seem to have lost their prophetic power to denounce,.....
» 31/08/2007 3:21:21 PM BOAZ_David You’re right that clergy aren’t the only ones to abuse children, but the case .....
» 31/08/2007 2:55:54 PM Well said, FrankGol A couple of other points Yes, the courage of prominent gays “coming .....
» 30/08/2007 9:10:38 PM Divergence, I don’t accept that sustainable population is anything like as closely linked.....
» 30/08/2007 4:41:33 PM In WA the agricultural lobby groups are at loggerheads on this - the PGA want the single d.....
» 30/08/2007 3:57:57 PM Foxydude - your double negative means that (probably inadvertently) your assertion is corr.....
» 27/08/2007 7:07:57 PM Good article - well reasoned, balanced and a nice antidote to the bipolar discussions we o.....
» 27/08/2007 4:32:34 PM Poor Sells, from the vehemence of some of these responses, martyrdom may not be such a rem.....
» 27/08/2007 3:17:28 PM Most of the solutions proposed by this article are likely to be costly and ineffectual. P.....
» 23/08/2007 2:36:52 PM The economics of house prices work like the economics of anything else – if prices go up, .....
» 22/08/2007 8:27:48 PM Those who are selectively using Putnam's research to support their anti-MC views should pa.....
» 21/08/2007 11:08:16 AM Nick The benchmark of Nobel prizes per capita was not my choice, it was the editors of OL.....
» 19/08/2007 1:01:12 AM Arjay, there seemed to me an internal contradiction in your argument – that we prefer scie.....
» 14/08/2007 7:41:25 PM Yes, Dee, Australians have invented lots of useful things, but so have citizens of many ot.....
» 14/08/2007 12:18:26 PM It is not symptomatic of nihilism, self-deprecation or lack of patriotism to admit that we.....
» 13/08/2007 8:32:14 PM We’re each the product of genetic evolution stretching back over millions of years and gen.....
» 13/08/2007 5:46:22 PM Unlike onemack I found this article both amusing and informative. Like the author, I am a .....
» 8/08/2007 4:15:00 PM It's not often I say this, but I wish the Democrats every success with this effort. In t.....
» 7/08/2007 7:52:12 PM ruawake The chart shows continuous growth in price wages. Yes, there was a dip in "r.....
» 7/08/2007 2:59:12 PM The author makes some telling points. No economy has ever performed so uniformly well that.....
» 2/08/2007 5:16:30 PM Mick V The resurrection is indeed central to the Christian faith. A bodily resurrection is.....
» 2/08/2007 11:25:09 AM Celivia, I and most Christians I know would support these sentiments wholeheartedly. Bisho.....
» 1/08/2007 3:17:09 PM " I don't want to be alarmist " says the author, yet this (and pretty much all h.....
» 1/08/2007 2:49:06 PM AnthonyMarinac, you raise an interesting point – “I wonder though whether you still have a.....
» 31/07/2007 4:04:33 PM AnthonyMarinac, The faith of your childhood that you describe is exactly that – a child’s.....
» 26/07/2007 4:29:07 PM The analogy with reducing protectionism is interesting and largely valid, although ericc h.....
» 26/07/2007 3:20:23 PM Beneath the rather lame humour the author has a point, but it’s not confined to left-wing .....
» 6/07/2007 2:51:35 PM great article this is not just an Islamic problem of course - middle-class intelligensia .....
» 4/07/2007 4:21:03 PM Thanks Oliver Couldn’t agree more about churches trying to impose their agendas and the p.....
» 3/07/2007 8:48:29 PM Thanks Oliver. Luke seems to have re-written the story so Jesus is not baptised by John (.....
» 2/07/2007 6:17:48 PM good question – this was clearly a bit of an embarrassment to later gospel writers (Matthe.....
» 2/07/2007 4:26:00 PM Interesting question The full-blown Trinitarian doctrine took centuries to evolve, as did.....
» 28/06/2007 2:25:10 PM MLK, don’t you recognise that what you’ve written is an example of a conspiracy theory, th.....
» 28/06/2007 11:37:57 AM Boaz_David You might believe that Christianity would be “a lot healthier” without having .....
» 27/06/2007 3:05:48 PM An interesting article It's good to see OLO showcasing the diversity - and reasonableness.....
» 27/06/2007 2:54:21 PM DavoP the employment and unemployment data are calculated from a monthly sample survey. Th.....
» 27/06/2007 2:36:26 PM saintfletcher you might enjoy this review in the West Australian (mainly Dr Who, but touch.....
» 24/06/2007 2:44:36 PM Australia's human rights record is utterly irrelevant to this article, which as about Vene.....
» 22/06/2007 12:59:45 PM Would someone please explain how Howard's recent moves on Aboriginal rights and welfare sq.....
» 22/06/2007 12:57:22 PM MLK your attempt to establish moral equivalence between Venezuela and Australia is neither.....
» 21/06/2007 2:49:40 PM Chavez is an old-fashioned populist left wing autocrat clamping down on the rights of thos.....
» 20/06/2007 4:09:45 PM Quite interesting piece I must take issue with this assertion though – “The bulk of envir.....
» 20/06/2007 3:27:33 PM Thank you, Hawraa, for sharing your story. It shows the human side to the problems and unc.....
» 18/06/2007 7:35:45 PM I've seen a couple of episodes of Torchwood and think it's great fun. I can't see audience.....
» 18/06/2007 2:58:45 PM Nice article. I had a wry chuckle at this – “whenever you see a church toiling to produce.....
» 18/06/2007 12:04:34 AM Romany – Pax indeed I must admit your reading of the author is more generous than mine. I’.....
» 15/06/2007 9:19:08 PM I agree with Jonathan and Mr Denmore, John Howard's political philosophy bears little rese.....
» 15/06/2007 3:37:57 PM Romany, I’m not convinced that gender is an entirely social construct, rather than being.....
» 14/06/2007 4:31:12 PM Romany, I think you’re being too kind to the author saying “Thinking of either of these wo.....
» 14/06/2007 2:31:59 PM The writer asserts that that “We need a politics where gender is not defined by one’s biol.....
» 14/06/2007 11:27:34 AM Oligarch, I agree that stabilising our current account deficit at about 5% of GDP would b.....
» 12/06/2007 3:06:59 PM I support the idea that people should be able to sell their kidneys, but in my mind the ar.....
» 8/06/2007 3:46:49 PM The church has every right to participate in public debate about key policy issues, especi.....
» 3/06/2007 8:58:26 PM Arjay On the day when Australia's domestic savings are sufficient to finance the investmen.....
» 2/06/2007 9:06:12 PM Arjay You're confusing the current account deficit with our foreign debt. The current acco.....
» 1/06/2007 6:52:48 PM Actually, a one-way trading system, if such a thing could exist, would only benefit the im.....
» 1/06/2007 3:19:44 PM While I don't agree with much of what wre sys, I think his the point about the reason for .....
» 30/05/2007 11:47:43 PM Arjay why on earth should countries seek to always have a zero trade balance. Does your ho.....
» 30/05/2007 4:24:21 PM GordonD – the term long predates the current anti-Islamic right-wing uses and is historica.....
» 30/05/2007 3:13:16 PM It seems to me Irfan is addressing several different questions here, that maybe deserve se.....
» 30/05/2007 12:31:59 PM Arjay You’re right that the govt defines those working only a few hours as employed, but .....
» 29/05/2007 4:16:46 PM Arjay Roy Morgan Research suggests that Australians’ sense of job security is almost at it.....
» 26/05/2007 10:23:21 PM MLK I suspect your insistence on inferring the most negative possible interpretation of t.....
» 25/05/2007 6:49:27 PM MLK – check the data again. Only 6% of people reported being unhappy. Most of the 24% were.....
» 25/05/2007 3:14:33 PM "i'm inclined to admire any un body that manages to criticize israel" DEMOS - I.....
» 24/05/2007 11:57:01 PM MLK you must have a high opinion of your own perceptiveness, and a very low one of your fe.....
» 24/05/2007 4:36:24 PM Johnj The survey you quote reports that “When asked about how they felt about their lives .....
» 23/05/2007 3:26:22 PM Great article I get tired of the four favourite fallacies of modern day anti-capitalist a.....
» 23/05/2007 2:33:03 PM DavidJS has summed up the key issues very nicely. Individuals have the right to make the.....
» 20/05/2007 8:49:56 PM Rojo, you say that “If it was economically feasible to get the water from Agricultural are.....
» 18/05/2007 7:21:50 PM bush bred I think you've missed the point. this is a clever allegory on the stupidity of .....
» 18/05/2007 3:38:54 PM A lovely story, nicely told. You could go further: What about all the people campaigning .....
» 17/05/2007 2:25:55 PM great article - a reminder that some of us should get a life, or at least a sense of propo.....
» 17/05/2007 12:23:35 PM Arjay I’d agree that quality of life is not measured only in hours worked and dollars earn.....
» 16/05/2007 3:53:58 PM Within any society, the affluent are generally happier than the poor. Average happiness is.....
» 16/05/2007 3:17:39 PM Arjay You say “countries like China and India have so many poor that they will have access.....
» 16/05/2007 2:44:15 PM The author is partly right. If our criticism of human rights abuses should be: - proporti.....
» 15/05/2007 4:41:56 PM Divergence I think you’re wrong about potato causing inheritance laws to change. Though t.....
» 14/05/2007 4:12:17 PM Ludwig I didn’t call Ehrlich an “ecofascist” only to be insulting, I did so because his vi.....
» 14/05/2007 3:41:30 PM It’s interesting that one of the pieces that most clearly identifies the similarity betwee.....
» 14/05/2007 2:37:09 PM Divergence, I think you’ll find China’s economic growth owes more to its embrace of the be.....
» 11/05/2007 8:49:39 PM Oliver You’re quite right, many religions preceded and influenced Judaism and Christianity.....
» 11/05/2007 8:29:13 PM Divergence This case is different because refugees inflict no harm on us, and therefore an.....
» 11/05/2007 3:34:44 PM Ludwig It is a statistical inevitability that if something’s rate of growth is slowing i.....
» 11/05/2007 2:45:21 PM Ludwig I did answer your question, you just don’t agree with me. I rule out treating refu.....
» 10/05/2007 4:45:45 PM Col Rouge I think the reasons why refugees flee and cross borders, often without official .....
» 10/05/2007 4:17:03 PM Ludwig I think he was totally wrong on three counts. Firstly, he didn't anticipate that .....
» 9/05/2007 9:31:46 PM Interesting posts Some in the churches are taking up a similar theme of loss of tradition.....
» 9/05/2007 9:09:36 PM Col Rouge You can’t neatly separate the “good” refugees who patiently wait from the “bad”.....
» 9/05/2007 4:11:41 PM Sells – aren’t you also arguing a consequentialist ethic, just drawing the consequences a .....
» 9/05/2007 3:21:13 PM Snake Dr Paul Erlick’s (I presume you mean Ehrlich) predictions were so far off the mark .....
» 8/05/2007 6:03:17 PM Col Rouge: Like you, I enjoy the privilege of Australian citizenship as a migrant not by b.....
» 8/05/2007 4:24:42 PM Stewartglass identifies an important distinction that Sells tends to overlook in lumping t.....
» 8/05/2007 3:39:09 PM The author says that "In the past, research has suggested that when more women entere.....
» 8/05/2007 3:10:00 PM Personally, I think that if we don't extend freedom of speech even to people with obnoxiou.....
» 7/05/2007 2:56:03 PM If Julian wants to wring more money from Canberra he’ll have to put up a better argument t.....
» 3/05/2007 7:30:02 PM Col Rouge - the neatly documented, certificated and approved refugees sitting in UN refuge.....
» 3/05/2007 3:11:48 PM Boaz_david It’s true that some arrivals have no papers, and a few may even deliberately d.....
» 3/05/2007 2:40:14 PM Peter JH I agree, efficient farming is necessary both to feed our population cheaply and t.....
» 2/05/2007 2:30:44 PM It is not necessary to “let them all in”, as some posters imply, to have a more humane pol.....
» 1/05/2007 9:24:25 PM Ruawake I have used my brain and found out the truth. Guess what, I was right. These are.....
» 1/05/2007 3:44:59 PM Ruawake It’s true than real wages dropped a little in mid 2007, but that owed more to the .....
» 1/05/2007 2:55:48 PM Not a persuasive article It claims that Greg Craven was unsuccessful in his defence of Fe.....
» 30/04/2007 3:09:28 PM the article talks a lot about perceptions of growing inequality, but not much about the da.....
» 30/04/2007 2:35:13 PM It's refreshing to get a story on this that isn't a nationalistic bleat, and puts the cons.....
» 29/04/2007 9:59:56 PM Meg, you may well be right that suicide is under-reported. But for the downward trend to b.....
» 25/04/2007 9:11:28 PM Fozz I’d agree that trade is a means to an end not an end in itself, but I also think it’s.....
» 25/04/2007 8:56:23 PM Country Gal You make some good points, but while they help to explain the way Australians .....
» 24/04/2007 5:16:23 PM Imagine that the Japanese invaded northern Australia during WW2, inflicted massive casualt.....
» 24/04/2007 4:13:19 PM Meg Again you miss the point. The data in the table already take account of inflation, so .....
» 23/04/2007 9:13:33 PM Fozz You’re right that many conventional measures of economic welfare are poor at capturin.....
» 23/04/2007 2:57:25 PM Meg The media report you quote tells us precisely zero about trends over time in income an.....
» 22/04/2007 8:00:37 PM Meg I gave data sources to support my statement that poverty is declining. Where are your.....
» 20/04/2007 8:35:56 PM Meg1 Poverty has indeed declined – surely that is a good thing? The article does NOT say.....
» 20/04/2007 4:31:44 PM Interesting and thoughtful piece, I think it brings out the subtleties of some of the issu.....
» 19/04/2007 7:05:31 PM Correction - should of course be proportion of people NOT living in absolute poverty has i.....
» 19/04/2007 6:59:28 PM Ho Hum You a right that a billion people live in appalling conditions. You are 100% wrong .....
» 17/04/2007 5:37:24 PM Oligarch, you’ve chosen your name well. My preferred model of government is one where the .....
» 17/04/2007 4:03:20 PM Hilali is a bigoted, offensive, stupid fundamentalist ideologue who supports terrorists, b.....
» 13/04/2007 2:29:27 PM Irfan - another thoughtful post, and I agree with most of what you say. A couple of quib.....
» 12/04/2007 2:54:14 PM Good article - clear, well written and persuasive. Catherine still takes a consequentiali.....
» 23/03/2007 1:04:05 PM Use of the passive voice and vagueness to avoid attributing sources and details is not goo.....
» 22/03/2007 2:56:02 PM Thank you Stephen – a balanced and thought-provoking piece. Looking at some of the commen.....
» 16/03/2007 7:25:42 PM Fester You’re right that a key difference between Singer and the Nazis is that the Nazis .....
» 15/03/2007 8:20:45 PM Nicky, Singer is quite sensationalist enough by himself, he doesn't need others to do it .....
» 15/03/2007 7:40:05 PM The Jerusalem Church is indeed a model of early socialism, in more ways than just it’s ide.....
» 15/03/2007 6:35:04 PM Fester - yes I'm sure that there's a link between abuse of humans and animals, and as indi.....
» 14/03/2007 7:22:06 PM Dickie Actually I don’t support live animal exports, but I regard the torture of humans a.....
» 14/03/2007 2:19:25 PM Mirko has written extensively elsewhere that torturing people is sometimes ok, which to my.....
» 14/03/2007 1:46:25 PM Miacat and Tim, While the idea that terrorism is causes by poverty might seem plausible i.....
» 13/03/2007 3:13:08 PM Spider I’m sure that if you wanted to set up a club of like-minded people there’s nothing .....
» 13/03/2007 2:25:06 PM It's the 21st century for goodness sake! Equal treatment of gays should be unremarkable.....
» 13/03/2007 2:18:35 PM Like other posters on this thread, I worry about the effectiveness of overseas aid, especi.....
» 13/03/2007 2:04:10 PM Peter, I know what you mean. Most weeks at our local church we no longer use the full conf.....
» 12/03/2007 2:12:41 PM Spider, what “organisations and clubs” can non-white Australians form that whites cannot? .....
» 12/03/2007 1:21:08 PM Fear, bigotry and prejudice are the opposites of the principles we believe distinguish “us.....
» 8/03/2007 2:53:33 PM I don't often agree with Christian, but this makes sense in principle. In practice it may .....
» 2/03/2007 2:58:39 PM It is interesting that none of the critics of the author of this piece addresses his argum.....
» 1/03/2007 4:07:18 PM pw2040, I don’t agree that changing the laws will bring an end to hate and homophobia, but.....
» 20/02/2007 2:32:40 PM If I’m reading the author right, the ethics of this piece are pretty loathsome. Politician.....
» 15/02/2007 1:30:58 PM Ludwig and Mirko - I'd be fascinated to see how a green agenda of reducing population woul.....
» 15/02/2007 1:01:19 PM This article makes some very good points. From the point of view of the world’s poor, a de.....
» 13/02/2007 2:30:15 PM Most of us may now agree that the climate is warming, but to claim that "climate chan.....
» 8/02/2007 2:45:28 PM Good article, and a great thought-provoking poster campaign - congratulations to whoever t.....
» 6/02/2007 2:54:03 PM Another thought-provoking article from Mirko, but I must agree with western red. The ".....
» 2/02/2007 4:16:59 PM Horus, birth rates are higher in developing than developed countries, but are declining in.....
» 1/02/2007 7:54:50 PM Fester You're right, Malthus had some good ideas and has been rather misrepresented by bo.....
» 1/02/2007 2:52:56 PM Ah, that’s the spirit VK3AUU !! more death and disease as the key to improving human welfa.....
» 1/02/2007 2:38:19 PM Flow-through shares are just another form of business welfare for the mining sector, which.....
» 30/01/2007 3:06:10 PM It’s a shame about its anti- religious prejudice, but the article raises an important poin.....
» 29/01/2007 2:35:27 PM Rembrandt makes a good point about most water use being in agriculture, meaning that the a.....
» 24/01/2007 5:53:00 PM This article is poorly argued. Of course there was an element of propaganda as well as ju.....
» 23/01/2007 1:56:52 PM I sympathise with the problem the author is trying to address, but I think the solution he.....
» 18/01/2007 2:19:42 PM BOAZ_David, I think you’re confusing the silliness and excesses of political correctness -.....
» 15/01/2007 5:35:26 PM kartiya jim, why shouldn’t “desperate inland farmers” have the right to sell their water i.....
» 15/01/2007 3:07:10 PM What paranoid drivel this article is. The wicked US/Multinational/free trade/profit-monger.....
» 15/01/2007 10:08:23 AM John, you say "We'd get definite improvements in the quality of health and other serv.....
» 12/01/2007 1:27:14 PM Nothing the Australian government, public or industry does will make any discernable diffe.....
» 5/01/2007 2:22:58 PM To insist on the bodily resurrection, even though (as Sells admits) “we all know that the .....
» 4/01/2007 3:14:03 PM The dominance of Canberra’s executive over Parliament gives Australians a taste of the arr.....
» 30/12/2006 4:10:11 PM RobbyH Thank you for your comments. I’d disagree with the website you quote that the god .....
» 29/12/2006 6:28:28 PM RobbyH Actually, the Christian bible has basically not changed since the canon was fixed .....
» 29/12/2006 2:41:38 PM A good article that hits the mark exactly. In Rwanda the international community claimed t.....
» 29/12/2006 2:25:25 PM Fencepost Yes, we probably share many values in common. And I’d agree that Christianity d.....
» 28/12/2006 2:41:19 PM I notice the author is silent on who funds her own Centre for Gender and Medicine. Probabl.....
» 27/12/2006 3:05:25 PM Fencepost, The values of giving, peace, reconciliation and charity which you describe are.....
» 14/12/2006 6:59:33 PM Bushbred your post is typical of the populist ideology the article talks of - nostalgic f.....
» 14/12/2006 3:07:03 PM Interesting piece One of the striking things about hansonism was how she was perceived to.....
» 11/12/2006 9:57:16 AM Dagget The facts disprove your argument. If we can't compete with China, how come our real.....
» 5/12/2006 3:30:07 PM Spot on, Pericles BOAZ_David, how on earth do you think that taxing Chinese exports would.....
» 4/12/2006 8:09:07 PM Dickie, There's lots of literature out there on adaptation. Stern devotes three chapters .....
» 4/12/2006 3:16:56 PM Dickie, I don’t “deny man's damaging impact on the environment,” but nor do I accept the .....
» 4/12/2006 2:39:17 PM Robert, I agree with some of your points. Churches shouldn’t get tax breaks fore being chu.....
» 1/12/2006 9:03:16 PM The Australian also recently carried an interesting article on research showing that homos.....
» 1/12/2006 8:36:54 PM Dickie We need to decide the right balance between adaptation and mitigation in response t.....
» 1/12/2006 7:34:29 PM Portraying terrorists as victims and wealthy countries as perpetrators is morally suspect .....
» 13/11/2006 3:19:27 PM The trouble with national emissions targets us that the easiest way for a country to cut i.....
» 8/11/2006 3:31:39 PM The author says of Hilali’s rant that "this latest provocation can be interpreted as .....
» 8/11/2006 3:10:33 PM “Lomborg has made a name for himself by trying to spruik the calculations and the consensu.....
» 3/11/2006 3:40:36 PM Shonga, Complicated question. Firstly, 4.9% unemployment doesn’t imply 95.1% employment......
» 3/11/2006 3:04:23 PM Ho Hum You're quite right that the political right uses prejudicial language and oblique a.....
» 2/11/2006 8:48:20 PM Shonga, I share your passion for reducing poverty, I just don’t share your view of how to .....
» 1/11/2006 4:52:32 PM "… overwhelming consensus among most knowledgable observers…". Come off it Carl......
» 1/11/2006 3:30:36 PM It’s said that a half truth, like a half brick, travels further and does more damage. This.....
» 27/10/2006 3:15:42 PM Mirko, I agree that Muslim women should be free to wear the veil or not as they choose, bu.....
» 26/10/2006 3:11:02 PM Ludwig, I’m happy to say no serious policy maker is pushing hard to decrease consumption......
» 26/10/2006 11:48:39 AM Ludwig, I haven’t failed to answer your “schitzoid” point, just given an answer you don’t .....
» 25/10/2006 8:36:19 PM Divergence, We’ve already discussed our differing view on the causes of the recent growth .....
» 25/10/2006 2:39:25 PM Ludwig, I didn’t say I think Sydney is capable of limitless growth, just that its problems.....
» 25/10/2006 1:28:24 PM Ludwig, we can debate endlessly whether quality of life has improved because it is subject.....
» 24/10/2006 2:40:06 PM "The Democrats will provide the only non-partisan, non-aligned option at the next ele.....
» 24/10/2006 2:24:43 PM You may well be right, Steve, but that's not the same as saying a majority are worse off......
» 24/10/2006 2:08:21 PM Batman I’m not particularly trying to defend the government, but I don’t believe they exp.....
» 24/10/2006 2:04:05 PM Ludwig You say “sooner or later we have to have limits”, but there is nothing near consen.....
» 23/10/2006 7:04:59 PM Batman I challenge you to find a reference to any government spokesperson who has said tha.....
» 23/10/2006 3:13:19 PM Batman Who argues that having the majority of workers on less money and conditions helps t.....
» 23/10/2006 2:53:04 PM Nice article, Greg. Business may be too short sighted to think what a streamlined, efficie.....
» 23/10/2006 2:02:30 PM Ludwig All my data were sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website (http://w.....
» 23/10/2006 11:37:36 AM Ludwig, asks “Have real wages gone up in recent years? Has our purchasing power increased?.....
» 20/10/2006 3:09:47 PM Ludwig, I disagree, migration raises both average per-capita economic growth and (more imp.....
» 20/10/2006 12:18:09 PM Divergence - housing affordability is a problem, but population growth is not its cause. T.....
» 19/10/2006 7:12:08 PM Rob Many factors affect a country’s growth. From the 1970s to mid 1980s Australia slipped.....
» 19/10/2006 2:00:32 PM Ludwig, I don’t believe our current population levels and growth are unsustainable. We hav.....
» 19/10/2006 12:56:44 PM Ludwig If all we cared about was the Australian head count, then I would agree that stopp.....
» 19/10/2006 11:20:42 AM Ludwig, You are right that the ‘natural increase’ in population (excluding migration) is p.....
» 16/10/2006 3:21:59 PM An interesting and entertaining read, and the author makes some good points. However, I th.....
» 6/10/2006 3:19:13 PM I agree that we need to address the reasons why people are turning to terrorism as well as.....
» 3/10/2006 8:32:01 PM Albie I largely agree - most faiths have something unique and special to say about God, an.....
» 28/09/2006 8:11:31 PM Rob, my apologies, I had other posters in mind more than you when I had a dig at those who.....
» 27/09/2006 7:53:43 PM Rob I think you’re partly right – fundamentalists will cherry pick scriptures both old an.....
» 20/09/2006 6:30:35 PM ... here's a link to a summary article on Baumeister's book http://homepages.which.net/~r.....
» 20/09/2006 6:14:37 PM Graham – I agree with much of what you say. I don’t take the bible literally, but was usin.....
» 20/09/2006 4:58:25 PM Mjpb,I don’t just make this stuff up. Talking of the dark side of the Christian scripture.....
» 19/09/2006 3:48:55 PM I think he has a point. There is a thread of vengefulness, xenophobia and violence in Chri.....
» 18/09/2006 2:13:57 PM It's unlikely that Doha would succeed without the USA and Europe being willing to stand up.....
» 13/09/2006 3:51:52 PM Flezzey, I have no time for fundamentalists, but do they really “openly decry democracy as.....
» 25/08/2006 4:26:52 PM YngNLuvnI, I don’t think of myself as a postmodernist, though like many people nowadays I’.....
» 24/08/2006 6:30:04 PM Boxgum, you make some good points. Individually, I’d agree Christ finds us, although we’r.....
» 23/08/2006 8:47:59 PM R0bert, Thanks for your post. The Bible gives us hundreds of stories written over about .....
» 23/08/2006 4:52:19 PM R0bert, Sells’ views on afterlife (or lack of it) are more common among us churchgoers th.....
» 18/08/2006 3:30:43 PM Providing information can make markets work better, but it can also come at a cost. The .....
» 17/08/2006 9:02:25 PM Wibble - I'm all for consumers making choices that reflect their values as well as the thi.....
» 16/08/2006 4:20:59 PM Peter, good article. I suspect the reason we hear so few sermons on heaven is that most pr.....
» 16/08/2006 4:06:21 PM Dingo1 The benefits free trade promotes are indeed based on comparative advantage – the i.....
» 15/08/2006 8:38:50 PM Dingo1, free trade does not assume a level playing field, but it does try to promote one, .....
» 15/08/2006 3:05:42 PM I agree, Faustino, good intentions are not enough to deliver good results, and in the case.....
» 10/08/2006 4:13:38 PM quite right - yet the years of war in Sudan have resulted in far more death, misery and di.....
» 7/07/2006 4:18:43 PM Sells The shallow and empty pursuit of gratification and self-indulgence that you caricat.....
» 5/07/2006 3:36:14 PM Great to see Virginia on this site - I hope it's the first of many articles. The neo-pur.....
» 30/06/2006 2:38:19 PM A couple of points: Immigration does not change global population growth, it just redistr.....
» 29/06/2006 6:56:20 PM Billie It is not surprising that there are differences between the benefit claimant count.....
» 29/06/2006 3:49:04 PM Billie, you are wrong about the ABS changing its definitions of unemployed from benefit cl.....
» 28/06/2006 4:32:52 PM Billie, it's true that trade competition can cause some jobs to disappear in the short run.....
» 28/06/2006 3:07:29 PM Good article - western governments that preach free trade, but refuse to open their doors .....
» 23/06/2006 3:12:14 PM Spot on Ari - an excellent explanation of a) the reasons why there is a good economic cas.....
» 16/06/2006 3:35:19 PM Ghassan argues that "... the state of anti-Muslim animosity that is being legitimised.....
» 2/06/2006 3:12:31 PM What a poorly argued article – full of sneers and prejudicial language, but with no substa.....
» 21/03/2006 8:59:26 PM Saul, I'm not sure that the fact that "averaging" is needs-adjusted and takes ac.....
» 21/03/2006 3:26:23 PM My concern with horizontal equalisation is its effects on incentives for economic and fisc.....
» 10/02/2006 4:13:48 PM Pericles is right; the logic in this article doesn't stand up "Terra nullius was not.....
» 14/12/2005 3:45:42 PM Trevor, you rightly point out that among the Eureka rebels' demands was: "Abolition o.....
» 11/12/2005 4:45:27 PM Trev, I'd agree that businesses small and large use whatever (usually) legal means are av.....
» 8/12/2005 6:06:28 PM Trev The answer to your two questions is the same: the role of government is not to look.....
» 8/12/2005 5:10:36 PM Jellyback asks “what benefits are we supposed to have seen from all this national competit.....
» 25/11/2005 8:08:17 PM All Can't you see the hypocrisy in your own post? Complaining about "the usual insult.....
» 12/11/2005 3:18:20 PM Hi Scout, In answer to a couple of your questions – yes, lots of other belief systems tal.....
» 23/08/2005 1:30:51 PM Leigh I don’t know any “average Australians” of the type you describe – silent, resentfu.....
» 22/08/2005 3:54:12 PM John Stone argues that: “our future immigration policy should focus on whether those conce.....
» 22/08/2005 12:41:44 PM It is interesting that Andrew says that economic growth has not led to a reduction in long.....
» 19/08/2005 11:58:46 AM Christian: Another problem with your methodology is that the rise in average hours worked.....
» 18/08/2005 2:24:38 PM Peter, wasn't Barth's point that what God chooses to let us know of Him is found neither .....
» 17/08/2005 5:03:21 PM Christian, The change in weekly hours worked per adult since 1982 is very small – from 20.....
» 16/08/2005 7:37:31 PM Christian: I didn't say full time workers, I said Australian employees. Fewer people are.....
» 16/08/2005 4:50:03 PM Timkins says that “If this article is correct, then the Australian worker is working longe.....
» 16/08/2005 3:21:54 PM Generally a good article, but I can’t help thinking the States are at least partly to blam.....
» 29/07/2005 3:20:31 PM Rainier, Look at my first post again - I'm not denying the importance of either emotion o.....
» 29/07/2005 1:59:27 PM David, “Islam is about cultural, political, spiritual domination of all others”? Ouch. I’.....
» 28/07/2005 9:46:05 PM Rainier, Your position seems to have hardened since your first post, which said that you .....
» 28/07/2005 8:33:57 PM David: You say that "The IMPORTANT point to make, is that there is no conflict betwe.....
» 28/07/2005 11:51:23 AM Rainier, I don’t think it was Paul’s intention to deride compassion or moral sentiments; .....
» 27/07/2005 5:17:38 PM David Do you regard yourself as a Christian first, or an Australian first?.....
» 27/07/2005 3:08:42 PM I sincerely hope Waleed Aly is right, and that Australia's mature and effective multicultu.....
» 27/07/2005 1:42:20 PM Rainier, This is precisely the kind of romantic, make-believe sentimental drivel that Pau.....
» 26/07/2005 1:55:49 PM Excellent article. The confusion of sentimentality with morality, and of heartfelt good in.....
» 1/07/2005 3:43:01 PM Meg The point of the inverse relationship between growth and aid is not just the obvious o.....
» 24/06/2005 3:53:16 PM Any party that supports the indefinite detention of people (including children) who have b.....
» 22/06/2005 6:40:23 PM Dagget – you ask do I think it is progress that more people have degrees than used to, eve.....
» 22/06/2005 3:59:17 PM Enjay, I’m all for raising spending on schools, and especially those with students from po.....
» 17/06/2005 4:50:58 PM Rene, This is not “the semantics of experts” but a glaring and basic error that has cause.....
» 17/06/2005 12:50:58 PM “a BEX and have a good lie down”, huh? The author might be entitled to this patronising su.....
» 17/06/2005 11:47:12 AM Rene, I respectfully suggest that you have misinterpreted the data. It is impossible that.....
» 16/06/2005 3:47:43 PM Rene I’m not sure where you got your CPI numbers, but they’re wrong. The all groups CPI r.....
» 15/06/2005 2:28:09 PM Thanks Rene, The issues of the adequacy of payments and the number of claimants are large.....
» 15/06/2005 12:46:07 PM Rene, The article does not say that measurement of Centrelink payments is unreliable, but.....
» 14/06/2005 12:04:17 PM As Peter points out, this is hardly the first time that Vinnies has put out rhetorically i.....
» 31/05/2005 2:23:12 PM Congratulations on having the courage to speak up for a more humane refugee policy. I wish.....
» 27/05/2005 4:13:52 PM Excellent article Alan says we must "develop more effective mechanisms to hold [expe.....
» 18/05/2005 2:14:46 PM Maracas I don’t “absolve” Bush of anything, I don’t agree with the death penalty in Texas.....
» 17/05/2005 5:40:47 PM Tim may be right to argue that the USA is using criticism of Cuba’s human rights record to.....
» 16/05/2005 1:22:18 PM Maracas, isn't the phrase: "infantile name calling rhetoric in the hope that if they .....
» 3/05/2005 5:57:16 PM Has anyone ever estimated whether there is a correlation between the frequency of writers’.....
» 3/05/2005 5:45:00 PM A reality check for those who believe that Sustralians are working ewver-longer hours Ave.....

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