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                        August 2, 2019
                        Facing him as I hand over my passport. Trying unsuccessfully to look him in the eye. He quickly checks my face against the passport photo.
                        International - Brian Hennessy - 6 comments
                        The case presented in the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York was never convincing but remains an aspect of a broader effort to inculpate WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in assisting the Trump campaign triumph.
                        International - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
                        The insistence by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler to subpoena a reluctant Robert Mueller to testify before the Committee has proved an unmitigated disaster.
                        International - David Singer - 2 comments


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                        Thursday, August 1, 2019

                        The HILDA report, released this week, showed that median disposable income in Australia dropped by $542 from 2009 to 2017, despite the fact that Australia has had the highest population growth rate in the developed world.
                        Economics - Eric Claus - 17 comments
                        Political Philosophy - David McMullen - 13 comments

                        Wednesday, July 31, 2019

                        One of the great failings of our Canberra system is its continuing aversion to prosecuting identified traitors in the court system.
                        International - Warren Reed - 5 comments
                        Terrorism, piracy, smuggling, narcotics trade, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants are all major problems that need to be tackled at the country’s boundaries.
                        International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments

                        Tuesday, July 30, 2019

                        The pressure on the captains, Joe Root and Tim Paine, will be intense, with every strategic and tactical decision subjected to rigorous scrutiny by cricket professionals and fans alike.
                        Sport - David Rowe, Keith Parry and Matt Smith - 3 comments
                        Chromosomes are the strings of DNA packed into the cell nuclei that makes you and me what we are. They are 46; we get 23 from our mother and 23 from our father.
                        Education - Peter West - 25 comments
                        He had all the attributes of the ruthless frontiersman: patriarchy, a tendency to sow his not-so-royal oats, a capacity for a certain work regimen, a firm disciplinarian.
                        Society - Binoy Kampmark - 9 comments

                        Monday, July 29, 2019

                        The Australian Labor Party ?which promised a sweeping range of climate initiatives ?recorded its worst vote in decades with just one in three votes. In the resource rich state of Queensland.
                        Domestic Politics - Ross Elliott - 9 comments
                        As trust develops, Alliance links strengthen: government, institutional, professional, and individual.
                        International - Don DeBats - 5 comments

                        Friday, July 26, 2019

                        When I was young and naive I believed that I was Australian.
                        Political Philosophy - Alexandra Marshall - 25 comments
                        Thus the nature of the Resurrection of Jesus is still a burning issue surrounded by vigorous debate. At the risk of misinterpretation, I will call these two views of the Resurrection, the physical and the spiritual.
                        Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 47 comments

                        Thursday, July 25, 2019

                        If we can't get this right, we will surrender all right to lecture the world on democratic principles, or to brag about Westminster being the mother of all parliaments.
                        International - Mal Fletcher - 8 comments
                        The new British PM and Tory leader is a piece of truly befuddled work, one who still manages to play the card of the electable clown.
                        International - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
                        Pelosi’s concern for prolonging the stay of illegal immigrants rather than showing compassion for grieving American citizens is puzzling.
                        International - David Singer - 9 comments

                        Wednesday, July 24, 2019

                        Nasr's move to stabilize the market is praiseworthy but should be seen as an attempt to quell fears of traders and financial analysts, especially just before the OPEC+ meeting in Vienna next week.
                        Economics - Cyril Widdershoven - 5 comments
                        The critics are right ?the reason for entering politics ought to be service to the country rather than a lucrative professional career.
                        Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 7 comments

                        Tuesday, July 23, 2019

                        While Australia played its part in 1969, we need reminding of how Australia (especially the ACT) squandered its heritage from NASA.
                        Science & Technology - Brendan O'Reilly - 3 comments
                        Most Australians currently working, or who have worked in our country's broader intelligence community, have a marked degree of sympathy for the AFP.
                        Law & Liberties - Warren Reed - 6 comments

                        Monday, July 22, 2019

                        Combating the Soviet Union, and communism more broadly, was simply one aspect of an aggrandised fist fight, to be fought on the ground, the seas, and in space.
                        Science & Technology - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments
                        If the bill is passed, the option of 'buying a womb' to address perceived reproductive injustices will be added to existing family formation options for men, that already allow them to adopt and foster.
                        Law & Liberties - Charles Smith - 8 comments

                        Friday, July 19, 2019

                        The show delighted commentators dazzled by the fireworks. It was seen as historic, because it was the first time in over a century a President had received such a vote of disapproval.
                        International - Binoy Kampmark - 19 comments
                        All of this, say the terms and conditions, applies in perpetuity. This should make even the most cloud-friendly AI advocate wary.
                        Media - Mal Fletcher - 2 comments

                        Thursday, July 18, 2019

                        Between December 2017 and March 2018, dozens of meetings between Assange, his legal representatives, and visitors, were recorded in daily confidential reports written by an assigned security team.
                        Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 12 comments
                        Rejecting the religious pride by which some think they’re morally superior, the Canadian-born American also observes there is 'nothing worse than people who are so spiritualised they don’t love the world.'
                        Religion & Spirituality - Mark Christensen - 6 comments

                        Wednesday, July 17, 2019

                        Any reform should not use the language of discrimination but ­actually put Australia in line with its international human rights ­obligations to protect religious freedom.
                        Law & Liberties - Augusto Zimmermann - 15 comments
                        Monetarism has broken the bank for rural industries.
                        Economics - Ben Rees - 11 comments

                        Tuesday, July 16, 2019

                        Free speech is being closed down in the name of preventing 'hate speech'; bonds of trust in commercial life are broken; and religion is now divisive that new law is needed to protect religious freedom.
                        Law & Liberties - Peter Kurti - 30 comments
                        Two years into Moon's single five-year term, his voter approval has declined from 80 to less than 50 percent. His economic policies have achieved little and his diplomatic efforts to restore warmer relations with the North are only a facade.
                        International - Felix Imonti - 2 comments

                        Monday, July 15, 2019

                        In 2013, Witness K's Canberra home was raided as well as the office of Mr. Collaery. Both were charged with revealing state secrets and Witness K had his passport seized.
                        International - Warren Reed - 3 comments
                        The conflict between Donald Trump and Iran is a long drawn out affair, initiated by the United States, and has lasted almost ?of a century.
                        International - Peter Bowden - 33 comments

                        Friday, July 12, 2019

                        US grievances are justified given China’s intellectual property theft, industrial subsidies, forced technology transfer and digital rules with regard to e-commerce.
                        International - Chris Lewis - 21 comments
                        If Malaysia aspires to be a democracy then the Special Branch is out of control.
                        International - Murray Hunter - 3 comments

                        Thursday, July 11, 2019

                        Even at 30% penetration, the high estimate for nuclear (US$192 / megawatt-hour (MWh)) is far higher than the high estimates for coal ($144), solar PV ($88), onshore wind ($84), and gas ($75).
                        Environment - Jim Green - 14 comments
                        Promoting favoured causes by ignoring inconvenient truths and/or alternative views is not true investigative journalism.
                        Media - Mark Poynter - 34 comments

                        Wednesday, July 10, 2019

                        The nuclear call doing the rounds in Canberra is a bit of old man's bravado, and a glowering approach to the non-proliferation thrust of the current international regime.
                        International - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
                        International - Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 3 comments

                        Tuesday, July 9, 2019

                        The word 'empire' never really caught on, sealed fast from the cognitive capacities of the US academic and policy establishment.
                        International - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
                        It seems the preferred way to foster “religious peace?is to pander to the hotheads.
                        Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 14 comments

                        Monday, July 8, 2019

                        The two words are now used almost interchangeably, which is a pity, and both are used much more frequently than they were fifty years ago.
                        Society - Don Aitkin - 9 comments
                        The fact that they are largely unregulated is allowing problems to fester, including unsafe conditions, exposure to extremist teachings and especially child sexual abuse by ustazes, or teachers.
                        International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment

                        Friday, July 5, 2019

                        To add some perspective, a 25-pack of Marlboro now costs an eye-watering $34.95. That's $12,757 per year for a pack-a-day smoker.
                        Health - David Leyonhjelm - 33 comments
                        Gaza's civilian population has paid a heavy price for the indiscriminate targeting of Israeli population centres with thousands of missiles and incendiary balloons.
                        International - David Singer - 34 comments

                        Thursday, July 4, 2019

                        It hasn't escaped the attention of the North Koreans that the Trump Administration needs a deal for the election.
                        International - Murray Hunter - 8 comments
                        Peterson argues that ‘the Equity Doctrine ? has gone too far?
                        Society - Tristan Ewins - 61 comments

                        Wednesday, July 3, 2019

                        Financial disasters arising out of the crisis of 2008 were as much a product of rapacious banking practices as they were regulatory sloth.
                        Economics - Binoy Kampmark
                        The recent downing by Iran of a US drone in the Persian Gulf, together with bomb attacks on tankers nearby, has once again put the world on the brink of war.
                        International - Max Atkinson - 10 comments


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