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              January 28, 2020
              Recently Senator Bridget McKenzie, a National Party member, and Deputy Leader of the party, was found by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) to have acted outside the spirit of a $100 million sports grant program.
              Political Philosophy - Mark Buckley - 20 comments
              Of course, funerals are sad, and people do cry, justifiably. But it was the absence of any other note than the sad that left me in such a bad way.
              Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 4 comments

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              Australian bushfires on Turkey’s answer to Al Jazeera

              Ambit Gambit Last night I was interviewed by TRT – Turkey’s answer to Al Jazeera – on a panel moderated by Adnan Azwaz on the Australian fires. My fellow panellists were Professor Mark Howden and Tony Kevin. Azwaz did a good job, and his courteous approach to moderation could teach Tony Jones a thing or two, although he […]

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              Friday, January 24, 2020

              The 'State of the Parks 2004' report, said that, in more than 90 per cent of NSW national parks, attempts to manage weeds and pest animals were non-existent, non-effective, or producing only a slow change.
              Environment - Brendan O'Reilly - 41 comments
              The socialism that I believed in at 20 is substantially different from the socialism of today’s 20 year olds.
              Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 23 comments
              'The only lasting things that you can pass on to your children are not assets, but your value system, and yourself as the best role model you can be.'
              Economics - Vern Gowdie - 9 comments

              Thursday, January 23, 2020

              Australia's population is expanding by around 400,000 people annually - the equivalent of adding another Canberra-worth of people every 12 months.
              Nation Building - William Rutan - 43 comments
              This begs the question as to what sort of global order we will have left if the leaders of one country eliminate the leaders of another simply because they deem them ruthless.
              International - Alon Ben-Meir - 13 comments
              As Alex Abad-Santos laments in Vox, passengers upgrade their seats, not to get a more spectacular service or experience, but 'to avoid hell'.
              Society - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments

              Wednesday, January 22, 2020

              One would think that the onset of menstrual pain would bring them back to the biological reality that they are women, but no...
              Society - Babette Francis - 12 comments
              The local BBC was claiming some fake social media pushed arson as the major factor and that this was a misinformation campaign by anti-global warming bots.
              Media - Charles Essery - 27 comments

              Tuesday, January 21, 2020

              The Democrats irresponsible - and sometimes hostile - response to Trump's decisive action will cost them votes at the next elections.
              International - David Singer - 12 comments
              The ailing WikiLeaks founder was coping as well as he could, showing the resourcefulness of the desperate at his Monday hearing.
              Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 14 comments

              Monday, January 20, 2020

              Scott Morrison is now having to deal with the two very distinct wings of his party, as they gird themselves for the culture war which will probably erupt at any moment.
              Domestic Politics - Mark Buckley - 26 comments
              Should CCCers be allowed to drive their agenda, then we will continue to be locked in a 'Groundhog Day' loop, just as we are with urban and rural water management.
              Environment - Charles Essery - 50 comments

              Friday, January 17, 2020

              More houses have been lost than ever before, but then there are more people than we have ever had before, five times as many as we had a century ago.
              Environment - Don Aitkin - 76 comments
              The second arm of the provision legitimises the use of force where a state is exercising its recognised right to individual or collective self-defence.
              International - Binoy Kampmark - 21 comments

              Thursday, January 16, 2020

              Bushfires have long been part of the Australian scene, but the recent outbreaks have been excessive.
              Environment - Peter Bowden - 164 comments
              Today in Malaysia, government policy, decision making, leadership, and institutional development are all influenced by certain ‘sinister?forces.
              International - Murray Hunter

              Wednesday, January 15, 2020

              But a worrying trend in our political discourse is that leftist outrage is fostered by the national media whilst conservative outrage is dismissed.
              Law & Liberties - Tim O'Hare - 96 comments
              If you have been watching TV lately, you will have noticed that many advertisements include at least one black or brown person.
              Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 16 comments

              Tuesday, January 14, 2020

              If Bruce Pascoe is a charlatan, he should be prosecuted...and his claims that Aborigines were not hunter/gatherers should be exposed as bunkum.
              Indigenous Affairs - Les Louis - 26 comments
              Three media giants alleged by Trump to have purveyed fake news based on the dossier ?The New York Times, MSNBC and CNN ?are among the many scrutinized by Wemple.
              International - David Singer - 13 comments

              Monday, January 13, 2020

              We also note that you just had to go on holiday outside Australia. I guess that is because you couldn't find anywhere in Australia that wasn't either on fire.
              Domestic Politics - Mark Buckley - 61 comments
              Australian governments, across colours and persuasions, have found managing the environment a problematic, and inconvenient affair.
              Environment - Binoy Kampmark - 16 comments

              Friday, January 10, 2020

              If Australia is so 'diverse', 'inclusive' and 'anti-bigotry' as we make out to be - then why make a habit of singling out race at all?
              Society - Vanessa de Largie - 32 comments
              Almost 100% of us believe that more ?and cheaper ?public transport is a key to solving congestion. Which we hope will mean we can all get around more conveniently in our cars.
              Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 21 comments

              Thursday, January 9, 2020

              The messages from official inquiries into earlier bushfires had all been crystal clear and unanimous about what needed to be done.
              Environment - Brendan O'Reilly - 24 comments
              Why so many? After all, there are about as many Buddhists as Aboriginals, and three times as many Chinese. Ah well, despite the ABC's need to show impartiality, Reconciliation is somehow more important.
              Media - Don Aitkin - 34 comments

              Wednesday, January 8, 2020

              Those in the water industry who manage catchments and operate treatment plants have dealt with this issue regularly.
              Environment - Charles Essery - 12 comments
              Domestic Politics - Chris Lewis - 2 comments

              Tuesday, January 7, 2020

              In the United States, the share of wealth owned by the richest one percent of the adult population has increased, from 22 percent in the late 1970s to 37 percent in 2018.
              Economics - Peter Bowden - 17 comments
              The justification was spurious, suggesting that assassination and killing in combat are not distinctions with any difference.
              International - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments

              Monday, January 6, 2020

              Running a surplus budget together with QE in Australia, has been done before.
              Economics - Michael Knox - 4 comments
              Does it matter if President Donald J Trump is removed from office if, in truth, there is no (or no sufficient) factual foundation to satisfy the requirements of Articles I and II of the US Constitution?
              International - Laurence Maher - 9 comments

              Friday, January 3, 2020

              Two other figures linked to the killing, Maj Gen Ahmed al-Assiri and the close adviser to crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and social media fiend, Saud al-Qahtani, were given the necessary institutional acquittals for a lack of evidence.
              International - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has acted wisely in not immediately transmitting the Trump articles of impeachment to the Senate to jump start the President's trial.
              International - David Singer - 6 comments

              Thursday, January 2, 2020

              Climate change has reached cult status and with the lemming-like adoration of characters like Greta et al, backburning is judged only to increase CO2 and therefore to be outcast.
              Environment - Charles Essery - 217 comments
              Trump, Boris, ScoMo and even Trudeau's razor-thin Canadian victory reveal that centre-left politics is, to say the least, failing to connect at the ballot box.
              Political Philosophy - Sean Jacobs - 10 comments
              However people tended to vote on cultural grounds. They were sick of foreigners (as they saw them) taking over the British way of life.
              Political Philosophy - Keith Suter - 15 comments

              Tuesday, December 31, 2019

              Mainly we must relearn two ancient skills - remove the fuel load everywhere and use fire to fight fire. We know that works.
              Environment - Viv Forbes - 22 comments
              Cricket is a game played in the open air for long periods, and this cricket season is being overshadowed, sometimes literally, by a long, dangerous fire season.
              Sport - David Rowe - 6 comments

              Monday, December 30, 2019

              Nation Building - Charles Essery - 63 comments
              More than a quarter of the world's countries experienced in recent years a high incidence of conflicts or hostilities motivated by religious intolerance, mob violence related to religion, terrorism, and harassment of people for violating religious codes.
              Religion & Spirituality - Ioan Voicu - 3 comments


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