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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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