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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.
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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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