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    Universities across the world are floundering from the effects of coronavirus. Some are struggling to survive and risk bankruptcy.
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    China is in the news. With Covid and with trade wars, the world has begun to question its embrace of China over these past decades.
    International - Paul Collits - 18 comments
     
    In response to Israel's intention to annex up to 30% of the West Bank, respect for truth, by all the parties involved, Israeli, Palestinian, US, European and Australian, has been replaced by calculations about the benefits of deceit.
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    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    It is therefore galling that the new complex for the supreme and national courts in Port Moresby is being built by a company wholly owned by the government of the People's Republic of China.
    International - Jeffrey Wall - 13 comments
     
    Each time there was a sharp increase in enrolments there was a corresponding claim that higher education was in 'crisis' again.
    Education - Don Aitkin - 14 comments
     
    Why must I go to alternate media for information about persecution?
    Law & Liberties - Spencer Gear - 10 comments
     

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    One wonders what is becoming of science when a group of researchers from one scientific discipline uses ad hominem attacks to besmirch what they perceive as a competing scientific discipline.
    Environment - Mark Poynter - 4 comments
     
    Time has just about run out and your immediate decision to agree or refuse to enter into new peace negotiations with Israel will determine the future of your people for generations to come.
    International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
     

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    It was another atrocious week for US President Donald Trump, whose efforts to prevent the publication of his former national security adviser's memoir seemed more than a touch childish.
    International - Binoy Kampmark - 30 comments
     
    Australia being relatively new to the region in terms of intelligence presence, gave Johnson a real challenge in building an effective intelligence network. However, he was given assistance from parties who in the end saved his and Meg's life.
    International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment
     

    Monday, June 22, 2020

    China says it has gone to a 'war footing' to deal with a new outbreak of the virus in Beijing. Here is a reality check: it isn't over yet.
    Education - Peter West - 27 comments
     
    Things along the Indian-Chinese border in the Himalayas have rarely lacked interest, notably along the secretive, heavily patrolled 3,488 km Line of Actual Control.
    International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
     

    Friday, June 19, 2020

    The easing of monetary and credit conditions was fully warranted and aspects of the fiscal response targeting firms and private sector employment, the JobSeeker program in particular, also had merit.
    Economics - Tony Makin - 12 comments
     
    The 1950s era mass-produced housing development has been pilloried by designers, new urbanists, smart growthers and creative classists from the US to Europe to Australia.
    Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 9 comments
     
    After COVID, the three main parties offer divergent economic and energy policies. But very similar population policies. Already, mass migration or 'Big Australia' has been passed down through six LibLab prime ministers. And looks set to resume, ASAP.
    Nation Building - Stephen Saunders - 28 comments
     

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

    The 2020 expansion of the Black Lives Matter protests into a global anti-racism movement in Australia, the United Kingdom and elsewhere has been welcome in countries where black and Indigenous deaths in custody remain unacceptably high.
    Law & Liberties - Rob Cover - 31 comments
     
    Even though PNG's relationship with China grew stronger during his eight years in office, O'Neill skilfully maintained excellent relations with successive Australian governments.
    International - Jeffrey Wall - 11 comments
     
    Many sign languages (including Auslan, ASL and BSL) are considered endangered because of decreasing numbers of sign language users.
    Society - Brendan O'Reilly - 11 comments
     

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    You know you're living in George Orwell's world when speech is considered violence and actual violence is considered speech.
    Law & Liberties - James Allan - 30 comments
     
    This is my message : We are one family and one nation. Today part of this family is locked up in jail, in detention. My message to this beautiful family is love.
    Law & Liberties - Jane Salmon - 16 comments
     
    Australia is one of the few countries where Pakistan established its embassy in 1948 before India established its relations after the partition of the sub-continent.
    International - Syed Atiq ul Hassan - 30 comments
     

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Protests are, by definition, risky. The aim of a protest is to draw attention to injustice. You’re wanting to challenge the status-quo, to upset the apple-cart.
    Law & Liberties - Michael Viljoen - 27 comments
     
    It's a generalisation (can it be anything else?) but we have become a rag tag band of self-interested, mealy-mouthed yahoos, who walk and talk like the bourgeoisie but who have nothing to sell but our mediocrity.
    Society - Malcolm King - 14 comments
     
    In Australia, foreign aid, which can help to reduce conflict in the world, is only around 1% of the Australian government's budget. It amounted to less than 4 billion dollars.
    International - David Hale - 9 comments
     

    Monday, June 15, 2020

    Floyd's death has propelled a movement that has capitalised on a publicised event of police brutality in the United States to re-order matters and sort out grievance across the board.
    Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 25 comments
     
    Keeping the surge of infections below the capacity of our health system could have been achieved by moderate social distancing and personal disinfection.
    Health - David Leyonhjelm - 29 comments
     
    In Ladakh (Kashmir) negotiations, China aims to intimidate and deter India from joining the emerging anti-China global alliance
    International - Sudhanshu Tripathi - 11 comments
     

    Friday, June 12, 2020

    Domestic travel restrictions and lockdowns of varying severity in different states have crippled businesses, eviscerated jobs and incomes, and helped drive an already-anaemic economy into a significant recession.
    Health - Alex Walsh - 10 comments
     
    Although years of slavery were ended after the Civil War, and despite the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement, racisim is widespread today.
    Economics - John Avery - 19 comments
     
    Ah, the outbreak of the White Australia virus had to be contained: no overt racism is to be condoned, in public. And no doubt the Chinese voters and donors have to be appeased too.
    International - Chek Ling - 26 comments
     

    Thursday, June 11, 2020

    We are spoilt in a way, and so when the general unemployment rate goes up, we take notice. When, if we become unemployed, we really take notice.
    Economics - David Hale - 10 comments
     
    For how long Republican leaders will silently accept and subserviently enable Trump to destroy the basic moral tenets and values on which this Union was founded, and which they swore to uphold and protect.
    International - Alon Ben-Meir - 25 comments
     

    Wednesday, June 10, 2020

    If you can envisage the commencement of a police force as a band of auxiliaries to keep slaves in check, capture escapees and sow much terror, it becomes that much clearer.
    International - Binoy Kampmark - 17 comments
     
    Not just banks, but interconnected financial entities of all kinds can trigger financial instability
    Economics - Bitra Suyatno - 3 comments
     

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    And while most of the protestors no doubt have good intentions, the crux of the problem lies in the phrase 'on behalf of'.
    Indigenous Affairs - Sonia Bowditch - 13 comments
     
    Donald Trump has no solution to the crisis in the domestic hydraulic fracturing industry that won't have dire consequences for the economy. The survival of the industry lies in Saudi Arabia.
    International - Felix Imonti - 7 comments
     
    Could unions in Australia be a solution to ending poverty? Ensuring workers get good pay and good conditions.
    Economics - David Hale - 10 comments
     

    Monday, June 8, 2020

    Absolutely no one on any side of politics, at any level of government, or in any law enforcement agency or their trade unions has come out and tried to contextualise or minimalise the evil brutality of the murderer.
    Law & Liberties - David Pellowe - 17 comments
     
    The University of Queensland's approach in tackling this fire cracker has been to treat any criticism of overreliance on China, be it through student numbers or the funding of Confucius Institutes, as an attack on their
    Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
     
    there are numerous reasons why constitutional monarchy has been, is, and will be the best form of government
    Political Philosophy - Greg Bondar - 11 comments
     

    Friday, June 5, 2020

    The elephant-in-the-room is the vast number of identified Centrelink overpayments that are real but may now never be repaid.
    Economics - Brendan O'Reilly - 21 comments
     
    The death of Floyd is no longer seen merely as an act of police brutality but the final crack in the dam, revealing the insidious socio-economic and healthcare malaise that continues to be inflicted disproportionately on the African American community.
    International - Alon Ben-Meir - 35 comments
     

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

    The imperfections of any liberal democracy are exposed yet such societies remain vastly superior to what exists in China under the dubious leadership of the CCP.
    International - Chris Lewis - 4 comments
     
    Reconciliation Week is exhausting at the best of times. Now more than ever, we are bombarded with tidal waves of racism and ignorance.
    Indigenous Affairs - Samantha Cooper - 246 comments
     
    Sophisticated new reconnaissance techniques set alarm bells among Malays.
    International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments
     

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    International - Binoy Kampmark - 31 comments
     
    We can't put a price on peoples' lives and peoples' health. But many people will need to sacrifice to 'spread the burden' of funding recovery.
    Economics - Tristan Ewins - 24 comments
     
    For a considerable time, the state forestry agency, VicForests, has been the focus of sustained attack in the media. A boilerplate view has emerged of an untrustworthy, unsustainable and unprofitable institution.
    Environment - David Hutchens - 11 comments
     

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    During the coronavirus lockdown, many of us are spending more time on social media. It is a golden era for lawyers to scroll though Facebook and Twitter looking for even the most mildly offensive comments.
    Law & Liberties - Sarah Russell - 6 comments
     
    The Paul Ramsay Foundation has pledged to tackle disadvantage. The biggest foundation in Australia has already allocated 84 million dollars so far in 2020.
    Religion & Spirituality - David Hale - 13 comments
     

    Monday, June 1, 2020

    So-called western science, promulgated by acclaimed experts such as Bowman and Bradstock, doesn't have the answers because it's based neither on experience, nor on the scientific method.
    Environment - Vic Jurskis - 15 comments
     
    International - Laurence Maher - 27 comments
     
    What does Hegel's philosophy of nature contribute to our understanding as we face a time of unprecedented environmental degradation.
    Environment - Sam Ben-Meir - 2 comments
     

    Friday, May 29, 2020

    The higher up the food chain of power, the more likely the powerful will misbehave and change the meals.
    Health - Binoy Kampmark - 10 comments
     
    So George has identified the criminals in the global warming crime, the rich (that's us), and the innocent, the poor (largely black and brown people). He identifies us as racist too.
    Environment - Eric Claus - 22 comments
     
    Queensland’s border closures are short-sighted and risk-averse based on little to no medical evidence and are only damaging the future prospects of the Sunshine state in a post-COVID-19 world.
    Health - Tristan Prasser - 23 comments
     
    Outside Australia’s doorstep, there are additional concerns about China’s growing political clout in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific islands like Vanuatu, where there is fear and speculation China may build a military base.
    International - Murray Hunter - 13 comments
     

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