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              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.
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              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 - 17 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 - 24 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 - 15 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 - 161 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 - 53 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
               

              Friday, December 27, 2019

              Some countries are now giving priority to wellbeing over economic growth, but are they going far enough fast enough?
              Economics - Richard Eckersley - 19 comments
               
              International - Alon Ben-Meir - 16 comments
               

              Tuesday, December 24, 2019

              The conclusion was a recapitulation of previous findings: that Assange has been subjected to a prolonged, state-sponsored effort in torture, nothing less than a targeting of his being.
              Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 21 comments
               
              One of the nightmares of the ongoing conflict is the evil of target killings that have taken the lives of hundreds of intellectuals, tribal leaders, clerics, and foreign humanitarian workers.
              International - Ehsan Stanizai - 11 comments
               

              Monday, December 23, 2019

              Incredibly, lack of belief in gender understood as identity does not give protection from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.
              Law & Liberties - Holly Lawford-Smith - 22 comments
               
              Several years ago, Australia spent more on Christmas per capita than any other nation.
              Religion & Spirituality - Warwick Marsh - 8 comments
               

              Friday, December 20, 2019

              But, there is hope that, across the Tasman in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda will become the world standard bearer for those on the Left, even though New Zealand is a tiny isolated nation.
              Political Philosophy - Everald Compton - 28 comments
               
              Jokowi expressed his eagerness to cut the current five-structure levels in ministries, known as the echelon system, to just two levels while creating more functional roles that value expertise and competence.
              International - Bitra Suyatno - 1 comment
               

              Thursday, December 19, 2019

              Even a cursory review of the turmoil sweeping the Middle East points to Iran as one of the main culprits behind most of the conflicts that have and continue to destabilize the region.
              International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
               
              What were in those Trump campaign e mails? Were any more collected by the surveillance operation during Crossfire Hurricane?
              International - David Singer
               

              Wednesday, December 18, 2019

              What we then get is policy-based evidence, rather than evidence-based policy. 'Climate change' is one of the areas the authors single out for attention.
              Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 5 comments
               
              The US-China trade war has turned China into a huge new customer for Russian natural gas, which alters world's geopolitical configuration
              International - Zegang Ren - 3 comments
               

              Tuesday, December 17, 2019

              International - Graham Young - 33 comments
               
              Delegates spent an extra two days and nights attempting to reach a deal covering carbon reduction measures before the Glasgow conference in 2020.
              Environment - Binoy Kampmark - 18 comments
               
              I'm prompted to pen this comment after somebody recently described something bad that had happened to them quite rapidly as occurring in 'one foul swoop'.
              Media - Ian Nance - 14 comments
               

              Monday, December 16, 2019

              Big wins, of course, carry with them huge responsibilities and questions going forward. For Prime Minister Johnson and his cabinet, three questions should be uppermost in their minds.
              International - Mal Fletcher - 5 comments
               
              How/where is the justiciability line drawn? In reality, the judicial branch has the final say which is inherently an exercise in judicial policy choice.
              Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 3 comments
               
              It’s a catchy slogan but '100% renewables' is nowhere near enough to displace all fossil fuels. Australia, like the rest of the world, will need nuclear energy.
              Environment - Tom Biegler - 34 comments
               

              Friday, December 13, 2019

              The Donald has been casually venal in office, outsourced its functions for personal gain and treated his position as a theatrical extension of a social media presidency.
              International - Binoy Kampmark - 16 comments
               
              How can you formulate a legal opinion on whether President Trump should be impeached when it is clear that all the evidence has not been presented?
              International - David Singer
               

              Thursday, December 12, 2019

              Political Philosophy - Baz Bardoe - 2 comments
               
              Even though petrochemicals are not technically (or really any other adverb you want to insert here) edible, we eat quite a lot of them.
              Environment - Haley Zaremba - 7 comments
               

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