Opinion

The real price of stopping the boats

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Here’s hoping Julie Bishop has the same capacity for self-parody, harmless indiscretion and canny observation as Bob Carr, and assiduously keeps a diary of her time as foreign minister, to be published within months of her leaving the portfolio. Aside from revealing her own exercise secrets, sleeping patterns, dietary quirks and views on business class travel, the diary might shed ... Read More »

Greek FM refers to destruction of Cyprus’ cultural heritage in occupied north

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Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos, speaking before the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a member state, referred to the need to return the Parthenon marbles to Greece and the damage that Cyprus` cultural treasures have suffered since the 1974 Turkish invasion. He said that the new directive regarding ... Read More »

Barry O’Farrell’s Liberal machine as rotten as Labor’s

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Perhaps the most telling aspect of the now infamous thank-you note that ended Barry O’Farrell’s premiership this week is that it was sent so soon after his bone-crushing election victory. This was a man who swept to power thanks largely to the insufferable stench of corruption that had engulfed NSW Labor. Thus was Labor’s position apparently unrecoverable, and O’Farrell apparently ... Read More »

Australian self-interest through Asian eyes

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As many Australians prepare for a holiday marking the most important Christian festival of year, it’s worth remembering that Jesus of Nazareth began life as a refugee, taken to Egypt to escape King Herod’s slaughter of male infants. The refugee family eventually went home, so there was no need to transfer the infant to an offshore detention facility – I ... Read More »

Australia’s war on science

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Scientists speak out against Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s slashed budgets and ‘anti-research agenda.’ SYDNEY — Scientists here in Australia say they’ve discovered their foe: Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Since he came to power in September, some of Australia’s finest researchers point out that their budgets have been slashed. They say their expertise is being ignored in favor of the views ... Read More »

Funding, it’s not rocket science

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If I had to name one of the big political heroes of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the first to come to mind would be Sir Robert Menzies. It’s hard to think of any one politician who had more of an impact on the Liberal Party tradition. But just as influential was Menzies’ impact on science and research in Australia. Under ... Read More »