Editorial

Government risks over reach on tougher national security laws

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While, at first glance, uploading all of Australia’s drivers licence photos into a central data base in the name of national security seems logical, it is not without some serious… Editorial The Canberra Times The worst is the obvious potential for “big brother” style surveillance of individuals who may not represent threats to the safety of the realm through the rapidly growing national network of CCTV cameras in shopping centres, on streets and… Critics, including members of the Australian Privacy ... Read More »

We should beware of ceding tobacco to the criminals

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No one who has watched a loved relative die of a smoking-induced disease will have much sympathy for the tobacco industry To see someone with emphysema fighting for every breath, or to watch the painful decline of someone with lung cancer – these are harsh lessons that change lives. Editorial The Sydney Morning Herald Smoking doesn’t just kill; it kills with pain, horror and indignity. Many people will thus understand and sympathise immediately with Andrew Forrest’s new anti-smoking campaign, intended ... Read More »

West Collects Data Discrediting Ukrainian Politicians

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According to the latest Western media revealing reports, the leadership of Ukraine loses the support of both Europe and the United States The West exposes the Ukrainian authorities for corruption. ISF In a recent issue of Focus, a German current affairs magazine, an article was published about the activities of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his entourage: As a result of Euromaidan, some oligarchs were replaced by others, and Ukraine is built out of patronage pyramids, which are based on ... Read More »

Vote yes for human rights on same sex marriage survey

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The same sex marriage debate is not about religion, gender identity or the need to return to the values of “the good old days”. The Canberra Times It is, first and foremost, a question of human rights. Why should one section of our community be denied the right to exercise a choice the majority takes for granted? This is why, with the first postal survey forms due to begin arriving in home letter boxes across the nation this week, The ... Read More »

The Guardian view on climate change: see you in court

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It is possible to determine which nations and companies are responsible for damaging the climate. It’s only a matter of time before courts decide they must pay for global warming. Editorial The Guardian Recent days have seen Houston, Texas literally sunk under sheer weight of rain, Carribbean islands battered by powerful storms barrelling across the Gulf and now Florida homes blasted by Irma, the largest of three hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin. It seems almost certain that man-made climate ... Read More »

World must act to halt genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

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World must act to halt genocide of Rohingya Muslims in MyanmarPersecution of Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar’s security forces has escalated to its worst level in years, becoming one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises. Editorial The Age So extreme is the systematic brutality against this stateless, downtrodden and demonised minority of 1.1 million people in a nation of 54 million, 90 per cent of whom are Buddhists, that the United Nations is suggesting it is tantamount to ethnic cleansing ... Read More »

Australian Public Service Commission social media guidance sparks anger

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If the politicians who oversee Canberra’s public service workforce had to comply with a new social media dictate about public comments, Treasurer Scott Morrison would be the first person in trouble. Editorial The Canberra Times The guide on making comments through social media channels, issued by Public Service Commission boss John Lloyd on Monday, says “liking” a post on Facebook or Twitter “will generally be taken to be an endorsement of that material as though you’d created that material yourself”. ... Read More »

Workplace relationships: People’s private lives are their own affair

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The forced resignations of two male senior AFL executives, both married, for workplace affairs with younger women significantly lower in the organisation’s hierarchy has triggered much… Editorial The Age Broadly, there are two opposing views. One is that once the clandestine sexual liaisons had become public, the AFL was right to force the executives out, on the… The other is that… Workplace relationships: People’s… Read More »

The cycle of violence that will leave the whole world toothless and blind

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Monday’s cowardly and murderous terrorist attack outside London’s Finsbury Park Mosque is the latest manifestation of the tragic cycle of retributive violence Ghandi and… Editorial The Canberra Times Coming as it did almost a year to the day after British MP, Jo Cox, was murdered in equally cowardly attack by a white supremacist terrorist who opposed her liberal views on tolerance and… One can only hope the legions of xenophobic trolls who… The cycle of… Read More »

Australian government’s citizenship test moves political, not practical

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No better than the old police gag: And when did you stop beating your wife, Sir? Editorial The Age There is consensus across the political spectrum that immigration has been a boon for this country. Australia is often, and rightly, held up as one of the most successful multicultural communities. We have long derived huge social and economic benefits from diversity. So the recent posturing, and… Australian government’s citizenship… Read More »

Standing royal commission to protect the vulnerable

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All Australians should be appalled at allegations about NSW mental health units and group homes for the disabled. Editorial The Sydney Morning Herald The Herald, like many Australians, adheres to Gandhi’s adage: “The true measure of any society is how well it treats its most vulnerable.” With great regret, then, we all must recognise that abuses and mistreatment of the vulnerable occur daily in our neighbourhoods, communities, towns and… Standing royal commission… Read More »

Housing and homelessness: a blight on society

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Unacceptable that children are condemned to twilight existence in hotel bedrooms Editorial The Irish Times View The shortage of housing and the homelessness crisis to which it contributes are among the State’s biggest challenges. Despite the Government’s focus on the dual problems since it took office a year ago, there is little evidence of real progress. The crisis is a hangover from the financial crash and… Housing and homelessness… Read More »

Debate on future of work needs a focus on happiness

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If you’re reading this on a Monday, chances are you’ve just begun your working week. Editorial The Age Did you approach the week ahead with enthusiasm, or is the knot in your stomach already starting to form? Given most of us spend such a large part of our lives at work it’s instructive to learn that most of our satisfaction with our… Debate on future… Read More »

Money Talked Loudest at Trump’s Inaugural

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Bob Murray, one of the coal industry’s loudest voices, spent $300,000 on President Trump’s inauguration and got a lot more than good… THE EDITORIAL BOARD  The New York Times Mr. Murray — whose Murray Energy is a serial violator of federal health and safety rules — demanded that Mr. Trump gut regulatory oversight and pull the… “I’m not a patient man,” warned Mr. Murray, who earned infamy when he… Money Talked Loudest… Read More »

To Fix Marriage, We Need To Fix Divorce

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Marriage is in decline. In roughly 35 years, or about two generations depending on the age of marriage, the percentage of married men aged 20-39 has halved. Leslie Loftis The Daily Caller This is not a conundrum only for the curious. The decline of… To Fix Marriage… Read More »

Sincerity is not enough: the problem with the problem of sincere disbelief

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Michael Collett’s thoughtful article “God and the problem of sincere disbelief” must have touched a nerve. Michael Jensen ABC Within an hour of it being published on Wednesday, I received a flurry of emails from believing Christians asking me what I thought. Collett and I… Sincerity is not… Read More »