RICHARD JAVAD HEYDARIAN.Duterte delivers deathblow to US-Philippine ties(Asia Times 12.2.2020)

Filipino leader scraps key bilateral security pact that US leverages to check China in the South China Sea

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TREVOR COBBOLD. New Figures Show Huge Funding Increases for Private Schools & Cuts to Public Schools

New figures show that government (Commonwealth and State) funding increases massively favoured private schools over public schools between 2009-10 and 2017-18. Continue reading

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RIVKA T WITENBERG Moral Disengagement, Honesty, Transparency, Accountability and the Sports Rort.

Generally speaking, most people desire to behave ethically and within moral bounds. Continue reading

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LAURIE PATTON. How the OTIS group did Albanese a favour

A group of disgruntled federal Labor politicians  known as the OTIS group and dubbed by some  the ‘outside the inner sanctum group’ has helped Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese in a number of ways they probably didn’t intend. Continue reading

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ROSEMARY O’GRADY. It bodes well for the ALP’s future

The successful outcome of Labor Leader Albanese’s nomination for office of a disaffected Queensland National was a deft move. Continue reading

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 16 February 2020

Migration is the focus this week, particularly within country migration, with stories about human migrations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the USA, bird migrations in Australia and bee migrations in the USA.

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SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND 

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DAVID SOLOMON. Aliens in a racist Constitution.

Almost all the arguments against constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders went out the window on Tuesday, courtesy of a decision by the High Court (Love v The Commonwealth). Continue reading

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DUNCAN GRAHAM. From blusukan to bland in five years

There are some cheering on-line videos worth checking from 2015 when Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull visited Jakarta. Continue reading

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JEFF KILDEA. The Irish Elections of 2020

Perhaps, after almost 100 years, the time has finally arrived when we can declare the Irish Civil War to be over. Continue reading

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ALEX MITCHELL. NSW Liberals torn apart by factional Game of Thrones

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Coalition partners are fond of declaring that they are free of factions. But factionalism is alive and well. Continue reading

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RAMESH THAKUR. Impeachment politics revisited

The doomed impeachment has helped Trump and damaged Biden. The election is now Trump’s to lose and the Democratic nomination is Sanders’ to lose. Continue reading

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MIKE SCRAFTON. Traps, Trump and Thucydides

The Belfer Center has announced the winner of the public competition run by Harvard academic Graham Allison to ‘craft a grand strategy to meet the China challenge’. Allison’s concept of a Thucydides Trap was the theme of the competition. The lessons of Thucydides are more profound.

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RUCHIR SHARMA. How Technology Saved China’s Economy(NYT 20.1.2020)

Landing in Shanghai recently, I found myself in the middle of a tech revolution remarkable in its sweep. Continue reading
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DAPHNE WHITE.Voters don’t vote their self interest,they vote their values.(Berkeleyside 2.1.2017)

What Democrats need to do is articulate their message in terms of metaphors that voters can understand, and stick to their core values, George Lakoff said.

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LAURIE PATTON. NBN latest: Oh dear, what can the matter be?

I’ve argued before, the only viable solution is to start replacing all the dud technology and that requires that we take the politics out and develop a bipartisan solution. Continue reading

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MACK WILLIAMS. North Korea. Has Trump lost the plot?

The stalemate between the US and the DPRK has dragged on past the Kim Jong-un’s end of 2019 deadline. Continue reading

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MINGMING CHENG. We depend so much more on Chinese travellers now. (The Conversation 12.2.2020)

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ROBBIE GRAMER and COLUM LYNCH.Trump Seeks to Halve U.S. Funding for WHO as Coronavirus Rages(Brookings Report 10.2.2020)

The president’s new budget would cut more than $3 billion in global health programs.

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JOHN DWYER.The Opioid crisis should focus attention on the inadequacy of Primary Care in Australia.

John Menadue’s insightful essay on urgently needed reforms to health care in Australia ( P&I Feb 7) correctly emphasised that a “priority area for implementation and funding should be primary care with the rollout of multi-disciplinary primary health care clinics across Australia. Continue reading

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MARK BUCKLEY. Sheer Hypocricy – No Joke

The Morrison Government is withholding funds to the Commonwealth Secretariat “unless flaws in how it operates and hands out lucrative contracts are fixed.” You could not make this up! Continue reading

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HENRY BATEMAN. The time to act is upon us.

To survive the impending climate catastrophe, we must speak to the big end of town in the only language they really understand. Continue reading

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GEORGE W. GRUNDY. High Stakes Gambling

It may just be that Scott Morrison is right and nearly everyone else is wrong when it comes to climate change, but our Prime Minister is playing a very high stakes gamble with Australia’s future by refusing to act in the face of catastrophe… Continue reading

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ELENA COLLINSON and JAMES LAURENCESON. China and the Coronavirus. (Australia-China Relations Institute 10.2.2020)

Is China telling us everything it knows about Coronavirus? Continue reading

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MARIO CAVALO. Something’s not right here folks”​. The USA 2009 H1N1 Virus compared to China 2020 Coronavirus(China Daily8.2.2020)

This vicious, political, xenophobic racist attacks and smearing of all things China needs to stop

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KIM OATES. Ten questions patients should ask their doctor.

Although patients are the people who have the best knowledge of themselves and their particular concerns and who obviously have a strong interest in achieving a good outcome, they are often reluctant to ask their doctor questions. Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI. Morrison impotent on visa arrangements for Indonesians

The Australian of 10 February 2019 reports the Morrison government is “considering” Mr Joko’s proposal for Australia to relax visa restrictions for Indonesian visitors in line with the “visa on arrival” arrangements for Australians visiting Indonesia. Continue reading

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DAVID SHEARMAN and PHIL SHEARMAN; Anguished Scientists and the Collapse of Democracy

In the clouded eyes of government, scientific facts, which have guided our technologically advanced civilisation are now simply an opinion which can be discarded in favour of their own. Continue reading

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NICK DEANE. The climate crisis and the need for peace.

The climate crisis increases the likelihood of war and refugee flows. Continue reading

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HANNAH AULBY. Strangling Accountability.

The Centre for Public Integrity invites you to the inaugural National Integrity Forum: “Strangling Accountability”. Continue reading

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