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    April 21, 2020
    In 2001 Professor Neil Ferguson, professor of mathematical biology and director of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London, predicted up to 150,000 could die in the UK.alone from mad cow disease.
    Health - David Pellowe - 19 comments
     
    In a global pandemic we have, along with our cousins across the Tasman, apparently slowed the progress of the virus. It is not empty patriotism to be proud of our achievement.
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    Monday, April 20, 2020

    So, on behalf of older Australians, I want to suggest that this plan be implemented as a matter of urgency and that we be given significant work to do to ensure that recovery is achieved quickly.
    Economics - Everald Compton - 23 comments
     
    Why such attacks , when there is a consensus that international organizations cannot be better than the countries composing them?
    Health - Ioan Voicu - 5 comments
     

    Friday, April 17, 2020

    A plausible upper bound scenario would see Australia’s private consumption collapse by up to 20 per cent on 2019 levels (total $1.1 trillion) which would represent a loss of $220 billion to GDP.
    Economics - Flavio Romano - 7 comments
     
    Health - Eric Claus - 14 comments
     
    In 1969 the US surgeon-general stated that infectious diseases had been conquered and that the time had come to move on and address a range of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.
    Health - Peter Curson - 16 comments
     

    Thursday, April 16, 2020

    Health - Brendan O'Reilly - 17 comments
     
    When capitalism screeches to a halt and starts its old business of killing off the adventurous but weakened, the enterprising but foolish, those who initially benefited, shed tears.
    Economics - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
     
    A crisis is defined not simply by the magnitude of the problem ?but rather, by how it compels us to question our basic assumptions and preconceptions.
    Health - Sam Ben-Meir - 2 comments
     

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    If we decide to 'damn the virus' and do a 'controlled release', by lifting sequestration, are we willing to wear 30,000 deaths.
    Economics - Malcolm King - 28 comments
     
    The media, led by the Guardian and national broadcaster ABC, led a decade-long campaign against Pell.
    Law & Liberties - Murray Hunter - 44 comments
     
    But Christianity and the teachings of Jesus Christ are very much worthwhile following
    Religion & Spirituality - Peter Bowden - 29 comments
     
    The problem is that a revolution sounds more interesting than some clinic.
    Political Philosophy - David Hale - 1 comment
     

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    The use of the term 'technicality' implies that Pell was acquitted on the basis of some obscure legal rule or a 'loophole' in the law that has allowed a guilty person to walk free.
    Law & Liberties - Greg Walsh - 26 comments
     
    It's been a long time since I worked in clinical medicine, but like all doctors, I have memories of hard decisions.
    Political Philosophy - Andrew Sloan - 9 comments
     
    Media - Charles Essery - 43 comments
     

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    It is still early days of the pandemic in Australia and comprehensive post-outbreak reviews are many months (perhaps years) away, but important early lessons for future pandemic planning are clearly apparent.
    Health - Kevin McCracken - 14 comments
     
    Must we pit the health of the economy against the lives of the many people projected to die if strong measures are not taken against the spread of the coronavirus?
    Health - Robert Reed - 58 comments
     
    As the numbers of sick and dying continue to climb worldwide, the Australian people are being asked what sacrifices we are willing to make to protect our most vulnerable.
    Health - Cristina Pelkas - 6 comments
     
    The cities and countries that imposed 'early' lockdowns are experiencing fewer cases of COVID-19 patients
    Health - Bahauddin Foizee - 15 comments
     
    There have been times in history when finding out the truth ?or at least what was generally accepted as the truth ?was fairly unambiguous and straightforward.
    Education - John Wright - 6 comments
     

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    International - Patricia Jenkings - 9 comments
     
    Overall, economic theory broadly labels industry subsides as a distortion. So why do Australian governments persist with these policies?
    Economics - Brendan O'Reilly - 11 comments
     

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    In NSW, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has been in charge of this unstoppable monster for the last 12 years, while sustainable land management has been not only neglected, but prevented.
    Environment - Vic Jurskis - 13 comments
     
    Looking more generally, it seems that the state governments?powers in relation to coronavirus management are growing by the day.
    Health - Sonia Bowditch - 7 comments
     
    This state of affairs is highly unsatisfactory, but it is one made worse by the governance of tertiary institutions that remains, at heart, anti-democratic and oligarchical.
    Education - Binoy Kampmark - 22 comments
     

    Monday, April 6, 2020

    One of the ironies about the drastic downturn in air traffic is that air cargo flights are largely unaffected.
    Economics - Murray Hunter - 15 comments
     
    Becker argues that it is the fear of death that, more than anything else, drives human behaviour.
    Political Philosophy - Peter McMahon - 9 comments
     

    Friday, April 3, 2020

    As far as I know the only places that may have got their initial outbreaks under temporary control are those that did move infected people to quarantine accommodation.
    Health - Arthur Dent - 36 comments
     
    COVID-19 is unprecedented, in a short space of time completely rearranging the focus of government, rupturing national economies, hindering world trade and mercilessly destroying businesses.
    Economics - Murray Hunter - 14 comments
     
    The ‘nation-state?is ..... a ‘major impediment to the democratic potential of any country?/div>Society - Ken Macnab - 41 comments
     

    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Questions arise about whether the fiscal response is too expansive, is the right form, and whether generous cash handouts should have been included.
    Economics - Tony Makin - 8 comments
     
    It is impossible for the Church to maintain its position on sexual acts now that the sexual activities of priests towards minors and the concentration of same sex attracted men at the highest offices of the Vatican has been revealed.
    Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 23 comments
     
    The study of earth's climate is as big as it gets in terms of system science so making sense of climate change is mainly the work of specialists who feed enormous amounts of data into computer models.
    Environment - Melvin Bolton - 22 comments
     

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    A kindergarten teacher friend told me at the time that if you don't keep the kids busy they will quickly degenerate into fighting.
    Health - Stuart Ballantyne - 9 comments
     
    As draconian lockdowns, punitive regimes and surveillance become the norm of the coronavirus world, Sweden has treaded more softly in the field.
    Health - Binoy Kampmark - 15 comments
     
    The church can help people impacted by the pandemic, not with prayers, but jobs.
    Economics - David Hale - 9 comments
     

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    Hush ups are still the order of the day, but this time it's China in the dock and it's our doctors and medical professionals gallantly chasing the truth.
    Health - Ross Elliott - 31 comments
     
    'Release prisoners or see deaths,' tweeted sombre legal advocate Greg Barnes. 'If it happens it will be industrial manslaughter.'
    Health - Binoy Kampmark - 9 comments
     
    I really appreciate the lengths my Government is going to in outlaying billions of dollars to try and save members of my vulnerable 70 years and upwards age group.
    Health - David Singer - 17 comments
     

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    The emphasis on consumers rather than production to boost economic activity is especially important with regard to the coronavirus disaster as less vital sectors decline and lose many employees.
    Health - Chris Lewis - 13 comments
     
    Economics - Charles Essery - 13 comments
     
    As the Coronavirus shuts down churches and keeps us indoors for the indefinite future, we may be wondering what to do as Christians living amid plague.
    Health - Greg Bondar - 8 comments
     

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    Seventy nations have signed up, for net zero emissions 2050. Before COVID-19 became the only topic, Australia buzzed with it. But what does it mean?
    Environment - Stephen Saunders - 27 comments
     
    This is a story about the behaviour of the 'quiet majority' who of late, have adopted the malignant and selfish values of corporate Australia.
    Health - Malcolm King - 17 comments
     
    God does not appear to be looking after the welfare of those people who have chosen to support him.
    Religion & Spirituality - Peter Bowden - 45 comments
     

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    Sydney is crowded and congested, but our political leaders have us headed in the direction of Wuhan. Imagine a city 17 times as crowded and congested as Sydney and you've got the starting place for a pandemic.
    Health - Eric Claus - 10 comments
     
    Nuclear power facilities have this one problem that is unique to the nuclear industry, and that is, the need for exceptional security.
    Environment - Noel Wauchope - 39 comments
     
    One would expect that the leader of one of Australia's major political parties, the Liberal Party, would have thanked them politely for their advice, and then proceeded to do exactly as his party wanted.
    Domestic Politics - Mark Buckley - 18 comments
     

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    Australians celebrate larrikins like Ned Kelly and Ben Hall, celebrated bushrangers who spent their lives fighting police. Australians deliberately flout authority, and parents often challenge schools and belittle teachers.
    Health - Peter West - 15 comments
     
    Today, approximately 20 percent of Patani Muslims are Salafi leaning.
    International - Murray Hunter - 1 comment
     
    Instead of binding the nations, the virus, as with everything else, has served as a political obstacle.
    International - Binoy Kampmark - 9 comments
     

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    Can you trust the Bible to provide accurate information on life after death?
    Religion & Spirituality - Spencer Gear - 30 comments
     
    If you have no demonstrable vaccination/health history or come from a country which poorly regulates its sanitation/cultural practices, then you must lose that freedom of movement.
    Health - Charles Essery - 20 comments
     
    In VFL/AFL football there is a time honoured tradition of the crowd being vocal during matches.
    Sport - Mark Buckley - 11 comments
     

    Monday, March 23, 2020

    It remains surprising how small a part our knowledge of past epidemic crises plays in our historical memory and the way we look at risk and vulnerability today.
    Health - Peter Curson - 22 comments
     
    Environment - James Stafford - 5 comments
     

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