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      May 5, 2020
      The Chinese economy is almost back to full production, based on the view that they have already overcome the pandemic.
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      Monday, May 4, 2020

      How quickly we forget the past and how little we seem to have learnt from major encounters with infectious disease.
      Health - Peter Curson - 16 comments
       
      The Group of Eight major research Universities has released a 'Roadmap to Recovery' which spells out two alternatives for recovery from COVID-19.
      Health - Arthur Dent - 19 comments
       
      Tegnell's point, throughout, is that his approach is less than radical given the global lockdown formula that has perpetrated, almost overnight, the worst economic crisis in generations.
      Health - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
       

      Friday, May 1, 2020

      As I write around 212,000 people have died from COVID-19. The death toll in Afghanistan since 2001 from war has been around 150,000 people.
      International - Brendon O'Connor - 25 comments
       
      Before appealing to the latest 'documentary' from Michael Moore as some kind of credible witness, remember his evidence and arguments will crumble under cross examination.
      Environment - David Pellowe - 47 comments
       

      Thursday, April 30, 2020

      Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture.
      Law & Liberties - Andrea Tokaji - 5 comments
       
      Before COVID-19, how long has it been since you considered the shortness of life and the possibility of dying?
      Religion & Spirituality - Spencer Gear - 96 comments
       

      Wednesday, April 29, 2020

      According to Pollmann, the dissemination of viruses is another way of sharing genetic code.
      Environment - Werner Sattmann-Frese - 9 comments
       
      The most ominous issue they strongly embraced, however, is the annexation of a substantial swath of Palestinian territories based on Trump's 'Peace to Prosperity' plan.
      International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
       

      Tuesday, April 28, 2020

      There are a tangle of issues all together. What are beaches for? Who are they for?
      Law & Liberties - Peter West - 18 comments
       
      As one of the members of the 'open economy' faction in the administration, he has been waving a threatening sword against any US governors who defy the White House.
      International - Binoy Kampmark - 6 comments
       

      Monday, April 27, 2020

      Editors and corporations don't want the media agenda fixed and focused, on the incalculable damage the virus is wreaking.
      Economics - Malcolm King - 14 comments
       
      Last month over 300 academics, lawyers and concerned citizens issued an Open Letter supporting immediate actions to protect prisoner's safety.
      Indigenous Affairs - Hannah McGlade - 8 comments
       

      Friday, April 24, 2020

      It is the end of April and there have been 18 million deaths around the world in the first four months of 2020.
      Health - Jason Beale - 16 comments
       
      RA's the fashionable technique of the late 20th and now 21st century in many fields of life, just like 'time and motion' was from the 1920s-1960s.
      Health - Charles Essery - 11 comments
       

      Thursday, April 23, 2020

      The US economy will have a large drop in GDP this year but a dramatic acceleration to over 6% next year
      Economics - Michael Knox - 3 comments
       
      Once the coronavirus disaster ends or wanes, Australia will face difficult economic times for many years because of its growing debt.
      Economics - Chris Lewis - 9 comments
       

      Wednesday, April 22, 2020

      While they are still talking about 'flattening the curve' they appear to want to eliminate new infections before they start relaxing restrictions, and that's a confusing message.
      Health - Graham Young - 87 comments
       
      Ironically, whereas Saudi Arabia has many reasons to end the war Islam's forbidding of the killing of innocent people was never considered a reason to halt the fighting.
      International - Alon Ben-Meir - 15 comments
       

      Tuesday, 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 - 23 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.
      Health - Mark Buckley - 19 comments
       

      Monday, April 20, 2020

      Why such attacks , when there is a consensus that international organizations cannot be better than the countries composing them?
      Health - Ioan Voicu - 5 comments
       
      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 - 45 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 - 46 comments
       
      But Christianity and the teachings of Jesus Christ are very much worthwhile following
      Religion & Spirituality - Peter Bowden - 39 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
       

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