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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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        The former focuses on the governance, how much is spent on fundraising, how transparent the charity is and things like that. The latter focuses on the impact of charities.
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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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