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CANBERRA OBSERVED High noon for 'End of Entitlements' Joe Hockey

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Australia should help Iraq's besieged Christians

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Locking up the dogs of war: huge decline in war-related deaths

WORLD WAR I The Great War at 100: Revisiting The Guns of August

EDUCATION 'Safe Schools' scandal: Open letter to the education minister

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Govt minister attacked for comments on cohabitation

EDITORIAL Baby Gammy case highlights weakness in surrogacy laws

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Web of criminality unveiled by royal commission

NATIONAL AFFAIRS The odd couple behind the same-sex marriage push

VICTORIA Labor leader in hot water over 'dirty' campaign

ENERGY Russian oil card a threat to European integration

CINEMA Understanding grace, mercy and suffering

BOOK REVIEW Pretext for Hitler's dictatorship: the Reichstag fire

BOOK REVIEW The feel-good policies that devastate

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CANBERRA OBSERVED High noon for 'End of Entitlements' Joe Hockey
With federal parliament in recess, now is the time for the federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, to look again at some of the unpopular measures which were included in the 2014 Budget.
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FOREIGN AFFAIRS Australia should help Iraq's besieged Christians
In what is emerging as one of the worst atrocities of the civil war in Iraq, jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) who captured control of the city of Mosul, about 300 km north of the capital, Baghdad, in June, have murdered many of the city’s Christian minority and forced the rest to flee.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Locking up the dogs of war: huge decline in war-related deaths
Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, war-related deaths have declined dramatically; and since the Second Gulf War of 2003, war-related deaths have been at the lowest level in modern history.
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WORLD WAR I The Great War at 100: Revisiting The Guns of August
On August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey gave a speech before Parliament that “proved to be one of those junctures by which people afterward date events,” according to Barbara Tuchman in her magisterial The Guns of August (1962).
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EDUCATION 'Safe Schools' scandal: Open letter to the education minister
The Hon. Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education.
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News from around the world

Russian bombers penetrated U.S. airspace at least 16 times in past 10 days
by Bill Gertz, Washington Times, August 7, 2014. Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted at least 16 incursions into north-western U.S. air defence identification zones over the past 10 days, an unusually sharp increase in aerial penetrations, according to U.S. defence officials.
Putin has his useful idiots on the Left and the Right
by Michael Mosbacher Standpoint (UK), July/August 2014. Putin has defenders, or at least apologists, across the political spectrum. They include the usual suspects — those who can be relied upon to stand up for the West's enemies whoever they may be — but also more unlikely converts.
A robot that’s smarter than us?
by Tom Chivers, The Telegraph (UK), August 6, 2014. The day I realised that machines were going to take over the world was March 29 2011, when I saw a YouTube video of two quadcopter drones playing ping-pong. It was creepy.
Ebola and the consequences of crying wolf
by Brian C. Joondeph, MD, American Thinker, August 6, 2014. If government officials tell us, “You can’t get Ebola through air” or that “Ebola poses no significant risk in the United States”, we should believe them, right? This must be “settled science”. The point is that the government, along with scientists who place politics above science, has been crying wolf about global warming for so long that all of these actors’ nonchalance about Ebola lacks credibility.
PC brigade turn us into ‘victims’
by Lori Anderson, The Scotsman, July 22, 2014. My feeling is that we’ve all become hyper-sensitised to every possible slight or insult, injury or denigration. Like Sherlock Holmes with his magnifying glass, they are on the lookout for any statement with which they disagree, or clumsy comment on which they can pounce and claim as their own personal wound, because this in turn empowers them and allows them to feel self-righteous.
Millennials priced out of procreation
by Walter Russell Mead, American Interest, July 22, 2014. Many people in their prime parenting years aren’t having babies, not because they’re happily “child-free”, but because they think they can’t afford it.
Making time for family helps you and your children
by Rebecca Hagelin, Washington Times, July 22, 2014. The time many families spend together is crammed with wall-to-wall activities. Mothers and fathers ferry their kids about feverishly — a play date here, a practice there — tethered by cellphones and sustained by meals on the run. You can’t really know your children if all of your time with them is spent running to and fro.
Female politicians won't help real women
by Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail (UK) Blog, July 20, 2014. Why do people think that women in politics will help ordinary women lead better lives? Political females are almost all ambitious careerists who have decided, of their own free will, to work outside the home and spurn the task of raising children.
Govt data show U.S. in decade-long cooling
by James Taylor, Forbes, June 25, 2014. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming.
Canadian unilateral disarmament
by Michael Byers, National Post (Canada), July 8, 2014. Canada’s Conservative prime minister, despite his tough talk about supporting the troops, has reduced defence spending to just 1 per cent of GDP — the lowest level in Canadian history.

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