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COVER STORY The Great Barrier Reef is dying? ... Again?

CANBERRA OBSERVED McCain, Keating wade into South China Sea

EDITORIAL No heads roll despite quarantine foul-ups

EDUCATION FUNDING With Gonski reboot, Turnbull taps in to way to lose Catholic vote

INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS Aboriginal recognition in the constitution?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Low job prospects keep a generation at home

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Donald Trump has the world in a spin

EDUCATION FUNDING Gonski numbers shrink in the light of day

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Qantas bans pensioner: an abuse of process

MUSIC Jim Black: accent on rhythm

CINEMA King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: The East End treatment

BOOK REVIEW Apocalypse and redemption

BOOK REVIEW Poems exhibit delicate strength

LETTERS

ELECTRICITY Bad science + bad economics = bad policy

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COVER STORY The Great Barrier Reef is dying? ... Again?
Every year for the past half-century news reports have bannered dire announcements by academic “experts” and environmental “activists” proclaiming imminent threats to the Great Barrier Reef. As in the fable about the boy who cried wolf, the public has largely become inured to this noise.
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CANBERRA OBSERVED McCain, Keating wade into South China Sea
Veteran U.S. Senator and one-time presidential candidate John McCain’s recent visit to Australia focused attention on the increasingly problematic dilemma Australia faces as the geopolitical interests of China and the United States collide in our region of the planet.
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EDITORIAL No heads roll despite quarantine foul-ups
It is normal practice in the corporate world when there has been a significant failure of administration, that senior executives are held to account, being downgraded or even dismissed.
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EDUCATION FUNDING With Gonski reboot, Turnbull taps in to way to lose Catholic vote
In May we celebrated the 75th anniversary of Sir Robert Menzies’ “Forgotten People” speech and when Prime Minister Menzies championed school choice and the right of Catholic parents, in particular, to be financially supported.
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INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS Aboriginal recognition in the constitution?
On the 50th anniversary of the referendum that ended discrimination against Aboriginal Australians in the constitution, a new call to amend the constitution to entrench indigenous rights emerged from a somewhat divided convention of Aboriginal community leaders at Uluru in May.
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NATIONAL AFFAIRS Low job prospects keep a generation at home
A perfect storm of unaffordable housing, high unofficial unemployment rates and negligible wage growth are conspiring to drive down the standard of living in Australia and abroad. It is fostering resentment as many young people are forced to live with their parents well into their 30s. Moreover, their resentment is leading to the rise of populist political parties.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Donald Trump has the world in a spin
U.S. President Bill Clinton is said to have coined the phrase, “it’s the economy, stupid”. It was assumed that he had just discovered the importance of economics.
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EDUCATION FUNDING Gonski numbers shrink in the light of day
A few years ago I retired after 34 years from a variety of roles with the Catholic Parents and Friends’ Federation of Western Australia (president, secretary and executive director), the Catholic Education Commission of WA and its School Resources Committee, and the Australian Parents Council (president and treasurer). During my time with these I spent many hours analysing state and federal budgets and preparing funding submissions on behalf of Catholic and other non-government school students and their parents.
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SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Qantas bans pensioner: an abuse of process
Has Qantas gone too far by imposing a lifetime flying ban on a pensioner for an incident unrelated to the safety of passengers and crew? It is considered that it has, and that the ban is unwarranted and unlawful.
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MUSIC Jim Black: accent on rhythm
Bands led by drummers tend to be a rarity in jazz for a good reason. They tend not to work because drumming is largely focused on accompaniment.
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CINEMA King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: The East End treatment
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the Arthurian mythos by way of the mean streets and sharp talking of London crime capers.
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BOOK REVIEW Apocalypse and redemption
John Evert’s ranch is paradisiacal. A river runs through it, a veritable blessing in a parched land that is regularly in semi-drought. The memory of this oasis sustains John Evert in his wanderings. So does his burning desire for revenge against Phineas Gunn, the neighbour who covets both his widowed mother and their ranch. Gunn has “an ugly soul”. The Paiute Indians seem to be no longer warlike, but one can never be sure.
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BOOK REVIEW Poems exhibit delicate strength
In his beautiful book, The Grasshopper Heart, published in 1991, he moved closer to Japan with Five Haiku. On the blank page before the contents, he arranged five lines from Isaiah 55:12, which in my limited ability to judge seems to come close to a tanka.
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LETTERS
Why is electricity getting so expensive?
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ELECTRICITY Bad science + bad economics = bad policy
Following last year’s big power outages in South Australia, after the closure of the Northern Power Station, and soaring electricity prices with the closure of the huge Hazelwood Power Station in Victoria, the Turnbull Government responded by asking Chief Scientist Alan Finkel to conduct an inquiry into the future security of the national energy market.
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