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CANBERRA OBSERVED: Beware the fine print in Asian trade agreements

ECONOMIC AGENDA: Does Australia export 274 per cent of its wine production?

EDITORIAL: High-profile scientists rebut climate change threat

SOCIETY: Gender agenda will confuse our children

POLITICS AND SOCIETY: Conservatives are wrong to disparage distributism

ELECTORAL AFFAIRS: Ex-AFP commissioner slams AEC's Senate vote bungle

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Joe Bullock is right: the ALP left is mad

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Infrastructure and superannuation: a match made in heaven?

SOCIETY: How political correctness harms children and society

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: The significance for Australia of the rise of Indonesia

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Landmark elections for European Parliament

OBITUARY: Farewell, Brian Harradine


CINEMA: How 'subversive' is Darren Aronofsky's Noah?

BOOK REVIEW Building a free and prosperous nation

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CANBERRA OBSERVED: Beware the fine print in Asian trade agreements
For Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the three-country mission to Japan, South Korea and China was a personal triumph, marked by the privileges granted by his hosts, including official state-visit status, state dinners, signed bilateral trade agreements and numerous photo opportunities.
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ECONOMIC AGENDA: Does Australia export 274 per cent of its wine production?
If the headline to this article sounds ridiculous, you are correct.
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EDITORIAL: High-profile scientists rebut climate change threat
Not long after the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest Assessment Report warning that the world is facing environmental catastrophe due to global warming, or at least “climate change”, a group of high-profile scientists released their report, contradicting the IPCC on every significant point.
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SOCIETY: Gender agenda will confuse our children
There has been no shortage of media reports lately regarding gender change — even of children.
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POLITICS AND SOCIETY: Conservatives are wrong to disparage distributism
Conservatives are wrong to dismiss distributism as utopian — or, worse still, to confuse it with big-government socialism and high taxation, argues American author and academic Arthur W. Hunt III. Distributism aims to do quite the opposite: it promotes the advantages of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and of widespread ownership of private property.
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News from around the world

Infants ‘unable to use toy building blocks’ due to iPad addiction
by Graham Paton, The Telegraph (UK), April 15, 2014. Rising numbers of infants lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks because of an “addiction” to tablet computers and smartphones. Older children are unable to complete traditional pen-and-paper exams because their memory has been eroded by overexposure to screen-based technology.
Even casual use of cannabis alters brain, warn scientists
by Rebecca Smith, The Telegraph (UK), April 16, 2014. Experimenting with cannabis on a casual basis damages the brain permanently, research has found. It is far from being a “safe” drug and no one under the age of 30 should ever use it, according to experts from Harvard Medical School in the U.S. People who had only used cannabis once or twice a week for a matter of months were found to have changes in the brain that govern emotion, motivation and addiction.
‘Ghost’ pupils aged four whose parents prioritise work
by Laura Clark, Daily Mail (UK), April 15, 2014 Long days at school and childcare are said to be producing “ghost” children who rarely speak to others, regularly fall asleep and fail to progress as quickly as they should. This has been blamed on work pressures, the increasing use of technology and family breakdown.
Last age of the nuclear family
by Jane Kelly, Salisbury Review Blog (UK), April 5, 2014. I was brought up in a more Spartan age, in fact it was the age of abuse, according to the government which is about to legislate against emotional cruelty. Without knowing it, I was living through the last age of the nuclear family, when most women were still at home, producing home cooked nutritious meals, and taking out any frustrations they had on the people who ate their food.
Latest U.S. educational trend: Make campus a ‘Jesus-free zone’
by Nathan Harden, The College Fix (U.S.), April 3, 2014. Today, we discovered that the creation of the “Jesus-free zone” in schools is becoming a national trend, not limited to college students, but extending all the way to grade school. Free speech is under attack everywhere you look.
Celebrating parental choice in education
by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum (U.S.): Education Reporter, March 2014. As part of the 2014 School Choice Week celebration, Choice Media released a 40-minute documentary, The Ticket: Stories of School Choices & Quality Education. The movie addresses the various ways American parents are taking control of their children’s education. It is presented in a whistle-stop tour format, crossing the nation to report ways education reform is helping students learn. (SchoolChoiceWeek.com)
French socialism melting like the Wicked Witch
by Chriss Street, American Thinker, April 2, 2014. French President and Socialist Party leader François Hollande has announced the resignation of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his replacement by hard-line anti-immigration and anti-crime crusader Manuel Valls.
The new industry of police-hating
by Jane Kelly, Salisbury Review Blog (UK), March 27, 2014. Small lobbying groups are gaining ground in Britain via internet petitions, and soon anyone wronged in this century or previous might be able to make a claim for compensation.
The Gosnell movie: ‘America’s biggest serial killer’
by Abby W. Schachter, The Weekly Standard (Washington, DC), March 31, 2014. Three crusading filmmakers intent on doing stories that no one else will touch are planning a TV movie about abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who ended the lives of perhaps thousands of babies over a 30-year period.
The two tracks of school reform
by Michael J. Petrilli and Chester E. Finn Jr, National Review, April 1, 2014. For two decades now, U.S. education reformers have promoted a two-track strategy for improving our schools. The first track is standards-based. The second reform track is school choice: Allow parents to select among a wide array of education providers, encouraging innovation along the way.

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