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CANBERRA OBSERVED Is time running out for Tony Abbott?

QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION Choice facing Queensland voters on January 31

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Will Australia strengthen country-of-origin labelling laws?

GREAT THINKERS What Edmund Burke has to say to the modern world

SOCIETY Fatherlessness linked to increased risk of child abuse

LIFE ISSUES Assassinations should be 'safe, legal and rare'

LIFE ISSUES Shocking figures on Holland's euthanasia-fest

EDITORIAL Greek elections new threat to eurozone

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Economic crisis polarises European politics

EUROPE Paris attack underscores a deeper malaise

UNITED STATES Dismay and outrage at Obama's Cuba policy

CHINA Flood of Chinese 'black money' distorts property market

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Behind Sri Lanka's vote for change

CULTURE What is the point of criticism?

BOOK REVIEW French sanctuary for endangered Jews

BOOK REVIEW Quaker forger who poisoned his mistress

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CANBERRA OBSERVED Is time running out for Tony Abbott?
Tony Abbott has perhaps six months at the outside to set his government on a new and steadier political course or steel himself for the prospect of an ignominious defeat at the 2016 poll with a possible leadership challenge in the interim adding to the mix.
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QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION Choice facing Queensland voters on January 31
Christmas certainly puts people into a reflective mood. Even politicians welcome the brief pause in the media news cycle over Christmas. 
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NATIONAL AFFAIRS Will Australia strengthen country-of-origin labelling laws?
Following the recent report of a parliamentary inquiry into deficiencies in laws regarding product labelling, the onus is now on the Commonwealth government to strengthen consumer protections by requiring stricter country-of-origin labelling on food.
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GREAT THINKERS What Edmund Burke has to say to the modern world
Gerard Wilson, the author of the following essay, is president of Edmund Burke’s Club (Australia), Inc., which is hosting the first ever conference in Australia on the life and thought of Edmund Burke , to be held at Melbourne’s La Trobe University on February 28, 2015. 
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SOCIETY Fatherlessness linked to increased risk of child abuse
For years, fathers’ groups have complained that restraining orders, intended as a shield against domestic violence, are often misused by unscrupulous pseudo-victims and over-zealous courts.[1] However, whenever these groups request that fathers should have more time to spend with their children after divorce, feminist groups argue that those children will be exposed to more violence.[2]
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LIFE ISSUES Assassinations should be 'safe, legal and rare'
If Jason Bourne of the Bourne movie trilogy had to write a thesis before graduating from the CIA’s training camp for assassins, then the following could imaginably have been his. 
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LIFE ISSUES Shocking figures on Holland's euthanasia-fest
The British Daily Mail has published a shocking exposé by journalist Susan Reid on the euthanasia culture run wild in Holland — the country of Anne Frank and Edith Stein — which lost thousands of its Jewish citizens to the Nazis’ death factories in World War II.
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EDITORIAL Greek elections new threat to eurozone
Ever since the global financial crisis began with the collapse of one of the world’s major investment banks, Lehman Brothers, in 2007, the world has come closer to a global financial meltdown than at any time since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
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EUROPE 
Economic crisis polarises European politics
The ongoing global economic crisis is breeding discontent and fuelling nationalist movements across Europe.
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EUROPE Paris attack underscores a deeper malaise
Wednesday’s deadly attack against a French satirical publication has the potential to upset relations between European states and their Muslim citizenries. The strategic intent behind such attacks is precisely to sow this kind of crisis, as well as to influence French policy and recruit more jihadists. Even though Islamist extremism is, at its core, an intra-Muslim conflict, such incidents will draw in non-Muslims, exacerbating matters. 
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UNITED STATES Dismay and outrage at Obama's Cuba policy
U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement late last year of his intended lifting of the embargo on communist Cuba and the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with it was an alarming farrago of lies and a display of apparent ignorance, if not outright defiance of, the U.S. Constitution. 
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CHINA Flood of Chinese 'black money' distorts property market
The flood of money from mainland Chinese that is pushing up Australian property prices, the emptying of Macao’s gambling dens and the collapse in the global market for ridiculously overpriced French handbags can be reduced to one factor: a major purge of the Chinese Communist Party is underway and gathering momentum. 
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FOREIGN AFFAIRS Behind Sri Lanka's vote for change
In an utterly unexpected election outcome, the people of Sri Lanka have decisively rejected incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, electing in his place a former associate of the former president, Maithripala Sirisena, who had accused Rajapaksa of corruption and nepotism, and of wanting to establish a dictatorship.
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CULTURE What is the point of criticism?
A great critic is a moralist who strolls among books. — Don Colacho
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BOOK REVIEW French sanctuary for endangered Jews
It is one of two books about this very circumscribed locality published in 2014, and they are just the latest of a number of publications and films which have emerged since 1945.
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BOOK REVIEW Quaker forger who poisoned his mistress
One such example is the telegraph. Although it commenced operation in 1838, within months of Cooke and Wheatstone patenting their telegraph in 1837, its use was initially limited to railways signalling the movement of trains. 
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