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Will it be different this time?

March 15, 2018 - 12:39 -- Admin

When a nineteen-year-old former student shot and killed fourteen students and three teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month, the United States was shaken. Once again, the affected community rallied in support of the victims and their families. Once again, a Never Again movement garnered support.

So far, so good for South Australia’s energy future

March 14, 2018 - 10:45 -- Admin

“I don’t think I’ve ever invested in a more open society,” says the British entrepreneur Sanjeev Gupta. He is talking not about Britain, where his global business empire is based, or India, where he was born, but Australia. Here, he is investing at least $1 billion reviving the steelworks at Whyalla, in South Australia, and launching renewable energy projects. “Access to politicians is more open and casual than in Europe,” he says.

Cautionary tales from the birthplace of bureaucracy

March 12, 2018 - 20:06 -- Admin

There is something oddly — and no doubt inappropriately — gratifying about reading an account of German stuff-ups. Yes, German stuff-ups. Because, let’s face it, other Europeans and Australians see contemporary Germany as a highly successful country that has emerged triumphantly from the travails of post–cold war reunification to become Europe’s economic and political powerhouse. It’s a nation that charts a stabilising course between hot-heads in the White House and in the Kremlin.

The not-so-tragic commons

March 12, 2018 - 13:39 -- Admin

Robert Reich starts his latest book, The Common Good, with an account of how and why its topic is “no longer fashionable.” Far from swimming against the tide, though, Reich is riding the crest of a wave. As you might expect of an intellectual with a flair for picking the next turning point in public debate, he has hit on what may well become the topic of the year.

Arms and the mandate

March 12, 2018 - 10:58 -- Admin

Until ten years ago, the practical effects of the American Constitution’s Second Amendment mandate — those well-known words quoted above — were tempered by two prophylactic factors. One was the inference drawn from the words “well regulated Militia,” which were understood to limit the operation of the provision to ensure that it was possible for a militia to be assembled.