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After a ragged year, where to for Abbott?
ABC News, 19 December 2014
Since the budget the Government has lost a mountain of political capital for little or no gain. So as it ends 2014, what does it need to do in 2015? Tony Abbott's former adviser Terry Barnes writes.

Abbott's mature rhetoric on the Sydney siege
ABC News, 18 December 2014
Tony Abbott's decision to pull back on using terrorism terminology for the Sydney siege and paint Man Haron Monis as simply an unhinged individual is a prudent move to stifle terrorist propaganda, writes Kasun Ubayasiri.

[Editorial] Chilling terror act brought central Sydney to a halt
The Australian, 17 December 2014
WHATEVER the deranged motivation behind yesterday’s siege in Sydney’s Martin Place, the outrage, possibly the work of a terrorist copying the methods of violent Islamic extremists, achieved three outcomes. First, it drew almost instantaneous...

Mad or bad: the inadequacy of the lone wolf theory
ABC News, 17 December 2014
Religiously motivated terrorism and psychological imbalance are not mutually exclusive. Viewing the tragedy in the Lindt Café as a 'one-off' by a 'maddy' is dangerous wishful thinking, writes Rachael Kohn.

Security lessons from the Sydney siege
ABC News, 17 December 2014
While the tactical response to the Sydney siege was largely effective, we might see some changes to public alerts, victim compensation and even the mobile broadband network as we learn from the attack, writes David Connery.

Sydney siege: confronting our anti-Islam backlash
ABC News, 16 December 2014
In the aftermath of the Sydney siege, I hope the outpouring of support for the Muslim community will define us more than the anti-Islam sentiment that ignited immediately. But I'm sceptical, writes Ruby Hamad.

[Editorial] Inequality and growth
The Korea Times, 12 December 2014
Arguments that income inequality has an impact on economic growth have been accepted only vaguely because of a lack of rich empirical studies. But the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently concluded through research that...

[Editorial] Another quarter-century
The Korea Herald, 12 December 2014
The Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit opens in Busan on Thursday, bringing together leaders of 10 Southeast Asian countries and about 3,000 officials, businesspeople and other delegates. 

[Editorial] Style rules over substance in global climate theatrics
The Australian, 11 December 2014
WHATEVER the outcome of climate change negotiations in Lima this week the reality is global carbon dioxide emissions will continue to rise for many years. On every measure, the world increasingly depends on the energy provided by fossil fuels and there...

Wrong film on DPRK at the wrong time
China Daily, 11 December 2014
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has denied that it is responsible for the crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment which made available unreleased Sony movies on illegal file-sharing websites and resulted in the leak of sensitive...

Manila has no locus standi in sea case
China Daily, 11 December 2014
A Foreign Ministry document on the Philippines' move to take the South China Sea dispute to an international tribunal for arbitration reiterates that China will not accept, let alone participate, in such kind of adjudication. The document, issued...

Tony Abbott is not the problem
ABC News, 11 December 2014
The media have turned on Tony Abbott, but are his troubles symptomatic of a bigger problem with the way politics is now played?

Australia to contribute $200m to green climate fund
The Australian, 10 December 2014
AUSTRALIA is to contribute $200m to the Green Climate Fund designed to offset the adverse affects of climate change which was included in the final statement of G20 summit in Brisbane.

Don't build subs just to save jobs
ABC News, 10 December 2014
We shouldn't build submarines in Australia just to provide jobs for a struggling manufacturing industry. The voodoo economics of industry assistance should play no part in defence decisions, writes Simon Cowan.

The freedom warriors voting for reduced freedom
ABC News, 5 December 2014
Freedom of information goes to the heart of a healthy democracy, which is why we should be more concerned that the Federal Government is currently trying to reduce access, writes Mike Steketee.

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