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Past Climate Changes and the Lessons They Teach

Our climate is changing, with human influences the main, but not the only driver. We also know that climate has changed in the past, before any significant human involvement. The best example is the Ice Age cycle, which has dominated our planet for the past 2 million years. Can we explain this phenomenon, including the important fact that changes in carbon dioxide lagged the changes in temperature; the opposite of today’s changes. How well do we understand the processes involved,... [More]
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Past Climate Changes and the Lessons They Teach

Our climate is changing, with human influences the main, but not the only driver. We also know that climate has changed in the past, before any significant human involvement. The best example is the

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Mitigating Carbon Emissions Using the Fee and Dividend Approach

It is impossible for Australia to meet its Paris Climate Agreement obligations if total emissions continue to rise. Over the last 10 years no effective mitigation policy has been put in place and the government’s own, most recent audit forecasts do not provide hope for the future. A price on carbon is urgently needed. Understand the differences between a carbon tax and an emissions trading scheme as well as gaining a more detailed insight into a carbon fee and dividend approach... [More]
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Mitigating Carbon Emissions Using the Fee and Dividend Approach

It is impossible for Australia to meet its Paris Climate Agreement obligations if total emissions continue to rise. Over the last 10 years no effective mitigation policy has been put in place and the

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The Fight for the ABC

Public broadcasting is a reliable source of accurate and objective information yet it is under global attack. Explore the importance of public broadcasting and the arguments for and against. It looks in particular at the ABC and the multiple challenges that it has faced. It notes the high level of Australian engagement in the ABC and the reported high levels of trust. These have been factors in the recent determined resistance to policies which appear designed to undermine it. The... [More]
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The Fight for the ABC

<p>Public broadcasting is a reliable source of accurate and objective information yet it is under global attack. Explore the importance of public broadcasting and the arguments for and against. It

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The Politics of Moral Panics

Media frenzy over various perceived social problems and deviant behaviour is used by politicians to deflect attention from their failed policies. But such ‘Moral Panics’ may actually exacerbate the problems and behaviours they are a responding to. [More]
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The Politics of Moral Panics

Media frenzy over various perceived social problems and deviant behaviour is used by politicians to deflect attention from their failed policies. But such ‘Moral Panics’ may actually exacerbate the

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The Tiananmen Square Protests - 30 Years On

The 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests, known in China as the June 4th Incident, were student-led demonstrations that formed part of a popular national movement called the '89 Democracy Movement, which sought freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and a more democratic and accountable government. In this course, we will examine the social, economic and political factors that gave rise to the '89 Democracy Movement; the Tiananmen Square Protests and their tragic aftermath; and the... [More]
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The Tiananmen Square Protests - 30 Years On

<p>The 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests, known in China as the June 4th Incident, were student-led demonstrations that formed part of a popular national movement called the '89 Democracy Movement, which

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Can it Get Worse? A Look at Recent Developments in Australian Politics

Former diplomat, Cavan Hogue, takes a look at recent developments in Australian Politics, with a special emphasis on foreign policy. [More]
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Can it Get Worse? A Look at Recent Developments in Australian Politics

Former diplomat, Cavan Hogue, takes a look at recent developments in Australian Politics, with a special emphasis on foreign policy.

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When the God Squad Disagrees about Politics

Evangelical Christians have backed numerous right-of-centre, indeed even far-right, contemporary causes, issues, & politicians. Such public commitments could be seen as the antithesis of the Christian message of caring for the vulnerable & needy. We explore the political implications of what it means to be a Christian today. [More]
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When the God Squad Disagrees about Politics

Evangelical Christians have backed numerous right-of-centre, indeed even far-right, contemporary causes, issues, & politicians. Such public commitments could be seen as the antithesis of the Christian

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Understanding the Significance of NATO’s Eastward Expansion

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was established on April 4, 1949, with twelve founding members. By 1982, it had added four more members in Western Europe. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, NATO gradually entered a new period of eastward expansion, incorporating many countries which used to make up the socialist Eastern Bloc. The tiny nation of Montenegro, with a population of fewer than a million people, and with only 1,950 active military personnel, became the... [More]
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Understanding the Significance of NATO’s Eastward Expansion

<p>The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was established on April 4, 1949, with twelve founding members. By 1982, it had added four more members in Western Europe. After the collapse of the Soviet

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Yes We Can: The Legacy of President Obama

The 44th President of the US was also the first African – American President. Obama’s relative youth, his inspiring hope for change and his often-soaring rhetoric, led to comparisons with President John F. Kennedy. SUGGESTED READING Obama, Barack, Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise, Three Rivers Press, 2008 Obama, Barack & Michelle, Farewell Speeches, Melville House Publishing, 2017 Obama, Michelle, Becoming, Viking, 2018 [More]
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Yes We Can: The Legacy of President Obama

<p>The 44th President of the US was also the first African – American President. Obama’s relative youth, his inspiring hope for change and his often-soaring rhetoric, led to comparisons with President

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