Dan Andrews to Control What You Can Say

Dan Andrews has issued a proclamation telling public servants that they should desist from heterogenic terms like husband and wife, or his and her. Zie and Hir are his preferred words. Public servants meeting Dan should click their heels, raise their right arm, salute palm outwards and say these two words together quickly. In the German tradition, if you get my drift. One of the key characteristics of our Western Civilisation is that things evolve from the bottom up rather than being imposed from the top down. It is the basis of the common law that has served us so well. Interestingly, it has contributed to the dominance of English as the world language. Unlike French, for example, words can

Parliamentary Inquiry into Free Speech

On 8 November 2016, pursuant to the section 7(c) of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011, the Attorney-General referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights the following two matters for inquiry and report: whether the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (including sections 18C and 18D) impose unreasonable restrictions on freedom of speech; and whether the complaints-handling procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission should be reformed. _____________________________________________________________ We live in one of the freest and most prosperous societies in the history of mankind. This has not happened by chance. It is d

BHP Announces Nuclear Power Plant for Olympic Dam

BHP has wasted no time in responding to SA Treasurer and Energy Minister, Tom Koutsantonis’ suggestion that it should build its own power station for its massive Olympic dam mine. CEO Andrew Mackenzie has announced that BHP will build a nuclear plant nearby, fuelled by its own uranium. It will be designed to meet the full need of this complex integrated processing facility. Mackenzie said that nuclear power was the future for Australia’s energy needs. It is understood that plans are well advanced to build a second nuclear plant on French Island, in Victoria, to replace the base load power lost by the closure of Hazelwood. If only this were true! Affordable, reliable energy is essential for o

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