September 11, 2019

I walked into Kate’s bedroom yesterday to find a new poster on her wall - a handsome young man in a blue tee-shirt and a tattooed right arm.

Later in the day, this led to a serious discussion about the rights of employers to constrain the activities and behaviour of their staff.

It's a much more complex issue than it seems at first glance.

Kate:                    

Isn’t he just divine?

Loretta:               

Who dear?

Kate:...

December 18, 2017

The high turnout and overwhelmingly positive result of Australia’s voluntary postal plebiscite on same sex marriage enabled our parliament to enact marriage equality laws with public approval. The people had spoken, and the support was clearer than if politicians had made the decision alone.  The parliament erupted with joy when the legislation passed.

However, there were concerns about the impact of the SSM bill on religious freedom. These persist. Attempts to modify the SSM bill to protect freedom of speech and religious beliefs got little support and amendments to the bill were voted down. O...

December 18, 2016

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 cont...

December 12, 2016

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.

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We live in one of...

November 27, 2016

Last Tuesday I had the honour to address the Adam Smith Club on the topic 

Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and our Children: A Defense of Bill Leak's Message and his Right to say it.

My address concluded as follows:

I would now like to return to the point where we started – the Royal Commission into juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. To be effective, any solution must consider why so many indigenous teenagers are in the prison system and how to reduce the numbers entering it. We cannot ignore the fact that fractured communities and poor parenting are a major cause.

Over the past cen...

November 13, 2016

Gillian Triggs has made an abject apology to Kyran Findlater, one of the seven QUT students subjected to a racial vilification case brought against him under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act over a Facebook post in May 2013.

Previously, on the 730 Report, 2016 Professor Triggs had explained to Leigh Sales that the Human Rights Commission had spent 14 months trying to conciliate between Miss Prior and the seven students. It turns out that this was not true. Mr Findlater was never involved in the conciliation process. The first thing he knew about it was a message from Miss Prior’s so...

October 24, 2016

Why is the Human Rights Commission not defending Bill Leak’s right to free speech? Does the government wish to ban jokes? Is satire no longer acceptable?


Why is the Human Rights Commission not defending the QUT students’ right to criticize authority? Does the government wish its Universities to dissuade dissent and to stifle debate?


Why are Human Rights Commissioners encouraged to tout for business? Does the government wish to ignore the conflict of interest that this creates?


Why is the head of the Human Rights Commission allowed to lie to senate committees? Does the government grant itself a...

October 15, 2016

In July 2016, following the expose on Four Corners, Prime Minister Turnbull announced a Royal Commission into juvenile detention in the Northern Territory.

Many of our indigenous citizens live appalling lives in fractured communities. Far too many indigenous teenagers are incarcerated. Their treatment there is horrific, brutal and inhumane. It is morally unacceptable. Something must be done.

How effective will a Royal Commission be? Is it the appropriate solution? Has the real problem been identified?

To be effective, any solution must consider why so many indigenous teenagers are in the prison s...

November 28, 2015

If we wish to convince others that our ideology is superior, then firstly we must understand its concepts and its roots, and secondly we must live its truth.

We live in one of the most tolerant, prosperous and free societies in the history of mankind.

Our liberties are based on certain rights which have been developed and refined over many centuries. These include our rights to free speech; to our religious and political beliefs; to choose our friends and associates, and whom we may marry; to choose our occupation; to choose where we may live; to choose what we may eat or drink or wear; to choos...

Liberty – a superior ethic

The dominant political doctrines of the 20th century failed us economically, socially and morally. The beneficiaries of the welfare state have not been the poor and the disadvantaged; they have been those with influence who can capture and manipulate the system.

 

It is hard to imagine an ethic better suited to undermining the moral basis of a free society. [Yuval Levin]

 

The ethics of liberty on the other hand are based on the principle of private property and founded on natural rights theory. For this we are indebted to John Locke:

Every man has a property in his own pe...

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