March 6, 2017

Last week the Liberal Party, and particularly its leader, opted out of debate.

Following the inquiry into the racial discrimination act, there was no attempt to explain the case and to argue for the abolition of 18C and the human rights commission.  In fact, some ministers argued that free speech was not a significant issue!

How on earth do they expect to make improvements to social policies if they cannot discuss issues for fear of offending someone?

Following the FWC recommendation on Sunday penalty rates, the Prime Minister said he supported the independence of the commission but fai...

June 23, 2015

When Vaclav Havel died in 2011, tens of thousands of Czech citizens paid their respects. It is rare for a politician to be so loved. Havel was a man of great integrity who spent his life “living the truth” in a society that was “living a lie”.

 

Nearly a year has passed since I wrote the following text which become part of the back cover for my book The Fragility of Freedom: Why Subsidiarity Matters.

 

“…the coercive and regularity powers of the state have been captured by sectional interests for their own benefit, leading to corruption in public life and crony capitalism in business. Civil virtue...

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