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Australia's march to free speech has begun

Freedom of Speech | Chris Berg
The Drum 31st December, 2013

The High Court's decision in Unions NSW vs New South Wales is one of the most significant decisions for democracy and human rights in Australian...

Giving to the next generation

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
On Line Opinion 27th December, 2013

Australians may be generous than others in leaving behind a legacy for their family members, but should those inheritances be taxed? A recent...

A time to be thankful for the market economy (really)

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 24th December, 2013

The State Library of Victoria holds an engraving from 1865 titled 'Christmas in Australia'. About two dozen people, presumably an extended family,...

Foundation must be principles, not worthy aspirations

Ideas & Liberty and Freedom of Speech | Tim Wilson
Herald Sun 20th December, 2013

It's time to reassert the importance of human rights as universal, consistently-applied principles, not increasingly diluted worthy aspirations. On...

As officialdom tries to dilute them, human rights must be defended

Ideas & Liberty and Freedom of Speech | Tim Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald 19th December, 2013

As the new Human Rights Commissioner I will seek to defend our traditional human rights from a principled position because they are vital to the...

New Commissioner answers critics

Ideas & Liberty and Freedom of Speech | Tim Wilson
Australian Financial Review 19th December, 2013

As Human Rights Commissioner I am looking forward to a constructive working relationship with fellow commissioners to reassert the primacy of...

The building blocks for a free society

Ideas & Liberty and Freedom of Speech | Tim Wilson
The Australian 18th December, 2013

Australia's most fundamental human rights have been diluted over decades. It is time to recognise them as central and essential building blocks for...

Did the New Zealand film industry just eat our lunch?

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 18th December, 2013

James Cameron is going to film the next three instalments of the Avatar franchise in New Zealand. He promises to spend at least NZ$500 million,...

Fracking scares impede wealth creation

Economics & Deregulation and Energy | Alan Moran
The Australian 18th December, 2013

The probable reserves of unconventional coal-seam and shale gas in Victoria, NSW and Queensland dwarf the conventional gas reserves in offshore...

The Coalition's budget decisions are all its own

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 17th December, 2013

There was a disturbing detail in a Dennis Shanahan piece earlier this month. Describing concerns within the ministry about the performance of the...

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