Dara Macdonald

Bypassing Democracy – A Report On The Exemption Of Delegated Legislation From Parliamentary Oversight
25 June 2020

Bypassing Democracy – A Report On The Exemption Of Delegated Legislation From Parliamentary Oversight

Questioning and challenging the policies and actions of ministers and senior bureaucrats is fundamental to parliament’s role in holding the government to account. While the Commonwealth parliament can practice oversight of the government in numerous ways, the power to veto laws made by ministers and agencies is a powerful mechanism for parliamentarians to ensure legislation is consistent with the rule
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“Any Delay In Moving Restrictions Would Rightly Be Seen As Hypocrisy”
10 June 2020

“Any Delay In Moving Restrictions Would Rightly Be Seen As Hypocrisy”

A daily email by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, providing the latest economic data and policy measures for journalists, commentators and IPA members. Daily IPA comment attributable to Dara Macdonald, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs: “After months of forgoing funerals, weddings, and work, mainstream Australians will start to lose trust in their governments
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The Biggest Issue With COVIDSafe: Incompetence
7 May 2020

The Biggest Issue With COVIDSafe: Incompetence

The COVID-19 tracing application may look like a targeted and temporary solution, but history shows that privacy incursions are typically irreversible and subject to mission creep.  Last Sunday the COVIDSafe application was released for download. The app works by tracing everyone who comes within 1.5 metres for more than 15 minutes (provided they have the app functioning and Bluetooth enabled). This data is then encrypted and stored
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A Crisis Should Not Stop Democracy – IPA Keeping In Touch – 20 April 2020
20 April 2020

A Crisis Should Not Stop Democracy – IPA Keeping In Touch – 20 April 2020

Dear IPA Members My name is Dara Macdonald and I joined the IPA as a member of the research team in January this year. I’m a Research Fellow working in our legal rights area with Morgan Begg on issues such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the rule of law, and more broadly on questions of how to secure
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We Must Ensure Our Liberties Are Returned As Swiftly As They Have Been Taken
10 April 2020

We Must Ensure Our Liberties Are Returned As Swiftly As They Have Been Taken

On March 30, New South Wales went to bed in a liberal democracy and woke up in a police state as with a stroke of a pen Brad Hazzard signed into law an Orwellian directive. The Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 was signed into law on that day and was in full force by the morning. This
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“This Week New South Wales Woke Up In A Police State”
1 April 2020

“This Week New South Wales Woke Up In A Police State”

A new daily email by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, providing the latest economic data and policy measures for journalists, commentators and IPA members. Daily IPA comment, attributable to Dara Macdonald, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs: “This week New South Wales woke up in a police state as with a stroke of a
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We Need Strength To Survive, Not A Shutdown Of Our Economy
31 March 2020

We Need Strength To Survive, Not A Shutdown Of Our Economy

Australia needs strength to survive the coronavirus, but many policies designed to manage the spread may be counterproductively weakening our social, political and economic systems.   Last week two images from Bondi shocked and appalled the nation.    The first image that caused a stir was a typically Australian scene of carefree Bondi bathers. At any other time this would be unremarkable, but when social distancing and mass
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How Localism And Community Spirit Can See Us Through The Corona Crisis
27 March 2020

How Localism And Community Spirit Can See Us Through The Corona Crisis

Rather than more centralisation of powers with the government and bureaucrats in Canberra, a better approach to managing coronavirus would be through localism underpinned by a shared set of values. Coronavirus has demonstrated that totalitarian regimes fear the free dissemination of information more than perhaps anything else. Coronavirus spread in part because the medicos and ordinary people of Wuhan were
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To The Victim, Belong The Spoils Of (This) Law
6 March 2020

To The Victim, Belong The Spoils Of (This) Law

The government’s proposed religious discrimination bill puts the shoe on the other foot, and now the activists who championed every other discrimination law are bemoaning the “divisiveness” of this one. It is divisive, but so is all discrimination law. The public consultation period for the second draft of the religious discrimination bill, which prohibits discrimination based on someone’s beliefs (or
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