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Je Suis Bill Leak
20 October 2016

Je Suis Bill Leak

The idea that a cartoonist should be answerable to a government body for making a political point is yet another low in the use of Section 18C of Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act. 18C makes it unlawful to ‘offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate’ on the basis of race or ethnicity. It’s under 18C that columnist Andrew Bolt has had two articles
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Section 18C Must Go As It Curbs Freedom Of Speech
14 October 2016

Section 18C Must Go As It Curbs Freedom Of Speech

Freedom of speech is meaningless if all it entails is the liberty to express opinions approved by the state. Freedom of speech is richer than that. It’s a fundamental human right – which is also vital to the proper operation of a functioning liberal democracy – that is breached whenever the state ­places restrictions upon it. Section 18C is a
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Union Bully Busting: FU To The UFU
14 October 2016

Union Bully Busting: FU To The UFU

Voters in the ACT have a stark choice this weekend: Jeremy Hanson and the Canberra Liberals, or four more years of a government notoriously beholden to trade unions (even by Labor standards). Canberrans only have to look south to see what a union-dominated government looks like. Victoria’s situation is so dire that Metropolitan Fire Brigade chief Peter Rau resigned recently
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Blue Poles: Sell This Monument To Madness
14 October 2016

Blue Poles: Sell This Monument To Madness

Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles must be sold. Not because it’s a bad painting or because it fails the Australian test, but because it of what has come to represent to the Left. Last week, Senator James Paterson suggested that the painting, currently on loan to the Royal Academy of Arts in London, should be sold to the highest bidder in
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After Brexit, Anglo-Oz Relations Can Flourish
12 October 2016

After Brexit, Anglo-Oz Relations Can Flourish

Australia’s cultural, social and political history is entwined with Britain’s. We share a language, the Westminster democratic system, the common law and a respect for diversity, individualism and freedom. Australia’s modern incarnation was defined by British colonisation. As former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott put it last week, during a discussion of Anglo-Australian trade relations at the UK Conservative Party
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8 October 2016

Red Tape Hampers Resources Recovery For Miners

The future prosperity of resource-rich states such as Western Australia is threatened by unnecessary regulatory roadblocks. Capitalising on a possible market recovery, and unleashing the potential benefits of a second mining boom, can only begin by cutting the layers of red tape sitting between miners and the resources they seek to extract. Australia’s has a red tape problem. Recent research
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Code Red
1 October 2016

Code Red

While the Turnbull Government recently introduced legislation to the Parliament to prohibit EBA clauses that restrict an emergency management body’s ability to manage volunteers, this change does not go far enough. Instead, the Fair Work Act must be amended so that only matters pertaining to the employer-employee relationship are permitted in EBAs. This would not restrict the ability of unions
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How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs
1 October 2016

How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs

Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly affected by that project. Since the introduction of the EPBC Act in 2000, major projects have spent approximately 7,500 cumulative days, or 20 years, in court
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22 September 2016

Federal Spending A Dangerous Drug Of Dependence

While the deal struck last week between the government and opposition to get $6.3 billion of savings over four years through the Parliament is welcome, it is still just treating the symptoms rather than tackling the disease. In fact it is the expectation that Canberra must be involved in tackling every problem and managing every program, with the assumption that
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17 September 2016

How To Defuse The Authoritarian Populist Timebomb

It is no foregone conclusion that simply giving government more power and money will fix income inequality. Adam Smith once wryly said “there is a great deal of ruin in a nation”, and many would argue this statement is aptly represented in the reemergence of an anti‑immigration, anti‑trade populism mainly on the right, but also from the far left, in
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