Australian Way of Life

Why We Shouldn’t #ChangeTheDate
2 February 2017

Why We Shouldn’t #ChangeTheDate

Last Friday, the University of Western Australia Student Guild voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the date of Australia Day and proposed to ban all future campus celebrations on January 26. Just hours before the general meeting was to set to begin, the Western Australian Students Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC) had requested that the motion to join the #ChangeTheDate campaign be raised and discussed at the Guild Council meeting. Even though the official submission date had closed the week earlier, the Guild allowed WASAC to
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What #ChangeTheDate Reveals About Identity Politics
2 February 2017

What #ChangeTheDate Reveals About Identity Politics

Last Friday, the University of Western Australia Student Guild voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the date of Australia Day and proposed to ban all future campus celebrations on January 26. Just hours before the general meeting was to set to begin, the Western Australian Students Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC) had requested that the motion to join the #ChangeTheDate campaign be
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In Government, Less Is So Much More
27 January 2017

In Government, Less Is So Much More

According to the results of an international opinion poll released a few days ago, there’s an “implosion of trust” around the world. The findings of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer reveal just 37 per cent of Australians trust the government. The comparable figure in the United States is 47 per cent, and 36 per cent in the UK. Despite all
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Trump’s America
13 January 2017

Trump’s America

A Trump administration will be a net positive for the United States’ economy. Yes, restricting international trade will harm growth. But the ambitious agenda to cut corporate and income taxes, open up fossil-fuel production, deregulate financial markets, terminate Obama’s Executive Orders and rescind climate change agreements and renewable energy subsidies will unambiguously improve the US economy by making it more
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The Fetishisation Of The Expert
13 January 2017

The Fetishisation Of The Expert

Last month in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as US president, Julia Baird the host of ABC TV’s The Drum wrote a revealing article in The Sydney Morning Herald. She blamed the election result on things such as the public no longer believing in facts, a lack of trust in the media and “experts” being ignored. Baird despaired of
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Young Australians Full Of Optimism About The Future
30 December 2016

Young Australians Full Of Optimism About The Future

The IPA’s “Growing Freedom: Survey of Young Australians” report has identified that young people are overwhelmingly positive about their own future, and also positive about the future of Australia. The IPA’s “Growing Freedom: Survey of Young Australians” is a wide-ranging study of over a thousand young Australians aged between 16 and 25. Respondents were asked a series of questions about
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‘Comfort Women’ Statue Row Shows Absurdity Of 18C
19 December 2016

‘Comfort Women’ Statue Row Shows Absurdity Of 18C

A law against offending people is a stupid idea, a truth that is now being confirmed on an almost daily basis. In recent months we have seen the farce at Queensland University of Technology and the ludicrous spectacle of the government demanding a cartoonist explain himself. But a new complaint made under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act may
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A Political Lesson For Australian Politics From Brexit And Trump
16 December 2016

A Political Lesson For Australian Politics From Brexit And Trump

In Reflections on the Revolution in France published in 1790, Edmund Burke concluded that “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation”. That’s exactly what we learned in 2016. If the politicians won’t change the system, voters will change the politicians. The phenomena of Brexit and Donald Trump smashed the so-called political “centre”
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Censorship, Trigger Warnings And “Free Speech”: The National Union Of Students Meets
13 December 2016

Censorship, Trigger Warnings And “Free Speech”: The National Union Of Students Meets

This week the rabble that is the National Union of Students will hold their annual National Conference in Geelong at Deakin University. The conference, attended by “delegates” often elected by less than five percent of the student population, is dominated by a mixture of Labor factions, and further left independents such as the Grassroots left and Socialist Alternative. It is
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Terrorist Chic In The 1970s
12 December 2016

Terrorist Chic In The 1970s

‘First person puts up his hand,’ a woman screamed at frightened bank customers, ‘I’ll blow his motherf–king head off!’ So began perhaps one of the most infamous bank robberies in American history. e case is not particularly interesting for the size of the robbery, nor for the violence of the attack. What made the 90-second heist on April 15, 1974,
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