Rights and Freedoms

Legislated Voice A Smokescreen For Radical And Divisive Constitutional Change

The Institute of Public Affairs commends the Prime Minister Scott Morrison for ruling out a constitutionally enshrined indigenous voice. However, as I wrote in The Australian today, a legislated voice is being used…

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Constitutional Ban On Fracking Autocratic, Illiberal and Undemocratic

The state government’s attempt to impose a constitutional ban on fracking is an unprecedented attack on democracy. No policy restriction like this exists in the Victorian constitution. Never before in…

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Craig Kelly: Cancel Culture Has Now Come To The Government’s Backbenches

That Craig Kelly does not believe he can speak “frankly” and “fearlessly” on important public policy matters such as the government’s health response to the coronavirus from the government benches…

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Mainstream Australians Overwhelmingly Support Free Speech

A new poll of 1,038 Australians commissioned by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has found that Australians overwhelmingly support freedom of speech, according to new polling commissioned by…

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Fly-Past Coral Surveys

This morning, Peter Ridd’s legal team will be asking the High Court to hear his appeal against his sacking by James Cook University. The High Court does not agree to…

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An Indigenous Voice To Parliament: Not As Simple As Some Would Have You Believe

Advocates for an Indigenous Voice to parliament see the proposal for a legislated option merely as a stepping stone to radical constitutional change rather than the compromise some conservatives think it could be.  …

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Saving The Australian Way of Life – Transcript

Read Tony Abbott’s comments here. Watch the video here. John Roskam: Hello – My name is John Roskam – I am the Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs….

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The Fair Go – Going, Gone: The Decline Of The Australian Way Of Life, 2000 to 2020

Key findings : The quality of the Australian way of life is collapsing.  The Australian Way of Life Scoreboard, which measures the quality of the Australian way of life, has declined…

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Beware The Anti-Trump Tyrants

The year recently ended revealed that the authoritarian impulse is never very far from the surface. It may lay dormant for a time but it never goes away. Here in…

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Banning Donald Trump From Twitter, Facebook Undermines Public Debate

Donald Trump has been banned from Twitter as well as Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat. This came after a violent mob stormed the United States Capitol last week, desecrating key symbols…

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Legislated Voice Will Divide Australians By Race

The federal government released on Saturday the interim report on an Indigenous Voice, through its co-design process for what an Indigenous Voice would look like and how it might operate….

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Coronavirus: Shift To Virtual Courtrooms Leaves Justice System Ailing

The coronavirus restrictions passed in 2020 requiring courts to go virtual is an under-appreciated but serious threat to the traditions that have been built up over centuries to protect our…

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