Rights and Freedoms

Boris Johnson Is More Honest On Climate Than Scott Morrison
22 October 2021

Boris Johnson Is More Honest On Climate Than Scott Morrison

Boris Johnson’s enthusiasm for his enthusiasms is well known. After he made up his mind as to whether he was for it or against it, Brexit was one of his enthusiasms. This time last year at the Conservative Party conference, Johnson declared that within a decade the electricity for every home in Britain would come from offshore wind farms. “Your
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No Choice On Net-Zero? Really, Prime Minister?
21 October 2021

No Choice On Net-Zero? Really, Prime Minister?

Believing we always have a choice is key to living in a free, liberal, democratic society like Australia. That’s why it is so concerning that the Prime Minister thinks Australians don’t have a choice on the issue of net-zero emissions, and therefore we shouldn’t debate it. According to the Australian Financial Review’s political editor Phil Coorey, Scott Morrison told a
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Vaccine Mandates On Victorian Parliamentarians Unconstitutional: IPA
19 October 2021

Vaccine Mandates On Victorian Parliamentarians Unconstitutional: IPA

The Institute of Public Affairs has today expressed its alarm at the bipartisan, anti-democratic, and unconstitutional motions passed in the Victorian Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly to exclude any elected member who is not vaccinated against COVID-19. “This is not about public health. It is about removing from parliament elected members who could oppose the Andrews government’s legislative agenda,” said
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A Catch-22 Defeated Peter Ridd – But There’s Still Hope For Academic Freedom
14 October 2021

A Catch-22 Defeated Peter Ridd – But There’s Still Hope For Academic Freedom

Peter Ridd has lost in the High Court, but the judgment has nevertheless set an important precedent in favour of academic freedom. Ridd was sacked by James Cook University in 2018 after expressing contrarian views about the science regarding the Great Barrier Reef. He also made a range of other comments about the disciplinary process and broke the confidentiality direction
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Ruling Against Ridd Shines Light On Cancel Culture
14 October 2021

Ruling Against Ridd Shines Light On Cancel Culture

*Pictured above: Former James Cook University researcher Peter Ridd. Picture: Jamila Toderas The High Court of Australia’s verdict in favour of James Cook University’s right to sack one of its employees, a professor of physics, for questioning the science of climate change is an endorsement of the culture of censorship suffocating Australian life and further confirms that the nation’s universities
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Little To be Proud Of
14 October 2021

Little To be Proud Of

Liberal and National leaders have betrayed everyday Australians There is no doubt that Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes a great deal of pleasure in talking about freedom. A few months ago, when referring to Australia’s imminent withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, he commented that despite the toll, it had all been worthwhile. ‘Freedom is always worth it,’ he stated. ‘Freedom
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Lessons From Merkel’s Failed ‘Teal’ Electoral Strategy
14 October 2021

Lessons From Merkel’s Failed ‘Teal’ Electoral Strategy

Pictured above: German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on August 31, 2021. (Markus Schreiber/Pool via Reuters) Politicians who aspire to lead their centre-right parties into the deep left might first consider the electoral cataclysm that has taken place in Germany over the past six years.
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Academic Groupthink: Is Nick Coatsworth The New Peter Ridd?
13 October 2021

Academic Groupthink: Is Nick Coatsworth The New Peter Ridd?

Never has it been so important for Australian universities to be places of free intellectual inquiry than it is right now. But it is the most pressing issue of our times – namely how governments respond to COVID-19 and climate change—that are the topics which are most susceptible to suppression and censorship on university campuses. The reality in Australian academia now is that
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Rule Of Law, Not Rule By Lawyers
8 October 2021

Rule Of Law, Not Rule By Lawyers

A federal Independent Commission Against Corruption would make Australia’s politics even more like America’s politics than it is already. ‘Americanised’ politics is the seemingly unstoppable transfer of the power of decision-making from the electorate and the process of politics to judges and lawyers and the process of law. In America, political questions are increasingly adjudicated not in the court of
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There’s Solidarity With The CFMEU
27 September 2021

There’s Solidarity With The CFMEU

Many Victorians would not condone some of the methods angry unionists are utilising to make their point. But they would sympathise with the protesters’ message. An out-of-control pandemic, riots, earthquakes and a Premier with a 65 per cent approval rating as Melbourne yesterday became officially the longest locked-down city in the world. Such is Victoria in 2021. Melbourne was once
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