Rights and Freedoms

IPA Wins Fight For Freedom Of Speech On Campus
30 July 2021

IPA Wins Fight For Freedom Of Speech On Campus

The Institute of Public Affairs has secured a victory in the fight for freedom of speech on campus. Today, the Queensland University of Technology Student Guild made an unreserved apology for its actions in refusing to allow Generation Liberty to participate at a QUT event in 2020 because of its ‘values’. “This is a win for every student who fears
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Lockdown Under: As The UK Opens Up, Australians Face An Endless Cycle Of Restrictions
27 July 2021

Lockdown Under: As The UK Opens Up, Australians Face An Endless Cycle Of Restrictions

Spare a thought for your friends Down Under. When England had its Freedom Day on July 19, half of the Australian population were under strict lockdown orders. While Brits were free to head back to the pub, Victorians had only four reasons for which they could legally leave their home, other than work – and such excursions were limited to
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Why England Must Get Out Of Lockdown For Good
26 July 2021

Why England Must Get Out Of Lockdown For Good

The people of England should celebrate their newly restored freedoms. Ignore the Zero Covid fanatics imploring you to stay at home, mask up and pretend it’s March 2020. Australia’s lockdown plight shows what happens when you let the fear-mongers win. When many of England’s freedoms were returned on 19 July, more than 11million Australians were still unable to leave the house legally, except
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Lockdowns, Public Servant Pay Cuts Should Go Hand-in-Hand
20 July 2021

Lockdowns, Public Servant Pay Cuts Should Go Hand-in-Hand

“We need to restart our economy. We need to restart our society. We can’t keep Australia under the doona. We need to be able to move ahead.” These were the words of Prime Minister Scott Morrison on April 30 last year. Now, not only is Morrison encouraging premiers to keep their citizens under the doona, he’s buying and distributing them
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If Lockdowns ‘Work’, Cut Fat Cats’ Pay
15 July 2021

If Lockdowns ‘Work’, Cut Fat Cats’ Pay

Last month, ABC News reported on the results of a survey of 1157 Victorians conducted in September last year. Those results have just been published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, but amid the exhaustive (and exhausting) media coverage of the coronavirus crisis have barely rated a mention. It is to the credit of the ABC the survey received any attention at all. During
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Will Australians Ever Be Free?
2 July 2021

Will Australians Ever Be Free?

It is estimated that there are fewer than 300 active cases of Covid-19 in Australia. Yet over 12million Australians are currently living under lockdown – more than half the population. This is madness. And it is going to be the norm for Australia for a long time to come. Sydney’s two-week lockdown began on 26 June, after the state of New South Wales
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Lockdowns Don’t Work
30 June 2021

Lockdowns Don’t Work

With over 12 million Australians now living under lockdown, IPA Director of Policy Gideon Rozner implored all politicians in Australia to abandon lockdown policies and commit to alternative ways of handling Covid 19. “Lockdowns do not work. They are illiberal and economically destructive, and the best available international evidence finds no link between lockdowns and stopping excess Covid deaths. Australia
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Peter Ridd’s Fight Against Groupthink Is One For History Books
25 June 2021

Peter Ridd’s Fight Against Groupthink Is One For History Books

Peter Ridd’s stand for academic freedom in the High Court on Wednesday should be remembered as a uniquely heroic moment in this nation’s history. For more than five years Ridd has been engaged in a fight against the well-heeled James Cook University, his former employer, which censured and dismissed him from his post as a physics professor in 2018 for
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Pandemic Slogans Mask Public Scrutiny
18 June 2021

Pandemic Slogans Mask Public Scrutiny

George Orwell would have had an absolute field day analysing the great slogans of the great COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re all in this together”; “The government is following the science”; “We must flatten the curve”; “Just a little bit longer” are just some of them. All of them are largely meaningless and, as Orwell himself would have been the first to
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Lockdown Is All Your Fault, Folks
11 June 2021

Lockdown Is All Your Fault, Folks

IT’S your fault, Melburnians. Your selfish and reckless failure to get a Covid test every time you sneeze is the cause of the most recent lockdowns. That is the message from Victorian Health Department boss Euan Wallace, who said Melburnians’ complacency caused Victoria’s fourth lockdown. This is just like when Daniel Andrews blamed Victorian families for the outbreak in June
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