Freedom

A Report Into Religious Liberty In Australia: Provided To The Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel
4 April 2018

A Report Into Religious Liberty In Australia: Provided To The Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel

“Religious and other beliefs and convictions are part of the humanity of every individual. They are an integral part of his personality and individuality. In a civilised society individuals respect each other’s beliefs. This enables them to live in harmony. This is one of the hallmarks of a civilised society.” Lord Nicholls Beliefs and convictions – whether religious or otherwise
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Alcohol Tax Hurts Us All — Not Just Boozers
8 January 2018

Alcohol Tax Hurts Us All — Not Just Boozers

Australians are expected to lose a record $404 billion in taxes in 2017-18. Yet this is not enough for some. Under plans submitted to the Turnbull government by anti-alcohol lobbyists, Australian drinkers would be hit with a $29 billion tax slug over a 10-year period. The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has proposed a raft of tax hikes
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The Marriage Row That The Liberal Church Can Never Get Over
8 December 2017

The Marriage Row That The Liberal Church Can Never Get Over

How broad is “broad” is the question confronting the federal Liberal Party. It’s the question the party has been avoiding for the decade since the departure from parliament of John Howard and Peter Costello. The debate currently engulfing the Liberals about how to accommodate religious freedom while legalising same-sex marriage is the most recent flashpoint of the emerging fissures in the
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What Books You Should Buy For Christmas
16 November 2017

What Books You Should Buy For Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, here are some books published this year that IPA staff members think would be great presents:   John Roskam The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart David Goodhart’s The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics is the best analysis of the meaning and
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100 Years Of Misery
3 November 2017

100 Years Of Misery

It’s the bad idea that just won’t die. Even a century after the Russian Revolution, many including local activists are celebrating the birth of a system that murdered tens of millions in the name of equality Next week marks 100 years since one of the most consequential events of the 20th century: the Russian Revolution. The takeover of the Russian
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How The Cult Of The Expert Weakens Democracy
26 October 2017

How The Cult Of The Expert Weakens Democracy

A new survey from Pew Research Center, which asked 42,000 people in 38 nations about their attitudes towards democracy, has found support for representative democracy is shallow. The survey, which included a cross-section of countries from Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific, found 78 per cent of people believe that representative democracy is a good way to govern their country. Just 17
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Victorian Donation Law Changes A Threat To Free Speech
18 September 2017

Victorian Donation Law Changes A Threat To Free Speech

The Andrews government’s proposed changes to Victorian donations law are undemocratic and a threat to freedom of speech, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Making the choice to donate to a party or a cause is a political act. Government bans on donations are therefore a ban on political participation,” said Simon Breheny, Director of
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Lack Of Same Sex Protection
2 September 2017

Lack Of Same Sex Protection

The (thankfully) former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs suggested recently that the same-sex marriage debate was taking place in a ‘post-truth’ climate and disputed claims there were insufficient protections for freedom of speech and religion. On the first point, Triggs is completely right. But in making the second point Triggs is engaging in a bit of
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Australia Can’t Be Silent Amid The Misery Of Venezuela
29 August 2017

Australia Can’t Be Silent Amid The Misery Of Venezuela

Venezuela is a failing socialist state. The economy is 40 per cent smaller than a few years ago. Nine in 10 households are unable to ­afford enough food. Infant mortality has risen 30 per cent. The ­opposition is being severely ­repressed, even murdered. A decade ago Venezuela was the richest country in South America, with the largest known oil reserves
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The Freedom Conundrum
19 August 2017

The Freedom Conundrum

Recently I attended the Centre for Policy Studies’ Margaret Thatcher Conference on Security 2017 at the august Guildhall in the heart of the City of London. The theme of the day was threats to the West – including tensions with Russia and China, terrorism, as well as emerging issues like bio-warfare and cyber-warfare. The keynote address came from Henry Kissinger, at the
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