Society

Integration, Not Segregation Is Best. There’s No Need For Privacy Curtains
19 May 2017

Integration, Not Segregation Is Best. There’s No Need For Privacy Curtains

THE decision by Auburn Council in NSW to install ‘privacy’ curtains at a new public swimming pool in Auburn is a disgrace and completely at odds with Australian values. Belgravia Leisure, which operates the Council run Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, has said that it decided to erect the curtain to ‘overcome cultural barriers and encourage Muslim women to use
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The Turnbull Government Doesn’t Understand That Politics Is About Values
10 March 2017

The Turnbull Government Doesn’t Understand That Politics Is About Values

Francis Fukuyama, Tony Blair and George Christensen all know something that Scott Morrison and the rest of Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet have not yet realised. Politics is now primarily about values – not economics. When cultural values were agreed upon between the major political parties and shared throughout the community, politicians could afford to spend much of the time discussing economics.
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Legal Rights Audit 2016
24 February 2017

Legal Rights Audit 2016

This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia. This has been measured by an analysis of the content of all legislation passed by the federal parliament in 2016. Our research is an audit of Commonwealth legislation passed in 2016, building on research the Institute of Public Affairs began in 2014.1 The IPA’s 2014 report The
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Refusing A Handshake Is An Affront To Our Basic Values
21 February 2017

Refusing A Handshake Is An Affront To Our Basic Values

An early test for Education Minister Rob Stokes comes with the news that Hurstville Boys Campus, a public school in Sydney’s west, has adopted “an agreed protocol” which effectively excuses some of its male students from shaking hands with females is yet another attack on our values and has no place in our taxpayer-funded schools. This decision came about following
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Debate Must Be Embraced, Not Silenced
17 February 2017

Debate Must Be Embraced, Not Silenced

Australia’s race commissioner Tim Soutphommasane is taking on an Orwellian mission this week, telling members of parliament they need to keep free speech restrictions in place to protect liberal values. The debate over section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is heating up ahead of a parliamentary committee report into the law due to be released later this month. Soutphommasane
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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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Simon Breheny: Plurality Of Australians Want 18C Reform
1 February 2017

Simon Breheny: Plurality Of Australians Want 18C Reform

The IPA’s Simon Breheny discusses the findings of the Galaxy Poll which found 48% of Australians support 18C reform with 38% opposed.
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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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What’s So Bad About January 26?
26 January 2017

What’s So Bad About January 26?

This week, Warren Mundine proposed that Australia Day should be moved from January 26 to January 1, because the 26th marks the arrival of the first white settlers at Sydney Cove. He does not have a problem with the concept of Australia Day, but rather the date itself which he believes represents conflict and conquest. However, there is no evidence
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