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Intent As The Enemy Of Truth
9 January 2017

Intent As The Enemy Of Truth

At the beginning of each new year, we are encouraged to make some new resolution, or other. The idea is usually to seek to improve on our current situation through a worthy intent. However, intent can be the enemy of truth,because too often it provides a goal, without the discomfort of proper analysis – or even honest reflection. Also, at
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A Political Lesson For Australian Politics From Brexit And Trump
16 December 2016

A Political Lesson For Australian Politics From Brexit And Trump

In Reflections on the Revolution in France published in 1790, Edmund Burke concluded that “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation”. That’s exactly what we learned in 2016. If the politicians won’t change the system, voters will change the politicians. The phenomena of Brexit and Donald Trump smashed the so-called political “centre”
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The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones
15 December 2016

The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones

From videography and construction, to the age-old primary industries of agriculture and mining, drones hold remarkable potential to revolutionise many Australian industries. From 29 September 2016 regulatory changes by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) cut red tape on drones by removing burdensome license requirements for low-risk operations and carving out an exclusion category for drones on private property. While
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The New Iconoclasm
5 December 2016

The New Iconoclasm

Two anniversaries that fall in October, both important for lovers of western civilisation, highlight the new iconoclasm at the heart of modern western progressives. The first date is Columbus Day, which commemorates Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on 12 October 1492.  The effective discovery of the Americas by Europeans is an obviously important event in Western history: for one
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Democracy Is Not Populism
2 December 2016

Democracy Is Not Populism

The death of the murderous dictator Fidel Castro is a timely reminder of the alternatives to democracy. Winston Churchill was right on nearly all of the big things – but he was very wrong on democracy. The idea that “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others” is just plain wrong. In the absence of democracy,
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Private Order
9 November 2016

Private Order

Libertarians hail the wonders of ‘private governance’-the idea that left to their own devices, free people will organise themselves without needing the coercive power of the state. To others, however, this libertarian view is akin to riding unicorns-no one can quite see any tangible examples. All they can see is the power of government, a potent force solving almost all
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Dreamworld AGM Fiasco Is The Sort Of Reason People Hate Corporate Australia
4 November 2016

Dreamworld AGM Fiasco Is The Sort Of Reason People Hate Corporate Australia

What Ardent Leisure did last week says a lot about Australia’s corporate culture. Two days before its scheduled annual general meeting four people were killed in an accident at Dreamworld, a Gold Coast theme park owned by the company. The annual general meeting went ahead and shareholders voted to award the chief executive a bonus. Instead of focusing all of
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Blue Poles: Sell This Monument To Madness
14 October 2016

Blue Poles: Sell This Monument To Madness

Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles must be sold. Not because it’s a bad painting or because it fails the Australian test, but because it of what has come to represent to the Left. Last week, Senator James Paterson suggested that the painting, currently on loan to the Royal Academy of Arts in London, should be sold to the highest bidder in
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7 September 2016

Way Too Much Fuss Over A Simple T-Shirt

This week Target became the latest target of the politically correct warriors. Target’s crime of political correctness was to sell a T-shirt. A pink T-shirt for girls. The t-shirt read, “Batgirl to-do list: Dryclean cape, wash batmobile, fight crime, save the world”. And with that, the warriors launched their attack on social media. The accusations the warriors levelled at Target
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Brian Cox Confused On More Than Global Temperatures
18 August 2016

Brian Cox Confused On More Than Global Temperatures

Celebrity physicist Brian Cox misled the ABC TV Q&A audience on at least 3 points-of-fact on Monday night. This is typical of the direction that much of science is taking. Richard Horton, the current editor of the medical journal, The Lancet, recently stated that, “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be
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