Law & Politics

In recognising all faiths and beliefs, we can show fairness and equity

This is a lightly edited transcript of a speech given to the Fraser Coast Regional Council on 25 February 2023. …

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The finest kind of democratic leader

Word has spread. After five and a half years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern is stepping down …

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Is there a ‘right to disobey’?

One of the first moves of the newly elected Whitlam Labor government in December 1972 was to free seven men …

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Sing a song of sunshine – and beware

Functions at Government House in Canberra these days are likely to end with a demand from Mrs Linda Hurley, wife …

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Foxes, hedgehogs and the death of journalism

The age of journalism is gone, managed information processing has succeeded, and the glory of newspapers is extinguished forever. This …

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Misinformation in the mainstream media

While we worry about social media misinformation we overlook that one of the main sources of misinformation about politics is …

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How the territories can learn from the states in legalising voluntary assisted dying

Voluntary assisted dying will soon be an option for the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory, now the Senate has …

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Trump’s counter-Enlightenment mindset

Former United States President Donald Trump’s bid for a second term in the White House will doubtless prompt fresh efforts …

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Why religious discrimination is okay

To ‘discriminate’ is a very useful, indeed necessary, activity. The original and broader meaning of the word is to recognise …

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Raised in her father’s church

In 2019, when Clare Heath-McIvor wrote on her blog about why she wasn’t a dominionist anymore, she recalled that her …

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A shift towards secularism in Iran

My friend was in Tehran during protests after the death of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the morality police (Gasht-e …

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‘Infiltrate, Impact, Impel’: Raising up Christians for the Liberal Party

Upon signing up as a member of the Liberal Party in Victoria, some churchgoers have been handed a one-page document …

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