Law & Politics

How better rules can rein in facial recognition technology

The human face is special. It is simultaneously public and personal. Our faces reveal sensitive information about us: who we …

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‘Not my king’: Protesting the monarchy at a time of mourning

During the present period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, public sensitivities in the United Kingdom and Australia are high. …

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Innocent II has a lot to answer for

Pope Innocent II has a lot to answer for. After his elevation to the papacy in 1130, the church was …

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Sex, gender and identity: Science or politics?

In my previous article for Rationale, titled Sex, gender and identity: It’s complicated, I described some of the complexities around …

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Australians are tired of lies in political advertising

Our voting choices are only authentic if our decisions are informed by truthful information. That condition is now increasingly elusive. …

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The conflict over privilege and disadvantage in leftist politics

The latest in a series of intra-left conflicts turns on the decision to bar male athletes from competition in the …

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Telehealth: The next fight for assisted dying advocates

In June 2005, royal assent was given to the Criminal Code Amendment (Suicide Related Material Offences) Bill 2005. This ushered …

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The case of Mubarak Bala – and Australia’s opportunity to do more

This article is co-published by the Rationalist Society of Australia and Humanists Australia. In April this year, the president of …

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Reason and unreason in the critique of Western civilisation

Douglas Murray is a wonderfully free spirit who lucidly tackles the manias of political correctness with erudition, panache and limpid …

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When Albanese spoke up for euthanasia

When parliament resumes in Canberra later this month, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will have an opportunity to delve back into …

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The undoing of Roe v Wade

Protests continue after the United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which protected a woman’s right …

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Making the Commonwealth ‘worth talking about’

This month, the Commonwealth commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s reign, including her role as Head of the institution. …

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