Law & Politics

Why ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ is not a reliable guide to contemporary politics

In January 2017, Donald Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway was quizzed on White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s false claims about …

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The need for caution when prioritising employers’ values over individuals’ rights

Many would see the removal of Andrew Thorburn from his position as a victory for progressive values over intolerance. While …

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The Liberal Party is in a dire state – and that should worry us

“The duty of an Opposition is to oppose” – attributed to Lord Randolph Churchill – is one of those quotations …

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The long battle for women’s freedom in Iran

The death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, while in the custody of Iran’s ‘morality police’ in Tehran sparked anger …

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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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