Author Archives: Samuel J

Exposure draft – amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

The exposure draft for the section 18C amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 have been released by the Attorney-General. Submissions are due by 30 April 2014. Please consider making a submission – there will no doubt be numerous anti-free speech … Continue reading

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There is nothing like a Dame

The reintroduction of the Knight of the Order of Australia (AK) and Dame of the Order of Australia (AD) is a political masterstroke. Tony Abbott should be applauded for his foresight and brilliance. In one sortie he has demoted hundreds … Continue reading

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Craig Thomson

So the ‘insouciant’ Craig Thomson has no regrets, no shame and no contrition. He is appealing the three-month jail term (with nine months suspended sentence). Thomson should be very careful – appeal judges do not usually take lightly prisoners who behave … Continue reading

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Remove DGR status from Greenpeace

I wrote previously that deductions to Greenpeace should not be tax-deductible (ie: on the deductible gift recipient (DGR) list. The Greenpeace Australia website proudly declares To maintain absolute independence Greenpeace does not accept money from companies, governments or political parties. Yet … Continue reading

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section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

We have two contrasting opinions on section 18C in today’s Australian. One in favour of repeal or substantive amendment by Nick Cater, and the other opposed to any change by Jeremy Jones (the director of international and community affairs at the Australia/Israel … Continue reading

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International Organisations

There are an estimated 66,000 international organisations (both governmental and non-governmental) including the oldest still operating, the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine which has been operating since 1815. There has been a tremendous growth in international organisations since … Continue reading

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While the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Scheme has a lot more evidence to examine, today’s evidence from an Environment Department official does not bode well for the former Rudd Government. In the Hearing, Mary Wiley-Smith, said that she had been … Continue reading

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She said that

Clementine Ford Firstly, it is illogical and intellectually dishonest to treat women as if we are one homogenous group with a single set of characteristics to identify us. (The fact that Miranda Devine and I both exist is proof enough … Continue reading

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Independents courted to form government in South Australia

It looks like two independents, Geoff Brock and Bob Such, will hold the balance of power in South Australia. Such is a former Liberal minister. Brock is relatively conservative. With the Liberal Party likely to have a 52.5 per cent … Continue reading

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Starving artists

Chris Kenny The romantic notion of the starving artist may be losing some of its appeal, replaced by the state-funded activist grandstander. Instead of bohemians burning Rodolfo’s manuscript to keep warm, today’s artists can burn the dollars of private sponsors … Continue reading

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