Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

Is Joe Hockey the worst Treasurer in 40 years?

Several weeks ago I was asked if I thought Joe Hockey was a good Treasurer or not, and my answer was “too early to tell”. To be fair, I think that is still my view, but I suspect that, on … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Federal Politics, History | 47 Comments

Christmas Countdown I

Posted in Cultural Issues | 22 Comments

Open Forum: December 20, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 796 Comments

A quarter of the population is now suspect?

Paul Sheehan writing in the SMH: Monis is a classic case study of why Australia needs to have probationary conditions applied to the residence status and then citizenship granted to immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. To cover for mistakes, this probationary … Continue reading

Posted in National Security, Politics, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 187 Comments

Knee-jerk reaction?

Okay – so following the Sydney terrorist attack there are questions to be asked. Like why was he out on bail? But today Tony Abbott went further: TONY Abbott says it “infuriates” him that legal aid resources are being used … Continue reading

Posted in Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Politics | 146 Comments

Moral cowardice

Julie Szego sets people right: The reticence around language made sense during the siege as the authorities had asked that certain information be withheld and particular terminology avoided, even though this resulted in verbal contortions and euphemism. … But though … Continue reading

Posted in National Security | 152 Comments

Sydney Crisis Thread 4

The prime minister, who described Monis as a “madman” today, wants to know how he was able to have “a lend of us for so many years”. He questioned how the gunman – killed in a hail of gunfire on … Continue reading

Posted in National Security | 799 Comments

Wednesday Forum: December 17, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 1,393 Comments

Sydney Crisis Thread III

Posted in National Security | 1,183 Comments

A snarky question

Yesterday anti-free speech activist Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz (reply here) posted a gotcha question on the Australian Libertarian Society Facebook page: Why has the market for ideas not crushed militant Islamism in countries like Australia? Rather that respond with an equally snarky … Continue reading

Posted in National Security, Take Nanny down | 42 Comments