Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

The evolution of the state

Once upon a time the state used to harass women who wore too little at the beach. Now the state harasses women who wear too much at the beach.

Posted in Cultural Issues, Take Nanny down | 24 Comments

Open Forum: August 27, 2016

Posted in Open Forum | 50 Comments

What they said: Tony Abbott on 18c

Tony Abbott – 5 August 2014 When it comes to counter-terrorism everyone needs to be part of ‘Team Australia’ and I have to say that the Government’s proposals to change 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act have become a complication … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech | 12 Comments

Wednesday Forum: August 24, 2016

Posted in Open Forum | 1,535 Comments


I am travelling to Brazil for a week. In the meantime the regular posts should be appearing at the regular time, or irregular times as the case may be. Posting may be light or heavy. Moderated comments and the spaminator … Continue reading

Posted in Site News | 27 Comments

The best 12 seconds of Q&A

This is question every single politician should asked to answer. I was extremely disappointed to see reports that Mitch Fifield claimed to be unaware of the details of the QUT 18c case. Mitch – you’re not too important to chat … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech | 80 Comments

University research and the pub test

Another Coalition government, another outbreak of research funding hysteria. Treasurer Scott Morrison has cautioned the Australian Research Council to consider the popularity of new research projects, amid pressure to impose a “pub test” on the agency’s decisions. Economist Michael Potter … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Innovation | 34 Comments

Q&A Forum: August 22, 2016

Posted in Open Forum | 271 Comments

Apartheid apologist

… racial discrimination laws were never intended to protect the powerful or dominant group, but to protect all of the rest. Mark Kenny

Posted in Freedom of speech, Hypocrisy of progressives | 38 Comments

Monday Forum: August 22, 2016

Posted in Open Forum | 1,693 Comments