Category Archives: civil society

Pharisees condemn Abbott for imitating Christ

TONY Abbott has visited his old friend George Pell at the Melbourne Assessment Prison. The Cardinal is being held in solitary confinement (regarded as a form of torture by the UN). It seems a prison officer – possibly on retainer … Continue reading

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High Court will have to overturn itself to reject Pell appeal

Law scholar Russel Marks – writing at the left-of-centre The Saturday Paper – explains why. Time and time again, the High Court has asserted this test, and it is surprising how often state appeal courts depart from it. It’s called … Continue reading

Posted in civil society, Rule of law | 59 Comments

Donald Trump has the home team advantage outside Washington

This was at the World Series game held at the centre of the swamp. This was at the White House where Trump welcomed the Nationals who had won the World Series. And this is from the LSU-Alabama game played yesterday … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, civil society | 16 Comments

He won’t be intimidated by this 77 year-old grandmother

My Saturday column. Fire at will. See if I care.Dear Mrs Court, honouring a homophobic zealot is problematic for us via @smh — Peter FitzSimons (@Peter_Fitz) November 8, 2019 You know what’s sad? That a scribbler who spends so … Continue reading

Posted in civil society, Freedom of speech | 66 Comments

War on drugs has officially gone to the dogs

An unnamed senior constable has told the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) hearing into last year’s Splendour in the Grass debacle that he was just following the lead of a dog. That’s not a comedic exaggeration. He testified that he … Continue reading

Posted in civil society, Take Nanny down | 35 Comments

The worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time

I have been working away at my next book which is on classical economics, which was the highpoint of economic theory, from whence economics has been in precipitous decline since falling into the hands of socialists and academics (did I … Continue reading

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Don Aitkin on why nations fail

His summary of Why Nations Fail: the Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, by Acemoglu and Robinson. The sub-text of the story is the difference between Argentina and Australia although he did not explore that topic as he was urged … Continue reading

Posted in civil society, Cultural Issues, Oppressive government, Rafe | 15 Comments

How much does this cost and who pays for it?

Court grants Tamil family legal reprieve. Comes with this: Tamil asylum case sets path for 6000 others. From this second story: Scott Morrison has vowed to send home more than 6000 illegal immigrants who have had their refugee claims rejected, … Continue reading

Posted in civil society, Rule of law | 25 Comments

Lose your wallet in Switzerland, Norway or the Netherlands if you must. With money inside

But don’t lose it in China, Morocco or Peru. Fascinating bit of research reported by Jo Nova. This was a fairly exhaustive study. The researchers changed the names, currency and languages in every country to try to make the wallet … Continue reading

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Quadrant newsletter on line

Check out the latest items. The Anti-Humanist Ideology of the Christchurch Killer. As with the ideologies that spawned so many genocides and massacres through the twentieth century and into this one, Brenton Tarrant’s weighing of individuals’ lives as of no … Continue reading

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