Category Archives: Rule of law

We need more judges like this

I’m sure many Cats recall a series of horrific rape crimes committed in Sydney in the early noughties. The judge who presided in the subsequent trial has written his memoirs and it got extracted in the AFR.  Some highlights: Sexual … Continue reading

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Who are you going to blame?

This is what Tony Abbott reckons is currently wrong with Australia: My issue is not immigration; it’s the rate of immigration at a time of stagnant wages, clogged infrastructure, soaring housing prices and, in Melbourne at least, ethnic gangs that … Continue reading

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Different laws for the little people …

Here is Paul Kelly explaining the Turnbull voluntary scheme to comply with the constitution: The proposal backed by cabinet is consistent with the principles Turnbull has outlined for days: no third-party auditor, no onus-of-proof reversal and putting responsibility on MPs … Continue reading

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Audit the Parliament

s44 of the Constitution continues to give and give and give.  It seems that there will have to be some sort of audit of our elected Parliamentarians to determine if they are eligible to have been elected under the Constitution. … Continue reading

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David Levy and Sandra Peart on the problems with experts

The Queen of England famously challenged the economists to explain why they didn’t see the approach of the Global Financial Crisis. It is not clear that anyone provided an answer although the Austrians would claim that they did better than … Continue reading

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What an apt analogy

A story about the ATO and a so-called tax gap caught my eye this morning: The Australian Taxation Office is confident it can squeeze more out of corporate Australia, narrowing a gap of about 6 per cent — or $2.5 billion … Continue reading

Posted in Rule of law, Taxation | 43 Comments

Will the Victorian judiciary apologise?

Remember earlier in the year? Three Turnbull government ministers yesterday withdrew their most contentious criticisms of the Victorian judiciary’s handling of terrorism sentences but refused to apologise to the Court of Appeal, leaving open the threat of contempt charges. Ministers … Continue reading

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What a great story

From the Herald Sun: The Mordialloc-Chelsea Leader reported, beside tales of stolen purses and the like, that three men with iron bars “attempted to hijack” a late-model Commodore in a Bonbeach reserve on Sunday evening, June 4. “One man opened … Continue reading

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What is Laurie Oakes up to?

There is a very strange op-ed in the Herald Sun today by veteran political reporter Laurie Oakes: IN a radio interview on Wednesday, Special Minister of State Scott Ryan was asked about the idea of rounding up people on ASIO’s … Continue reading

Posted in National Security, Politics, Rule of law, Terrorism, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 126 Comments

The Government overturns the rule of law to back the ATO vs multinationals

Senator Leyonhjelm. The Multinational Tax Avoidance debate is multi-faceted. In this video, I discuss how the ATO is trying to prevent multinationals from having access to the courts for 12 months, which is a gross violation of the rule of … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Rule of law, Taxation | 11 Comments