Category Archives: Rule of law

Keep calm and carry on

I want to put in a good word for Waleed Aly. Two interrelated things. First I think Janet Albrechtsen was a bit harsh yesterday. Waleed Aly exposed himself as a hypocrite. In the past, Aly has seemingly ducked for cover … Continue reading

Posted in Libertarians don't live by argument alone, National Security, Politics, Rule of law, Terrorism, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 139 Comments

On the use of violence in society

One of the models that I use to organise my thinking of private-public trade-offs was developed by the Harvard economist Andrei Shleifer and various friends.  The basic story runs along the lines that all societies face a problem of bad … Continue reading

Posted in Rule of law, Terrorism, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 173 Comments

Thoughts on Justice Kidd

Like many people, I imagine, I watched the sentencing of George Pell live yesterday. If you haven’t seen it – watch it. While I’m not convinced of the merits of the allegations against Pell, I do think the Judge made … Continue reading

Posted in Rule of law | 144 Comments

Breaking: Pell guilty!

The biggest open secret in Australian history can now be discussed.

Posted in Politics, Rule of law | 405 Comments

Repugnance and compulsory voting

This morning my social media accounts have filled up with politicians engaging in virtue signalling. There was an altercation yesterday between “far right” groups and anti-racism groups (apparently not “far left” groups) at St. Kilda beach. Unfortunately the term “far … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Rule of law | 141 Comments

A bit of a scandal breaking in Victoria

More than 600 notifications are being sent to criminals who were represented by or had dealings with a high-profile gangland lawyer to tell them their cases could be tainted, after she worked as a supergrass informing on her clients in … Continue reading

Posted in Rule of law, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 99 Comments

What does Dreyfus mean by “corruption”?

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has an op-ed in the AFR talking about a proposed federal anti-corruption body.  I think reasonable people can disagree as the need for such a body – my second biggest concern is that I suspect there … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Rule of law, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 31 Comments

Tell that to ASIC

Matt Canavan, quite rightly, has issued a warning to big business: Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan has warned big business not to form its own policy on greenhouse gas emissions in the wake of the dumping of the National Energy … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Oppressive government, Rule of law, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 26 Comments

Territory Rights Euthanasia Bill defeated

It is not often that I completely disagree with my good friend David Leyonhjelm on important matters. But I’m not convinced that adequate safeguards can ever be written into voluntary euthanasia legislation to prevent murder.  I am especially unconvinced that … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Rule of law | 43 Comments

Read the question

I have some experience at setting assessment tasks and grading the resulting answers. One of the most common errors students (and everyone else) commit is not reading the question carefully. Another error that everyone commits is providing the correct answer … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Rule of law | 45 Comments