Category Archives: Rule of law

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

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Universal university education for all

University education is a human right. No one should ever be denied entry. If someone wishes a university education, they should just be allowed to show up, choose their courses and come to class. The university should provide that education … Continue reading

Posted in Politics of the Left, Rule of law, Western Civilsation | 19 Comments

I’m about to be arrested

I just received a phone call from the ATO advising me that I needed to make an immediate payment to avoid arrest. This is a scam – the ATO would never call in advance. They would just come and arrest … Continue reading

Posted in Gratuitous Advertising, Rule of law, Taking out the trash, Taxation | 45 Comments

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 | 222 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 | 172 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