Category Archives: Rule of law

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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First they came for Tommy Robinson

Great enterprises start small. First they put away just one fellow who is causing trouble and when that works they put away a second. You know the one about first they came for the Jews. In this case, first they … Continue reading

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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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