Category Archives: Shut it down. Fire them all.

Incentives matter

Today is “Harmony Day” and also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. So an excellent day to reflect on how the Australian government’s efforts are proceeding. Here is Chris Kenny making the obvious point: The … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Politics of the Left, Shut it down. Fire them all., Take Nanny down | 74 Comments

The Australian Human Rights Commission has blood on its hands

Today we were all shocked by the news of Bill Leak’s untimely death at age 61. Roger Franklin at Quadrant expresses many of our views: Are you happy now, Gillian Triggs? And you, Tim Soutphommasane, race pimp and sinecured Labor … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Freedom of speech, Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government, Shut it down. Fire them all., Take Nanny down | 200 Comments

What the judge said

Justice Dowsett said student Jackson Powell’s posts, including one in which he wondered ‘where the white supremacist computer lab’ was located, were irony. He said that “to suggest that humour or irony cannot blunt the most outrageous of statements overlooks … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Oppressive government, Politics of the Left, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 29 Comments

Shocking revelations from the public service

A headline in the Herald Sun caught my attention this afternoon: Why Australia’s public sector is failing As they say, Click bait. Anyway I clicked. Oh, the outrage, the horror of it all. A former ATO staff member told news.com.au … Continue reading

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But, but, but … peer review.

Dick Puddlecote draws our attention to a very amusing editorial in Tobacco Control. Despite careful review and selection procedures, no journal can guarantee that everything published is accurate, or that all readers will agree with the authors’ interpretation of findings. … Continue reading

Posted in Plain Packaging, Shut it down. Fire them all., Take Nanny down | 11 Comments

Crony capitalists who gain from carbon taxes

Dan Mitchell explains how rent seekers and crony capitalists gain from carbon taxes. I’m going to revisit the case against energy taxes. Except it’s not going to be a friendly assessment. That’s because there’s a legitimate case (made by Jerry) … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 15 Comments

EPA scandal, funding the Greens

Public funding of the green vandals. With the blessing of the Department of Justice, the EPA has been going after major corporations and telling those corporations that they can pay a massive fine to the federal government or pay a … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Rafe, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 22 Comments

Triggs on her way out

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Gillian Triggs, president of the Human Rights Commission, will not have her contract renewed next year. Kind of pathetic actually.

Posted in Australian Story, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 118 Comments

Newspeak and the Human Rights Commission

There was some rejoicing when 1984 came and went without the worldwide totalitarianism portended in George Orwell’s 1984. However the centrepiece of the new regime was only scheduled for full implementation around 2050. This is Newspeak, the language which is … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Rafe, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 31 Comments

In case you missed it

Liberty Quote Why has it taken people like my friends at the Institute of Public Affairs, some of my colleagues in the coalition, columnists, editorial writers and writers of letters to the editors of the newspapers to get a debate … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Cultural Issues, Freedom of speech, Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government, Rafe, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 16 Comments