Category Archives: Sink the Fink

You have got to be kidding

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours: The Honourable Roman FINKELSTEIN QC, South Yarra Vic 3141 For distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law, to legal education as an academic, to jurisprudence in the fields of commercial and competition law, … Continue reading

Posted in Politics of the Left, Sink the Fink | 47 Comments

Not to mention the Gillard government …

It seems News Corp journalist have been threatened: Radical extremists have threatened some of News Corp’s most senior employees for their reporting on Islamic State. As News Corp celebrated the company’s best journalism at its annual News Awards on Friday … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Hypocrisy of progressives, Sink the Fink | 14 Comments

The debate on press regulation continues

Earlier this year the Melbourne University Law Review published a paper by Ray Finkelstein and Rod Tiffen setting out a defence of the Finkelstein Review and its recommendations. Chris Berg and I have written a reply that can be downloaded … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Sink the Fink | 12 Comments

Remember the Finkelstein Review?

You would think Craig Emerson would recall media policy under the previous Labor government. But no: By asking the ABC whose side it is on following the airing on Q&A of a question from a man who had been charged … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Media, National Security, Sink the Fink | 24 Comments

The value of Royal Commissions

Graham Richardson asks the question: … you have to wonder what prompted the Abbott government to set up a royal commission that could spend millions of dollars to work out that Gillard could never be charged with an ­offence. … … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Hypocrisy of progressives, Sink the Fink | 99 Comments

Section 18C

In an article in today’s Australian, Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz states that section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 should remain unchanged. He writes For those who understand the operation of 18C, this campaign has been somewhat disheartening: 18C’s opponents have avoided making … Continue reading

Posted in Sink the Fink, Take Nanny down | 40 Comments

Ask your MP what they have done for free speech

Posted in Sink the Fink, Take Nanny down | 29 Comments

Costings and censorship

This afternoon I banged out about 600 odd words on the Coalition costings – they are up at The Conversation (please click through). The biggest problem with the costings, to my mind, is the $1 million set aside for the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 election, Freedom of speech, Sink the Fink, Take Nanny down | 146 Comments

Being a false witness

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council raises some anti-free speech red herrings in the Australian: Likewise, almost everyone, Professor Allan included, recognises that there are exceptions to freedom of speech. You cannot defame someone, you cannot incite … Continue reading

Posted in Sink the Fink, Take Nanny down | 63 Comments

Big Brother should watch you

Here is a letter from Labor MP Michael Danby to the AFR: When it comes to detecting and defeating the threat of terrorism, what do conservatives really want? (“Security more than a matter of trust”, June 14.) Whenever a terrorist … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 election, Freedom of speech, Sink the Fink, Take Nanny down | 38 Comments