The claim that one compassionate good is achieved (stopping drownings) should not come at the cost other unjustified practices.
Neoliberalism in effect undermined the class positions of both major political parties, and both have spent the subsequent years trying to find a new role.
In my term in parliament, I want to convince Australians to reconsider whether handing their money over to the government is better than keeping it themselves.
Given that they have had virtually a monopoly of the mass media, the government and the scientific academies, doesn't that point to a fundamental problem with the 'climate change' message?
Like the last, this parliament looks as though it will be obsessed by who lied, and didn't, and just what constitutes a lie.
If a line cannot be drawn through this type of campaign tactic it is likely that many people with excellent credentials and cause to run for public office will simply shy away.
It has been apparent (to me at least) that the Easter story and the Anzac story have been engaged in their own war of myths for a long time, escalating in the last decade.
It was, then, something of a surprise to see Education Minister Christopher Pyne on Q&A seeking to justify the ‘debt levy’ on egalitarian grounds.
When Australians are questioned about their priorities, when it comes to politics the republic rates lowly. We need to make it a priority issue.
It's time for a Boomer political party. Not to look back in wistful nostalgia to days of flaired pants and campus sit-ins, but a new party that fights for intergenerational equity.
According to the latest Australian Financial Review/Nielsen poll, support for an Australian republic is at its lowest levels since March 1992.
The big civilizational jump which allowed humanity to leave our hardwired-for-socialism past was the development of agriculture.