There's a serious misunderstanding of the intentions of many Donald Trump and Pauline Hanson voters.
Rather than discuss the merits of the doctrine it condemns members for acting against their judgment and conscience and, almost in the next breath, reminds them that disunity is death.
The alarming aspect of identity politics is that as a response to discrimination it becomes discrimination's other side.
While both parties have rebuked Sam Dastyari, and Labor is talking about banning foreign donations, neither is interested in substantive reform.
The great political party, The Liberals, formed by Robert Menzies seven decades ago, is in its death throes. It has been assassinated by right wing zealots.
Anti-democratic movements whether left or right have much more in common with each other than their democratic left and right opponents.
There is also a need to explain just how bad the present system is, with no limits on spending by multi-millionaires like Clive Palmer, and no constraints on donations from any source.
In Britain it was clear to me at once that their politics, despite the apparent similarity of parties called ‘Labour’ and ‘Labor’, was not the same as ours.
Taking a utilitarian point of view, 18c protects the happiness of minorities, and therefore it would be wrong to abolish it.
Built into the ‘conservative’ frame of mind is also a preference for, or a kind of belief in, the notion of an organic society, which is not just a set of individuals.
The ability to take someone else’s perspective and empathise are important motivators of 'pro-social' behaviour; that is, actions that promote social acceptance and friendship.
University campuses are covered in myopic campaign gatherings against 'that Hanson woman'. The time she therefore receives in terms of interest and coverage tends to be out of all proportion to her actual relevance.