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The religious discrimination legislation doesn't go far enough, and further action needs to be taken to deal with religious hate crimes.
Our spying against Timor-Leste and persecution of a whistleblower and his lawyer reads like a tawdry thriller that would embarrass James Bond.
by Susan Connelly - 26/11/2021 - 23 comments
To end life voluntary or assisted suicide or euthanasia is legal in many countries but at the same time illegal in most countries.
An intellectually disabled man on death row in Singapore has won another short reprieve, but the global campaign to save him is growing.
by Peter Murphy - 18/11/2021 - 12 comments
The turning point of Australia's modern gun regulations dates back to the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, which cost the lives of 35 people as a result of a rifle rampage.
by Marcie Young - 4/11/2021 - 8 comments
This week we learn that there is no room in the editorial pages of the paper whose motto is 'Independent. Always.' for independent thought.
by Dara Macdonald - 1/11/2021 - 7 comments
I read the decision as an exercise in pettifoggery and misdirection, where the five judge panel and its joint judgment indulges in some virtue-signalling about academic freedom when it doesn’t count.
by James Allan - 27/10/2021 - 5 comments
This month, Australia has made its own modest contribution to cartoon cancel culture by taking aim (the word is appropriate) at one of its favourite scrawling sons.
by Binoy Kampmark - 27/10/2021 - 3 comments
It has been a disappointing week in the courts for freedom fighters - but this should only bring home the fact that changes in law have to be fought for on the floor of the parliament not by judicial activism.
by Dara Macdonald - 18/10/2021 - 5 comments
All the Covid hysteria around most of the democratic world, and especially in Britain, New York state, Canada and here in Australia, is driven by two main things.
by James Allan - 7/10/2021 - 19 comments
Dershowitz and Trump have a point in pointing out a symptom of the US body politic that has become cripplingly apparent: business and the interests of capitalism have come to control speech, its circulation, its distribution.
by Binoy Kampmark - 7/10/2021 - 3 comments
To be effective, a government should identify the problems it wants to tackle, specify what it will do about them, implement relevant policies, then carry a majority of the public with it.
by Tony Abbott - 4/10/2021 - 13 comments

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