Category: Politics

On the Bali 9 Duo

I oppose the death penalty. I oppose it per se. I oppose it regardless of the crime, and regardless who it is applied to. If, like me, you oppose the death penalty, oppose it outright, not because of the nationality of the victim. Every year around the world thousands of people are put to death. […]

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The role of charity in civil society

This is the transcript of my speech at the recent annual Australian Libertarian Society Friedman Conference. Today I’d like to talk to you about the role of non-monetary interests in civil society, and how they are absolutely essential for the proper functioning of society. By this, I’m referring to charity & volunteer work, donations & […]

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The National Broadband Network – Government vs. Coalition

Some time ago I blogged about the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN), the centrepiece infrastructure policy of the current Labor government. I’d like to follow up on this issue from a different perspective. In the meantime, both the government and opposition have dedicated themselves to a national broadband policy. So I’d like to analyse the […]

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The media and democracy

Democracy is about so much more than just voting for your leaders. There are many other facets like freedom of speech, freedom of belief, the right to a fair trial, the list goes on. One very important facet is freedom of the media. But equally important is an informed citizenry. Importantly, freedom of the media […]

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Mining taxes anyone?

The Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT), aka the Mining Tax, is a big issue in Australia lately. For the non-Australian readers, this is a tax on non-renewable resources that are exploited by the mining industry on Australian territory. Most people from my side of politics vehemently oppose the Mining Tax, criticising it as “yet another […]

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Thanks Bob

Recently, on behalf of a group of concerned Australian scientists, I sent a letter to the Australian Foreign Minister and Shadow Foreign Minister regarding the plight of a young Iranian physicist who was imprisoned in Iran for “communicating with a hostile government” (read the letter here). Today I received a personally signed letter from the […]

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Open letter to the Australian Christian Lobby

This is my open letter to Jim Wallace, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby. Please share this letter via social media. Dear Mr. Wallace, In the last year the ACL has released significantly more statements on homosexuality than on all other social issues combined. This bias brings into question the agenda of the ACL […]

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The Loch Ness monster

Now tax-payer funded schools in the US are educating children that the Loch Ness monster is real… as a way of disproving Darwinism. See here.

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It seems you will soon be prosecuted for using the wrong curve-fitting

Just when we thought American politics couldn’t get more farcical, this happens: See here and here.

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My article with Tom Stace in ‘The Conversation’

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