Posts in ‘Ethics’

Remuneration of politicians

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

I have quite a few friends who are politicians. A decent chunk of them earn much less than they could in the private sector. Some of them left much more lucrative jobs to go into politics. Others that I know undoubtedly obtained a pay rise by going into representative politics, and I wonder whether they […]

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Posted by Nick at 2:50 pm | Comments (6) |

Adam Goodes

Monday, May 27th, 2013

This morning I read the Sydney Morning Herald’s letters page, which was largely devoted to Adam Goodes’ pointing out a racist slur during an AFL game the other night. The reactions ranged from the typical schtick of the victimhood lobby to the ramblings of someone who tried to explain away Goodes’ being called an “ape” […]

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Posted by Nick at 9:25 am | Comments (10) |

The boundaries of legitimate protest

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

As far as I can tell from the news reports, Julia Gillard wasn’t subjected to any actual violence today (unless you count being dragged to the car by her coppers), but we’ve never seen a Prime Minister being dragged by security like that before.  It is reasonable to infer that there was a serious risk […]

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Posted by Nick at 7:26 pm | Comments (41) |

Freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the Bolt decision

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Those in doubt that the Andrew Bolt case is about free speech need only think about the contortions of logic necessary to dismissing the proposition that it is about free speech. On his blog, my friend Mark Bahnisch says that “free speech is not at issue here” before observing that “[f]ree speech, as the judgment […]

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Posted by Nick at 3:27 pm | Comments (10) |

A producer’s view of animal rights

Monday, June 20th, 2011

G’day Australia,   Let me introduce myself. I am a primary producer. For my entire life I have been involved in primary production. I would like to think that this qualifies me as a professional in my trade. So what does my trade involve? Well firstly, I produce livestock. This makes me a whole host […]

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Human Rights Awards, Chris Sidoti, Pauline Hanson and On Line Opinion

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Congratulations to Therese Rein, winner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s 2010 Human Rights Award, and all the other winners. It was particularly interesting to see the Internet get a look in with GetUp winning the Community (Organisation) Award. Other winners included Nina Funnell, an occasional contributor to On Line Opinion. You can […]

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Is JK Rowling a witch?

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Is JK Rowling a witch? It would appear to be a reasonable question given her performance in prosecuting a case against Steven Vander Ark for daring to have compiled The Harry Potter Lexicon. The judge is urging both sides to settle, drawing on well-known legal precedents from Dicken’s Bleak House. I hope they don’t and […]

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Quick! Kill the Moggie! Save the Planet!

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Visiting friends from Wellington informed me last weekend that they won’t be having a pet when they move to their ‘intentional community’ near Nelson. (That’s an evolved form of the kibbutz, think Nimbin with broadband. ) They brought to my attention that cats have a large carbon footprint:0.6 apparently, not that I really grasp what […]

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A.N.U. – Australia’s Nastiest University?

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Almost by accident, I discovered I had been underpaid as a tutor last semester in the business faculty. When I heard about an overseas tutor with a PhD complaining about this and being told ‘it is not our policy to pay at the PhD level’, I immediately dug up my HR log in and checked. […]

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Junkies are the scum of the earth (3)

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

No point in talking about my son any more. Why depress everyone, including myself? Better to boast of solutions to the tedious society vs the individual vs resource distribution conundrum. In relation to drug policy at least. Again I find my suggestions are viable, and being implemented in the enlightened backwoods of Scandinavia. On the […]

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Posted by Ronda Jambe at 2:53 pm | Comments (4) |