Posts in ‘Ethics’

Let’s rub out bigotry (and Catherine Deveny) Bill

Friday, August 15th, 2014

I always thought that George Brandis was right – it is legal to be a bigot in this country – but Bill Shorten has corrected him, a correction which he tacitly seems to have accepted by abandoning his attempt to change section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. According to Bill “…bigotry has no place […]

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Posted by Graham at 7:49 am | Comments (26) |

Why OLO has published on the link between abortion and breast cancer

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

After the treatment meted out to Eric Abetz, possibly the last thing I wanted to see in my email inbox was an article from a credible academic, with credible evidence, that there could indeed be a link between abortion and breast cancer. But there it was, and it has been published today. Despite the media […]

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Posted by Graham at 8:28 am | Comments (7) |

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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Posted by Iain Nicholson at 1:35 am | Comments (16) |

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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Posted by Graham at 9:30 pm | Comments (14) |

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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Posted by Graham at 12:55 pm | Comments (12) |
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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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