What are Your Rights if the Police Drop Around for a Chat?

This one covers both Australian and New Zealand law, so it's handy for those of us on both sides of the Tasman. In a series of notorious recent incidents, British police have embarked on a sinister campaign of coercing social media users, from intimidating “visits” to being arrested and dragged off to the lockup. A …

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Tasmania: Jacinda Downunder squibs and the Green wilt

Here's another old column for historical interest: Covering the Tasmanian state election result in 2018 Well, although sections of the Australian media got a little over-excited at the prospect of having an inexperienced, young, female socialist of their very own to fawn over, the Jacinda Downunder squibbed it, in the Tasmanian state election. Will Hodgman’s …

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A Tale of Two Dangerous Ideas

Another old one. The Sydney “Festival of Dangerous Ideas” was celebrated as a platform to spout such dangerous, “offensive, obnoxious, fearsome, dangerously stupid” ideas as “Israel is an Apartheid State”, “Genital Cutting is Normal”, or even that “Honour Killings are Justified”. One thing that was immediately obvious was that FODI’s roster was heavily weighted to …

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Don’t be fooled: The open-borders left don’t give a rat’s about kids

The political left in Australia continually work themselves into a frenzy of self-righteousness over a bunch of country-shopping illegal immigrants who’ve been rightfully prevented from forcing their way into the country. It never seems to matter to the left that it was their own policies which landed the fakugees where they are. When the Howard …

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Popular Leaders & Policy Failures: Australia’s Been There Already

If opinion polls are to believed, prime minister Jacinda Ardern is near-unassailable. But that’s what polls said about Bill Shorten and Hillary Clinton, too. But for the closest parallel to Ardern, New Zealanders should look across the ditch of sea and time, to former Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd. For most of his first term, …

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Shake the Fault Lines and Watch the Hypocrites Fall Out

Federal police raiding union offices in 2017. Photo: AAP. There’s not a lot that I agree with Martin Hirst about, but on one thing he is absolutely right: journalism operates on “fault lines”. Fault lines are those ethical conflicts that are part and parcel of the trade of journalism. Sometimes the fault lines are as …

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Australia’s Bellwether Election Weekend is Ominous for Turnbull

I'll be occasionally posting some stuff that was written a while ago for other blogs, and which I never got around to posting here, just because it's interesting to see how some of my "analyses" have stood the test of time.This one is mostly interesting because of its observation on the downward spiral of the …

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How Game of Thrones Broke its Woke Fans

How white leftists see themselves. The finale of Game of Thrones, and indeed its entire final season, has been easily the most talked-about television event since “Who shot JR?” – mostly for the wrong reasons. Show watchers had for years sneered at fans of George R. R. Martin’s books, who noted the steadily declining quality …

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