Category Archives: Quotidian

Book reviews: Mark Latham, David Leyonhjelm: Australian Warriors for Liberty

Outsiders – ‘I won’t be silenced’  By Mark Latham Wilkinson Publishing, paperback, 208 pages,  October 2017, rrp $39.99 Freedom’s Salesman By David Leyonhjelm Wilkinson Publishing, paperback, 367 pages, October 2017, rrp $44.99 By Andrew L. Urban. It is sobering if not downright … Continue reading

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Weak kneed protests

Andrew L. Urban. Instead of taking the knee, as they call it in America when rock star sportsmen go down on one knee instead of standing tall for the national anthem, these earnest looking sportsmen turned social justice warriors should … Continue reading

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The naïve and the activists are joined in marriage

The acrimony of the SSM debate owes much to the fact that the hard core activists masquerading under the equality banner on the Yes side are leading the naïve romantics under the love is love banner – and No voters … Continue reading

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Behaviour goes to character in SSM debate

By Andrew L. Urban. “…a question or topic such as this should be considered based on its own meaning, value and consequences, and not by the behaviour of its proponents or detractors,” writes John Ryan in his thoughtful essay (Spectator … Continue reading

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Father figures, family trees and SSM

Andrew L. Urban We can all agree that adoptive parents – including same sex couples – can be as loving and caring as biological ones. But there is much more to ‘family’ than a loving hug, as we can all … Continue reading

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Unforgiven – when sorry is unanswered

By Andrew L. Urban. It was 18 years ago last weekend that then Prime Minister John Howard moved a Motion of Reconciliation, including an expression of ‘deep and sincere regret that indigenous Australians suffered injustices under the practices of past … Continue reading

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What voters look forward to in the SSM debate

By Andrew L. Urban. 1 – Voters are looking forward to Labour’s Shadow Attorney General becoming more familiar with the law. Marriage ‘equality’ as far as equality at law is concerned was achieved decades ago, as the Shadow Attorney General … Continue reading

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Inequality is the human condition, Bill

By Andrew L. Urban Whaddaya mean by ‘tackling inequality’, Bill? Don’t you know that inequality is built into the human condition? You can’t wish it away, spend it away or tax it away. “The current tax system isn’t fair,” you … Continue reading

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Sinking into oppression

By Andrew L. Urban. We were saying things around the dinner table last Friday night and Gillian Triggs could not stop us. We were saying things about Australia sinking beneath the waves of oppressive socio-political authoritarianism, safe spaces ‘n’ all. … Continue reading

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Democracy is not a la carte

By Andrew L. Urban. In Australia, the new ACTU boss Sally McManus believes that unions can and should break any law they feel is unjust. In America, several cities – the so called sanctuary cities – defy Federal law and … Continue reading

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