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Opinion pieces

In an era of ignorance and fake news, cold hard facts have never been more important

30 May 2017

In an era where fake news can spread myths and conspiracy theories with extreme efficiency, it is more important than ever for elected politicians to use what authority they have to present the facts and set people straight.

Torture doesn't 'work' and we must rebuff anyone who says otherwise

01 February 2017

Torture is wrong, and that fact is so self-evident that it shouldn't have to be said. It also doesn't 'work' in extracting reliable confessions. It is an abhorrent relic of the darkest chapters of human history, and in 2017 there is simply no place for torture as a policy of democratic governments.

18C inquiry an insult to free speech and ignores reality

11 November 2016

The anti-18C argument only survives because it is based on misrepresentation of the way in which this provision works.

Where Are The Arts In Turnbull's Agility Spin?

06 May 2016

The Coalition's past three years have caused confusion and chaos throughout the arts sector. The Coalition's arts policy has been to cut arts funding and compromise the independence of the Australia Council.

Labor in government will rebuild trust and confidence in the arts trust and confidence which has been trashed by the Abbott-Turnbull Government.

Our Watchdogs Should Not Have To Fear Attack

03 May 2016

Labor will ensure all roles at the Human Rights Commission are appropriately filled with the right people for those important jobs, and stand back and let the Commissioners do their job

The Only Way To Learn The True Health Of Our Financial Services Industry

15 April 2016

Only a Royal Commission can examine whether existing laws are adequate and whether the regulators have the powers and resources they need to address the systemic problems that are so clearly evident in our financial system, and to suggest steps to restore the public's trust in our financial sector.

The PM Must Realise That Christensen And Co Are The Real Bullies When It Comes To Safe Schools

18 March 2016

Since becoming Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull has presided over one of the most significant outbreaks of hateful, ugly anti-LGBTI rhetoric coming from our politicians in recent memory in Australia. Not from external sources, but from inside his own party.

Why Malcolm Turnbull Should Reverse The Destructive, Clumsy and Dumb CSIRO Cuts

16 March 2016

CSIRO is not a glorified consultancy. It is not a start-up looking only to maximise profit opportunities. It is one of the most important scientific institutions in the world with an obligation to do research that is in the long-term public interest, not just the short-term interests of the private sector.

George Brandis Has Failed The Test On Appointments To The Bench

18 December 2015

Making the right choices goes right to the core of the attorney-general's responsibility to maintain the integrity of our legal system. It is right that those who hold that office are held to account for these choices.

If George Brandis won't stand up for the Rule of Law, why is he the Attorney-General?

28 August 2015

Abbott and his attorney general should learn something from the fate of the Newman government and immediately abandon their attack on the rights of Australians and the rule of law.