Category: Democracy

Dr Muriel Newman

Muzzling Free Expression

The freedom of expression is a cornerstone of our democracy. It results in a stronger and more resilient society. Once opinions are silenced and society becomes stifled, it’s only a short step to totalitarian control.


Dave Witherow

Something Else

We hear a lot about balance these days, especially as it applies to the media. Soon, no doubt, it will be a legal requirement, further eroding our freedom of expression. Things were not always thus.


Dr Muriel Newman

Dangers Ahead

Drug use is now the major threat to public safety on our roads.


Bob Troyer

It’s high time we took a breath from marijuana commercialization

I’m not sure the 55 percent of Coloradans who voted for commercialization in 2012 thought they were voting for all this.


Dr Muriel Newman

The 2019 ‘Wellbeing’ Budget

The Budget reveals that under the stewardship of Jacinda Ardern’s Government, New Zealand’s economic growth has fallen from 3.2 percent last year to 2.4 percent this year. Treasury attributes this to a drop in migration and a collapse in business investment growth from 6.8 percent last year to 0.7 percent this year.


Frank Newman

Budget 2019 - Rhetoric or Well-being?

Labour promised something special, but Budget 2019 delivered something quite ordinary. Those who believe governments should foster a vibrant economy will find nothing of real substance to applaud, while those who have been promised a transformational change in social policy will be left feeling they have been short-changed.


Dr Muriel Newman

Election Lessons

The ‘elites’ in Labour and the Greens have captured the agenda, attacking free speech, advancing race-based privilege, and prioritising identity politics, alienating middle of the road voters in the process.


Claire Lehmann

At Australian Ballot Boxes, the Left’s Empathy Deficit Came Home to Roost

More broadly, the modern progressive left has lost touch with the fact that what ordinary people want from their government is a spirit of respect, dignity and hope for the future.


Dr Muriel Newman

Criminalising free speech

The danger is that hate speech restrictions will be the thin end of the wedge, and will escalate from addressing extremism to criminalising speech that socialists like our Prime Minister and her parties think is objectionable.


Bronwyn Howell

Calling out the ‘Christchurch call’

In the bargaining of the Paris summit, the tech companies have agreed in effect to act as the agents of the governments in delivering their political objectives of countering “violent extremist narratives” and engaging in “the fight against inequality.”