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Liberty loses in the Budget

Liberty loses in the Budget

Cartoon with thanks to John Ditchburn, InkcinctCivil liberties and human rights lost out in Budget 2013. Not only did they lose to the police, security-like agencies and the spooks by not receiving funds, but some civil justice and human rights areas we…

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Refugee policy: long march into tyranny

Refugee policy: long march into tyranny

 How we treat child refugees says a lot about us as a nation. We’re on a downhill slide, says Graham Macafee, and the prospects are we’ll end up with unthinkable cruelty to children, whereas now we’re just plain cruel, inflicting on children the type of…

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ACC: drugs report flawed, woeful record exposed

ACC: drugs report flawed, woeful record exposed

The Drugs in Sport affair has so far focused on the ‘sins’ of sports people. But the real guilty party may be the accuser, the Australian Crime Commission. We warned Parliament in October 2012 that the ACC would destroy reputations, and was dangerous: j…

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2012:  Year of the Boiling Frog

2012: Year of the Boiling Frog

“The number and variety of threats to civil liberties of Australians during 2012 approached almost unprecedented levels,” says John Roskam, head of the Institute of Public Affairs. When commentators from all sides of politics start sounding warnings, it…

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VALE: Michael Atchison

VALE: Michael Atchison

Cartoonist Michael Atchison OAM died in February 2009 – CLA salutes his contribution to the community, including the four cartoons he generously donated to the CLA touring exhibition, ‘Laughing With Knives’. During 40 years at the Adelaide Advertiser, A…

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Executive rule to be feared

Executive rule to be feared

Sharpe’s take on Jack Waterford’s article: Executive rule to be feared.
Executive rule to be feared
One of Cardinal George Pell’s set pieces is about the emptiness and ultimate sterility of relativism, and about how important it is to affirm absolute a…

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