System failure is no reason for new law

The responses to terrorism continues to tighten the noose on democracy.  At the COAG meeting 170608, in response to the Yacqub Khayre incident, nationalising parole being discussed. Sentiment led by Attorney-General George Brandis is that anyone who has had any association with a terrorist and is convicted of a crime be …

Measure outcomes, not news headlines

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin has warned of an “exponential rise” in terrorist activity in Australia inthe past two years. He cited the fact that there were 19 terrorism-related police investigations conducted in 2014, growing to72 in 2016 (“Politics live: Turnbull govt confronts spies, lies and refugees”,canberratimes.com.au, May 31 http://tinyurl.com/yddbcny. …

Respect rehabilitated ex-offenders

I respond to the federal government’s to propose “Sex fiends forced (to stay) home”. It is necessary to respond to the federal government to introduce legislation which would prevent convicted paedophiles from traveling overseas and even preventing them obtaining a passport. I speak on behalf of rehabilitated ex-offenders – if we …

Tax attack on drivers of taxis?

Why do taxi drivers and uber drivers have less rights than other Australians ? Unlike the rest of the Australian population we have to collect, administer and send off GST payments even though most of us earn way under the 75.000 ceiling amount. To me and any fair minded person …

Luxury is having time and money to debate

Editor, Canberra Times: While Australia’s social & political elites bicker over whether the cost of providing paid domestic violence leave is economically bearable or unbearable, it is an entirely irrelevant issue to the increasing number of Australians who don’t enjoy the luxury of full or part-time employment (“Paid domestic violence …