Articles by Justin Campbell

No matter the question, government is the answer

In an excellent article in The Australian this week, Nick Cater does a skilful dissection of the Northcote by-election in Victoria. For those who might not have heard the news, a seat that has been Labor since 1927 went to The Greens. Amazingly, the Andrews government, that seems to have more in common with Che than Chifley, was not left enough for this electorate.

Some of the seat’s statistics of are quite illuminating. Apparently, there are ten times more teachers than truck drivers and twenty times more university lecturers than brick layers. The most interesting statistic of all however, is that 58 per cent work in the public sector. It seems that when government workers are in a position to decide, they vote for more government and there is no party more in favour of larger government than The Greens. It is no coincidence that the growth of government both … Read the rest


Queensland’s undemocratic electoral process

Libertarians, classical liberals and small government conservatives will likely be disappointed in their options when they come to vote in Queensland’s election. Faced with a choice of choosing between the Liberal National Party, Labor, the Greens and One Nation many may choose to put a blank ballot paper in the box. Where’re the Liberal Democrats or the Australian Conservatives they will likely ask? The answer to that question has nothing to do with either of those parties’ willingness to run candidates, but Queensland’s byzantine process for registering political parties. It’s time to call bullshit on the corrupt processes used to prevent Queenslanders voting for the party of their choice.

The process for registering a political party in Queensland is outlined in the Electoral Act of 1992 and is described in the Political Party Handbook produced by the Queensland Electoral Commission. That process requires that a political party either have a … Read the rest


Too Controversial to debate: IQ’s role in education

Deplatforming has again become an issue after Teach First a UK not-for-profit organisation that recruits teachers from other academic disciplines removed an article by Toby Young director of the New Schools Networks arguing IQ was the single biggest predictor of student outcome and there were limits to what schools can do to overcome IQ inequity.

Teach First initially published the article with a rebuttal from Sonia Blandford. They later removed the article stating on Twitter: “We made a mistake. We published 2 blogs with opposing views as part of a recent debate on education. One was wrong. We’ve removed it. Sorry.” They replaced Young’s post with a longer explanation for why the article was removed. Stating that, “The aim was to drive debate. But we shouldn’t have published his blog, even with the rebuttal: it was against what we believe is true and against our values and vision. We apologise. Read the rest




No Campaign Dad shows why we need school choice

Last week, Buzzfeed reported that Steve Tourloukis, a Canadian father prominent in advertising by the Coalition for Marriage, “asked for advance notice of the mention of horoscopes, wizardry, and moral relativism so he could shield his kids from “false teachings” at school.” He later became involved in a court case in Canada against that country’s education department. The Coalition for Marriage have been highlighting this case, linking marriage equality with the controversial Safe Schools program; implying that marriage equality is a slippery slope that will lead to a reduction in religious freedom. Tourloukis’ laundry list of objections has been used by Buzzfeed to dismiss his concerns; instead what it demonstrates is how public education inevitably results in a fight to control education and why school choice is necessary.

Buzzfeed rightfully points out that is unreasonable to expect the school system to cater to every parent’s demands around what Read the rest


If Corporations care so much about diversity and inclusion, they should hire older workers

It has become fashionable for corporations to promote diversity and inclusion, but if they cared about being inclusive, they would focus on hiring more older workers. It’s often said that the ideas people spout are those of long-dead philosophers. In the case of modern corporations that philosophy is intersectional feminism, with their chief target old white men. The focus in this agenda has been to be inclusive of people of different races, genders and sexuality, but one significant group has been forgotten: older workers.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Australia still ranks behind many other OECD ranking 12th for mature-aged employment rate. Presently, Australia’s mature-aged employment rate sits at 62.4%, compared to 76.1% in New Zealand. The Australian Human Rights Commission has identified age discrimination as a concern, with many older Australians unable to secure employment in areas where they have both experience and qualifications. Australia’s Aged and Read the rest


Progressive or Liberal? Pick one, because you can’t be both.

Recently Liberal Democrats (UK) leader Tim Farron was forced to resign as leader of that party because of his Christian faith. Over the past few months, the contradiction between his Christian faith and his party’s platform on same-sex marriage was highlighted in the media, and his position became untenable. In spite of his support for same-sex civil marriage, the fact that he privately did not support same-sex marriage for religious reasons made him a pariah in his party. In other words, for progressives, tolerance is not enough, only screaming acceptance will do.

 

Farron wrote, “To be a political leader – especially of a progressive, liberal party in 2017 – and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible’s teaching, has felt impossible for me. I’m a liberal to my fingertips, and that liberalism means that I am passionate about defending the rights and liberties of Read the rest


LibertyWorks Vodcast – Episode 3

 

Description: Nicola Wright and Justin Campbell discuss the same sex marriage plebiscite, free speech and corporate social responsibility.

Links:

No winners with same-sex hate bill – Nicola Wright

Online discussions on same-sex marriage to be monitored – Brisbane Times

Opinion: Gender equality isn’t about women working in media. It’s about others who don’t share our privilege – Helen Razor

 

 

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