Author: <span class="vcard">Lee Herridge</span>

My Health Record: it’s worse than you think

There have been many critiques of the Federal government’s rollout of the My Health Record, based on many different grounds. There are the threats of hackers abusing the lax security of government databases, there are concerns over abusive spouses accessing details by logging into their spouses’ accounts, there are questions over the access private companies will have to sensitive records, and there are worries regarding access creep – more and more people getting access to this information.

The government has been on the back foot since the opt out period has started and has scrambled to assuage the fears of the public. No health minister would want a large program like this to fall flat and give the opposition a free kick going into the next federal election, which could be held as early as August 4th. All of these criticisms are valid and any one of them provides good Read the rest

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Brutality exposes dark heart of Australian police culture

The shocking footage of a Victorian pensioner being beaten outside his home by police has highlighted a festering blight that taints governance in this country, revealing some very dark truths about how we citizens can expected to be treated by those who wield the gun and the baton over us. Concerned for his welfare as he came off his pain medication, the carers of the pensioner, only identified as John, called the authorities and half a dozen police officers were dispatched. Despite the fact that John asked the officers to leave, saying he wanted to be left alone, the police told him that they would break down his door if he didn’t let them in. Once he unlocked the door, the police pepper sprayed him, dragged him out of his home and to the ground, beat his leg with a baton, and then six of them pinned him to the Read the rest

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Libertarians and the culture war

Libertarianism can be summed up in the motto ‘live and let live’. Libertarianism is about freedom to live according your own preferences and principles, and respecting the equal rights of others live according to theirs. Libertarians reject much or all of the state for breaching that core concept – we rightly see that the state is often used as a vehicle for one group of people forcing their preferences onto others, when those disagreements should be resolved outside of the coercive power of the state. Disagreement is to be resolved by debate and discussion, not through sending armed agents of the state to shut you down, and if we cannot agree then we agree to disagree and go our separate ways. One of the core strengths of the wide and deep civil society arrangement that libertarians favour is that there is a place for everyone, and people who fundamentally disagree

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