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Go home Nanny, you’re drunk

Thomas Jefferson in 1776, said ‘We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.’

Oh, for such rights in Australia in 2017. In Western Australia, new Labor Premier Mark McGowan has called for the banning of full strength beer at the new Perth Stadium, even in the corporate boxes, which understandably hasn’t gone down very well. Newly elected Liberal Democratic MLC Aaron Stonehouse has publicly called out the Premier and labelled his move as ‘peak nanny state’. He highlighted the availability of full strength beer, wine and spirits at Parliament House to the MLAs, MLCs and public servants who are … Read the rest


School funding: cut out the middle man

In May, I received the latest edition of the ‘The Butler Bulletin’ in the mail from my local Federal MP Terri Butler. The lead article was about how terrible the Federal Budget was and that the Prime Minister is cutting funding to schools so that he can give tax cuts to ‘big business’. The style of writing is somewhere between a Maurice Blackburn lawyer, a GetUp! activist and an indoctrinated primary school student. Scary numbers and buzz words are splashed around to elicit all the right emotional responses from the fan base. The main photo is of an innocent looking student looking out at us with a pencil in her hand. The imagery pleads ‘help protect me from the evil PM’ with the red filter adding to the sense of danger. ‘$22 Billion Cut From Schools’!!! ‘Big Business’!!! See how scary that sounded? Fortunately for the terrorised students of Australia, … Read the rest


After Manchester: anger and courage

There isn’t much that is more frustrating than the desperate scrambling, post the latest Islamist terrorist attack, for commentators and social media buffs to start their preemptive chastising of members of the public that dare to be pissed off about it. No sooner has the initial shock worn off, then the apologism begins.

News coverage descriptions of the perpetrator mention his nationality and his sporting pastime but not the ideology that drove him to detonate a bomb that killed 22 young people and himself.  Columns tell us that  love and resistance is the answer, and everyone who disagrees is a hateful troll. Being angry and hating the Manchester bombing is ‘exactly the aim of terror.’ ‘Not all Muslims’ they tell us as though we are stupid. I’m fairly certain that most people already know that ‘not all Muslims’ are terrorist bombers and yet we have to be reminded at every Read the rest


‘No bias at the ABC’, in other news: ‘no Catholicism at the Vatican’

In a stunning display of ideological incompetence, the Prime Minister appointed his friend, Justin Milne, to fill the role of chairman of the ABC. Justin is so unsuited for the job he can’t even see the bias that’s so obvious to the general public. He appears to have no ability to detect or understand information bias and thinks that everyone should take his word for it that everything’s just hunky-dory. This move is so bad that it makes Tony Abbott’s awarding a Knighthood to Prince Philip look like a piece of cultural genius.

For many years, a most confusing aspect of the Liberal Party has been their continual predilection for kicking their allies and kissing their enemies. Yet again, here is another example of how the cultural rulers of the Liberals offer their supporters slops and offer pots of gold to their sworn enemies. For what? Do you think they’ll

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LibertyWorks Submission to Joint Enquiry on Free Speech

9 December 2016

Committee Secretary
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
PO Box 6100,
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Committee Members

Submission to enquiry on Freedom of Speech in Australia

LibertyWorks is a registered not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Queensland. We advocate for a reduction in government control over citizens liberty and have since our inception held grave concerns over the limitations that the Racial Discrimination Act and the procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission (“AHRC”) places on free speech in Australia.

We refer to the Terms of Reference of the enquiry and call for the full repeal of Sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act (‘the Act”). Our rationale is as follows:

The Act reduces liberty

Freedom of speech is a fundamental right owned by all citizens and that the ability to exercise that right is crucial to intellectual discovery, learning, enlightenment, science, law, free Read the rest


LibertyWorks: Politics in the Pub


Special thanks to all those who came to LibertyWorks Politics in the Pub Event. Especially to our guest panelists Malcolm Roberts – One Nation Senator QLD, David Leyonhjelm – Liberal Democrats Senator NSW and Andrew Laming MP.

Panelist answered questions including: Is taxation theft? Should we abolish the AHRC? And many more.… Read the rest


Queensland Trading Hours: Businesses should be free to choose their own trading hours

 

In response to Queensland Government’s review of the Review of Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990, LibertyWorks Inc. is proposing that all regulations around tradable hours be abolished as soon as possible. Trading hours are an unjust restriction on the freedom of business owners and consumers, they encourage rent seeking, and limit the employment opportunities available to Queensland’s most vulnerable people.

The Nobel prize winning economist Friedrich Hayek warned of the ‘Pretense of Knowledge’, at its core, his argument was that knowledge is unevenly dispersed among different members of society – and that as a result, decisions are best made by those with local knowledge rather than by a central authority. This theory can be applied to trading hours. How can a government agency possibly know what time the local store should open? Should it be 6am or 9am? Can that same government agency know what time the consumer wants … Read the rest