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Sydney LMI talk: “to argue freely according to conscience”

Great group of Lachlan Macquarie Interns and other young politically smart people in Sydney last Thursday (some pictured above) where I was asked to discuss what is involved in a private citizen weighing into public debate.

My message was that there is no point weighing in unless you have a compelling conviction about some matter, and that it is worth taking as long as you need to “get to the heart of the matter” before expressing a view. Then, once you are convinced about what needs saying, say it in the clearest way you can so that it is useable to others. Give them a form of words, a shape of the argument, that they can make their own. Conviction and clarity.

Note to the Senate Enquiry into Nanny Roxon’s new Anti-Free-Speech Bill

Note to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Re: Exposure Draft, Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012

December 21, 2012

Dear Senators,

The signs in this Bill that point to an underlying sickness in the once robust and rational body of human rights law include:

– enshrining a fake and sickly new “right” not to be offended, and using this fraudulent thing to infringe on the true and fundamental rights of free expression, free conscience, freedom of religious practice.

– enshrining subjective, highly questionable new “attributes” like political opinion and sexual proclivity to be protected alongside the objective, unquestioned attributes of race, sex, age etc, and so debasing the objective attributes.

Big government means small citizens… Will we go the way of Europe?

Substitute ‘Australia’ for ‘Europe’ in this paragraph from the former CEO of the Commonwelath Bank and former Chair of the Future Fund, David Murray, writing in today’s Australian – and see how it feels:

Other features of (Europe’s) malaise stem from a socialist system, which attracts votes by offering debt-funded entitlements or adopting causes which infer protection from myriad future threats and open the way to more interventionist, unproductive uses of public money. This interventionist approach seeks to centralise decision making and legislate for everything.

Sanity in the Senate: gay marriage rejected

As with the House of Reps earlier this week, the news today is reassuringly sane: “Senate Rejects Gay Marriage”

As I posted at the Australian Marriage Forum website, we have seen men and women from all parties (except the Greens) focus on the simple truth about what marriage is – this greatest social institution built on the most solid biological foundation – and why, for the sake of the love between mother, father and child, it must not be tinkered with.

Overall, the combined vote of the House and the Senate was more than a 2 to 1 majority!!

Abbott on Free Speech and a free society

Posted today by the IPA, the next PM’s defence of the freedom by which we argue for all our other freedoms. Watch from about 20mins on for the best bits.

Mr Abbott declares that the Coalition will repeal section 18C of the racial discrimination act ‘in its current form’… I only hope that is not code for a mere amending of the section. We do not need, as he put it, a “hurt feelings test” enshrined in our laws. Speech, when passionately made about values passionately held, will inevitably be offensive at times, and we have to cop that as the cost of an open public forum.

Motion to make the Baby Bonus ‘kick in’ when the costs kick in

In my absence (a bit crook late yesterday, so I did not stay for the final day of the LNP Convention) thanks to Bec, one of our Young LNP delegates, for making the case this morning for this small but helpful adjustment to the federal ‘Baby Bonus’ policy. It passed without any opposition. And if it is implemented under an Abbott government, it can stand in tribute to Elise and James, patients of mine (and family friends) who first showed me how difficult it is to make the preparations for a first baby when you are short of money.

Motion to de-fang the Greens-Labor “National Curriculum”

A unanimous vote of support from the 900 delegates at the LNP Convention this morning, with the invaluable input of Senator Brett Mason (pictured). The issue was the culture-changing juggernaut of the Left, the ‘national curriculum’, and how a benign plan under the Coalition to standardise ‘standards’ across the country became an insidious means of inculcating “approved attitudes” in students, once the scheme was in the hands of the left – in particular, under then-education Minister Julia Gillard in 2010.

This was the motion, more or less:

Mother-Father-Child: defending social sanity before the Senate

Seen in Melbourne today at the Senate Committee enquiry into the Green’s homosexual marriage Bill (Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010): your scribe appearing as Chairman of the Australian Marriage Forum (www.australianmarriage.org.au); Jim Wallace AM Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby; and Dr Lachlan Dunjey, convenor of Doctors for the Family who represented about 150 co-signatory doctors. Photo taken by a psychiatrist friend, technology by Apple. A range of contributors for and against the Bill: lawyers, ethicists, gay groups, one former homosexual man now a father of three, the indefatigable champion of the family Bill Muehlenberg, and sundry others including the above.

AUDIO: LNP stays sane on same-sex “marriage”

AUDIO of my contribution to the LNP debate on same-sex marriage July 17th 2011

There are times when one can be proud of the goodwill and commonsense of a political party. Today was one such occasion, at the Hilton in Brisbane for the State Conference of the LNP (Liberal National Party – the Queensland centre-right political movement). Delegates passed our branch’s motion with overwhelming support (only one person spoke against it) this morning. The debate was held during an open session, with media present, so I am able to print the motion and my speech in moving the resolution, as below, and give the excerpt from ABC Radio above:

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