What’s wrong with this sentence: “This is how evolution stops bad mutations building up to dangerously high levels in a species”? I count at least four things wrong… This musing was prompted by the following snippet: When we reproduce, our children inherit a shuffled bag of mutations, and those with a collection of particularly bad ones are […]
Senator Sinodinos – the Minister for Industry, Innovation, and … whatsitsname? Oh yes, Science – said in a recent speech to the Press Club: [I]ncreasingly, there has emerged a lack of respect for the scientific method in some quarters. We see the conclusions of experts being cast aside, in favour of ideological positions and selective use of […]
Can a florist refuse to sell flowers for a couple’s wedding because the wedding is against the florist’s religious beliefs? The answer to that question took me on an interesting journey through the Australian Constitution, the High Court, Australian Standard 1266.0 (2011), the language of flowers, the Australian Human Rights Commission Act and the Sex Discrimination […]
Suddenly all of the jokes about economists aren’t funny. Here is an economist, Tim Harford, writing about applied psychology, AI, and control systems in the article https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/11/crash-how-computers-are-setting-us-up-disaster Being likewise an expert in none of these disciplines, but with that little knowledge that makes me dangerous I am disturbed by what seems to be the basic […]
I have read quite a few opinion and analysis pieces about the presidential race in the U.S.A, which chronologically could be grouped into three phases: Phase 1 “Why Trump can’t win”; Phase 2 “Why Trump is winning”; and Phase 3 “Why Trump won’t win”. I find these pieces fascinating. Not because of their patent inaccuracy, […]
Originally posted on Castan Centre for Human Rights Law:
The following open letter was sent to editors of a number of Australian media publications regarding recent political attacks on the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs. Its signatories included a number of Castan Centre academics. If you would like to add…
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT Department of Social Services Has absolutely nothing to do with this PRESS RELEASE Like Kevin Andrews, I will not be opening the World Congress of Families. Like Kevin, I have decided to issue a Press Release to explain my decision. Like Kevin, I have decided nonetheless to publish the speech I would have […]
I’ve posted very little for some time now, not been because there’s been nothing to say, but rather because there has been so much to say I’ve been speechless. I’m speechless at the hypocrisy of the current government. I’m speechless at their casual, brutal disregard for the truth. I’m speechless at the sneering, arrogant cynicism […]
Originally posted on xBorder:
The St James Ethics Centre in their own words are, a unique centre for applied ethics, the only one its kind globally — … we pride ourselves on being a catalyst for ethical change by working with passionate individuals and organisations to bring about successful collaborations. Over the years these have included…
What is the difference between these three children? Answer #1 None. Child 1 is loved by its parents, who hoped it would grow up happy and healthy Child 2 is loved by its parents, who hope it will grow up happy and healthy Child 3 is loved by its parents, who hope it will grow […]
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org Re: Australian Government Ministers breaching Article 7 of the Rome Convention Dear Prosecutor, I write as a citizen of Australia, deeply concerned at the behaviour of ministers of our Federal Government; behaviour that I am effectively powerless to stop, but which I believe is so appalling as to be in breach […]
Most Facebook subscribers understand that they’re not only users of Facebook’s services, they’re its product. That is, Facebook isn’t really “free”; the price you pay is giving Facebook access to your personal information: who your friends are, where you go, what you do, how you’re feeling, what products you use, and so on. What subscribers may […]
One of the great things about Australia is that any child can grow up to be Prime Minister.
“A fair go” could be Australia’s motto. It’s a phrase that’s uniquely Australian, and one on which we pride ourselves: Fair go, mate! There are other versions that nobody but an Australian would understand: “Fair dibs”, and of course “Fair suck of the sauce bottle”, but they all mean roughly the same thing. Fairness, and balance.
Crimes against children are universally reviled. Even criminals hate those who offend against children. Probably the most cowardly and disgusting act an adult can commit is to use a child as a human shield, or, worse, as a weapon.