IPA academic advisor, Professor Suri Ratnapala to join the Australian Law Reform Commission
In great news for the cause of freedom, Professor Suri Ratnapala has been appointed as a part-time member of the Australian Law Reform Commission.
Professor Ratnapala is to assist the ALRC’s ‘Review of the Commonwealth Laws for Consistency with Traditional Rights, Freedoms and Privileges’ – known as the Freedoms Inquiry, which is to conclude by the end of the year.
In the IPA’s own audit of federal laws – which was submitted to the Freedoms Inquiry – found that 48 provisions effectively reverse the presumption of innocence, while 108 provisions remove the privilege against self-incrimination.
Breaches of fundamental legal rights such as these deserve urgent attention, and it’s reassuring to see that someone of Professor Ratnapala’s calibre has been appointed to the Freedoms Inquiry.
To see Professor Ratnapala’s most recent FreedomWatch post on the effect of ill-conceived legislation on the separation of powers, click here.
The Constitution is a rule book, not a place for dividing by race
The IPA’s Simon Breheny, appeared on Sky News’ The Nation last week, where he discussed constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
GetUp! striving for an Australia where wind power meets 3am demand
Renewable energy activists were elated last week, with news that wind farms had reportedly generated 140 per cent of Denmark’s electricity demand.
While this was great for GetUp! memes, it failed to mention that the power generated met the demand of the small Scandinavian nation at 3am in the morning. As Brett Hogan explained in FreedomWatch last week, this is a very small accomplishment, especially in light of the increased costs of relying on wind power.
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IPA member Senator Leyonhjelm confronts the Nanny State
David Leyonhjelm, Liberal Democratic Party Senator for New South Wales and IPA member, last month established the Senate Inquiry into ‘Nanny State’ laws.
It could not have come at a better time. From bans on e-cigarettes and punitive laws against smoking near outdoor dining areas, to outrage at McDonalds for changing the appearance of their menus, it is impossible to live without some form of government regulation. The Senator explained in Fairfax newspapers last week:
If we persist in thinking people cannot make simple decisions about what to eat, when to drink or what games to play, why then do we think they can do something as complicated as choosing between different political visions? If people are so stupid, should they even be allowed to vote?
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Nation-wide Magna Carta events begin next week in QLD and NSW
IPA Executive Director John Roskam, Senior Fellow Chris Berg, and Research Scholar Stephanie Forrest will be speaking throughout Australia on the importance of the Magna Carta and its relevance today. You can book for these locations now:
Monday, 27 July 2015, 5.00pm for 5.30pm until 7.00pm
Empire Apartment Hotel, 5 East Street, Rockhampton
Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 5.00pm for 5.30pm until 7.00pm
Pullman King George Square, Corner Ann and Roma Streets, Brisbane
Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 5.00pm for 5.30pm until 7.00pm
The Grace Hotel, 77 York Street, Sydney
These events are free for IPA members and $10 for non-members, but you do need to register your attendance. To book your place visit http://rsvp.ipa.org.au or call the IPA office on 03 9600 4744.
Does anyone know who Jack Lang was?
John Roskam in the Australian Financial Review today:
As yet we don’t know how Greece will play out. But we do know what happened in New South Wales. In 1932 Lang was sacked by the governor Philip Game after Lang attempted to repudiate the debts of the New South Wales government…
Of course the problem with politicians talking about Jack Lang instead of Alexis Tsipras is that so slight is our knowledge of our own history, that most people wouldn’t have a clue who Jack Lang was. And for this we can blame our universities.
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3 articles from this week you must read
- Seem them here.
Some other recent highlights from FreedomWatch
- Hannah Pandel, McDonald’s menu changes hardly spell doom for consumers – 11 July 2015
- Morgan Begg, Outdoor smoking ban crushing businesses in NSW – 15 July 2015
- Brett Hogan, Energy policies taking the UK back to the 1970s – 16 July 2015
- Darcy Allen, A level playing field for the sharing economy – 20 July 2015
- Peter Gregory, Big Government in bed with Big Soccer – 21 July 2015
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