It's not surprising that the British were involved in the slave trade - everyone was. What is surprising, and praiseworthy, is that they decided to abolish it of their own free will and at considerable cost.
Topic: Human Rights
There are at least 2 ways of cancelling someone. One way is to remove their name from a place. Another, and more damaging, is to distort their reputation.
In 1998, the case of Israel Folau would have been front and centre in the election campaign. John Howard would have grabbed the ball and run with it — and Kim Beazley would have been wrong-footed.
Are these types of assessments legal questions or are they just politics dressed up as law in order to remove them from the political sphere and transfer them to a lawyerly caste of judges?
If Australians aren't free to make their own moral judgements, then they are no longer free.
Labor populism under Bill Shorten and Sally McManus, if they deliver on their promises, will make the economy inflexible and weak.
While there is a suspicion that some property development donations are corrupt (73 per cent), the suspicion is even higher for gaming (76 per cent) and still very high for unions (63 per cent), alcohol (60 per cent) and lawyers (51 per cent).
The legislation should be withdrawn immediately. Pushing it through on the numbers will increase public perceptions of corruption rather than decrease them.
The Israel Folau case is about more than “inclusion”. It is about religious belief, honesty, integrity, the corruption of sport by commerce, the corruption of commerce by personal interest, and the duty of individuals to stay true to their own moral code, even against overwhelming pressure.
The CCC’s recommendation that property developer contributions at local and state level be banned is wrong in principle and will be dangerous in practice.