After every significant shooting in the United States the gun control debate inevitably resurfaces, and comparisons are drawn between Australia and the United States. While some change may be necessary in the US, this is not an appropriate comparison, and importing Australian laws to the US may not be as effective there as those laws have […]
Photo credit: Australian Associated Press. The issue of marriage equality has finally been resolved in Australia, after the federal Parliament passed legislation on Tuesday to allow two people to marry regardless of their sex or gender. After four days of debates and discussion of many proposed amendments, the House of Representatives voted in favour of […]
Regardless of your own faith or beliefs, there is no denying that religion has been a major influence on human societies since the beginning of time and continues to be to this day. Religion continues to dictate the foods people eat, the choices they make, and how they spend their free time. Ultimately, how one […]
The result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, and it now falls to Parliament to enact the required legislation. Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 has long been the preferred option of most politicians, and on the afternoon the result of the […]
Photo credit: Australian Associated Press. After a highly emotional public debate riddled by misinformation and forced justification, the Australian people have voted ‘Yes’ to legalise same-sex marriage. The ABS announced on Wednesday morning 61.6% of eligble voters ticked ‘Yes’ in the non-binding, non-compulsory $122 million postal survey, with 38.4% of voters ticking ‘No’. Photo credit: […]
Photo credit: Alex Proimos (Flickr) — CC BY 2.0 licence The long awaited High Court judgement on the so-called “Citizenship Seven” has disqualified Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Senators Fiona Nash and Malcolm Roberts, and former Senators Scott Ludlum and Larissa Waters from Parliament. Senators Nick Xenophon and Matthew Canavan have not been disqualified. A by-election […]
Photo credit: Adam Roberts (website) Mass shootings in the United States are inevitably accompanied by fierce political debate about gun control, and the Las Vegas Strip Shooting has been no exception. Seemingly before the bodies were even cold, spokespeople from both sides of the debate popped up on television arguing for more restrictions or fewer […]
Now that the High Court prepares to hear cases concerning the dual citizenship status of seven current and former parliamentarians, it is important to reflect on the reasons why section 44(i) of the Australian Constitution exists. What exactly is it meant to prevent? Is it doing its job?
Australia stands almost alone in the Anglosphere in its lack of marriage equality, with only Northern Ireland to keep it company. Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, most of the United Kingdom, and the United States have all achieved marriage equality over the past decade-and-a-half, through a variety of judicial and legislative mechanisms. Australia is […]
There were a few initial hints that the turnout would be as massive as it turned out to be — the snatches of overheard conversation on the train into Town Hall, the mass of people a full thirty-five minutes early crowding the narrow construction bollards and milling around in the square near St. Andrew’s, selling […]
Photo credit: StockSnap (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication The High Court has dismissed the challenges to the same-sex marriage (SSM) postal survey. The ruling means that the postal survey will go ahead as planned, with ballots being mailed out from Tuesday 12 September 2017. The challenges were made by SSM advocates, Independent MP Andrew […]
In 1953 the Council of Europe adopted the European Convention on Human Rights, establishing a regional system to protect human rights in its member states, complete with domestic and regional courts to enforce it. Regional systems have also developed in the Americas through the Organisation of American States, and through the African Union. This leaves Asia and the Pacific as the only region without a human rights system.
The recent spate of referrals to the High Court about dual citizenship has put quite a few political careers on the line, and has made for some pretty interesting news in the meantime. But can we expect things to get resolved anytime soon? Not likely — at least not before the High Court starts considering cases in October. Either way, the path forward on the citizenship issue is rocky, and is a bit different for each House of Parliament.
In Part 1, we had a look at the definition of free speech according to two United Nations instruments, and some common principles that give rise to exceptions for it. In this article, we’ll be looking in more detail at how this applies to a country — namely Australia — and then how everything changes once you jump online.
Here in Australia, we consider ourselves quite ‘lucky’. I can put pretty much what I like on Facebook, and know that police won’t be showing up at my door. Unless I start posting about bombs, or assassination, or terrorism, perhaps – but even then, it depends on the context. I could be talking about water bombs, the mafia card game, and Counterstrike.