Category Archives: Law

Unloading the Duelling Constitutional Six Shooters

As far as I can tell, the position of the Australian Republic Movement ever since the failure of the 1999 Republic Referendum has effectively if tacitly been that there is no point in another referendum while the current Queen remains … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Politics - national | 19 Comments

Neutering the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism

This article is a follow-up to my recent long piece titled Northern Territory development, debt and deficit – the long and winding road. Urban development ideas are invariably bedevilled by community dissension, much of it uninformed and anything but constructive.  … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Law, Politics - Northern Territory | 1 Comment

MPs’ disqualification and Constitution section 44

I posted the piece over the fold some time ago (early January) but the fact that the federal Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is about to publish its report into the ongoing legal and constitutional debacle surrounding the … Continue reading

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How to tax the platform economy?

In the engine room of nation states, ie the tax departments, the coming battle with platform providers is taking shape. Uber, airbnb, facebook, linkedin, ebay, jobseek, and a myriad of specialised platform providers facilitate micro-trades that are largely untaxed by … Continue reading

Posted in Death and taxes, Economics and public policy, Employment, Information, Innovation, Intellectual Monopoly Privileges, Intellectual Property, IT and Internet, Law, Political theory, Politics - international, Politics - national, Public and Private Goods, regulation, Social | 20 Comments

An argument for celebrating Australian Independence Day on 9 October

We’re a weird mob, we Australians, even weirder than we were in 1957 when John O’Grady wrote his book of (roughly) that name. We celebrate Australia Day on each anniversary of the establishment by Britain of an offshore detention prison … Continue reading

Posted in History, Law, Politics - national | 43 Comments

Stars falling from the skies*

*cross-posted from Screen Hub. The #MeToo sexual harassment tsunami generated by the unmasking of American screen industry heavyweights Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey has hit Australian shores with a vengeance.  As an old Monty Python sketch observed: ‘Nobody expects the … Continue reading

Posted in Films and TV, Law, Media | 13 Comments

Lateral thinking on constitutional reform

Australia has a backlog of issues that will need to be resolved by constitutional referendum sooner or later: Indigenous recognition (especially the Voice to Parliament); resolving the problems caused by archaic and unworkable parliamentary disqualification rules in section 44 of … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Politics - national | 13 Comments