Random disordered thoughts

The ABC reports that the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation aims to make Darwin “the Tamworth of Indigenous music”!! Why doesn’t this fill me with joy, I wonder? Tamworth may be a valid comparison from more than one standpoint. Country music is mostly shithouse, and so is most indigenous music: musicians with poor to mediocre instrumental skills, playing and singing boring, derivative songs out of tune. Of course, you’re not allowed to mention that in politically correct circles, but fortunately I don’t mix in them. Mind you, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra is just as bad. Maybe we should simply strive to develop Darwin as the Home of Bad Music, without racial fear or favour.

Meanwhile, Yobbo has some pertinent comments in the wake of news that Canterbury Bulldogs players will be fined by their club for engaging in consensual group sex:

I’d be interested to know exactly which sex acts are considered ok by the NRL. Is a threesome ok if your wife is keen?

What about anal sex? Do homos bring the game into disrepute?

If your girlfriend likes it rough should you check with the league before tying her up or slapping her arse?

These sort of things need to be spelled out in advance if players are to behave like proper role models. …

If you are upset by the fact that some sportspeople are committing adultery, engaging in group sex, or drinking more than the recommend daily dose of alcohol, by all means feel free to move a country where people share your concerns. Like Indonesia or Saudi Arabia.

Australia is a free fucking country.

I think I agree. Then again … “B”‘s next door neighbour is in the habit of lying on her front patio directly outside “B”‘s bedroom window, semi-naked on a banana lounge, chain-smoking and flagellating herself with a pink plastic fly swotter. It can be very disconcerting. I certainly think this sort of conduct should be banned by the NRL if it involves a beefy rugby league player. Freedom must have its limits.

PS – Someone named “Mat” in Yobbo’s comment box claims to have the inside story on the Bulldogs saga. I’m not going to link directly to it, because I don’t want to get sued.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Jacques Chester
Jacques Chester
2024 years ago

I’ll take this one for 200 points, Ken.

Freedom is mostly alienable. You can surrender a lot of it in a contract to obtain something you might not otherwise have.

This is a well established part of liberal theory. Properly understood it resolves these sorts of “mysteries”. Sure, the players are free to have group sex. They’re also free to give that up to remain players.

As an aside, it is generally considered by liberal theorists that contractual relations are not possible over inalienable rights – ie, no trading yourself into slavery.

2024 years ago

And to think I never realised that the task of defining “inalienable” [in other than an arbitrary manner] was so straight forward and simple?