Author Archives: Chris Lloyd

Fair and Balanced

The Fairness Doctrine was a 1949 policy that required holders of broadcast licenses (so TV and radio) to air contrasting views on controversial issues of public importance. It was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1969 but eventually was abolished in … Continue reading

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Gay marriage rites

I think I am in favour of gay marriage, on balance, with some reservations. I would not wave placards in the street, or even change my vote on this issue.

Posted in Philosophy, Politics - national, Society | 101 Comments

Dances with wolves

I met Adam Goodes very briefly in a restaurant in Randwick in 2000. He was then not well known but my sports-mad son Oliver noticed him and pestered me to let him request an autograph. I eventually relented and, when … Continue reading

Posted in Race and indigenous, Sport-general | 23 Comments

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is constantly in the news these days which can lead to the impression that the problem is increasing. To the extent that scrutiny and public discussion shines light in dark places, we might have expected the real underlying … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Gender, Politics - national, Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Vision 28

How would you measure the safety of private motor vehicle travel? Let’s agree to focus on fatalities. Serious injuries are also important, but all the points I am going to make hold equally as well for injuries as for fatalities.

Posted in Economics and public policy, Ethics, Libertarian Musings, Society | 35 Comments

Burn after reading

Alex Stewart has had his 15 minutes of fame, but may live to regret it. Earlier this week he posted a video on Youtube. It showed him smoking lawn-clipping cigarettes that were fashioned out of pages torn from the Bible … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Religion, Society | 11 Comments

Wanna buy an E flat?

In 1934 an Aussie school teacher wrote a little ditty about Kookaburras that was enjoyed and sung by school kids for decades. She made pretty much no money out of it all, as it was, and is, still legal for kids … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Media, Music | 18 Comments