So, why conservatism? A guiding principle of liberalism is individual rights. At its core, liberalism (and conservatism by extension) speaks to the idea that a person’s individual rights should not be compromised by the ideals of the state. This was the very principle in which liberal projects such as the United States were built on. It is important to recognise that the rights of indigenous … Continue reading The Conservative Case for Constitutional Recognition
During the 1980s, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew famously predicted that without economic reform, Australia was at risk of becoming the “white trash of Asia.” Australia stood on the precipice of an economic abyss, with the world moving to liberalise their economies; all eyes were on us. Despite the vocal debates and the heresy entailed in making large scale reforms, our political leaders of … Continue reading The World Has Moved, What Are We Waiting For?
Socialist Alternative Sydney has shocked the campus by signing a record deal with Sony music. The Marxist Musos have pumped out hit after hit, from their best selling “No cuts, no fees, no corporate universities” to the bop “1,2,3, F*ck the ALP”. The songs to be released with Sony are yet to be announced, but there are whispers of a SAlt/Solidarity collab. The Sydney Tory … Continue reading Socialist Alternative signs with Sony
In the run-up to the 1976 election, during the aftermath of the Watergate Scandal, the four-term New York state governor Nelson Rockefeller had been on a campaign trail in Binghamton, New York with the unelected incumbent’s running mate. Despite briefly being the Vice President under Gerald Ford, the growing consensus within the party was that the Governor would make a mediocre Vice President, and a … Continue reading The Rockefeller Gesture
In Memoriam of the Private School Fees paid for son of North Shore family who joined the Socialist Alternative on University O-Week. Today we recognise the tragic death of $160,000 in school fees for Miles Donbritter-Sonaldson. Mother Dianne and father Graeme Donbrittner-Sonaldson were present as the money passed away quietly on the morning of Tuesday the 2nd of March after Miles joined the Socialist Alternative … Continue reading In Memoriam of Private School Fees
A Response to Stan Grant and the politics of giving up There is little point beating about the bush. Times are tough. There are legitimate questions as to what the future will look like, and how we will get there. However, tough as times are, I remain immensely surprised at the intense negativity, bordering on, quite frankly, a neurotic defeatism, that I have seen displayed … Continue reading The Antidote to Despair
The first classic novel I read cover-to-cover was Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). It served as a catalyst for my love of language and literature. The story reads like a gothic version of the myth of Narcissus. Dorian has a portrait painted of him. Dorian loves his beauty so much that he sells his soul to the devil to stay youthful while … Continue reading Curing the Cancer of Cancel Culture
Australia has a history of putting to the wayside space issues and programs. Consequently, Australia lags behind the rest of the world in space innovation. It is now incumbent upon us to play catch up in the ‘space sector’. After all, we are the best country in the galaxy. Space has been left rather unexplored for the past 100 years following Neil Armstrong’s 1969 moon … Continue reading Give Australia some space in the space race!
On this day, seventy-two years ago, the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 came into effect, for the first time rendering those who lived within the Commonwealth of Australia as legal citizens of this country. Prior, they had only been British subjects, a uniform nationality status across the British Empire; any issued passports were British, not Australian.1 The Act allowed those of good character who resided … Continue reading Australia Day: The bond of Citizenship