COVID-19 and looking beyond ourselves

We live in a world where the only thing that matters is the ‘self’. It is an age where the concepts of ‘individualism’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘freedom’ are unchallenged. We take pride in our unfettered existence: we are at liberty to make our choices in our own world, subject to our own set of ever-malleable principles. Instant gratification is closely related to this obsession with ourselves. … Continue reading COVID-19 and looking beyond ourselves

An Appeal to Government: Govern According to Law

The coronavirus pandemic presents a novel challenge for the world. Novel, not in the sense that mankind has not encountered large scale medical or existential challenges before, but in the sense that our global community is more connected than ever, presenting a more difficult challenge for containment of the viral and economic contagion. Then of course there is the miasma of panic, itself a contagion, … Continue reading An Appeal to Government: Govern According to Law

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The Ethnic Vote: An Uphill Battle Facing 21st Century Conservatives

Growing up amongst the Indian diaspora in Western Sydney, the message from the community was always that the conservatism was the institution of the xenophobic establishment, of white imperialism, racism and the oppressive British Empire. On the other hand, it was simply assumed that the Left were our true representatives, running compassionate and caring policies that sought to suppress racism and make us feel welcome. … Continue reading The Ethnic Vote: An Uphill Battle Facing 21st Century Conservatives

Is Preferential Voting indeed Preferable?

Australia is a unique country. It is the only country to use instant run-off voting (IRV), better known as preferential voting. The nation is split into 151 single-member electorates where the voters choose who they want as candidate by labelling every candidate in descending order of choice. If no candidate receives a majority, candidates with less votes are eliminated and their preferences redistributed until a … Continue reading Is Preferential Voting indeed Preferable?

Ten signs you’re a conservative: Sydney University Edition

My Colleague George Bishop wrote a great listicle in 2017 on 10 Signs You’re Actually A Conservative. Alas, there are now even more dead giveaways that you are indeed a conservative… 1) You came to USYD for the Quadrangle  Let’s face it – is there any other legitimate reason?   2) You feel sorry for the trees that were cut down to print Honi Soit … Continue reading Ten signs you’re a conservative: Sydney University Edition

The Intellectual Hubris of the Campus Anti-Christian Left

The Semester 2, Week 4 edition of USYD student newspaper, Honi Soit contains a regrettable and ill-informed display of anti-Christian journalism at USYD. The article, “The morality revolution: why there needs to be more accountability in religion”, takes aim at the Sydney University Evangelical Union (SUEU), a Protestant Christian group and the largest faith-based group on campus.

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Conservatism: Meaning and Relevance in a Changing World

In an age where many formerly powerful and poignant words have been reduced to a state of being meaningless through overuse and straining of their real meaning, I believe it is time that we take a step back to try and recapture the essence of Conservatism and why it is still a powerful force for good in society today. Continue reading Conservatism: Meaning and Relevance in a Changing World