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

Unfit for Honi

On February 19 2020, student newspaper Honi Soit plunged into controversy after publishing material most would consider anti-semitic and anti-catholic. Just as new students were starting their journeys at University and looking for a place to belong, they were met with an abhorrent display of disrespect in their student paper. The satirical pullout featured a doctored image of a blackboard depicting the question “Should we … Continue reading Unfit for Honi

[Redacted] The Free Press

It was Edmund Burke who in 1787 stated, “there are three estates in Parliament but in the Reporter’s Gallery yonder there sits a Fourth Estate more important far than they all…”. This ‘Fourth Estate’ was in reference to the journalists who sat in the Parliamentary chamber and reported on the proceedings of the government. The ‘Fourth Estate’ was used to describe the role of a … Continue reading [Redacted] The Free Press

Australia’s Place in the STEM Race

STEM research and innovation has historically been a primary driver for building civilisations and improving the lives of people. Traditionally, the Western world has used breakthroughs made on the frontiers of scientific research to change the lives of individuals in a way that benefits society as a whole. Whether it’s using the discovery of thermally induced cathode rays to invent the first phosphoric screen televisions … Continue reading Australia’s Place in the STEM Race

On Positive Liberty

“As for Otanes, he wished neither to rule nor to be ruled—the exact opposite of Aristotle’s notion of true civic liberty. … [This ideal] remains isolated and, until Epicurus, undeveloped … the notion had not explicitly emerged” – Isaiah Berlin. Liberty: a notion steeped in millennia of political discourse and philosophical disagreement. Modern writing on liberty is saturated with squabbling over its meaning and reality; tension … Continue reading On Positive Liberty

Reformation Day: Three ways the Protestant Reformation shaped the modern world

On this day 502 years ago, an obscure German monk named Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 grievances with the Roman Catholic Church to the castle church door in Wittenberg. These ‘Ninety-Five Theses’ outlined doctrines and practices of the Church that Luther perceived to be unscriptural and corrupt. The most infamous of these was the selling of indulgences, where people could allegedly purchase shorter … Continue reading Reformation Day: Three ways the Protestant Reformation shaped the modern world