This week saw the violent clashes between the Spanish Government and Catalonian secessionists over an independence referendum held on the 1st of October. With some news outlets reporting that 900 people have been injured in the violence, in which police sought to disrupt the vote, it’s hard to see this issue vanishing from the headlines any time soon. The referendum, which was deemed illegal by … Continue reading Catalonia and the struggle for independence
Japan’s foreign policy in the post-world war two era is renowned for their strong focus on pacifism and non-aggression. This can be directly attributed to anti-war sentiments that arose after Japan’s defeat in the war, and also due to their own post-war constitution which came into effect in 1947; born out of a joint effort by both the Japanese government and the Allied forces during … Continue reading Japan: What’s Next for Article 9?
Supporters of the Australian Labor Party will often claim that the ALP under Gough Whitlam ended the White Australia policy. As a student of history, I find that claim exasperating. The claim that Whitlam ended White Australia revolves around the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which removed a few legal quirks from the original Immigration Restriction Act 1901. Even … Continue reading Immigration and integration are key Liberal achievements
When Malcolm Turnbull welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia, history was made as it marked the first visit by a Prime Minister of Israel to Australia. A monumental moment for the Australia-Israel relationship, and a reaffirmation of Western support for Israel following the deterioration of support under Barrack Obama. But as usual our resident solipsist Kevin Rudd could not let such an event occur without adding his two cents; the usual … Continue reading Is Labor serious about peace in the Middle East?
Australia is experiencing a worrying growth of hostility towards free speech. Nowhere is this worse than on university campuses, where the current generation of student politicians are importing divisive ideas about race and gender from the United States and United Kingdom. To combat this censorious culture, conservative and classical liberal students should revive the battle for voluntary student unionism. Australian university campuses have long been … Continue reading VSU will end campus censorship, says Senator Paterson
Any supposed silent majority may remain silent, for good. A new minority has emerged: those who still hold freedom dear. Continue reading How new anti-vilification laws for the plebiscite undermine free speech
Parking tickets and pizzas for Parisian workers on strike. Ever wondered where your ‘Student Services and Amenities Fee’ goes? Well, now you know. Needless to say many students, myself included, have at one point or another scratched their head at that hundred-something dollar SSAF. The Student Representative Council (SRC) is the ‘peak representative body for undergraduate students at the University of Sydney.’ It exists to … Continue reading Captured Student Councils: Student Democracy in Decline?