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Chooks ignored in argument over free range egg labelling

BE ALERT and alarmed – Australian governments are determined to regulate the egg market. A meeting

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Lockouts, public violence and whingeing doctors

Many years ago, when I first started working as a veterinarian, I accepted there would be parts of my job I wouldn’t like. Vets, as everyone knows, are expected to put animals to sleep, some when they are perfectly healthy. It

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Political donations: no taxation for our representation

Various people, the Greens among them, are cheering at the defeat of former Newcastle Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy in the High Court. He had sought to overturn a New South Wales law banning property developers from making political donations. The same

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The truth about Australia’s gun control experiment

Australians pride themselves on ‘telling it like it is’, but when it comes to gun laws, straight-shooting often takes a back seat to a determined effort at silencing debate. In 1996, Australia passed some of the most restrictive gun laws

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Classical Liberalism 101

You’ve been sent to this page because you can’t work out why you really like what I say 50% of the time, but don’t like what I say the other 50% of the time. Using extracts from three different publications,

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‘I have smoked dope and I did inhale: that was the point’

Nimbin is the home of Australia’s cannabis culture, ‘high’ in the hills above Lismore in the NSW Northern Rivers. On the first weekend in May 2015, some 10,000 of the nation’s medical, industrial, and recreational cannabis users and their supporters

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No, you can’t ‘bomb things better’

Thousands of miles from here a backward, misogynist, psychotic group of Sunni Muslims is terrorising all within their reach. Quite rightly, the Australian government has not committed a single soldier to counter this evil. I speak of Boko Haram in

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When freedom gets nailed on the Cross

We should all be disgusted about what is happening in Kings Cross these days. I’m not talking about drunken louts. Being shocked by people behaving badly in Kings Cross is like being shocked at Range Rovers in Mosman or sheep

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Cats are natural libertarians

There is reason to believe that cats are natural libertarians. I’m managed by four of them, and I speak from experience. They are all individuals and refuse to identify with groups. I say managed, not owned, because while my cats

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‘Would the real leader of the opposition please stand up?’

Dear Mr Shorten, I’d like a word. Leading the Opposition, in case you haven’t noticed, is your job. So could you do it, please? I’m not the Opposition Leader, despite the fact that the media keep pretending I am. Don’t

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