Lest We Forget What, Exactly?

An Essay on the Misappropriation of ANZAC Day in Contemporary Australia I guess at this point in my life I have made a bit of reputation for myself for being critical of the public holidays everyone else seems to love. I don’t celebrate Christmas because I don’t enjoy it. I despise Australia Day because it […]

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An Open Letter to the Anti-Vaxxer

Dear Anti-Vaxxer, Over the past while I have had the pleasure of ‘debating’ you in regards to our respective positions on vaccination. I use the term ‘debating’ lightly because it is difficult in 140 characters to have a meaningful exchange of ideas about a controversial or contested subject. Ideas and the perspectives of individuals are […]

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Casino Mike and Pill Testing at Festivals

Very rarely in the formulation of public policy do you get uniform consensus about the merits and effectiveness of a particular program proposal. When it involves young people having a good time, generally the entertainment industry and the various medical and scientific groups are diametrically opposed. Throw in young people losing their lives, and you […]

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The Paralysis of Our Democracy

Apathy, Ignorance and Career Politicians in the 21st Century. We live in a genuinely interesting and transformational time. Globalisation has irrevocably changed the way we view and understand business, culture and each other. We have never been more interconnected and yet, paradoxically, people feel more alone and incomplete than ever. Humanity stands at the cusp […]

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Australia Day: Is the 26th of January really the best we can do?

  The cycle of news and current affairs has always been interestingly peculiar to me – what ‘news’ becomes big news on a particular day, and the processes determining why an event is subjectively more valued than an objectively more significant event is something I find fascinating. I get it – media is a market; […]

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A Short Comment in Defence of Adam Goodes

The phrase ‘ashamed to be an Australian’ has become quite the cliche in this day and age, and I am going to avoid such melodramatics in what follows. However I must say that the issue of crowds booing Adam Goodes is forcing me to seriously reflect on what it is to be Australian, and whether […]

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The Fallacy of Guns as a Means of Personal Protection

Are guns an effective form of personal protection? Will having a gun in your house do anything to protect you and your family? This article examines this through the exploration of game theory. Consider the following (and yes, it reads like an excerpt from a cliché thriller novel). Out in the ‘burbs, a family is […]

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On Vaccinations and the Social Contract: Why Autism is No Philosophical Justification for Avoiding Vaccination.

Great,  another pro-vaccination article.  Yes, but with a twist.  One of the more confounding phenomena of contemporary Western society is the way in which we have increasingly turned away from relying on reason and science as a basis for discussion on public policies and government action. (Don’t worry, this essay will not address this phenomenon. However, it […]

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Chasing Our Tails: An Essay on Terrorism and Western Intervention in Syria

  Have you ever wondered why we say ‘ignorance is bliss’? It seems an odd thing to say when you consider the real strength of Western (and by that I mean Hellenic-Judeo-Christian) thinking has been the triumph of rationality as the most celebrated and treasured of virtues. Particularly from the Enlightenment onwards, Western thinking has […]

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