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Israel Folau and the unintended perils of anti-discrimination laws

“Unintended consequences” are outcomes unforeseen by purposeful action, an idea popularised by American sociologist Robert Merton in the twentieth century. Since then, the so-called law of unintended consequences has morphed into a warning: intervening in a complex situation tends to create unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes. The application of the anti-discrimination provisions of Australia’s Fair Work Act to controversial Australian rugby star, Israel Folau, may be a perfect example of the law in action. Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
18 April, 2019

Trump on everything

Flames and smoke on the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris: When I saw the pictures, still half-asleep, early Tuesday morning, my first thought was the fire was so high up that perhaps some aerial firefighting support was called for. Upon further consideration, and with the benefit of having woken up by then, I realised that was a daft idea. If it had been sensible, then French firefighters would have thought of it already. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
18 April, 2019
Brexit 2

Is it the real deal?

After a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said new documents to be added to the Brexit deal provided "legally binding changes" to the part relating to the Irish border. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Larry Williams Drive - Newstalk ZB
12 March, 2019
Canada flag + parliament

Oh Canada

Partisanship is a powerful and deadly drug. Canada is the latest in a too-lengthy list of places badly in need of rehab. In response to harsh criticism of his involvement in and handling of a corruption scandal, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told his Party’s supporters this week his policy agenda is too important to risk. Canadian political parties have been too quick to identify the good of the party with the good of the country. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
8 March, 2019

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