Senators Lying to You

Getting vaccinated is important. It protects you and the people around you. It’s not just a personal choice. We all have a responsibility to care for the most vulnerable in our communities. I replied a few days ago to a post on Facebook which claimed vaccines didn’t work, and are unnecessary because there are good, …

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Anti-vaxxers. Consistently Wrong

I am going to give up trying to counter anti-vax fantasies on social media. While I remain alarmed by the volume of misinformation, and the harm this has the potential to do, it has become clear that anti-vaxxers are either invincibly stupid, or simply don’t care about the harm they do. Nothing dents their obscene …

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Anti-Vax Propaganda Costs Lives. Just Stop It.

I continue to be frustrated by the sheer tidal wave of misinformation on social media about COVID19 and vaccination. Not at all with people who have doubts or questions. Given the horror stories that floating around Facebook and Twitter, and the fact that we tend to be more influenced by what we see more often, …

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Hating Bill Gates

Bill Gates has been the Emmanuel Goldstein of the anti-vaccination movement for years. But why are so many other people suddenly jumping in? Boy that Bill Gates is an evil dude. Or so you might think if all you read is Facebook and Twitter. US commentator Candace Owens (whom I otherwise like and admire) has …

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More from the Anti-vax Tinfoil Hat Brigade

It was interesting to see a few hundred tin foil hatters turn out to the million people anti-mandatory-vaccinations comedy sessions around the country. Void of purpose from the start, since no COVID-19 vaccine in Australia is mandatory. Bu of course, the “I’m not anti-vax, but…” crowd are not really about objections to mandatory vaccination, they …

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Google, Facebook, and Mainstream Media Madness

I am no fan of either Google or Facebook. Google has a long history of distortion of news and of down-grading results from websites it disagrees with. Facebook does the same, while at the same time happily continuing to profit from the publication of anti-semitism and anti-vax paranoia, both are which are counter-factual and dangerous …

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COVID-19: Health Matters. Life Matters

If one million people are vaccinated with the new COVID-19 vaccine over the next year, this is what we can expect: 4500 will develop an invasive cancer. 1600 will die from cancer. About 250 will develop Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis). 1,000 will be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. About 500 will suffer from Encephalitis (brain inflammation). …

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Christine Holgate and the Righteous Fury of the Mediocre

Christine Holgate is the CEO of Australia Post. She has been in the news for the last couple of days after harsh criticism from Australian politicians and being told by the Prime Minister to stand down. Christine is from the North of England. She is not from a privileged background. When she was fifteen she …

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Black Lives Matter. Just not to BLM.

Sometimes it is not only reasonable, but morally imperative, to point out that the lives of a particular group of people matter. It would have been right in Turkey in 1915 to shout as loudly as possible that Armenian lives mattered. In Germany in 1944 that Jewish lives mattered. Or today in South Africa that …

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On the Vilification of Prime Minister Scott Morrison

There has always been an unpleasant edge to public discussion of politics. It is much easier to vilify people who see things differently from you, than to engage with them and to see this engagement as an opportunity to learn. The rise of Facebook and Twitter have exacerbated this tendency to personal insult and hasty …

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Australia, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press

The free flow of information is a vital characteristic of a free society. There is a strong correlation between freedom of speech and a free press, and individual freedom and prosperity. But the “public’s right to know” has never been without limits. For example, the public has no right to know the content of your …

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Cardinal Pell. The Appeal.

I have so far refrained from any comment on the outcome of Cardinal Pell’s appeal. To say I was disappointed with the outcome would be an understatement. I have written extensively about this case here: and here: The prosecution case was based entirely on the evidence of a single person, some twenty years after the …

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Cardinal Pell – The Media and Judiciary’s Disgrace

I have been frustrated by news stories today suggesting that “disgraced” Cardinal George Pell has broken the law by posting material to social media. Firstly, Cardinal Pell is not “disgraced.” It is the media and the Australian judicial system which are disgraced by the verdict against him, which was based on the evidence of a …

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