The Australian Tag

James Paterson -- The Australian -- 25 August, 2017   We should extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, but doing so shouldn’t come at the expense of other people’s freedom. As a classical liberal, I don’t believe it is appropriate for the government to prevent same-sex couples...

Andrew Burrell & Greg Brown -- The Australian -- 25 August, 2017   A Liberal senator who supports same-sex marriage says he is worried that activists will deliberately seek out advocates of traditional marriage to sue them under ­federal and state anti-discrimination law. Victorian senator James Paterson, an...

Andrew Burrell -- The Australian -- 24 August, 2017   The states will come under ­pressure to overhaul their anti-discrimination laws if Australians vote yes to same-sex marriage, amid a mounting push to protect the rights of people and companies to act according to their religio­us beliefs. In an unexpected...

Samantha Hutchinson -- The Australian -- 1 August, 2017   ALP stalwart Michael Danby is facing pressure to bow out of contention for the federal seat of Melbourne Ports next election, ending a near-20-year stranglehold. The veteran MP and ardent ­Israel supporter is the subject of an internal...

James Paterson -- The Australian -- 2 June, 2017    Indigenous Australians should be properly consulted on policies that affect them. But that can be achieved without radical constitutional change. The full implications of the Uluru Statement from the Heart will be clear only when the Referendum Council’s...

James Paterson -- The Australian -- 24 March 2017   Across the political spectrum, everyone agrees the Queensland University of Technology students’ case under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act was an appalling injustice. Everyone says they want to ensure a case like it never happens again. But...

Chris Merritt -- The Australian -- 17 March, 2017   When the government reveals its plan for section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, it will be judged against two criteria: Will it end the furore? And will it address 18C’s vulnerability to a constitutional challenge? Unless the...