Three questions for the Prime Minister

Three questions for the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister, I followed with some interest the speeches on Australia’s approach to the refugee crisis that you gave this week in New York. Given you have commended Australia’s approach to the rest of the world, I have a few questions I would like to ask. 1. If every country adopted Australia’s approach, where… Continue Reading

Some Reflections on Transgender and Intersex

Some Reflections on Transgender and Intersex

In the past few years I have done a lot of reflecting around issues of sexuality. One area with which I have only begun to engage is intersex, which I take to refer to people whose biological sex doesn’t conform to either male or female, and transgender, which I take to refer to people whose… Continue Reading

What’s happening with the Syrian refugees Australia agreed to take?

What’s happening with the Syrian refugees Australia agreed to take?

In September last year the federal government committed to taking a once off tranche of 12,000 refugees from Syria in addition to the 13,750 people who would be granted humanitarian visas each year. So what’s been happening? I wrote to the Department and they replied informing me that the government had set itself a timeframe… Continue Reading

Shake, rattle, roll. A Parkinsons Update.

Shake, rattle, roll. A Parkinsons Update.

People often inquire how I’m going with my Parkinsons, so I thought I’d provide an update… Over the last few months I have deteriorated a bit. I take meds every 3.5 hours. When they have fully kicked in I move freely, but as they’re kicking in or wearing off my muscles stiffen and my hands… Continue Reading

A time to embrace. A better way to respond to terrorism

A time to embrace. A better way to respond to terrorism

Ever since September 11, 2001, Western nations have been living in the shadow of terrorism. The 2002 Bali bombings  made the threat very real for Australians. More recently we’ve seen the attacks in Europe and in our own country a disturbed man claiming allegiance to Islamic State taking hostages in the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place and… Continue Reading

Why Pauline Hanson is Wrong. Muslims in Australia

Why Pauline Hanson is Wrong. Muslims in Australia

Pauline Hanson and One Nation are back, attracting 4.1% of Senate votes in the recent federal election. A key plank of the One Nation platform is a halt to Muslim immigration, a Royal Commission into Islam, a ban on women’s head coverings and a ban on halal product certification. So what are the facts on… Continue Reading

Same-sex marriage and religious freedom.

Same-sex marriage and religious freedom.

In an article published on the Moore College website Tony Payne argues that this election is different from any other in that the legalisation of same-sex marriage will threaten the freedom of Christians to proclaim the gospel. He does so with some humility, recognising that he may well be overstating the threat. I think he… Continue Reading